TexRail Is Finally Here — Here's How It Works
TexRail — the brand-new commuter rail line from Fort Worth to DFW International Airport — opened in January to more than 11,000 passengers. In the first 12 days of service, nearly 55,000 passengers have used new commuter rail service, according to Trinity Metro. Ready to take your ride? Here is what you need to know.
Where exactly can I catch a train? TexRail’s route is entirely in Tarrant County. The 27-mile rail line will run from downtown Fort Worth, northeast through North Richland Hills to downtown Grapevine, and then into DFW International Airport.
The TexRail stations are:
- Fort Worth T&P Station, 221 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth
- Downtown ITC/Fort Worth Station, 1001 Jones St., Fort Worth
- North Side Station, 2829 Decatur Ave., Fort Worth
- Mercantile Center Station, 4233 N. Beach St., Fort Worth
- North Richland Hills/Iron Horse Station, 6531 Iron Horse Blvd., North Richland Hills
- North Richland Hills/Smithfield Station, 6420 Smithfield Rd., North Richland Hills
- Grapevine/Main Street Station, 801 S. Main St., Grapevine
- DFW Airport North Station, 1867 Dallas Rd., Grapevine
- DFW Terminal B Station
How much does it cost? Train fare is $2.50 for a single ride or $5 for day pass. The day pass is good for all rail and bus services in Tarrant County. You can purchase tickets before boarding at a ticket vending machine on the train platform or in advance at a customer service location. But if you wait until you’re on board the train it will cost twice as much — $5 for a one-way ticket. Through Jan. 31, though, you can ride TexRail for free.
When do the trains run? TexRail trains run hourly and operate 365 days a year. Trains will run a weekend schedule on holidays. If you’re wondering, trains speeds will likely range between 0 and 70 mph.
#TEXRail SERVICE BEGINS THURS, JANUARY 10: @TrinityMetro has received confirmation from the FRA that the entire 27-mile TEXRail route has been approved for passenger service. View fares & schedules at https://t.co/5A4w7i8anc. Photo credit: Matthew Boyle #TimeToTrain pic.twitter.com/A6CLGKn21v— City of Grapevine TX (@GrapevineTXCity) January 8, 2019
What are the trains cars like? Each rail car has 229 seats and total capacity of 488. There are four entry points on each side of the train. TexRail is an articulated train, so it’s easy to walk between cars during the ride. There is a designated quiet car, level boarding, on-board bike racks, USB charging stations, seatback trays and overhead luggage storage.
Where can I find a train schedule? Passenger schedules are available on the TexRail website.
Okay, where do I park? Free parking is available at all stations except for Downtown ITC/Fort Worth Station and DFW Airport’s Terminal B. Parking at those two locations vary. The maximum length of parking at the other seven stations is 18 hours.
How long does it take to get to the DFW Terminal B Station? Approximate commute times break down like this:
- From Fort Worth T&P Station: 52 minutes
- From Downtown ITC/Fort Worth Station: 48 minutes
- From North Side Station: 39 minutes
- From Mercantile Center Station: 33 minutes
- From North Richland Hills/Iron Horse Station: 26 minutes
- From North Richland Hills/Smithfield Station: 21 minutes
- From Grapevine/Main Street Station: 8 minutes
- From DFW Airport North Station: 4 minutes
Sources: KERA News and Trinity Metro