TexRail — the brand-new rail line from Fort Worth to DFW International Airport — is now scheduled to open on Thursday.
It had been scheduled to open last weekend. The hold-up, according to Fort Worth's transit agency, was the partial federal government shutdown.
The agency, Trinity Metro, tweeted late Friday that Saturday's debut was postponed. The problem was the Federal Railroad Administration still had to issue clearances for the entire 27-mile route. And that can't be done until the shutdown ends.
But Trinity Metro issued an update Monday, saying it's received word from the FRA that the 27-mile route has been approved for passenger service.
The billion-dollar project has been under construction since late 2016. It will give people from Fort Worth and the mid-cities the same kind of access to the airport that Dallasites have had since DART was extended to DFW five years ago.