September 24, 2022 - TRA Newswire -

Regional rail service TEXRail, a subsidiary of Trinity Metro, the transit agency for Tarrant County in north central Texas, got a visit from the Federal Transit Administration this week.

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Deputy Administrator Veronica Vanterpool joined Trinity Metro and Grapevine leaders for a discussion about TEXRail and a visit to Grapevine/Main Street Station.

Vanterpool and FTA Region 6 Regional Administrator Gail Lyssy met with Trinity Metro Board Chairman Jeff Davis, President and CEO Richard Andreski, Vice President and COO for Rail Jon-Erik “AJ” Arjanen, Deputy COO for Rail Reed Lanham, Grapevine Council Member and Trinity Metro Board Member Paul Slechta and Executive Director of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau Paul W. McCallum.

“We had a great visit and talked about our growing ridership, transit-oriented development and our plans for the TEXRail extension to the medical district,” Andreski said. 

“We have to do more to bring talent to our area, to reduce traffic congestion and to improve the quality of life in our communities. Public transportation is the solution to all of these challenges. The Federal Transit Administration gets this,” said Jeff Davis.                                                                

Slechta and McCallum communicated with FTA representatives about the city’s growth and the economic impact generated by TEXRail through transit-oriented development and tourism.

In other news....... TEXRail will be monitoring how motorists are using a new advantage in choosing Trinity Metro's TEXRail to DFW International Airport. Five of the TEXRail stations – three in Fort Worth and two in North Richland Hills – started a $5 a day designated parking section for airport travelers last month.

“This is great news for travelers,” said Chris Nettles, Trinity Metro Board Member and Fort Worth City Councilmember. “Long-term parking is something riders have been wanting, and I am so happy to see Trinity Metro making it happen.”

Tito Rodriguez, Trinity Metro Vice Chair and North Richland Hills City Council Member, said, “We anticipate this will bring more ridership to the already popular TEXRail. People who currently ride will love this new option, and others who haven’t tried it may do so now that we’re offering economical parking.”

Stations in Fort Worth with long-term parking are Fort Worth T&P Station, North Side Station and Mercantile Center Station. In addition, North Richland Hills/Iron Horse Station and North Richland Hills/Smithfield Station will offer long-term parking. On average, each of the five stations will have 20 designated spots for long-term parking.

Customers can make reservations and payments on the Ace Parking app for Apple or GooglePlay.

 Photo credit: Trinity Metro