November 20, 2021 - TRA Newswire -

You only have until the end of this month to comment on a 2.1 mile planned TEXRail extension from the T&P Station to the Fort Worth Medical District. Public comments on the Environmental Assessment (EA) are being accepted on this TEXRail website page until November 30.

A virtual meeting was held Tuesday, November 16 to explain the proposed extension, which will open up more choices to access public transportation in Tarrant County. Under the plan, the rail service would continue south from the Fort Worth T&P Station to a proposed new station south of Mistletoe Boulevard, near Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center.

Under the expansion plan, construction would start in spring 2023 with completion by the fall of 2025.  Cost of the extension is estimated at $179 million with a kickstart of $38.9 million in federal funds from the original TEXRail project, which came in under budget by some $80 million. The rest of the funding is still to be determined.

The environmental assessment is considering impacts such as noise and vibration, property acquisitions, cultural and historic resources and park land use. A Quiet Zone, where trains will not have to blow horns at the Mistletoe Boulevard crossing is planned, along with special rail lubrication on a curve near Chisholm Trail Parkway to quiet train wheel noise in the area.

Trinity Metro is the sole owner and operator of TEXRail, a 27-mile commuter rail line operating between downtown Fort Worth and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.