About 200,000 have taken advantage of TEXRail in its first four months of operation between Grapevine and Fort Worth. In July, the passenger rail line will start picking up passengers every half-hour instead of every hour. Now, an option extending the other direction, connecting Grapevine to Collin County, is getting fast-tracked.
Transit agency Dallas Area Rapid Transit is expediting plans for its passenger rail line that would connect downtown Plano to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport along the Cotton Belt Corridor. That Cotton Belt line would not only provide access to Plano but also open up regional and statewide connectivity as other transit agencies link to the project. Riders in Grapevine could one day hook up with the A-train to Denton and possibly the proposed high-speed bullet train linking Dallas and Houston. These new options for travelers could also alleviate traffic and attract more tourists to Grapevine.
“Just think about the hundreds of thousands of people who live along this route and the ability for them … to get here,” Grapevine City Manager Bruno Rumbelow said. “The ability to cut across like that—it really will be transformational.”