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Lancaster T & P Passage Project
As more than $1B in construction transforms the south end of Downtown, improving the ease of access to the T&P Station commuter rail passenger platform is especially timely.
The City of Fort Worth’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone District Eight (TIF 8) funded $1.75 M to design and construct the Lancaster T&P Passage Project. The passage will more clearly guide TEXRail and TRE riders between the T&P Terminal Platform and Downtown.
The project, managed by Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., began in October 2019, when DFWI released a Request for Proposals for the landscape design-build services. A panel of downtown residents, City of Fort Worth staff, and Downtown Design Review Committee members selected the Fain Group and Kimley-Horn for landscape design, engineering, and construction services. RSM joined the team to assist with storytelling and directional signage.
The route from Lancaster Avenue to the T&P Station platform and the Downtown entrance and departure experience needs improvement. This “passage” project will create an identifiable and elegant walkway between Downtown and the platform. This path will respect the landmark T&P Terminal Building’s grandeur and elevate the passengers’ arrival into one of America’s great center cities.
Key improvements will be:
- A Trinity Metro Bus pull-off lane on Lancaster
- A landscaped plaza extending from the Lancaster sidewalk
- Monumental signage identifying the T&P Terminal gateway
- A graceful, landscaped and illuminated pathway from Lancaster to the front door of the T&P Lobby
- Wayfinding signage to and from Lancaster and the passenger platform
- Public art displays and graphic elements celebrating the T&P Terminal’s Fort Worth history
Construction will begin in September 2023 and is scheduled to last about eight months.
The design team was mindful to involve stakeholders, including residents of the T&P Lofts, the US Postal Service, Trinity Metro, and the T&P Tavern owners, throughout the process to better understand concerns and existing functions.
The grand T&P Terminal lobby should be reopened as part of the station amenity package. If and when that occurs, the T&P building’s peripheral wayfinding improvements will support this more direct route to the passenger platform.