But Baulsir and others at Trinity Metro want to keep the federal money in Fort Worth.

Baulsir is asking the North Central Texas Council of Governments to write a letter to the Federal Transit Administration supporting the proposed TEXRail extension.

“Nearly 40,000 people are drawn each day to the Fort Worth Medical District to work in the hospitals, clinics, treatment centers, and other businesses there,” Baulsir wrote in a May 30 letter to Michael Morris, transportation director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. “That district is home to some of the finest medical facilities anywhere.”

The council of governments is the DFW region’s official planning body, and includes the Regional Transportation Council, which will hear more details about Baulsir’s request Thursday during its regular monthly meeting in Arlington.

The medical district has a $5.5 billion annual impact in Tarrant County, according to a 2014 University of North Texas study.