Trinity Metro in early stages of extending TEXRail to Medical District
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Infrastructure consulting firm AECOM has been selected by Trinity Metro to conduct the environmental assessment and preliminary engineering for the TEXRail extension project. Trinity Metro plans to extend the commuter rail line south from downtown Fort Worth, connecting the T&P Station to a future TEXRail station in the Fort Worth Medical District.
The extension will serve the more than 40,000 people who work in the fast-growing Medical District, plus residents and businesses in the surrounding Near Southside neighborhood.
“Trinity Metro's commuter rail line already has nine stations in Fort Worth, North Richland Hills and Grapevine, and this expansion is intended to improve transit equity by providing access to health care services for local residents who may not have a vehicle and will ease the commute for health care workers traveling in and out of the district,” said Dev Rastogi, AECOM’s vice president and Dallas executive.
The TEXRail commuter rail line opened in January 2019 and extends northeast for 27 miles between downtown Fort Worth and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B. Stations are located along the corridor in north Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, Grapevine and DFW Airport. Currently the rail line goes as far south as the Fort Worth T&P Station, but does not yet serve the city’s Medical District or southern neighborhoods. The new project will extend the line 2.1 miles with a proposed station south of Mistletoe Boulevard, near Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center.
As project consultant, AECOM’s role will include a study to review the environmental impact of the project. AECOM will prepare the preliminary engineering plans, environmental documentation and support public outreach consistent with all Federal Transit Administration and National Environmental Policy Act requirements. In a similar role, AECOM supported Trinity Metro throughout the development of the initial phase of the TEXRail project.
“We are excited about moving forward with this extension to the TEXRail commuter rail line,” said Jon-Erik “AJ” Arjanen, vice president and chief operating officer of Trinity Metro. “Working through the environmental assessment and preliminary engineering are important phases in this project.”