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TEXRail celebrates one-year anniversary

Posted Jan. 14, 2020

TEXRail riding on its tracks
An estimated 560,345 rides were recorded during TEXRail's first year of operation. This train is named Spike and is the newest TEXRail train, traveling at up to 70 mph.

Time flies when you’re riding in style to the airport.

Trinity Metro TEXRail is celebrating one year in operation, providing a comfortable and convenient ride between downtown Fort Worth and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

At the end of 2019, TEXRail ridership reached 545,345 for the year. December was a record-setting month, with 51,217 passengers and the trains were on schedule 99.15 percent of the time. The previous record for paid ridership was 44,741, which occurred in November.

Jon-Erik “AJ” Arjanen, vice president and chief operating officer for rail, said TEXRail’s reliability is key to increasing ridership.

“Riders want to know that the train is going to pick them up on time and take them safely to their destination as scheduled,” Arjanen said. “If you’re traveling to the airport to catch a flight, you don’t want to worry about when you’ll arrive.”

Ridership patterns emerged during the first year, with DFW Airport Terminal B Station consistently ranking first in ridership on weekdays and Sundays. On Saturdays, Grapevine/Main Street had the highest ridership.

“We found that more business and leisure travelers are choosing to leave their cars at home and not worry about getting stuck in traffic,” Arjanen said. “In 2020, we expect our commuter base to grow as more companies take advantage of the 25% discount we offer through our EasyRide program.”

First-year facts

To put the one-year anniversary in perspective, consider the number of miles TEXRail has traveled since beginning operations. Between Jan. 10, 2019, and late July, the trains traveled 230,442 miles between Fort Worth T&P Station and DFW Airport Terminal B Station. Frequency increased to 30 minutes during peak travel times late in July. From that point through Jan. 10, 2020, the mileage is 297,594.

  • 528,036 total miles traveled on TEXRail.
  • 560,345 rides (estimated).
  • 3,600-plus maintenance inspections.
  • 1,792 seats (224 per train).
  • 832 train washes.
  • 688 windows (86 per train).
  • 41 railroad crossings.
  • 27 miles each way.
  • 23 bridges.
  • Nine stations.
  • Eight trains.
  • $2.50 one-way ticket.

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