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TEXRail is about to nearly double the number of trains on its tracks

Residents who live along the TEXRail tracks are about to notice a lot more trains.

The commuter rail line, which opened in January, has taken delivery of its eighth and final train set from Swiss manufacturer Stadler, which builds the railroad cars at a plant near Salt Lake City, Utah.

With all of its rail cars in hand, Trinity Metro, Fort Worth’s transit agency, can now increase the frequency of its train service to every 30 minutes during the busiest times of day. TEXRail opened in January, initially with five train sets, and up to this point has run trains hourly.

Starting Sunday, a new schedule will be used with trains running every 30 minutes for about 10 hours of each day — and less frequently during quieter times of day. The total number of train runs each day will increase to 73, up from 48.

TEXRail operates out of nine stations in Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, Grapevine and DFW Airport.

“We always intended to increase frequency after six months of service to provide more options for commuters, travelers and other passengers,”Bob Baulsir, Trinity Metro president and chief executive officer, said in an email. “Riders love our service, and we often hear that they are eager for more trains to run.”

Those who already ride the trains will need to adjust to the new schedule times. For example, Baulsir said, a train that currently leaves a station at 25 minutes past the hour will now leave at 43 minutes past the hour.

Trains will also run later, with the last train leaving Fort Worth Central Station downtown at 12:47 a.m, instead of 11:30 p.m. And, the first train leaving DFW Airport each morning bound for Fort Worth will depart at 4:40 a.m. , instead of 4:55 a.m.

TEXRail officials hope to extend the train service two miles and open a station in the medical district. They finished the project $90 million under budget and would like to use that federal money to extend the tracks to a proposed station at Mistletoe Boulevard, Baulsir has said in a previous interview.

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Gordon Dickson joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1997. He is passionate about hard news reporting, and his beats include transportation, growth, urban planning, aviation, real estate, jobs, business trends. He is originally from El Paso, and loves food, soccer and long drives.