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TEXRail is test-running trains in Colleyville, North Richland Hills

TEXRail testing commuter train cars on tracks in Colleyville, North Richland Hills

TEXRail is on track to begin commuter train service Dec. 31 from downtown Fort Worth to Grapevine and DFW Airport. On Tuesday, Trinity Metro opened its maintenance yard.
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TEXRail is on track to begin commuter train service Dec. 31 from downtown Fort Worth to Grapevine and DFW Airport. On Tuesday, Trinity Metro opened its maintenance yard.

If you live near railroad tracks in Northeast Tarrant County and hear a whooshing sound, it may be the TEXRail commuter trains coming down the tracks at up to 69 mph.

Trinity Metro, the organization, building the TEXRail line, is testing its Stadler Bussnang rail cars on 7.5 miles of the line, much of it in North Richland Hills and Colleyville.

The commuter line is on track to open Dec. 31, Trinity Metro president Paul Ballard says.

On Tuesday, Trinity Metro celebrated the opening of a 53,000-square-foot maintenance facility for the planned TEXRail line at 3137 E. Long Ave., in north Fort Worth.

The Equipment Maintenance Facility will be where the eight sets of rail cars will be washed, maintained and repaired.

"It's pretty slick and very modern and quiet, so you're getting some very good equipment," Robert Patrick, Federal Transit Administration regional administrator, told about 200 TEXRail supporters Tuesday at the new maintenance yard.

The line will run from Fort Worth's T&P Station to stations in north Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, Grapevine and DFW Airport Terminal B.

TEXRail maintenance facility
TEXRail supporters tour TEXRail's new maintenance facility in north Fort Worth on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Gordon Dickson

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