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More Trinity Express trains = more riders

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A TRE commuter train passes an Amtrak train on its way into the Intermodal Transportation Center in downtown Fort Worth Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The TRE board is considering expanding service as early as October 2016.
A TRE commuter train passes an Amtrak train on its way into the Intermodal Transportation Center in downtown Fort Worth Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The TRE board is considering expanding service as early as October 2016. dkent@star-telegram.com

The Trinity Railway Express has its fans, but some of its inefficiencies make it tough for commuters to leave the car at home.

That might change.

An expanded service might be possible, starting in the fall, TRE officials told the Star-Telegram’s Gordon Dickson.

They are to add more trips during the weekday, add earlier trains and keep a later schedule on Fridays and Saturdays.

The TRE, co-owned by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and Dallas Area Rapid Transit, enables residents to travel between the two major cities fairly easily, but the schedule isn’t the most conducive for some commuters.

The TRE closes relatively early, and at midday there is a two-hour gap between some trains. It doesn’t run Sundays.

Waiting up to two hours from any public transportation is inefficient, and closing before restaurants doesn’t help.

It keeps away potential commuters, who might find it more reasonable to take their cars than wait or possibly be stranded.

Though Sunday service doesn’t seem to be on the horizon, these changes should help entice more people to use the train.

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