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Trinity Railway Express
Overview
Type Commuter rail
Locale Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
Termini Union Station
T&P Station
Stations 10
Daily ridership 9,800
Operation
Opened December 30, 1996
Owner Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Fort Worth Transportation Authority
Operator(s) Herzog Transit Services
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)
Electrification No
Route map
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Legend
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Blue Line to Ledbetter; Red Line to Westmoreland
Right side of urban cross-platform interchange Left side head station of cross-platform interchange
Union Station
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Blue Line to Downtown Garland; Red Line to Parker Road; Green Line to Buckner
Right side of urban cross-platform interchange Left side of cross-platform interchange
Victory Station
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Green Line to North Carrollton/Frankford; Orange Line (future) to DFW Airport
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Station on track
Medical/Market Center Station
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Bridge over water
Trinity River
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Loop 12
Station on track
South Irving Station Car parking
Station on track
West Irving Station Car parking
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President George Bush Turnpike
Airport Station on track
CentrePort/DFW Airport Station Car parking
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Station on track
Hurst/Bell Station Car parking
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Station on track
Richland Hills Station Car parking
Bridge over water
Trinity River
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Station on track
Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center
End station
T&P Station Car parking

The Trinity Railway Express (or TRE) is a commuter rail line in the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex. It was established by an interlocal agreement between Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T). Each transit authority owns a 50% stake in the joint rail project and contractor Herzog Transit Services operates the line. The TRE began operating in December, 1996.[1]

The TRE commuter line has a daily ridership of 9,800 [2]and is the fourteenth most-ridden commuter rail system in the country. Annual ridership on the TRE exceeds two and a half million persons.[3]

Until 2006, it was typically shown as a green line on DART maps and therefore was sometimes referred to as the "Green Line," but this was not an official designation. In 2006, DART chose green as the color for its new light rail route, the Green Line. Thus, the TRE is now shown as a dark blue line on DART maps.

The eastern terminus of the TRE line is Dallas Union Station on the west side of downtown Dallas. The line runs northwest, past the American Airlines Center and Southwestern Medical Center, through Irving, DFW Airport, Hurst, and Richland Hills before ending with two stops in downtown Fort Worth (the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center at 9th and Jones Streets and the T&P Station on Throckmorton Street). There are a total of ten regular station stops, including a stop at Victory Station (which until the opening of DART's Green line in September 2009, was used only for special events). Not all trains are through trains - a number of trains either terminate or originate at the CentrePort/DFW Airport Station.

Named after the Trinity River, which flows between Fort Worth and Dallas, the TRE was launched on December 30, 1996, shortly after the inaugural service of Dallas' light rail system, operating from Union Station to the South Irving Station in Irving. On 18 September 2000, the line was extended to the Richland Hills Station and, for the first time, there was rail service available between downtown Dallas and DFW Airport. On 13 November 2000 the West Irving Station also opened. On 3 December 2001, the TRE was extended to its current terminus at the T&P Station in downtown Fort Worth.

Equipment used on the TRE consists of four EMD F59PH locomotives, two EMD F59PHI locomotives, and 17 Bombardier BiLevel Coaches (including 7 cab cars identical to GO Transit, Metrolink and Caltrain commuter trains). Also, 13 rail diesel cars (RDCs) are used primarily for midday trains between downtown Dallas and DFW Airport.

Each non-RDC train includes at least one locomotive unit and one bi-level cab car. Typically, one or two additional coach cars are included between the locomotive and cab car. Each cab car (and thus each train) has a restroom and passengers may move between cars during the trip. The trip from Union Station to T&P Station takes just over an hour, with scheduled trip times ranging from one hour, three minutes to one hour, eleven minutes. Track improvements are currently underway which should offer an improvement in travel times by double-tracking certain stations and sections of the route. Currently, portions of the route are single-track, requiring eastbound and westbound trains to meet only at certain points and requiring some eastbound trains to hold for 5-7 minutes to wait for a westbound train to get to the passing area.

Granbury, Texas-based firm 4G Metro offers Wi-Fi Internet access to TRE customers. The access point broadcasts as "4G-TRE" and is open.[citation needed]

On February 15th, 2010 a woman was killed after being struck by a TRE train. Her death was the second within a week, and the 11th death cause by TRE trains since the service started to operate in December 1996.[1]

Contents

Fleet

Information from the Trinity Railway Express Train Facts page

Stations

Listed from east to west

References

  1. ^ a b Mueller, Sarah. "Dallas woman killed Monday by TRE train identified" Dallas Morning News. 2010-02-16. retrieved on 2010-02-16 from <http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/021610dnmettredeath.12360e74a.html>
  2. ^ http://www.dart.org/about/aboutdart.asp
  3. ^ <http://www.trinityrailwayexpress.org/traininfo.html>

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