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Old November 6th, 2015, 08:21 AM   #21
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TEXRail

Commuter Rail, route running from downtown to the DFW Airport. Originally named "sw2ne" and was planned to begin near Sycamore School Road in SWFW, passing through downtown and up to the airport.



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Old November 6th, 2015, 08:33 AM   #22
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TEXRail

TEXRail to use FLIRT cars from Stadler

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Officials working on the proposed TEX Rail commuter train project have gone from being a laughingstock to ordering rolling stock.

After enduring years of doubts about their ability to pull off construction of the 27-mile commuter rail line from downtown Fort Worth to Grapevine and DFW Airport, TEX Rail officials on Tuesday officially inked a contract to order rail cars.


Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/tr...#storylink=cpy


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Old November 6th, 2015, 08:45 AM   #23
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Excellent. I never thought we would see FLIRTs in North America, in a Texan satellite city no less
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Old November 6th, 2015, 12:56 PM   #24
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Nice , but please don't quote the article article only the first paragraph.
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Old November 6th, 2015, 04:58 PM   #25
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Nice , but please don't quote the article article only the first paragraph.
I'll keep it in mind next time.
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Old November 7th, 2015, 07:09 AM   #26
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^ What I think he actually meant is that you'll also keep it in mind this time by using the edit function to alter the post in a way that complies with the site rules.
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Old November 7th, 2015, 05:24 PM   #27
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Spur*

Fort Worth's BRT, which began in 2010, was somewhat of a backup streetcars after 2010's vote to not continue the study for said streetcars (still angry about that) and it runs from downtown on E. Lancaster, one of the longest and busiest streets in the city, to the far Eastside.

No official word on expansion at this time, but it is being considered.





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Old November 7th, 2015, 05:38 PM   #28
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That frequency is appalling...should be at least a min of 5 minutes during rush hr with 15min offpeak..
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Old November 7th, 2015, 06:17 PM   #29
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That frequency is appalling...should be at least a min of 5 minutes during rush hr with 15min offpeak..
It's a start.

Like I mentioned before, our public transportation is still growing... lacking for a city of our size, but still growing
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Old November 7th, 2015, 11:29 PM   #30
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Would be nice if it was a real BRT though. With dedicated lanes.
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Old November 9th, 2015, 07:34 PM   #31
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T Master Plan

T Master Plan.org



This year, The T asked citizens of Fort Worth to send suggestions as to what to fix, what to build, what to add, and what to change.



Some of the main suggestions, of course are:

- Expansion of service to areas without it
- Expanded Rail / Bringing in streetcars
- Expanded Park-and-Ride service
- New Crosstown service

Even though this is primarily for Fort Worth and Tarrant County, all the transit authorities still work together in some form. The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) was established for the 16-county region to plan and prepare for the growth of the DFW Metroplex and surrounding area. So even though we have our own transportation authorities, we still work together in a way.

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Old November 20th, 2015, 04:50 AM   #32
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TEXRail to use FLIRT cars from Stadler





Here is a pdf of the specs for the FLIRT cars for TEXRail.

http://www.stadlerrail.com/media/uploads/F3TR0415en.pdf

About a month after the contract was signed the Swiss government let the Swiss Franc float against other currencies. This caused a sharp rise in the cost of Swiss products but Stadler had to respect the contract price. The Franc has since declined some so there is less change from the contract price.

As an aside, it looks like the Stadler assembly plant in the U. S. will be in Salt Lake City.
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What happened to plans for the Texas plant? Hopefully that means some Stadler DMUs will be put into service on the Front Runner commuter rail.
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^ Lewisville, Texas and Salt Lake City were two candidates (there may have been others). It looks like SLC will be the winner.
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I guess they gave a better tax deal then Texas...either way this is a game changer for Railroads in the US...
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Old November 21st, 2015, 10:13 PM   #36
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^ Lewisville, Texas and Salt Lake City were two candidates (there may have been others). It looks like SLC will be the winner.
Ah, that's disappointing.

I didn't even think it would be Lewisville. I thought Alliance would get it. They're building everything else up there, so I figured Stadler would as well.
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I guess they gave a better tax deal then Texas...either way this is a game changer for Railroads in the US...
Taxes could have been part of it. Last spring's flooding did not help. The proposed site adjacent to DCTA's maintenance yard wa# NOT flooded, but rail access and DCTA's A-Train was shut down for most of a week.

And let's face it, Salt Lake City has better skiing.

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Here is an article about Utah's deal to get Stadler's assembly plant. There is nothing yet on Stadler's website, but the people in Utah believe they have.committed to at least a temporary plant there.

http://www.sltrib.com/home/3292135-1...temporary-utah

Stadler implies that they are still considering Salt Lake City, DFW, or Atlanta for the permanent location.

Rather strange.
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TEXRail

The paperwork is complete:

From the Star-Telegram
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Of all the problems that have plagued efforts to develop the TEX Rail commuter line during the past decade, a lack of permission from four railroads to use their tracks was the most pesky.

That hurdle was eliminated Thursday when representatives of the rail companies gathered in Fort Worth to sign eight agreements that collectively clear the way for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, also known as the T, to begin operating TEX Rail from downtown to Grapevine and Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, possibly by late 2018.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/tr...#storylink=cpy
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I'm surprised at how fast Texas buildings mega projects , only 3 years for a system like that. I'm also not surprised at UP's unwillingness to negotiate with their ROW...they seem to hate Passenger services using their lines.
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