Passenger Transport June 2017 Vol 75 No 11 - 10

2017 RAIL CONFERENCE

TEXRail on Track for
Service in Late 2018
BY PAUL J. BALLARD
President/Chief Executive Officer
Fort Worth Transportation Authority
Fort Worth, TX

Facility, where crews have been working
on the tilt walls (concrete walls poured
flat on the ground and lifted into place
rather than being built standing in their
final position) for the 57,000-square-foot
ith 1,000 workers across the
facility that sits on 22 acres in North
Cotton Belt CorFort Worth. The walls, which
ridor, TEXRail is on
will be 12 inches thick when
target to open for revenue sercompleted, are filled with convice in late 2018.
crete, rebar and foam.
The 27-mile commuter rail
Two of the nine TEXRail staline, owned and operated by
tions are already in use by Trinthe Fort Worth Transportaity Railway Express commuter
tion Authority, will offer a new
rail: the Texas & Pacific Station,
Paul J. Ballard
option for passengers to get from
which begins the TEXRail route
downtown Fort Worth to the Dallas-Fort
and where workers are extending and
Worth International Airport. This conelevating the platform for level boardnectivity is essential for regional, national
ing, and the Intermodal Transportation
and international businesses and travelers
Center, where the platform is also being
and is a significant selling point for ecoraised. The other seven stations are in difnomic development, business relocations,
ferent phases of development, but all will
conventions and tourism.
be ready for TEXRail's opening next year.
Construction is especially robust
Other construction activity includes
at the line's Equipment Maintenance
building supports for a new bridge
over an existing rail yard in Fort
Worth and for another bridge
in nearby Haltom City, where
TEXRail's elevated track will run
parallel to a ground-level track
that will continue to be used for
freight trains.
Excitement is building all along
the line. In Grapevine, a historic
railroad town, the convention
and visitors bureau is showcasing
TEXRail in a summer exhibit that
is expected to draw more than
Workers pouring concrete at the TEXRail Equipment
40,000 visitors.
Maintenance Facility.

W

Off-Wire Streetcar
Technology Coming
To Charlotte
BY JOHN M. LEWIS JR.
Executive Director
Charlotte Area Transit System
Charlotte, NC

such as Dallas and Seattle, it is a first for
both the city of Charlotte and Siemens.
Our streetcars will operate on battery
from the Charlotte Transportation Center to the Tryon Street stop, a distance
AS WE CONTINUE constructing the
of just over one-quarter mile, the maxiCityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2
mum the streetcar battery can
Streetcar Project, we at the
safely accommodate as it must
Charlotte Area Transit System
climb a nearly 6 percent grade
(CATS) are enthusiastic to begin
in mixed traffic. It then returns
the operation of modern streetto catenary wire. The exclucars, an exciting element of the
sion of the overhead catenary
project that will extend the cursystem through this portion of
rent line by 2.5 miles with the
the corridor will allow for the
John M. Lewis Jr.
addition of 11 new stops.
continuation of major street
The existing CityLYNX Gold Line
festivals and parades through the interalignment includes six stops through
section of Trade Street and Tryon Street
Uptown Charlotte and operates with a
or, as locals call it, "the square."
fleet built to resemble vintage streetcars.
CATS is excited to not only provide
Once Phase 2 of the streetcar project
a premium streetcar service, but bring
opens in fall 2020, we will retire the
innovative technology to the city.
existing vehicles and
launch the expanded service with six S70 vehicles
from Siemens. These
vehicles, which can
accommodate approximately 170 passengers,
will have hybrid technology allowing for limited
off-wire operation in
Uptown Charlotte.
While off-wire streetcars successfully operate
CATS' CityLYNX Gold Line currently operates with vehicles built to
in other American cities, resemble vintage streetcars.

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