No more free rides, but TEXRail ridership nears 100,000


No more free rides.

TEXRail ridership came close to 100,000 during the first 22 days of service, Jan. 10-31. The new commuter rail line from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport provided 98,582 rides in January. On Feb. 1, the first day of revenue service, ridership is expected to push the grand total to more than 100,000.

“Ridership has been consistently strong throughout the first three weeks of service,” said Trinity Metro President/CEO Paul J Ballard. “The number of passengers commuting to work, taking day trips or traveling to the airport has been phenomenal.”

To give everyone a chance to experience TEXRail, Trinity Metro offered complimentary rides through Jan. 31. Beginning Friday, Feb. 1, the local fare for TEXRail is $2.50 one way or $5 for a local day pass, which includes all Trinity Metro bus and rail service in Tarrant County. A regional day pass is $12 and includes all Trinity Metro, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, and Denton County Transportation Authority trains and buses.

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“We anticipate the ridership will fluctuate over the next few months, but we have no doubt that TEXRail will continue to be a popular choice for North Texans, tourists and travelers,” Ballard said. “The target ridership has been 8,000 a day by the end of the first year of service. So far, we are averaging 4,500 a day.”