TEX Rail

TEXRail contractors are documenting their progress. We have created a TEXRail playlist on YouTube so you can easily find their videos.

Improvements Begin on Railroad Crossings

Contractors began in late March 2017 improving the raildroad crossings in North Richland Hills. Lane closures and traffic alerts will be posted in the news section of our website, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Station Construction Underway

Smithfield Station Sign
Activity began in January 2017 off Smithfield Road just north of Mid Cities Boulevard to prepare the land for the construction of the Smithfield Station, one of North Richland HIlls’ two stops on the future TEXRail commuter line. In the coming year, work will also begin on our second local stop, Iron Horse Station, which will be located on Iron Horse Boulevard near NE Loop 820. TexRail service will start in January 2019. Find more information and construction updates at www.TEXRail.com.

About TEXRail

TEXRail will not use diesel locomotives or heavy rail like the TRE trains. It will use Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) self-propelled passenger rail cars which create 72% less pollution and 75% less noise than a standard locomotive. These rail cars are currently used by the Denton County Transportation Agency’s A-Train, which can be seen in the following video: 

Groundbreaking Ceremony

On August 24, 2016, North Richland Hills city officials joined officials from Fort Worth, Grapevine and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority for a ceremonial groundbreaking of the 27-mile TEXRail commuter rail line that will run from downtown Fort Worth to DFW Airport. There will be two stations in North Richland Hills, one near Iron Horse Boulevard and Loop 820 and the other on Smithfield Road. 

Rail Safety

TEXRail practice runs begin in Spring 2018. Remember to never drive, bike or walk around lowered crossing gates or trespass on railroad tracks. Talk to your children about rail crossing safety and teach them to never walk or play on, or near, the tracks. Visit the Operation Lifesaver website for more information to keep you and your family safe.

Did You Know? 

The Cotton Belt railroad arrived in our community 1887.  According to the city's history book it was one of the "grandest events" in our history. Read an excerpt from the history book here