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
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 could start by the end of 2018. Find more information and construction updates at www.TEXRail.com.
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:
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.
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.
- Why is TEXRail work closing roadways in NRH?
- Why can’t they complete this work with lane closures?
- Why does the new crossing seem rough when I drive over it?
- Why were raised medians installed at railroad crossings?
- Where will the NRH stations be located and how many parking spaces will they have?
- When will service begin and how many trips will be offered daily?
- What are the benefits of TEXRail for NRH?
- What is being done to limit noise and pollution?
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.