As a train approaches the Smithfield Station heading east to Grapevine, the crossing gates at Smithfield, Davis and Main all go down. If it is a freight train or the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, the train will continue through and the gates at each crossing will come up as soon as the train passes. If it is a TEXRail train, it will stop at the station and board passengers and the gates at Davis and Main will stay down. The crossing gates on Davis and Main are down for about 3 to 4 minutes for each eastbound TEXRail train. Once the crossing gates go up, traffic on Davis gets a green light first, followed by Main Street.
Trinity Metro looked at raising the crossing gates at Davis and Main while the TEXRail trains were boarding at the Smithfield Station, however there is not enough time before the train proceeds for the traffic lights on Davis and Main to cycle through again and clear the tracks prior to the train reaching the intersection. With safety being the priority, the gates stay down until the train passes.
Trinity Metro TEXRail is in the process of reviewing crossings to determine what changes can be made to minimize interruptions to traffic flow while still maintaining federal safety requirements.