December 31 Ribbon Cutting
The new TEXRail service begins soon and North Richland Hills will celebrate with a ribbon cutting on the morning of December 31, 2018. The event is being planned for 9:30 a.m. at the Smithfield Station, located off of Smithfield Road just north of Mid Cities Boulevard. The public is invited to attend. Train rides will not be available at the ribbon cutting, however the public may ride free when TEXRail begins daily service on January 5, 2019. The free rides will be offered until February 1, 2019. Watch for more information about the ribbon cutting here and on our social media pages.
Service Start Date Announced
TEXRail operators will begin saying "All aboard" on January 5, 2019. The new commuter rail service from downtown Fort Worth to DFW airport will include two stops in North Richland Hills - the Iron Horse Station, just north of Loop 820 on Iron Horse Boulevard, and the Smithfield Station, just north of Mid Cities Boulevard on Smithfield Road. Trinity Metro (formerly known as the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, or The T) will operate the service. Trains will run every 30 minutes during peak commute times and hourly during other times of day. TEXRail fares will be $2.50 one way, or $5 for an all day pass. If your employer participates in the Trinity Metro EasyRide program, you may be eligible for a 25% discount. Find the latest information about the new TEXRail service at ridetrinitymetro.org/texrail.
Railroad Crossing Improvements
Contractors began in late March 2017 improving the railroad 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 will start in January 2019. Find more information and construction updates at ridetrinitymetro.org/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:
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 began 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.
- What is a quiet zone? Will we have quiet zones in NRH?
- Where will the NRH stations be located and how many parking spaces will they have?
- Will overnight parking be allowed at the stations?
- When will service begin and how many trips will be offered daily?
- How will TEXRail service impact traffic at crossings in NRH?
- Why were raised medians installed at railroad crossings?
- 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.
All aboard: Developers are betting millions on new Fort Worth to DFW Airport commuter rail line (Dallas Morning News 7-12-18)
Development Plans Already in Place Around New TEXRail Line (NBC DFW 6-15-18)
Town homes, upscale apartments planned for this Tex Rail station (Fort Worth Star Telegram 6-15-18)
TEXRail is test-running trains in Colleyville, North Richland Hills (Fort Worth Star Telegram 5-22-18)