TEXRail passenger service started on Thursday, January 10, 2019 providing service to Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, Grapevine and DFW Airport. North Richland Hills' stations are located at:
- Iron Horse Station, 6531 Iron Horse Blvd.
- Smithfield Station, 6420 Smithfield Rd.
Quiet Zone Update
A Quiet Zone is now in effect for all 10 railroad crossings in North Richland Hills. Residents should now be hearing far fewer train horns than before. Keep in mind that a train engineer may still sound the horn in emergencies such as a vehicle or person on the track, workers within 25 feet of the track or at the discretion of the crew as needed for safety.
The Federal Railroad Administration requires train engineers to blow their horn when workers are present, even in a quiet zone. Workers are currently making repairs to the Cotton Belt Trail that is adjacent to the tracks and completing other punch list and cleanup items in the railroad right of way and at the stations. As this work wraps up over the next few months, the sounding of train horns for this reason will subside.
While all 10 railroad crossings in North Richland Hills have been made quiet zones, residents may still hear train horns from time to time even after the construction work is done. A train engineer will sound the horn in emergencies and at the discretion of the crew when they feel it is necessary for safety. This may include a vehicle or person on the track, or a safety concern when entering or exiting a station.
TEXRail is a new 27-mile commuter rail line that extends from downtown Fort Worth, across northeast Tarrant County, through North Richland Hills, and Grapevine, and into DFW International Airport's Terminal B. Trinity Metro (formerly known as the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, or The T) operates TEXRail.
Trinity Metro is offering free fares for TEXRail through January 31. Starting February 1, TEXRail fares will be $2.50 one way, or $5 for an all day pass. Reduced fares are available. Learn more on the Trinity Metro website: https://ridetrinitymetro.org/fares
Find the latest information about the new TEXRail service at ridetrinitymetro.org/texrail.
TEXRail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Following two and a half years of construction, the North Richland Hills community celebrated the new TEXRail service with a ribbon cutting on December 31, 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 do crossing gates at Davis and Main stay down so long?
- Sometimes the crossing gates go down, but no train crosses. Why?
- What is a quiet zone? Are there quiet zones in NRH?
- Where are NRH stations located and how many parking spaces do they have?
- Is overnight parking be allowed at the stations?
- How many trips are offered daily?
- How does TEXRail service impact traffic at crossings in NRH?
- Why were raised medians installed at railroad crossings?
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.
The TEXRail project included reconstruction of the entire rail corridor including all crossings and several bridges. Contractors documented their progress throughout the project. We created a TEXRail playlist on YouTube so you can easily find their videos.
Groundbreaking Ceremony - August 24, 2016
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 are 2 TEXRail stations in North Richland Hills, one near Iron Horse Boulevard and Loop 820 and the other on Smithfield Road.
TEXRail backers ready to push for longer route (Fort Worth Star Telegram 01-21-19)
A moving experience: Passengers jump on board new TEXRail line (Fort Worth Star Telegram editorial 01-20-19)
Fort Worth gets on board new TEXRail Train (Fort Worth Business Press 01-16-19)
TEXRail is off and running, and here's where to catch it (Fort Worth Star Telegram 01-11-19)
After five-day delay, TEXRail will begin service Thursday (Dallas Morning News 01-09-19)
TEXRail's on-again, off-again opening is back on (Fort Worth Star Telegram 01-08-19)
TEXRail forced to call off today's debut (Dallas Morning News 01-05-19)
TEXRail calls off plans to run trains Saturday (Fort Worth Star Telegram 01-05-19)
TEXRail makes its first ride (Dallas Morning News 01-01-19)
A quick primer about new passenger train line (Fort Worth Star Telegram 12-30-18)
Transportation transformation: TEXRail to DFW a game-changer (Fort Worth Star Telegram editorial 12-30-18)
Cowtown, DFW get a rail link (Dallas Morning News 12-29-18)
TEXRail promises to quiet blaring horns (Fort Worth Star Telegram 12-23-18)
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)