When did planning for TEXRail begin and when were the NRH stations approved?

The North Central Texas Council of Governments and regional transportation authorities have been planning for more than a decade to extend passenger rail service to many communities in Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Collin counties with connections to the existing transit systems in Dallas and Fort Worth.

In 2007, North Richland Hills was designated for future TEXRail stops by the North Central Texas Council of Governments and Fort Worth Transportation Authority (now known as Trinity Metro) and the city updated its Comprehensive Land Use Plan to incorporate the two commuter rail districts.

In 2009, the city held public hearings and adopted zoning codes and development regulations to guide future development in the Iron Horse and Smithfield stations.

In 2015, the City formalized an agreement with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (Trinity Metro) for the two rail station locations.

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1. Why do crossing gates at Davis and Main stay down so long? 
2. Sometimes the crossing gates go down, but no train crosses. Why?
3. What is a quiet zone? Are there quiet zones in NRH?
4. Where are NRH stations located and how many parking spaces do they have?
5. Is overnight parking allowed at the stations?
6. How many trips are offered daily?
7. How does TEXRail service impact traffic at crossings in NRH?
8. Why were raised medians installed at railroad crossings?
9. What are the benefits of TEXRail for NRH?
10. What is being done to limit noise and pollution?
11. What type of development is planned around the NRH stations?
12. Will my taxes go up to pay for this service?
13. If my home is near the rail line, will this affect my property values?
14. Won’t the rail stations and surrounding developments bring more people to NRH and thus more traffic?
15. Should we be worried about an increase in crime at and around the rail stations?
16. Some say TEXRail won’t improve traffic congestion. Is this true?
17. How will TEXRail benefit the local economy?
18. Wouldn’t it be cheaper to build more roads?
19. When did planning for TEXRail begin and when were the NRH stations approved?
20. I have additional questions. Where can I get more information?