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Trinity Railway Express Commuter Rail Fact Sheet

Significant Dates in Trinity Railway Express History

  • December 30, 1996 -- DART opened the first commuter rail line in the southwestern United States. The first segment of the Trinity Railway Express follows a 10-mile rail line linking downtown's Union Station, the Medical/Market Center Station, and the South Irving Transit Center. More than 4,000 people rode the train during its first day of operation.

  • December 15, 1997 -- The Trinity Railway Express commuter rail line debuts an expanded schedule featuring midday and evening service. The new schedule allows DART to offer 50 trips each weekday on the Trinity Railway Express, up from the 30 previously provided.

  • December 5, 1998 -- The Trinity Railway Express commuter rail line adds Saturday service to its schedule.

  • March 12, 1999 -- The Trinity Railway Express carries its one-millionth customer.

  • September 16, 2000 -- Trinity Railway Express service extends west to four new stations at West Irving, CentrePort, Hurst/Bell and Richland Hills. Revenue service begins September 18. More than 5,700 people ride the first day.

  • December 3, 2001 -- Service extends to the Intermodal Transit Center and T & P Stations in downtown Fort Worth. This completes the rail connection between Dallas and Fort Worth.

  • January 14, 2002 -- Trinity Railway Express dedicates the Intermodal Transportation Center accommodating TRE, the T, Amtrak Passenger Service, and retail opportunities.

  • September 14, 2009 -- With the opening of the DART Rail Green Line's first phase between Victory and MLK, Jr. stations, Trinity Railway Express begins regularly scheduled service to Victory Station.
Trinity Railway Express Ridership by Fiscal Year

1996  10-mile system opens December 30, 1996

1997  175,969

1998  455,515

1999  587,519

2000  688,486 (service extended to Tarrant County, September 2000)

2001  1.32 million (service extended to Fort Worth, completing TRE system, December 2001)

2002  2.13 million

2003  2.29 million

2004  2.16 million

2005  2.15 million

2006  2.4 million

2007  2.5 million

2008  2.7 million

2009  2.7 million

2010  2.5 million

2011  2.4 million

2012  2.3 million

2013  2.1 million

2014  2.3 million

2015  2.2 million

2016  2.1 million

Trinity Railway Express Locomotives, Bi-Level Coaches, Cab Cars

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Trinity Railway Express Locomotive
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Fleet configuration
9 locomotives
17 bi-level coaches
8 bi-level cab cars

TRE F-59 PH Locomotive Technical Specifications

  • Originally GO Transit unit GO Road numbers: 525, 527, 528 (purchased 2009), 565 thru 568 (purchased 1999)

    565-568: Refurbished by Amtrak at Beach Grove with Cab HVAC, repainted car bodies, and converted HEP to US standard 480v HEP. First used in service at TRE late 2000. Overhaul project underway at RELCO in Albia, IA. Rebuild included up-grading to EPA TIER-II compliance. Once overhaul is completed road numbers will be 123-126.

    525, 527, 528: In overhaul at TTI (Norfolk Southern) in Altoona, PA. Overhaul includes repainted carbodies, conversion to US standard 480v HEP, up-grading to EPA Tier II compliance. Once overhaul is completed TRE road numbers assigned will be 120-122.

  • Locomotive manufacturer: EMD
  • Locomotive type: (B-B) 0440
  • Locomotive horsepower: 3100
  • Years built: 1994
  • Vehicle height: 15' 8"
  • Vehicle width: 10' 6"
  • Vehicle length: 58' 2"
  • Vehicle weight: 260,000 lbs.
  • Maximum speed: 83 mph
TRE F-59 PHI Locomotive Technical Specifications

  • Purchased new from EMD, some electrical, and pre-delivery work done by Alsthom. First used by TRE in 2001.
  • Road numbers: 569 & 570
  • Locomotive manufacturer: EMD
  • Locomotive type: (B-B) 0440
  • Locomotive horsepower: 3000
  • Years built: 2001
  • Vehicle height: 15' 11.5"
  • Vehicle width: 10' 6.5"
  • Vehicle length: 58' 2"
  • Vehicle weight: 268,000 lbs.
  • Maximum speed: 83 mph
TRE Bi-Level Cab & Coach Equipment

  • Road numbers: 1048 thru 1059 Coaches
  • Car manufacturer: UTDC/Hawker-Siddeley
  • Originally built: 1976 thru 1977, rebuilt by Amtrak 2000 thru 2001
  • Originally owned and operated by: GO Transit, Canada

  • Road numbers: 1002 and 1003 Cab Cars
  • Car manufacturer: Bombardier
  • Years built: 2000
  • Purchased new by: TRE

  • Road numbers: 1004, 1005 and 1006 Cab Cars
  • Car manufacturer: Bombardier
  • Years built: 2002-2003
  • Purchased new by: TRE

  • Road numbers: 1007, 1008 and 1009 Cab Cars
  • Road number: 1060 Coach
  • Car Manufacturer: Bombardier
  • Year built: 2007
  • Purchased new by: TRE

  • Road numbers: 1061-1064 Coach
  • Car Manufacturer: Bombardier
  • Year built: 2009
  • Purchased new by: TRE

  • Seating capacity for cab and coach cars: 123 to 152 depending on configuration of car
  • Maximum customer capacity: 399 to 428 depending on exact configuration of car
  • Height: 15' 11"
  • Width: 9' 10"
  • Length: 85'
  • Maximum design speed: 95 mph
  • Empty weight: 122,000 lbs.
  • Climate control: Full heating, air conditioning and ventilation
  • Customer amenities: workstation tables, bicycle racks, luggage racks, cup holders
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair access and interior spaces
  • Cars equipped with restrooms: 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005, 1006, 1007, 1008 and 1009
Trinity Railway Express Commuter Rail Stations

Union Station (DART Rail and commuter rail service)
400 S. Houston St.

Victory Station (DART Rail and commuter rail service)
2525 Victory Ave.

Medical/Market Center Station
1419 Motor St. (between Stemmons Freeway & Harry Hines Boulevard)

Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station
115 Rock Island Road, east of O'Connor Rd., Irving

West Irving Station
4200 Jackson St.

CentrePort/DFW Airport Station
14470 Statler Blvd. (southeast of Trinity Boulevard and SH 360, Fort Worth)

Bell Station
3232 Bell Spur Dr. (at Trinity Boulevard, Fort Worth)

Richland Hills Station
7225 Burns St., Richland Hills (Handley-Ederville Road at SH 121)

Intermodal Transit Center
1001 Jones St., Fort Worth (9th and Jones)

Texas & Pacific Station
1600 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth

Trinity Railway Express News Media Contacts

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Morgan Lyons
Assistant Vice President, External Relations
Phone: 214/749-2662
Email: [email protected]

Mark A. Ball
Media Representative
Phone: 214/749-3295
Email: [email protected]

Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T)

Laura Hanna
Manager of Communications
Phone: 817/215-8973
Cell: 817/721-0734
Email: [email protected]

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