DART News Release
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September 18, 2000
For immediate release:
TARRANT COUNTY COMMUTER RAIL SERVICE MARKS SUCCESSFUL FIRST DAY OPERATION
RICHLAND HILLS, Texas - More than 750 Tarrant County commuters rode the rails this morning (Monday) for the start of the Trinity Railway Express expanded service to three new Tarrant County stations.
Parking facilities at Richland Hills and CentrePort/DFW Airport were at capacity, with riders using overflow parking near the Richland Hills Station. Arrangements have been made to provide additional parking immediately at Richland Hills. Some riders may want to consider parking at the Hurst/Bell Station - the largest of the three parking lots - rather than Richland Hills.
While Tarrant County commuters headed to jobs to the east, many Dallas passengers used the TRE to connect to the DFW Airport and other locations in Tarrant County.
Westbound deboardings by station were:
Several passengers boarded at CentrePort to travel west to the Hurst/Bell and Richland Hills stations.
Trains were running on time, with only a two to three minute delay during peak rush hour at one or two stations. Bartosiewicz said some would-be riders arrived to the Richland Hills Station too late for the last morning departure.
"The trains will run on time each day, so riders must plan accordingly to ensure their arrival before boarding time," he said.
T officials will distribute a customer survey to get input about TRE service and to solicit suggestions for building the service.
"We have said from the beginning that service expansion would be determined by ridership," Bartosiewicz said. "We are already hearing from our Tarrant County passengers that they would like to see some additional service. We will hear feedback and make decisions based on need as well as equipment and rail line capacity."
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