- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Officials who run a commuter rail service between Dallas and Fort Worth are looking to increase the frequency of trips between the two cities this fall.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (https://bit.ly/1UlihAL ) reports there’s a possibility of a 51 percent increase in the frequency of trips offered by the Trinity Railway Express, co-owned by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

The commuter rail service already offers 46 trains on a typical weekday - 24 heading west toward Fort Worth, and 22 eastbound for Dallas - and there are special trains to events. But there are times of day when riders must wait up to two hours for a train. Officials believe those gaps, and the fact that on most evenings the trains stop running before many restaurants close, have contributed to a ridership drop.

“People would like us to have later hours, so they could go to Fort Worth or Dallas and stay later without worrying about having to drive home,” said Laura Hanna, spokeswoman for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority.

The expanded service isn’t scheduled to begin until Oct. 24, and has not yet been approved by the two organizations’ boards.

Hanna said that before any changes are made, there will be a public hearing to get the input of residents. A hearing is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 9, and the boards would then consider approving the new schedule in September.

Officials with the two organizations believe the service can be expanded without buying additional rail cars, hiring additional train operators or encountering other expenses.

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Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, https://www.star-telegram.com


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