TEX Rail on track to open in 2018 despite lack of federal funds

June 20, 2016

By Gordon Dickson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

FORT WORTH

Transit officials say they have enough money to begin building the planned TEX Rail commuter line from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in July, and they remain on course to complete the work by late 2018 despite questions about federal funding for the project.Website Insert Buy American Mandate copy

But if all that federal money — more than a half-billion dollars in all — doesn’t arrive before the start of the 2017 state legislative session in January, the long-awaited commuter rail project could face stiff opposition among some elected leaders who philosophically oppose the use of public dollars for passenger rail. Among them is state Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville, who in recent months has repeatedly said that a project the size of TEX Rail — now estimated to cost more than $1 billion, including local funds — should not have been allowed to proceed without a countywide vote.

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