Texas Eagle to Gain new Dallas-Fort Worth Route

Amtrak’s Texas Eagle will be taking a different route between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, that is expected to result in faster travel times.

Nos. 21 and 22 will use a former Rock Island line now traveled by commuter trains of the Trinity Railway Express.

The Texas Eagle currently uses a Union Pacific route that has heavy freight traffic.

Amtrak will pay a monthly fee to use the TRE tracks and pay some offset costs that will be borne by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. The move has been five years in the making. Negotiations stalled over $7.2 million in federal funding that stalled because of contract issues, primarily over liability insurance coverage.

Texas authorities in 2009 were awarded a federal grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to double-track part of the TRE line in Tarrant County so Amtrak could use it. “There are a number of details to be worked out with several third parties before the shift to the TRE corridor can take place,” said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari.” DART, The T and Amtrak are working with these third parties to complete these arrangements, and we hope to be able to be able to shift the Texas Eagle to the TRE Corridor during the first quarter 2015.”

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