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Delayed Opening for TEXRail Blamed on Federal Shutdown

Trinity Metro ended up delaying the opening of the new TexRail line for five days—from Saturday, January 5, until Thursday, January 10.
January 9, 2019, 10am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"TexRail -- the brand-new rail line from Fort Worth to DFW International Airport -- won't open Saturday after all," according to an article on KERA News posted last week, days before the scheduled opening. "The hold-up, according to Fort Worth's transit agency, is the partial federal government shutdown."

The decision to delay the opening had critics of the decision questioning whether that could really be the cause.

"On Monday, prospective TEXRail riders took to social media to criticize Trinity Metro, the local transit agency building the line, for not providing the public more information about the postponement," reports Amanda McCoy in a separate article that includes a lot more detail about the events leading up to the delay, and the public fallout from the decision.

Late Monday, the news shifted again, as Trinity Metro announced it would open the new rail line on Thursday. "Trinity Metro issued an update Monday, saying it's received word from the FRA that the 27-mile route has been approved for passenger service," according to a follow up article by KERA News.

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Published on Monday, January 7, 2019 in Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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