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TEXRail to begin service Thursday after delay due to government shutdown

Trinity Metro, the local transit agency operating TEXRail, got full clearance Monday from the Federal Railroad Administration to begin operating the entire 27-mile track.

TEXRail, the new, 27-mile commuter train service that will connect downtown Fort Worth and DFW Airport, will begin passenger service Jan. 10 after a delay caused by the government shutdown.

Trinity Metro, the local transit agency operating TEXRail, got full clearance Monday from the Federal Railroad Administration to begin operating the entire 27-mile track.

TEXRail was supposed to open Jan. 5, but the FRA hadn't given full clearance because the paperwork was delayed due to the federal shutdown – which was two weeks old at the time.

The agency had needed approval to carry passengers on a new rail intersection built under Spur 280, according to the Star-Telegram.

Trinity Metro's Monday announcement of an official start date came with the news that it was addressing a signal issue encountered three days prior. The company traced the issue back to a hardware installation and said it was "testing each piece of hardware to make sure that all components are working properly before [it begins] passenger service."

TEXRail will extend from downtown Fort Worth, across northeast Tarrant County, through North Richland Hills, Grapevine, and into DFW International Airport’s Terminal B, with a total of nine stops along the way.

The train made a ceremonial inaugural trek on New Year's Eve.