Nearly 100,000 ride TEXRail during free trial period

- The new TEXRail commuter line seems to be a hit with nearly 100,000 riders during a free trial period. But as of this past Friday, it’s no longer free.

According to TEXRail schedule, the trains can make the 27-mile trip from Downtown Fort Worth to DFW Airport’s Terminal B in just 52 minutes.

The service operated by Trinity Metro was complimentary for the first 22 days. Friday was the first day that riders were charged $2.50 for a one-way trip or $5 for a day pass.

FOX 4’s Brandon Todd talked to a few people who were looking forward to taking a nap on the train. They said they’ll continue to ride even if it’s not free.

“It’s so nice to be on the best, newest, nicest, smoothest train anywhere. And if you look at the track, it’s brand new so it hasn’t been worn out yet. I encourage folks to do it for the fun of it,” said Bob Dow.

Others said they’ve really enjoyed the convenience of the service.

So far, TEXRail averages about 4,500 riders a day. The goal is to reach about 8,000 riders a day in the first year.

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