GRAPEVINE, Texas - The new TEXRail commuter line will connect DFW airport to a dining and entertainment district in Grapevine called the Grapevine Main.
Construction on the Grapevine Main is underway at the intersection of Main Street and Dallas Road in the historic downtown area. The official groundbreaking is scheduled for late Wednesday morning.
The Grapevine Main is a $105 million public/private project. Renderings of the project show an old style Grand Central Station with a modern twist. The plans show five stories of an open concept layout, like a great hall. It will include shops, restaurants and meeting spaces.
Also part of the development plan is a 150-foot tall clock tower and observation deck outdoor plaza for concerts and other events. A 121-room boutique hotel and parking garage is also included.
A unique feature will be a “Circle of Water” honoring Native Americans who once lived, hunted and traded on Lake Grapevine.
Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate said the circle will embody the culture of those Native Americans.
“We’ve learned a lot about the people: what they wore, the speeches they made and their involvement in the settlement of the Grapevine Prairie,” said Tate.
The Grapevine Main will be tied to the TEXRail Station, a 27-mile commuter line. The line is also under construction. The line will extend from downtown Fort Worth to North Richland Hills, Grapevine and into DFW airport.
The first TEXRail cars were unloaded and assembled here in Grapevine in October. TEXRail service is expected to begin in December. The rail station and hotel are scheduled to open in June 2019.
Travelers with a layover at DFW Aiport will be able to take a train to downtown Grapevine in less than 10 minutes.