TEXRail Service Begins Soon, Quiet Zones Go into Effect
With the new TEXRail project almost complete, there has been an increase in train noise as testing continues. The good news is "quiet zones" will soon go into effect throughout Colleyville.
TEXRail’s 27-mile commuter rail line is expected to begin service on January 5, 2019. This line will connect downtown Fort Worth to North Richland Hills, Grapevine, and DFW Airport. In preparation for service, TEXRail noise has been louder than it has previously been due to mandated Federal Railroad Administration testing. This safety testing is required to take place at all hours of the day. Part of the testing process requires the trains to blow their horns as they pass through intersections and construction areas. Once TEXRail is in full service, “quiet zones” will go into effect and horns should only be used by operators if there is a safety concern.
To help ensure residents are aware of the increase in activity on the rail lines, the City of Colleyville has placed message boards at all Colleyville crossings warning motorists of increased train activity. Plans are also in place to repaint railroad approach markings on the streets and the City is working with TEXRail to install new fencing along the railroad tracks to prevent pedestrian access.