The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The board of DFW Airport has scheduled a vote today on building a rail station connecting the airport to Fort Worth residents.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the airport’s negotiating with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority to spend 40 million dollars to build a TEX Rail station near Terminal B.
TEX Rail is a planned 27-mile commuter rail project that will connect downtown Fort Worth and DFW Airport. It’ll include stops in North Richland Hills and Grapevine and is expected to cost more than a billion dollars.
The Federal Transit Administration has already approved TEX Rail – and if the DFW Airport board approves, more negotiations and a final agreement will be hammered out in August.
Construction on the TEX Rail station could begin as early as this fall. Transportation officials hope to have the station completed in 2018.
Other stories this morning:
- In other public transit news, Dallas has hit a roadblock – a roadblock the city built. Last weekend, a new traffic signal was installed at Zang Boulevard and Beckley Avenue as part of the Dallas streetcar extension to the Bishop Arts district. But there’s a problem: the traffic signal takes up the entire sidewalk and forces pedestrians into the street.
- This weekend Dallas will get to see movies made far from Hollywood, in countries like Cameroon, Uganda and Tanzania. Our Big Screen team previews the African Film Festival.
- A recent study from Autolist.com has found the Dallas area the most affordable place in the state to buy a used vehicle. The average price of a used vehicle in Texas was nearly $22,000. Richardson ranked as the most affordable city in Texas to buy a used car, with average used-car prices $624 below the state average.
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