Trinity Metro suspending TEXRail service for maintenance; taking precautions against coronavirus

Trinity Metro announced March 31 that TexRail service will be temporarily suspended April 4-5 to allow for track work and the removal of vegetation. (Courtesy Trinity Metro)
Trinity Metro announced March 31 that TexRail service will be temporarily suspended April 4-5 to allow for track work and the removal of vegetation. (Courtesy Trinity Metro)

Trinity Metro announced March 31 that TexRail service will be temporarily suspended April 4-5 to allow for track work and the removal of vegetation. (Courtesy Trinity Metro)

Local public transit agency Trinity Metro continues to modify service in order to take precautions against spread of COVID-19 and allow for annual rail maintenance.

The agency announced that TexRail service will be temporarily suspended April 4-5 to allow for track work and the removal of vegetation, according to an agency news release.

The service interruption will last from 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 until 3 a.m. on Monday, April 6.

Trinity Metro is taking additional steps to safeguard customers and employees and reduce possible exposure to the coronavirus, the agency said.

“We are making service modifications to maintain operations to help passengers get where they need to go,” Trinity Metro President Bob Baulsir said. “Our mission is to provide mobility options, and we want to ensure that our customers have transportation during this health crisis.”


Among other measures, staff has increased cleaning frequency for often-touched areas, such as railings, benches and ticket vending machines. Trinity Metro buses and vans and TexRail trains are also being sanitized daily.

Trinity Metro has also introduced free rides on all bus routes and TEXRail routes for a two-week period beginning March 23.

“Everyone can practice social distancing by reducing the exposure between staff and customers,” Baulsir said. “Providing a safe environment is vital for our customers and our employees.”

On the Trinity Railway Express, a joint operation between Trinity Metro and Dallas Area Rapid Transit, staff is disinfecting trains with hospital-grade disinfectant spray, germicidal cleaner and disinfecting wipes.

Additionally, all train crews have been provided hand sanitizer and gloves, and signage has been posted to educate employees and the public on precautionary measures, according to the release.

More information on Trinity Metro’s response to the coronavirus outbreak is available at 817-215-8600.
By Ian Pribanic
Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


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