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The Suburbanites’ Guide to Dallas Rail: TRE Train

 

Trinity Railway Express runs from Fort Worth T&P Station to Dallas Union Station, and it’s a fun and convenient way to see the city, either one BUT especially Ft Worth (aka Cowtown).

The “power stops” are DFW Airport and then the 2 downtown Ft. Worth stops.  Between those, just sit back and enjoy the train ride.  You’ll love, the kids will love it and thats all that matters.  Oh, you also have the bonus of not driving on the 183.  You’re welcome.

 

TRE map

 

The TRE trains are 2-levels and really beautiful, with tables, bathrooms, electrical outlets for your gadgets. Restrooms are available on the trains in the front.

They even have WIFI!  Here’s how it works:

If you’re using a cell phone start by going to “Settings” and then follow these steps:

  • Wireless and network or WiFi
  • WiFi Settings
  • Turn ON your WiFi
  • Select SSID “TRExxxx” (Where xxxx is the number of the train car, e.g., TRE1060)
  • There is no password
  • Select Join or Connect
  • You should now be connected

If you’re using a tablet or laptop, turn on your WiFi switch and then take these steps:

  • Right click or tap on Network then select Properties
  • Select Manage Wireless Networks
  • All available networks will be displayed under Wireless Network Connection
  • If you do not see the SSID “TRExxxx” – right click and select “Refresh”
  • Select SSID “TRExxxx” (Where xxxx is the number of the train car, e.g., TRE1060)
  • There is no password
  • You should now be connected

 

Oh, feel free to ask us questions here:

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Ticket Kiosk are located at the Stations, and they take credit cards. But you can also download the GoPass app that I mentioned here

 


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Arrive at least 15 minutes before your train to purchase your ticket and get familiar with the station, especially if its your first time. Trains will NOT wait for you if you are in line to purchase a ticket!  I find that the machines don’t always work perfectly and the lines can get long.  Download the app prior to arriving so you can be best prepared (the time in between trains is 20 minutes).

 


 

Things to Know Before you Go:

  • Download the GoPass app to purchase tickets (you can also purchase tickets at the machines by the station but the app is much more convenient if you are jumping on the train last minute)
  • No food or drinks (don’t bring your Starbucks, sometimes you are standing and it would not be good to spill.  DART trains are some of the cleanest public transport you’ll find in the country.)
  • Generally the tickets cost $5.00 for your full day round trip (yes, you can buy 2-hour passes, off peak hour passes, senior tix etc)
  • Most stations have free parking (parking is super abundant on the weekends)
  • If you walk up to the train and the doors are shut, just push the button to the left of the door
  • The DART employees are extremely helpful and you can ask them questions (don’t be shy)

 

SUNDAYS – the TRE does not run on Sunday. So before you go and make a weekend getaway to TRE, know that you will have to get car service or Uber to return to Collin County.


 

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Here is more about the stations:

Union Station

If you are looking to catch the TRE train out West, this is the place to do it on the red line.  Its also the station, to book your Amtrak ticket and take Texas Eagle way out of town.  In fact, I’ve taken the train all the way to New Jersey from this stop.  Crazy trip.

Popular Attractions and Destinations:

Victory Station

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Popular Attractions and Destinations:

This is one of the most popular stations especially when the Mavs or Stars are playing, and pretty much the best way to get into an event without dealing with the chaos heading into downtown Dallas.  The train will stop a few hundred feet from the door of the American Airlines Center.

If you get to an event early, you can easily walk over to the W for dinner and drinks, walk the area and even walk under the Stemmons bridge into the West End or House of Blues.  This is great for those who live in Ft Worth looking to come to a game.  =)

Popular Attractions and Destinations:

Medical/Market Center

I wrote more about this here

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Popular Attractions and Destinations:

 

Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing

 

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West Irving Station

 

 

Centreport/DFW Station

DFW Airport Remote South Shuttle Bus

DFW Airport Shuttle Three shuttle bus routes link the CentrePort/DFW Airport Station and the airlines — by way of the Remote SouthParking Lot.

To airline terminals: TRE passengers traveling from CentrePort/DFW Airport Station to airline terminals board Remote South buses on the northwest end of the rail station platform. Buses depart the station approximately every 15 minutes. At Remote South, passengers connect to buses serving either Terminals A and C, Terminals B and E or Terminal D.

Shuttle Bus Designated Stop
Shuttle Bus Designated Stop

From airline terminals: Airline travelers arriving at DFW Airport board Remote South buses at designated stops in the terminal. Buses depart the terminals approximately every 15 minutes. At Remote South, passengers connect to buses serving the CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. Buses to CentrePort/DFW Airport Station depart Remote South every 15 minutes.

 

Bell Station

Popular Attractions and Destinations:

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    City of Hurst

Richland Hills Station

Popular Attractions and Destinations:

  • Richland Hills
    North East Mall
    UTA Fort Worth

 

Ft. Worth/Intermodal Station

Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center is not only a station for the TRE, but also Amtrak, as well as Greyhound Buses, and Fort Worth’s T bus service.   This is your stop to visit the Fort Worth Water Gardens and make sure to use the TRE for arriving at performances at Bass Hall with ease.

 

But wait, there’s more.

 

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Popular Attractions and Destinations:

It’s all about Sundance Square, Reata (think Black Eyed Pea but even better in every way), Martin Brewing Company, Rahr & Sons Brewing company (yes, free tours on Saturday)

To head over to the Stockyards, you’ll take the T or Molly the Trolley.

  • Sundance Square
  • Bass Performance Hall
  • Scat Jazz Lounge
  • Sundance Splashpad
  • Flying Saucer
  • Cupcakery
  • Grace
  • Bird Cafe
  • Haltom’s Jewelers

 

 

T&P Station

Fort Worth is the original 1930’s Texas and Pacific Station, and it’s in a really beautiful old building.

From this station, there is lots of EXPLORING to do.

You are a quick UBER ride away from Ft. Worth’s “Bishop Arts District”

Avoca Coffee, Ellerbe Fine Foods, The Bearded Lady, Chimera Brewing Company great places to start your day . .

Then UBER over a very short distance to the Ft. Worth Zoo, let the kids play at the Forest Park Miniature Railroad, cross the Clear Fork Trinity River and you’ve got some food trucks, the Apple Store and Kendra Scott.  Wait  . . . what?  Is this Austin or Cowtown?

 

 

 

Pacific TRE station

Popular Attractions and Destinations:

 

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Love LOVE Love the TRE train!

Don’t stop here, keep exploring

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