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December 2014

Tower 55 improvements benefit freight, residents

Relief has arrived at one of the nation’s busiest railroad intersections with the completion of the $104 million Tower 55 improvement project, which will help both the railroad industry and public. Benefits include increased freight capacity and improved community livability, safety and air quality.


As many as 100 trains pass through the area daily as they deliver freight throughout the nation. This volume, combined with capacity issues, used to cause delays of up to 90 minutes. The addition of 18,000 feet of new track going north-south through the Tower 55 area has improved the mobility of rail traffic. Enhancements to track alignment and switches are also helping freight move faster. And air quality is being enhanced because the improvements are requiring fewer vehicles to wait at crossings.


Safety was also a crucial goal of the project. A pedestrian crossing near Charles E. Nash Elementary School was elevated to make it easier for children who use it to travel to and from school.


The project was funded through a public-private partnership that included $65 million from BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad, a $34 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant and contributions from local governments.


The North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority pledged $2.5 million for engineering. NCTCOG’s help leading early planning efforts contributed to the ultimate solution.


Reduced congestion at the intersection will benefit all Dallas-Fort Worth railroads and beyond. The railroad industry will continue growing, but it is estimated these improvements will meet mobility needs for at least the next 20 years.

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