Construction work on TEX Rail, a new regional rail corridor between Fort Worth and DFW Airport, could begin in 2016.
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) has received permission from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to start the next phase of engineering design for the 44-kilometre route.
The T will also now begin the land acquisition process for properties that lie along the proposed corridor.
By 2018, the authority hopes to have eight stations open, serving 10,000 passengers a day.
Up to 50 per cent of TEX Rail’s capital cost will be financed through federal funding.