Pandemic Causes Drop in Number of Rail Riders

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Staff Report

Grapevine’s Main Street Rail Station reported a decrease in the number of riders on Jan. 25. The TexRail System reports that in October 2020 the station experienced around 19,452 passengers per month; a month later and the station saw their numbers drop to 17,803.

One of the biggest reasons for the decrease was the amount of ridership occurring on the weekends. Data shows that in November 2019 the station averaged 397 riders on Saturdays, which are their busiest days, in comparison to a year later where the number of Saturday riders averaged 135.

Trends continue to show that commuters are using the rail system to transport to work. In November 2020, the station averaged 628 riders per work day.

The Main Street Station continues to have higher numbers than other legacy rail systems. The station plays a pivotal role for residents as it links a big part of the city through the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and travels all the way to the Grapevine Station and south from North Richland Hills and Fort Worth.