Texas city breaks ground on new European-class transit station

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City of Grapevine, Texas, and TEXRail officials gather for a ground-breaking ceremony on March 7.
Hayley Enoch
GRAPEVINE, Texas — On Wednesday, officials with the city of Grapevine, Texas, broke ground on a 42,000-square-foot transit-oriented facility.

Known as Grapevine Main, the transportation center will be designed around a platform for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority's 27-mile TEXRail train, scheduled to begin service between Fort Worth and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport at the end of 2018. The facility will also feature hotels, restaurants, shopping options, and architecture reminiscent of 19th-century railroad stations.

"This is what Americans look for when they travel to Europe," Paul Ballard, president and CEO of the authority said at the groundbreaking. "A cool train to a cool town, with a hotel nearby."

The centerpiece of Grapevine Main will be the luxury Hotel Vin, managed by Coury Hospitality under the Marriott Autograph Collection. Coury Hospitality will also manage the restaurants and retail stores in the facility.

"As a kid, I wanted to play with trains," Paul Coury, CEO of Coury Hospitality, said. "And as an adult, I want to play with wine. This project is a perfect combination of the two. I like to do things that are out of the ordinary and that deliver the unexpected."

Grapevine Main will also feature a pavilion capable of accommodating 3,500 people and a parking garage with space for 552 vehicles. Valet service and electric vehicle charging stations will be available.

The $105 million facility is being funded through a combination of public and private funds.
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