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Downtown Dallas Transit Study

Downtown Dallas Transit Study - Dallas CBD Alternatives Analysis/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (AA/DEIS) Return to Phase One (AA/DEIS 2007-2010)

Study Parameters

FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE
DART local share: Approximately $300 Million.
  • Maximize use of DART's right-of-way (ROW) through Victory Park


Pursue Federal Money: necessitates following Federal guidelines related to planning, project development, environmental assessments, which require:
  • developing cost-effective solutions and

  • maximizing travel time savings and ridership, while minimizing capital costs


Cost-Effective: - regardless of whether Federal funding is secured, develop cost-effective solutions.

ENGINEERING/OPERATIONAL FEASIBILITY
Long-Term System Demand: accommodate long-term LRT service demand associated with increased ridership on existing and committed LRT lines and with the recent adoption by the DART Board of (3) additional Downtown-destined LRT lines, as part of DART's 2030 Transit System Plan

Operational Flexibility: allow for the ability to route all LRT lines through the existing Transit Mall or along the 2nd Alignment on a short-term basis in emergency situations.

System Connectivity/Transfers: accommodate transfers between D2 study-recommended alternatives and existing and planned modes, including: existing Transit Mall LRT lines, Downtown Transfer Centers, TRE service, bus service and a modern streetcar system.

Design Standards: meet or exceed design standards, such as: minimizing the number of tight radius curves and flat junctions, and observing system integration requirements for electrification, signals, and communications, all of which serve to minimize maintenance and operations costs

CONSIDER PREVIOUS STUDIES, AGREEMENTS AND PLANNED PROJECTS
  • City of Dallas/DART Master ILA specifies developing a 2nd, subway alignment through Downtown.
  • City of Dallas' Comprehensive Plan, Forward Dallas, recommends including the assessment of modern streetcar technology as part of the D2 Study
  • City of Dallas' Comprehensive Transportation Plan for the CBD, completed in 2005, recommended a light rail "preferred corridor
  • etc.

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