Advancing Regional Mobility Through Partnerships
With 30 years of experience in public transit, DART is a sought-after partner for developing transportation projects, from progressive bus routes to modern applications of rail. Likewise, the agency continually demonstrates its regional leadership through initiatives like commuter rail and GoPass that serve multiple systems and make taking transit more convenient.
Dallas streetcar connects downtown to Oak CliffThe city of Dallas has contracted with DART to design and construct the Union Station to Oak Cliff Streetcar Project, a modern streetcar line that will better connect downtown and this vibrant neighborhood. DART also will operate and maintain the Dallas streetcar system under a contract with the city.
The first 1.6-mile segment will run from Union Station to Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Future phases would extend the line to the Bishop Arts District - an eclectic area of shops and restaurants in Oak Cliff - in one direction and to the convention center and hotel in the other.
DART's design-build contractor, the joint venture of Stacy and Witbeck with Carcon Industries, is constructing the line, which includes a span across the Houston Street Viaduct. Brookville Equipment Corp. is building two streetcars, which will run on overhead electric lines part of the way and on battery power across the bridge.
Dallas is funding the project through a combination of local funds, a TIGER-1 grant from the Federal Transit Administration, and an endowment from the Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The streetcar line will open in 2015.
M-Line Trolley will circle arts districtDART is assisting the city of Dallas and the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA) to construct new streetcar tracks that will allow the heritage M-Line Trolley to loop through the Dallas Arts District.
The agency is using a grant from the Federal Transit Administration to construct a 0.65-mile track extension along St. Paul and Federal streets from its current terminus near the Dallas Museum of Art. DART's extension will connect to the city's related project along Olive Street, which is funded from city and state resources. Together, the two extensions form a loop that brings the M-Line Trolley within walking distance of St. Paul Station.
The city of Dallas will own the new tracks, which were designed to serve both heritage streetcars and a future connection to the city's modern streetcar system. The loop combined with the turntable near DART's Cityplace/Uptown Station permits MATA to operate streetcars that travel in only one direction, which will increase the service capacity. The M-Line extension is planned to open in fall 2014.
Route links TRE and ArlingtonIn August, DART and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) initiated contract commuter bus service in Arlington, known as Metro ArlingtonXpress, or MAX. The MAX route travels between the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort/DFW Airport Station and The University of Texas at Arlington's College Park District, with one stop in between. The service uses buses owned and operated by DART.
The two-year pilot, which costs $700,000 per year, is funded by the city of Arlington, UT Arlington and the local chamber of commerce, as well as with a Federal Transit Administration grant through the Job Access and Reverse Commute Program.
MAX connects Arlington to the rest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and makes UT Arlington and downtown Arlington transit-accessible. The service operates Monday through Friday from approximately 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
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