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the offical newsletter of DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT - Spring/Summer 2011
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Agent of Change
A letter from the DART Chairman of the Board.

Transforming How We Travel
With the opening of the Green Line on December 6, DART now shifts much of its focus to operating the vast multimodal transit system, improving the customer experience, upgrading buses and trains, and increasing ridership.

Leading the Rail-volution
Construction of the Orange Line to Irving and the Blue Line to Rowlett is well under way, and planning continues for additional light rail and modern streetcars in downtown Dallas and commuter rail along the Cotton Belt Corridor.

Taking a Regional View to Growth
The continued growth of the Dallas-Fort Worth area has led to increasing traffic congestion and air pollution, leading cities throughout North Texas to consider bus and rail transit as a strategy to improve mobility.

Improving the Work Experience
Employee communications, professional and personal development initiatives strive to make DART an employer of choice. Education, diversity and outreach programs illustrate the agency's commitment to the communities DART serves.

Adopting New Business Models
Updated financial projections initiated a comprehensive review of operating, capital, and debt service expenses, resulting in a new business model that resets the expansion timeline, seeks efficiencies, and uses resources more effectively.

Short Trips
Green Line earns industry accolades; Agency hailed as design-build leader; Whitewater park created near station; DART CIO helps lead IT consortium; Quick-read codes link to TVM video; Transit attracts young professionals.

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Taking a Regional View of Growth


Dallas-Fort Worth is the fifth most congested metro in the country. More than six million people live in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) region, and the population is expected to increase to more than 10 million by 2035. Recent U.S. Census Bureau figures confirm Dallas-Fort Worth was the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the U.S during the last decade.

Now the fourth largest and fifth most congested metro in America, DFW has the highest cost of commuting according to a 2010 Bundle.com study. And in January, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the regionís air quality is among the worst in the country.

Dallas-Fort Worth is the fifth most congested metro in the country.

The Trinity Railway Express linking Dallas and Fort Worth is a national model of regional collaboration. Traffic congestion and air quality are shared issues that the whole region must address, and transit is one tool that cities are considering to mitigate those problems.

Acknowledging that many cities cannot re-allocate the one percent of their local sales tax required to join DART, the agency is seeking greater flexibility in funding transportation alternatives.

The Trinity Railway Express linking Dallas and Fort Worth is a national model of regional collaboration.

'The great need for improved mobility and cleaner air compels DART to explore ways to provide more transit services both within and outside of the current service area,' says DART Board Chairman William Velasco.
DART Board Chairman William Velasco (center) discusses regional air quality initiatives.

Recently, some cities just outside the DART Service Area have begun exploring the possibility of contracting for bus service. The DART Board has now amended its policy permitting the contract of commuter rail service with non-member cities to include agreements for bus services as well.

"We must fulfill the commitments to our member cities and take a leadership role in regional transit expansion and coordination," says DART Board Chairman William Velasco. "The great need for improved mobility and cleaner air compels DART to explore ways to provide more transit services both within and outside of the current service area."

The North Central Texas Council of Government's (NCTCOG) Regional Transportation Council likewise has acknowledged the importance of expanding transit options throughout the Metroplex and has advocated the development of a 250-mile regional rail network as part of its Mobility 2035 plan.

Cities outside DART are working with the transit agency to study the feasibility of providing bus or rail services to their citizens.


Cities outside DART are working with the transit agency to study the feasibility of providing bus or rail services to their citizens.





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