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Morgan Lyons

February 4, 1999

DART light rail is growing

Head of federal transit agency in Dallas Friday to discuss light rail funding

Federal Transportation Administrator Gordon Linton will join Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk and other local officials, DART Chairman Norma Stanton and DART President/Executive Director Roger Snoble to announce the latest developments in federal funding to help pay for construction of an extension of DART's North Central rail line.

The Federal Transportation Administration and DART are set to begin negotiations on DART's request for a $333 million Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) to provide funds over six years to help pay for the 12.5-mile extension from Park Lane Station through Richardson to Plano. President Clinton's FY 2000 budget recommends $70 million for the North Central Extension. The $70 million will be included in the final FFGA. The FFGA establishes a project completion date and provides a commitment of federal funds.

Last month, DART awarded a $54.9 million contract for construction of the North Central rail line section from Park Lane Station to LBJ Freeway. DART also has awarded contracts for 55 additional light rail cars, rail right-of-way, rail and expansion of its rail vehicle maintenance facility. DART's North Central Extension is scheduled to open in Richardson in summer 2002 and in Plano in summer 2003.

A separate 11-mile rail extension from DART's Mockingbird Station is scheduled to open near White Rock Lake in fall 2001 and Garland in fall 2002. That extension is being paid for by local funds.

DART's Light Rail Starter System has two lines. DART's Blue Line presently runs north from the new Ledbetter Station in the South Oak Cliff section of Dallas, across the Trinity River, through downtown Dallas, ending at Pearl Station (Bryan and Pearl). DART's Red Line begins at Westmoreland Station, near the intersection of Illinois and Westmoreland in West Oak Cliff, runs north across the Trinity River, through downtown Dallas, and then enters a tunnel under North Central Expressway to Mockingbird Lane. From there, trains proceed above ground to Park Lane Station in North Dallas.

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