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Media Relations Contact:
Donna Huerta
City of Rowlett Communications Manager/Public Information Officer

April 6, 2009

Light Rail 'Ready to Roll' into historic downtown Rowlett

Rowlett to host DART Blue Line Groundbreaking Ceremony on April 9

ROWLETT, TX - Join the City of Rowlett as we officially break ground on the 4.5-mile extension of the DART Blue Line from downtown Garland to historic downtown Rowlett on Thursday, April 9 at 10 a.m.

"This is an exciting and historic day for the City of Rowlett," said Mayor John Harper. "We celebrate and recognize the DART Blue Line extension as precisely the economic engine we need to foster development downtown. With the arrival of light rail, Rowlett will become one of the most attractive destinations for living, working and playing in the region. As the DART Board Chairman said in January when they approved the construction contract, we are 'ready to roll' on this monumental endeavor!"


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Scheduled speakers at the groundbreaking include Rowlett Mayor John Harper, Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell, DART Board Chairman Randall D. Chrisman, DART board member and former Rowlett Mayor Mark C. Enoch, DART President/Executive Director Gary C. Thomas and Garland Mayor Ronald Jones.

Following a traditional gold shovel groundbreaking ceremony near the railroad tracks on Coyle Street in Rowlett, officials will move inside the infamous Big Star Burgers to cut a ceremonial cake replica of a DART light rail train.

Commemorative gold-plated, engraved railroad spikes will be on sale at the event for $10 to raise funds for the purchase of a special tree, which will be dedicated at the opening of the future Rowlett Rail Station in 2012. Commemorative 'retro' posters will also be given to every guest, while supplies last.

Funding for the $188 million project, which is scheduled for completion in December 2012, is included in DART's 20-year Financial Plan. Already, stacks of rail have been placed in the construction area north of Main Street in anticipation of the start of construction.

For more information about the DART Blue Line Extension into Rowlett, please click here.

Sponsors include: DART, Big Star Burgers, Absolutely Edible Cakes and Catering, the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce, Walmart - Rowlett, Sign-A-Rama - Garland, Rowlett Florist; Emerald Press, Inc., and Austin Bridge & Road.

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