DART News Release
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May 18, 2009
Service starts September 14
DART Rail Green Line heading into final stretch
Bolstered by the receipt of $78.4 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Green Line rail project of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is headed for an on-time and on-budget arrival at four new stations on September 14, 2009.
Major funding for the Green Line comes from a $700-million Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) from the Federal Transit Administration. The FFGA was first awarded in July 2006 at the start of Green Line construction. The funds awarded under the ARRA are part of DART's FFGA.
DART Rail doubling
Construction is also underway on the first nine miles of a new Orange Line that will branch from the Green Line in northwest Dallas to serve the city of Irving in 2011. The line will be extended to DFW International Airport by 2013. DART also is building a five-mile extension of the Blue Line from Garland to Rowlett that will open in 2012.
These lines are earning national attention as well. The Orange Line is among the first projects slated to receive funds - more than $61 million - under the ARRA. Altogether, the Green, Orange and Blue line projects are expected to add 60,000 weekday passenger trips, nearly doubling ridership on the DART Rail System.
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