DART News Release
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December 6, 2010
Green Line complete, new connections on track
This is the longest single-day opening of electric light rail in the United States since 1990.
The first section of the Green Line opened September 2009 and connects Pearl Station on the east side of Downtown Dallas to MLK, Jr. Station on the west side of Fair Park.
"The Green Line changes everything for our customers," DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas said. "Customers living in Pleasant Grove now have seamless access to jobs at Baylor, Downtown Dallas, the Market District, UT Southwestern/Parkland, Love Field and Farmers Branch and Carrollton. Business owners all along the corridor can connect with new customers and new pools of prospective employees."
Super Saturday Celebration, December 4
Inwood/Love Field Station
Downtown Carrollton Station
The Grinch joined the festivities on December 4
Federal funds aid expansion
Federal officials, including Federal Transportation Administrator Peter Rogoff, were on hand at a special grand opening celebration. "DART continues to demonstrate visionary leadership for transit," Rogoff said. "The opening of the Green Line will be a true game-changer in Dallas, connecting people and places like never before."
» Read the FTA release Green Line Opens Ahead of Schedule, Recovery Act Helps Bring Project in Under Budget (PDF file opens in a new window)
DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas, DART Board Chairman William (Bill) Velasco, Federal Transportation Administrator Peter Rogoff and DART Board Member Randall Chrisman onboard a DART Rail
Green Line train.
In addition to local funding provided by the one-percent sales tax collected in DART's 13 cities, major funding for the Green Line came from a $700-million Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) from the Federal Transit Administration. The FFGA was awarded in July 2006 at the start of construction. Construction was bolstered by the receipt of $78.4 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in mid-2009. They are part of DART's FFGA.
"I'm very proud of your (DART's) many accomplishments," US Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson said, also in videotaped remarks. "I look forward to everyone in the area getting an opportunity to enjoy the mobility the Green Line provides."
New rail connections on the way
The DART Rail Orange Line will branch from the Green Line at Bachman Station to serve Irving and Las Colinas in 2012 and ultimately DFW Airport. Service also will be extended from Garland to Rowlett in 2012. DART's current expansion programs will grow the DART Rail System to 90 miles. Planning also continues for a Blue Line extension from Ledbetter Station to the UNT Dallas campus as well as a second light rail alignment through Downtown Dallas.
Customers of the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) who have been riding an express bus to Downtown Dallas will be able to transfer to the Green Line at Trinity Mills Station. The DCTA's A-Train is scheduled to open in summer 2011.
Station art makes each stop unique
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