Moving North Texas Forward
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
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Progress Report FY 2017
INVESTING IN A GROWING REGION
Each new investment is not a standalone project, but a critical piece of the larger transit picture. DART integrates its projects into the comprehensive transportation system that keeps North Texas moving forward.
D2 to improve mobility systemwideThings happen. An overhead wire freezes. A medical emergency occurs. A vehicle accident blocks train traffic.
Today, any one of these incidents could cause delays systemwide.
But when the D2 Subway - formally known as the Dallas Central Business District Second Light Rail Alignment - opens, the system can better absorb disruptions.
At 93 miles, DART Rail is the longest light rail system in the country. Currently, all four lines converge on the same track through Downtown Dallas. D2 Subway will enable DART to redistribute its rail lines between two downtown rail corridors, adding operational flexibility.
The Dallas City Council and DART Board have selected a route recommendation that includes putting part of the alignment underground. The agency is seeking funding through the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Grant Core Capacity Program.
As part of the Project Development phase of the D2 Subway project, DART is refining the Locally Preferred Alternative to develop a feasible alignment that maximizes accessibility, connectivity and economic development.
Learn more: DART.org/D2
Cotton Belt to connect regionNorth Texas soon will be home to a new, state-of-the-art regional rail line that connects the northern part of the DART Service Area to the rest of the region. The 26-mile corridor will link to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority's TEXRail regional rail line and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
DART will seek a low-interest loan from the Federal Railroad Administration through the Rail Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing program, which is dedicated to commuter rail and freight projects. The agency also hopes to receive a grant from the Federal Transit Administration for the project.
DART will select diesel-electric trains similar to those the Fort Worth Transportation Authority purchased for TEXRail.
The agency continues to collaborate with staff and residents in cities within the corridor and has hosted numerous community meetings to discuss its plans and any potential noise, vibration, visual or traffic impacts. Cotton Belt vehicles will be lighter, smaller and quieter than their freight rail cousins.
When complete, the Cotton Belt will connect with DART's Red Line in Richardson and Plano; the Green Line in Carrollton; and the Orange Line near DFW Airport. The project adds Addison to the roster of DART cities with rail service. Passenger service along the historic Cotton Belt freight rail line will increase mobility and access to major employment, education, health care and activity centers.
DART plans to use a portion of the right-of-way it owns to develop regional rail service between Plano and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport that also will serve Richardson, Addison and Carrollton.
Learn more: DART.org/CottonBelt
Platform extensions to increase capacity
To alleviate crowding on light rail trains during peak commute times and special events, DART will be lengthening the platforms at 28 stations along the Red and Blue lines so they can accommodate longer trains. Crews lengthened the platforms at Ledbetter Station (right) as part of construction of the recent Blue Line extension.
A roomier commute is in store for DART customers as the agency moves forward with the Platform Extensions Project on the Red and Blue lines.
The agency is extending platforms at 28 of the original rail stations to allow for three-car trains during peak use times.
Stations on the Red and Blue lines, located outside of Downtown Dallas, currently only accommodate two-car trains. These modifications will increase passenger capacity by 33 percent on the DART Rail System.
Learn more: DART.org/DARTPlatformExtensions
Central Link to integrate streetcar systemsA seamless connection between the Bishop Arts District and the Dallas Arts District is less than five years away.
The Dallas Streetcar Central Link will connect several downtown-area districts by linking the modern Dallas Streetcar line to the M-Line Trolley, a historic streetcar operated by the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority. Central Link is part of a program of interrelated projects DART is pursuing, along with the D2 Subway and the Platform Extensions Project.
"Central Link is a critical piece of the Downtown Dallas 360 Plan, offering another mode of transit for workers, residents and visitors," said Jacob Browning, urban planning manager at Downtown Dallas, Inc.
DART operates the Dallas Streetcar for the city. The Dallas City Council has approved the locally preferred alignment for Central Link.
DART and the city of Dallas are planning Central Link, a set of streetcar tracks that will connect the Dallas Streetcar (left) and the M-Line Trolley (right), adding another east-west transit line through the Central Business District.
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