Inmotion JULY 2013
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In this issue:
Expanding Boundaries
From Trail to Transit
DART Vote Celebrates 30 Years
Save With Saturday Promotion
Dallas Streetcar Progresses
Mustang Crossing Develops
DART Current and Future Services to 2016
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DART Vote Celebrates 30 Years

August marks the 30th anniversary of the vote to create DART. On Saturday, Aug. 13, 1983, residents in Dallas and 13 other cities elected to be a part of the new transit agency and contribute 1 percent in sales tax to fund it. Later, Cockrell Hill would opt in and Coppell and Flower Mound would drop out. More than 175,000 people cast their vote. In Dallas County, it was the largest turnout for a referendum to date.

"Light rail, commuter trains, or bus lanes: I didn't have it firm in my mind, but I knew that this city needed to do something about transportation because we were growing fast," Adlene Harrison, chairwoman of the first DART Board, said recently of the historic vote.

Thirty years later, DART is one of the largest transit agencies in the Southwest with the longest light rail system in the country.

Families Save With Summer Fun Promotion

Families can explore more of North Texas for less with a special discount on Saturdays through Aug. 17. Through the Summer Fun Promotion, one $10 regional day pass provides rides for two adults and up to four kids under 14 to anywhere in the regional network. This promotion also is available to all individuals with a current regional pass, making the pass an even better value.

DART partnered with the TRE, The T in Fort Worth and the Denton County Transportation Association to encourage families to try public transportation for their Saturday excursions to the area's many events and attractions. The promotion, which began in April, also coincides with the dates of Summer Adventures in Fair Park presented by the State Fair of Texas®.

Rail to UNT Dallas Surges Ahead

The 2.6-mile light rail line will extend to new Camp Wisdom and UNT Dallas stations.
The 2.6-mile light rail line will extend to new Camp Wisdom and UNT Dallas stations.
DART has awarded contracts for the Blue Line expansion from Ledbetter Station to the University of North Texas at Dallas. The extension is scheduled to open December 2016.

Blue Alliance Partners, a joint venture of HNTB Corp. and Dikita Enterprises, Inc., was selected for engineering and architectural design services and construction management. The design services contract is valued at more than $13.8 million.

South Oak Cliff Transit Partners was chosen as construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC). The joint venture is an alliance of Stacy and Witbeck, Jerry Haynes Electric Co., Mas-Tek Engineering & Associates, Kiewit Infrastructure South, and Legacy Resource Group. The CM/GC construction services contract is worth more than $102 million.

Tracking Progress

Mustang Crossing Branches Out

Residents of the Mustang Station apartment community will have a short walk to the Green Line's Farmers Branch Station.
Residents of the Mustang Station apartment community will have a short walk to the Green Line's Farmers Branch Station.
Farmers Branch is creating a downtown centered on the city's DART Rail station. Located near Denton Road and Valley View Lane within blocks of the Green Line's Farmers Branch Station the developing area currently comprises two major projects.

The first phase of Mustang Station, a master-planned, mixed-use urban development, is well under construction. Developed by Canadian firm Western Securities and designed by Addison's BGO Architects, the luxury apartment community features 257 residential units on the upper floors and 10,000 feet of retail-ready space on the ground level. Pre-leasing began in June and the community will be open in September for move-in.

Nearby, K. Hovnanian Homes is creating a new neighborhood of 29 single-family patio homes within walking distance of the station. The model home opened in March, and at least 10 of the lots have been sold.

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