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Recipe for Livability
Where DART goes, North Texas grows
DART mixes the ingredients that make a transit-oriented lifestyle possible: destinations accessible by light rail along with new businesses and amenities being built near rail stations.
Transit contributes to downtown revitalization
Serving as a base for revitalization, DART Rail opened a starter line through the heart of downtown in June 1996. As light rail has grown, enhanced by bus service, transit has become an effective way to move people in and out of the urban core - a key ingredient for attracting development.
"DART is one component that differentiates downtown from other real estate," said Karl Zavitkovsky, director of the city of Dallas' Office of Economic Development. "But it is the ever-growing mixture of employers, residential properties, cultural arts, parks, retail and multimodal transportation options that makes the area so appealing."
Karl Stundins, area redevelopment program manager in the Office of Economic Development, oversees the city's tax increment financing and public improvement districts in downtown and Uptown. By design, most are served by DART Rail, the M-Line Trolley or the Dallas Streetcar.
"The real value of a rail line - both light rail and streetcar - is not the line itself but what exists along it. As these fixed systems expand both within downtown and to areas like the Bishop Arts District, the rail network will compress the pedestrian distance between places and become more convenient than walking or driving," Stundins said.
For more than 30 years, residents of our 13-city service area have seen DART as a critical element in the long-term transportation plan for the region. As the population and congestion continue to increase, more people are looking at public transit as an alternative to driving.
We're working with our colleagues at other regional transportation authorities to take transit to even more North Texans. By linking the region with a network of buses and trains, we are helping residents make transportation choices that fit with their destination, schedule and lifestyle.
The regional rail network also has attracted a growing number of transit-oriented developments around the stations, which allow our residents to live, work and play with a lot less driving.
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