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May 4, 2007
Exploring options for the future
DART moves forward with new Downtown Transit Study
DART has launched a comprehensive two-year Downtown Transit Study, which could result in a second Central Business District (CBD) rail line, as well as bus and streetcar improvements. The study got underway in early May with a series of meetings to solicit public input.
The agency will focus on a broad transit corridor identified in a 2005 City of Dallas study. This corridor extends from Victory Park to Deep Ellum and target areas currently not directly served by DART Rail. DART will identify transit solutions by evaluating a broad array of factors, including cost-effectiveness, economic development opportunities and input from stakeholders over the next several months.
Chief among the reasons for building a second CBD rail alignment is that the upcoming DART Rail Green Line, which will begin opening in phases in late 2009, and Orange Line, scheduled to open in phases beginning in 2011, will bring the existing light rail line in downtown to its operational capacity.
The study will culminate with a recommended alternative, which could consist of bus, rail and streetcar elements. Officials say a second rail alignment would give the agency greater schedule reliability and operational flexibility, plus the ability to increase service in response to higher ridership demands. The agency has $300 million set aside for the line, and may pursue federal funds.
Public input important
The latest news and study presentations will be available at www.DART.org/D2. Interested persons can also offer feedback and provide information for the study through the website. In addition, DART will be conducting a number of public meetings and workshops and creating advisory committees. Look for the latest news at www.DART.org/D2.
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