Raising the Bar: Platform Extensions – Bringing Value to All


So far, we have explained what work will be done and why it is necessary in our series Raising the Bar: Platform Extensions. Today, we are looking at how platform extensions will benefit not just riders, but the entire North Texas region. Here’s where you’ll see the positive impact:

On the light rail

Once construction is complete, DART will be able to go from operating two-car to three-car light rail vehicles as warranted by demand. This ability will increase peak capacity by 33 percent, which will:

  • Address the growing demand for DART’s rail system
  • Reduce overcrowding during peak times and special events
  • Increase room for passengers, making for a more comfortable journey

In the community

Additional rail capacity will allow more people to take advantage of the rail system – this means fewer cars on the roads and less peak-hour stress. In addition to increasing capacity as our region grows, this project will:

  • Maintain the ADA accessibility of platforms and light rail vehicles
  • Increase convenience for local communities
  • Help ensure that North Texas has access to a reliable, rapid and efficient transit service

In the environment

The project is also expected to have a range of environmental benefits. More rail users and fewer cars on the roads means:

  • A reduction of transportation-related energy consumption
  • Lower greenhouse gas emissions

Shorter commutes, increased passenger capacity, improved mobility options – it’s a great time to be a DART rider. To keep up to date as the platform extension project progresses, check out: www.dart.org/about/expansion/platformextensions.asp.

About DART Daily

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) gets you around 13 cities with rail, bus, paratransit, and rideshare services. We serve DFW International Airport and Fort Worth via the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). The service area consists of 13 cities: Addison, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Garland, Glenn Heights, Highland Park, Irving, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett and University Park.
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6 Responses to Raising the Bar: Platform Extensions – Bringing Value to All

  1. Richard says:

    LOVE this project! Get it done!! :-)

  2. BRYAN says:

    Adding one car to a two-car train increases capacity by 50%, not the 33% stated.

  3. Bill R White says:

    Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary. most riders expect overcrowding during special evens and no major catastrophy happened as a result of it. How about adding a layer of memory foam to all the seats? That would definitely enhance the riider comfort . Or reclining seats in certain parts of the cars? Especially for the longer excursions like from downtown to DFW or Rowlett.i vote for increased comfort over bigger platforms–that will only be cost effective during special events. How about more under ground rail lines?
    Better yet — give DART employees ANOTHER raise –especially the bus cleaners and the ones who ‘”help keep DART clean”.

  4. Jon P says:

    Let’s say each car holds 50 people (made up number). A two car train has a capacity of 100 people. Now, when you say “an increase in capacity of xx%”, you mean that the original capacity gets increased by that amount. So, a 33% increase in capacity when capacity used to be 100 means a new capacity of 133. So, back to adding a new car. Assuming that all cars hold the same amount of people, three cars with 50 people gives a capacity of 150. That is obviously more than a 33% increase. Doing some quick mental math, you have an “increase” of 50%. Now, if you look at the new capacity of 150, you can say that each car represents 33% of the total. And if you took a car away, you decrease the capacity by 33%, but that’s not what we’re talking about. Given the original 2 car capacity, a third car increases your total capacity by 50%.

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