The Deal on D2
DART has completed 10% of Preliminary Engineering on the project, which means the D2 Subway is one step closer to reality. This includes engineering planning on things like underground station architecture and the construction approach. In addition, DART is completing the environmental review process to address concerns such as safety, construction impact and noise. This work will continue into late 2019 and is an essential step before construction can begin. DART recently held a public meeting about the project development phase of the D2 Subway project – check out the meeting presentation here, or visit www.DART.org/D2 for more information.
Cotton Belt Chatter
Work on the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project is finally underway, and we couldn’t be more excited! Work to get the project up and running began in February with DART’s Design-Builder commencing pre-design field activities along the length of the Cotton Belt corridor. Activities are expected to continue through June, and will allow the Design-Builder to advance the design that formed the basis of DART’s Final Environmental Impacts Statement (FEIS). Want more information? Stay tuned to DART Daily for regular updates and to check out our series on the Cotton Belt, Behind the Tracks.
New Mobility Mentions
What’s Next for North Texas? As our region constantly grows and evolves, DART is evolving too. And we’re introducing a new approach to mobility that helps North Texans experience more of the benefits of living in a diverse metropolitan area. To learn more, and to check out our video, visit www.DART.org/WhatsNext.
The DART Download
There’s so much happening across the DART network in May that we want to keep you in the loop about
- Weekend track improvement work continues in downtown Dallas, with rail service discontinued between Pearl/Arts District Station and West End Station each weekend. This work, which began on March 30, and will last for roughly six months, will create track improvement benefits including:
- A smoother ride through downtown;
- A decrease in maintenance issues;
- An increase to the number of areas where trains can switch tracks, reducing service disruptions.
Buses will replace trains in downtown Dallas on weekends along the Transitway Mall. For more information on this track work, visit: DART.org/plus.
- DART is about to hit the streets with 41 new buses! The addition of these new buses to the existing fleet will help make it easier to make planned service changes later this summer. We plan to focus these “New Flyer” buses on peak schedule adjustments by straightening out, simplifying and improving access on several routes in and around Dallas beginning August 12.