July Capital Planning Projects Periodical

The Deal on D2

Did you catch our DART Daily on how safety is informing the design of the D2 Subway? Safety is our top priority at DART, and we’re excited to share some of the innovative safety features that the future D2 platforms will have, including:

  • special access to emergency services, so incidents are managed quickly and efficiently;
  • consideration of the use of platform edge doors, which improve station and passenger safety and reduce the risk of accidents; and
  • intuitive signage and lighting, to ensure people know where they are going and how to get there safely.

Cotton Belt Chatter

Work to construct the 26-mile rail line between Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and Shiloh Road in Plano continues apace. In June, the DART Board of Directors approved a resolution to name the future service running along the Cotton Belt corridor the Silver Line. Everything else about the project will continue as planned, with operations commencing in 2022. Once complete, the Silver Line will provide passenger rail connections and system linkages to major employment, population and activity centers in the northern part of the DART Service Area, offering 30-minute peak and 60-minute off-peak service to commuters.

New Mobility Mentions

Have you heard? The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) just announced a $60.76 million grant agreement with DART for the construction of the Red and Blue Line Platform Extensions. This project will lengthen platforms at 28 stations along the existing Red and Blue light rail lines that can currently only accommodate two-car trains. Once the project is complete, all stations on these lines will be able to accommodate three-car trains – meaning greater capacity and greater comfort for riders. Funding for this grant agreement is provided through the FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program, which provides funding for major transit projects nationwide.

The DART Download

From the Silver Line to a Gold Award: DART is proud to share that the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has awarded DART its 2019 Gold Award for Security for light rail and streetcar systems at the annual APTA Rail Conference in Toronto, Ontario. The award recognizes DART’s ongoing commitment to improving safety and security as a model of excellence for the rest of the public transit industry. DART won the award for creating the largest on-going security endeavor in the agency’s history by addressing customer perceptions of crime and security.

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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4 Responses to July Capital Planning Projects Periodical

  1. Jeremiah Traylor says:

    I’m a dart daily dart user my question is why haven’t you expansioned the blue and red deeper into the the south Dallas areas? It’s cool having the connections up North but it’s meaning less if we don’t have the same connections down here, are we less important? What seems to be the issue?

  2. Cheryl says:

    Do you have any transportation that goes to DFW Veterans in Grand Prairie?

    • Krystal-Rose Agu says:

      Hello, Cheryl. Unfortunately, our service does not go out to the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. The nearest bus stop would be the Potter’s House at Entrance West stop on Bus Route 547.

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