Help Sustain the Environment and Ride Electric on DART Light Rail Trains

As part of DART’s celebration of National Drive Electric Week, we’re sharing interesting facts about our electric light rail system. You make a positive impact on our region’s air quality every time you hop on board DART Rail instead of driving.

You may already know that DART operates the longest electric light rail system in North America. At 93 miles, our system has more track than any other transit agency, and our light rail ridership is among the top, too. In Fiscal Year 2018, our customers took 28.9 million passenger trips on DART Rail.

But did you know that most electric rail transit vehicles – including light rail, subways and streetcars – emit little or no pollution? According to the American Public Transportation Association’s 2019 Fact Book, electric rail systems produce up to 73% less carbon dioxide emissions per passenger mile than an average single-occupancy vehicle, such as a car, truck or SUV.

You might be curious to know just how much electricity DART Rail consumes.

DART’s light rail system requires about 9.5 million kilowatt hours per month of electricity from the Texas General Land Office and Garland Power & Light that feeds into 68 mainline substations along the rail lines. These substations convert more than 13,000 volts of AC electrical power into 845 volts of DC energy to run the trains and keep you on the move.

Since 2011, National Drive Electric Week has focused on celebrating and spreading awareness of electric vehicles. Learn more about how you can better sustain the environment using electric modes of transportation at DriveElectricWeek.org, DFWCleanCities.org and DART Rail Facts.

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About Karen Ptacek

Karen is a Communications Representative at Dallas Area Rapid Transit. She is the project manager and primary writer/editor of DART's Inmotion newsletter and the annual Progress Report publication. She also contributes to DART Daily, Rider Insider and other newsletter articles.
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