Paying for DART Projects

DART works diligently to manage its finances fairly and accurately. This means we don’t have to sacrifice funding for an important project in order to pay for another. Building DART projects is a complex, multi-step process.  In order to ensure the system runs seamlessly, we must research, plan, and secure funding from a variety of appropriate sources for all capital projects.  Here are a few factors that go into divvying up funds for the projects DART plans and implements:

Budgeting Our Resources
DART updates its 20-Year Financial Plan every year, and balances the scope of projects to the available funding. A project scope may be adjusted to fit the budget allocated to the project through the DART Board, as well as the amount of federal funding we think we have a reasonable chance of winning based on our project proposals. The scope, project schedule, and budget for proposed projects are all coordinated with the FTA and DART service area cities through project development.

Every Project Is Important
DART is constructing and operating a system, not a collection of standalone projects.  Each of our capital investment projects are just a piece of the larger transit network for North Texas. That means every new project is designed to strengthen the entire system, ensuring it remains interconnected and efficient to benefit the entire region.  Although we depend on money allocated by DART cities and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and other sources, we manage our funds by anticipating market changes and ensuring we have capital funding available. DART also looks for opportunities to take advantage of new funding programs that can leverage local dollars and deliver projects in a timely manner.

Different Projects Are Funded Through Different Channels
When applying for federal dollars DART submits detailed engineering and financial plans that factor in cost implications, how it fits into the larger DART transportation system, the physical design of a project, and how it impacts the community. For example:

  • In 2006, DART requested and received a $700-million Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) from the FTA to kick-start a $2.5-billion expansion that doubled the length of the DART rail system to reach even more areas and serve more people.
  • Currently, DART is seeking funding from the FTA for multiple projects, including D2, the Dallas Streetcar, and platform extensions as part of the Program of Interrelated Projects.
  • Additionally, DART is applying for funds through an innovative federal program called the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program to finance the Cotton Belt Corridor project with a low interest loan advancing the project schedule forward by more than 10 years. 

Striking the right balance can be tricky, but DART is working to align the area’s needs and interests with the budget to build the best transportation network for our communities.

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The Ripple Effect: How DART Drives Economic Growth

Sometimes it can be hard to see how public transportation drives an economy. However, here in North Texas, new transit-oriented developments are spurring financial growth. Tax revenue, jobs, wages, and spending for new construction boosts incomes, increases local business profits, and provides more funds to support community services. The infographic below illustrates how 28 projects (under construction, completed, planned, or proposed) within a quarter mile of DART rail stations have contributed to the region’s economic growth.

DART Drives Investment Infographic
Source: The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Development near DART Stations 2014 – 2015, Economics Research Group – University of North Texas
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As you can see, economic activity ripples throughout the Dallas-Ft. Worth region and creates a more vibrant community for all. This type of economic-stimulating development is possible because of our region’s commitment to multi-modal public transportation.

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In Pictures: Customer Appreciation Day

Passengers ate donuts and chitchatted with DART President and Executive Director Gary Thomas and other DART employees during Customer Appreciation Day at the new Camp Wisdom and UNT Dallas stations Oct. 24, from 4-9 a.m. The event marked the opening day of the Blue Line extension into South Oak Cliff.

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A Fun Day for All as Community Celebrates New Blue Line Service

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Southern Dallas locals discovered where the new South Oak Cliff Blue Line extension can take them during Community Fun Day at the new Camp Wisdom Station Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors enjoyed local music, face paintings, food trucks and a trackless train, and the opportunity to engage with organizations in the area.

Vendors such as ShaDub Fitness Zumba, Unlocking Doors and Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas informed guests of the educational, vocational and health services in the area that are accessible by riding the DART System.

Guests also mingled with representatives from higher education institutions, including the University of North Texas at Dallas and Paul Quinn College.

Today is the first day of service for the Blue Line extension into South Oak Cliff. Experience how DART can take you to the new UNT Dallas and Camp Wisdom stations.

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DART Police Receive Free Home Security Systems


The people who help keep us safe are safer now, thanks to a donation from State Farm and Canary, a home security company. More than 300 DART police officers, fare enforcement officers and staff received free home monitoring devices today, as part of a national Protect the Protectors campaign.

Started in 2015 by State Farm and Canary, the Protect the Protectors program identifies first responders across the country and donates Canary devices for use in their homes.

John Carter, Canary head of communications said, “Thousands of Americans wake up and go to work to protect the people in their community each day. To keep us safe, they put their lives on the line. To pay them back we wanted to help keep their homes and families safe while they’re on the job.”

During a ceremony at DART Police Headquarters, the two companies presented the free home monitoring devices to all DART police personnel, then showed them how to set up and use the new devices.

State Farm Spokesman Chris Pilcic said, “We were happy to be a part of this today, especially since so many of our employees ride DART buses and trains. Protect the Protectors gives us a chance to show that we support what these remarkable men and women do for us,” he said.

The Canary security device will connect the homes of DART police personnel, the first in North Texas to receive them, to an iPhone or iPad for quick monitoring. Two cameras will take 145-degree video inside the home and activate when there is any motion, activity or a change in temperature, humidity or air quality.

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New Blue Line Extension Links You to Southern Dallas

DART’s moving on to new frontiers, and you’re invited for the ride.

New opportunities and new destinations are coming to you Oct. 24 when DART’s Blue Line adds 3 miles of rail into South Oak Cliff. The expansion included new stations at Camp Wisdom and the University of North Texas at Dallas, new connections to Cedar Valley College with bus Route 555 and updates to Ledbetter Station.

“Residents along this section of the line have improved access to the region,” DART President and Executive Director Gary Thomas said. “The new rail connection and enhanced crosstown bus service make this area more attractive to potential developers and residents.”

If you’re a student or someone looking to take hold of educational opportunities in the area, the new Blue Line extension may be your connectivity to higher learning.
The expansion connects an area in Southern Dallas known as the Education Corridor to downtown, and enables people to discover the academic programs offered at UNT Dallas, Paul Quinn College and Cedar Valley College.

“Now a young person starting out in life can pursue a complete, high-quality college education without the burden of car ownership,” Thomas said.

Maybe Southern Dallas is where you live, work and play. The Blue Line extension empowers you and residents from other parts of the region to explore the employment, educational, housing, health care and entertainment destinations accessible by DART.
For example, DART Rail is connected to Dallas Love Field and Dallas-Fort Worth International airports, all major medical centers and employment hubs.

“Southern Dallas is our city’s greatest opportunity for growth,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “That’s not just because of the inventory of land available for development, but also the quality of the people who live, work and learn there. This DART extension is a critical piece of the GrowSouth vision, as we continue to better serve the people of Southern Dallas.”

Nearly 20 years after DART opened the first section of the Blue Line’s southern corridor, the extension project allows you to become a part of history as DART completes the entire rail network outlined in its 1995 Transit System Plan and operates the nation’s longest electric light rail system.

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A Bumper Crop of Fall Fun


Autumn is bursting with fun in North Texas. And DART is your ticket to a cornucopia of events both indoors and out. Lots is going on within steps of DART Rail – check out the following, and be sure to see what else is happening in the DART Service Area at

Murders! Mayhem!
Prepare yourself for a night of mystery and mayhem. Texas history comes to life Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27-28, with the candlelight tours of Murders & Mayhem, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. The tours are inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe and actual historical events. The park is just a five-minute walk from the Farmers Branch Station. For more information, visit

At this annual event, historic downtown Plano is transformed into a giant party in the tradition of Oktoberfest. Expect live music, German beer and sausage, games, contests, commemorative steins, T-shirts and more. There are food vendors, plus more than a dozen restaurants right in the middle of all the action. It happens Oct. 29 on 15th Street, near Downtown Plano Station. You won’t get any thinner while you’re there, but you can get the skinny at

Carrollton Festival at the Switchyard
Get ready for a day of live music, food, beer and plenty of interesting wares. There’s plenty in store for the kids, too, with an activity area, bungee trampolines, and more. The popular festival takes place Nov.6 in downtown Carrollton near Downtown Carrollton Station. Visit to find out more.

Untapped Festival
This is a craft beer & music festival series created to educate people about the hundreds of amazing craft beers brewed in the U.S. – especially in Texas – and to celebrate the people that brew them. There’s also plenty of live music, and this year’s headliners is TV on the Radio. It’s going on Nov. 12 at Fair Park, near Fair Park Stations.

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Celebrate New Blue Line Expansion with Community Fun Day


Community Fun Day is a great opportunity to discover more about DART services and DARTable destinations, like at this Bike to Work Day event.

New destinations. New DART service. Discover where the new South Oak Cliff Blue Line expansion can take you during Community Fun Day at the new Camp Wisdom Station Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy food trucks, a trackless train, face painting and local music. Engage with organizations in the area as they showcase how their resources can aid in improving your life and well-being.

Vendors such as Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas, ShaDub Fitness Zumba and Unlocking Doors will inform you of the educational, vocational and health services in the area that are accessible by riding the DART System.

Representatives from higher education institutions, including the University of North Texas at Dallas and Paul Quinn College, also will be on site.

The first day of service is Oct. 24. DART will greet riders with treats at both UNT Dallas and Camp Wisdom stations from 4-9 a.m.

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Temporary Parking Changes at Ledbetter Thursday and Friday


As work continues on the Blue Line extension into Southern Dallas, customers parking at Ledbetter Station are advised of temporary parking changes. The final details related to the Blue Line extension to the new UNT Dallas Station will require closure of the southern parking area, effective Thursday, October 20, and Friday, October 21, 2016.

If you are planning to park at the station on those days, please use spaces on the northern end. Full service to Camp Wisdom and UNT Dallas stations will begin on Monday, October 24.


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DART Talks about New Blue Line Extension on #AskCityHall


DART’s Community Affairs Representative Dawn Dorman answers questions about the new Blue Line extension to Camp Wisdom and UNT Dallas stations during today’s #AskCityHall segment with the City of Dallas. The extension is set to open Oct. 24.

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