A project that will positively impact many DART passengers was awarded $49 million as part of President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget that was unveiled this week.
The $49 million is awarded to DART for the Red and Blue Line platform extension project. This project will expand the length of 28 stations along the Red and Blue lines so they can accommodate three-car trains and greatly increase the capacity of DART’s system (Green Line, Orange Line and Downtown Dallas stations have already been extended or built to accommodate three-car trains).
“Since 2009, the Obama Administration has funded nearly 100 new and expanded mass transit projects in Texas and across the country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These projects transform communities, improving mobility and access to jobs, education and other important opportunities for millions of residents. Public transit is an important ally in the effort to ensure that hard-working Americans are offered a chance to succeed in the 21st century economy.”
You can see what goes into a platform extension for yourself at Ledbetter Station. As part of the SOC3 Blue Line extension to South Oak Cliff, the platforms at Ledbetter Station are being extended and renovated.
“FTA is proud to partner with communities in Dallas and across the country to bring more transportation options to residents and help accommodate our nation’s growing population,” said FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan. “This investment in Dallas’s public transportation network will improve the mobility and quality of life for thousands of residents, provide an alternative to traffic congestion, and spur more economically vibrant communities.”