The Value of D2 for North Texas

Our transit system is a critical piece of the fabric of not just Dallas, but the entire North Texas region. At DART, we aspire to connect more people to places of business, education, cultural opportunities and to each other. That’s part of the reason we are developing D2.

How will D2 benefit our region? Below are a few reasons why DART and #D2will help unite and strengthen our community.

#D2will Help Connect the Entire Region to Downtown Dallas More Efficiently

Designing a transit system that works for everyone is a collaborative process. D2 is part of a larger system plan that will provide North Texas with a comprehensive, cohesive transportation network that supports all the ways we live and work in this region. We know D2 will impact multiple communities throughout downtown Dallas and the surrounding area, which is why DART is continuing to bring stakeholders and the public along every step of the development process. By coming together, we can best balance everyone’s interests within the scope of the project.

Questions about D2 or the development process? Email your questions to [email protected].

#D2will Support a Growing Area

Our region is experiencing major growth — the population of the 13 cities served by DART is expected to increase 36 percent by 2040. We need transportation infrastructure that can sustain an upward-trending population and encourage businesses to invest in our booming region.

A second rail alignment will relieve the current bottleneck that occurs as existing lines converge in the central business district. The increased capacity and flexibility D2 will offer will not only allow more residents to easily and efficiently navigate downtown Dallas and the surrounding community, but will also enable the system to respond more effectively to unexpected events or emergencies.

#D2Will Promote Economic Vitality

As more people are able to access downtown Dallas faster and easier, our region can better support commercial, cultural, and residential opportunities on and around the second alignment. New businesses moving to the region, residents putting down urban roots, and communities becoming even more accessible for residents and visitors to enjoy are just a few of the ways D2 will help Dallas flourish.

#D2will Be Built for Today and Tomorrow

North Texas is stronger when it is unified. In developing D2 as part of an integrated, multi-modal transit system, DART is taking the next step to connect and advance our region. In the context of other, inter-related projects, such as the Dallas Streetcar and platform extensions that will allow for longer trains during peak use times, we are evaluating all factors. DART is considering population trends, commercial growth opportunities, and the future of our entire transit system, including high-speed rail, as well as impacts on existing neighborhoods, community centers, and businesses. Our goal is to deliver a strong and sustainable transportation solution for North Texas that will meet the region’s needs for decades to come.

We are excited about the opportunities D2 will afford us. To follow along or participate in the discussion, use the hashtag #D2will on your social media properties. Together, we can come up with a regional transit solution that moves North Texas forward, ensuring an economically and culturally vibrant region for all.

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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One Response to The Value of D2 for North Texas

  1. Lyman deCamp says:

    For all the hoopla, there seems to be no provision for any south side Red and Blue line trains to be able to route into D2. If the prime argument for constructing D2 is to provide an alternative route through downtown Dallas, including protection against service disruptions along the original Transit Mall, why don’t the south side Red and Blue lines have the ability to use that route? “D2” and the Red/Blue south side lines almost touch at/under the Convention Center. Why can’t they interconnect? It appears to be a lack of will, rather than an engineering impossibility.

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