Category Archives: Capital Projects

How Does Government Affect Public Transit?

Public transportation is shaped by the legislative and regulatory decisions made by elected officials in the local, state, and federal governments. From the Department of Transportation to local city councils, public transportation agencies must abide by rules to fund, develop … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions! Choosing the D2 Subway Route

Determining the right route for the D2 Subway is a process.  The good news is that DART is on its way to determining a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) that DART will submit to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in September. … Continue reading

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All Aboard the Cotton Belt: Conducting Field Observations and Surveys

DART is conducting several different kinds of field research to inform an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for North Texas’s newest regional rail line, the Cotton Belt. Last week, we told you about the importance of collecting information on noise and … Continue reading

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All Aboard the Cotton Belt: Next Stop, Assessing Noise and Vibration

The development of North Texas’ newest regional rail line, the Cotton Belt, is moving along! DART is advancing the planning process with a revenue service arrival date scheduled by 2022. DART needs to collect a variety of data and information that will inform the significant transit extension’s engineering, design, and construction. DART desires to be a good neighbor of the North Texas region, and that’s why we’re doing the necessary research to help us create a better, and quieter regional rail for North Texas. Continue reading

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Where Will the D2 Subway go?

We’ve been listening to stakeholders, public officials, technical experts and the public, and we’re on our way to finding a locally preferred alternative (LPA) that we can submit to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in September. By January, DART had … Continue reading

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Growing North Texas: By Bus, By Rail, By Streetcar

The DART transit system is made up of many different modes, each coming together as part of an integrated network that strengthens our region. As a complete system, DART is not only moving North Texans from Point A to Point … Continue reading

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Designing D2: What Lies Beneath, Part 2

DART is continuing to work through the design of a new Downtown Dallas subway. There’s lots to consider. In a previous post we looked at geology. In this post we’ll consider some of the man-made elements.  Existing Structures  DART considers … Continue reading

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Designing D2: What Lies Beneath, Part 1

Journeying through D2’s project development process a few months ago, DART heard from the public that the mostly aboveground light rail route laid out in the original Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) was not the best fit for Dallas or the … Continue reading

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DART is a Part of North Texas’ Future

North Texas has been growing in leaps and bounds for the past few years, and it’s not slowing down! At DART, we are working to make sure we have the transit infrastructure in place to support our region as it … Continue reading

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Your Top 5 Questions About the Cotton Belt Answered

So, What is The Cotton Belt? The Cotton Belt is a 26-mile rail line stretching from Plano to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and is part of DART’s Transit System Plan and Twenty-Year Financial Plan.  Originally owned by the St. Louis … Continue reading

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