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9/6/2006



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DART launches construction on system expansion



Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) recently began a construction project that will more than double the agency’s light-rail system to 93 miles by 2018.

DART is building the $1.7 billion Green Line, which will extend 27.7 miles southeast of Dallas from Pleasant Grove to Carrollton. During the next two years, DART will demolish the Deep Ellum Tunnel, and build a rail line and Deep Ellum Station in the median of the Good-Latimer Expressway.

Construction already is under way on the Deep Ellum Station, as well as the Baylor, Fair Park and MLK stations, which are scheduled to be complete by September 2009. When the entire Green Line is complete in 2010, it will serve Deep Ellum, Baylor University Medical Center, Fair Park, Victory Park, the Dallas Market Center the UT Southwestern Medical District, Love Field Airport, and the cities of Farmers Branch and Carrollton.

The agency also expects to open the Orange Line from northwest Dallas to the Las Colinas Urban Center in North Irving in 2011; an Orange Line extension to DFW International Airport in 2013; a Blue Line extension from Garland to Rowlett in 2010; a second Blue Line extension to Interstate 20 in 2018; and a second rail line in the Dallas Central Business District in 2013.


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