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11/24/2010



Rail News: Passenger Rail

DART set to open remainder of Green Line on Dec. 6


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Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is gearing up for the Dec. 6 opening of the Green Line, a 28-mile, 20-station light-rail corridor connecting Pleasant Grove southeast of Dallas to Farmers Branch and Carrollton, Texas.

In September 2009, the agency opened a four-mile segment of the line connecting Pearl Station on the east side of downtown Dallas to MLK Jr. Station on the west side of Fair Park. On Dec. 6, DART will launch service on the remaining 24-mile section, which includes 15 stations.

The line will provide access to Baylor University, downtown Dallas, the Market District, University of Texas Southwestern, Love Field, Farmers Branch and Carrollton.

The $1.8 billion project was completed on time and on budget, according to DART. The project was funded locally through a one-percent sales tax collected in DART’s 13 member cities. In addition, the agency received a $700 million Full Funding Grant Agreement from the Federal Transit Administration.

Also on Dec. 6, DART plans to open the Lake Highlands Station, the agency’s first infill station. The facility is located on the Blue Line at the northwest corner of Walnut Hill Lane and White Rock Trail between the White Rock and LBJ/Skillman stations.


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