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Two DART line extensions hinge on proposed budget, long-term financial plan


Under a new long-range financial plan being reviewed by Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) board, two light-rail expansion projects could advance as planned.

A newly proposed $1.25 billion FY2011 budget and updated 20-year financial plan would enable DART to complete the final section of the Orange Line light-rail project from Belt Line station to Terminal A of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and a Blue Line extension from Ledbetter Station to the University of North Texas at Dallas campus.

The budget allocates $422 million for operations, $689.3 million for capital projects and $139.4 million for debt service.

Board members are scheduled to vote on the budget and financial plan on Sept. 28. The Orange and Blue line extensions are expected to be completed in 2014 and 2019, respectively.

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