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DART signs off on new long-range plan


Earlier this week, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) board approved the 2030 Transit System Plan, which outlines projects, construction schedules and budgets for the next 20 years.

The plan calls for adding another 40 miles of light-rail service, including a Blue Line extension to South Port; 26-mile express service between the Red Line and DFW International Airport; a 4.3-mile Green Line branch; 4.3-mile Red Line extension; and six-mile line in West Dallas. The projects will be funded primarily through a one-cent sales tax collected in DART’s 13 member cities.

Adopted in 1995, the agency’s current long-range plan required DART to build its 45-mile light-rail system and establish the 35-mile Trinity Railway Express commuter-rail line connecting Dallas and Fort Worth. The plan also outlined DART’s current project under which the agency will more than double light-rail service by 2013.

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