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the offical newsletter of DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT - Fall 2010
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Now Arriving: CHANGE
A letter from the DART Chairman of the Board.

The Great Green Line
Phase II of the Green Line delivers easier, less stressful commutes and heralds renewed economic growth from Carrollton and Farmers Branch to Pleasant Grove.

Everybody's Going Green
Community leaders laud the arrival of DART Rail and tout the connectivity and revitalization it brings.

The Green Gallery
DART's Station Art and Design Program makes each rail stop a public masterpiece.

Exploring the Green Scene
The Green Line goes where you go - to hospitals, arts institutions, music and sporting venues, shopping, dining and recreation.

Head for the Highlands
The new Lake Highlands Station connects to a live-shop-play development now under construction.

Orange & Blue Lines Expand
Construction of the Blue Line to Rowlett and the Orange Line to Irving proceeds on schedule for completion in 2012.

Short Trips
DART Dude lives car-free; Thomas elected industry group vice chair; Rail facility among the best; DART makes U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club; Plano seniors program gets a lifeline; Denton County's A-train takes off this summer.

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The Great GREEN Line

The Great Green Line

Whether you're headed to work, to the hospital, to dinner or to the game - everything changes with Phase II of DART Rail's Green Line.

The second phase adds 24 miles and 15 spectacular stations, bringing the Green Line to a whopping 28 miles and expanding the DART Rail System to a new total of 72 miles.

The largest electric light rail opening the country has seen in 20 years, the $1.8 billion Green Line stretches as far southeast as Dallas' Pleasant Grove neighborhood and northwest all the way to Carrollton. (For a map of the Green Line, refer to the "DART Current and Future Services to 2013" map.)

Creating Density in Dallas
By connecting residential and work centers with key community assets like hospitals, entertainment districts, and other regional transportation, the Green Line is expected to further Dallas' growing reputation as a national frontrunner in the trend toward transitoriented living.

The City of Dallas received a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development toward the creation of workforce housing near four DART stations, including the new Hatcher Station in Southeast Dallas.
The City of Dallas received a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development toward the creation of workforce housing near four DART stations, including the new Hatcher Station in Southeast Dallas.
"DART's light rail stations provide important opportunities for creating busy commercial and residential pockets throughout our city," says Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert.

"With its links to several major employment districts and Dallas Love Field, I'm confident that the Green Line is going to be a game changer for that corridor."

Dallas City Councilmember Pauline Medrano, whose district encompasses the Love Field Airport vicinity, is optimistic about the revitalization the Green Line will attract.

"In the future, the Green Line will contribute to the enrichment of adjacent neighborhoods through connectivity to housing, employment, education and entertainment, creating a successful and sustainable future," says Medrano. "Likewise, it's essential that our region's airports - including Dallas Love Field - are connected to our regional rail system."

A Farmers Branch City Center
The original Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad depot stands in the nearby Historical Park as a reminder that the city's former downtown once revolved around the site of the new Farmers Branch Station.

For more than two decades, the muchanticipated return of passenger rail service has been recognized by Farmers Branch leaders and residents as an opportunity to create a vibrant town center connecting the station area to the city hall on Valley View Lane.

"The arrival of the Green Line is not only the fulfillment of a 27-year-old vision, it also begins the transformation of Farmers Branch into a premier place to live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area," says Farmers Branch Mayor Tim O'Hare. "DART Rail's service will profoundly change our city in a positive and dynamic way."

"DART Rail's service will profoundly change our city in a positive and dynamic way."

- Tim O'Hare, Farmers Branch Mayor


Already, the station area has attracted a Dr Pepper StarCenter hockey and skating facility. And the city's master plan envisions a healthy mix of civic, recreational, commercial and residential development all within convenient walking distance of the Green Line.

Crossing in Carrollton
From the late 1800s, Carrollton grew with the arrival of the railroads. By 1908, three railroads intersected just north of downtown. From 1924 until 1932, the Texas Interurban Railway ran passenger service connecting Carrollton to Dallas and Denton.

History now repeats itself with the arrival of DART's modern Green Line, which once again passes near the town square. Next year, the Denton County Transit Authority's "A-train" plans to meet the Green Line at DART's new Trinity Mills Station, tying Denton, Highland Village and Lewisville to the DART System. And efforts are underway to fast-track commuter rail service along the Cotton Belt Corridor which also will serve downtown Carrollton.

"Our citizens are excited to see the Green Line reach completion, not only due to their tremendous investment, but because they see that the traditional practice of widening and creating new roads is not the only means of improving transportation," says Carrollton Mayor Ron Branson.

A Regional Accomplishment
This aggressive light rail expansion project was set in motion by a $700 million Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) awarded to DART in 2006 by the Federal Transit Administration.

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson and U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions were instrumental in obtaining a $700 million Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) from the Federal Transit Administration.
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson and U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions were instrumental in obtaining a $700 million Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) from the Federal Transit Administration.
"Expansion of DART's Green Line provides increased mobility options from Buckner Station along its Southeast Corridor to the North Carrollton/Frankford Station in the Northwest Corridor," says U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, who was instrumental in winning the FFGA.

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says regional unity and DART's record of completing projects on time and on budget persuaded her colleagues to back the project.

"DART provides Dallas and surrounding communities with a robust and economical public transit system," says Hutchison. "With the opening of the expansive Green Line, DART will continue to keep communities throughout the DFW Metroplex connected. I was pleased to assist with this important project, and I appreciate the hard work of all who helped bring it to completion."

Green Line connects to key regional assets
In addition to Pleasant Grove, Farmers Branch and Carrollton, the Green Line serves:

• Six internationally recognized medical centers including UT Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Health & Hospital System, and Baylor University Medical Center

• Dallas Market Center

• Dallas Love Field Airport

• Five entertainment destinations - Fair Park, Deep Ellum, Dallas Arts District, West End and Victory Park



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