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Orange & Blue Lines E X P A N D
Even as we celebrate the Green Line, construction crews are working to keep two more rail expansion projects on track - the first two segments of the Orange Line to North Irving/Las Colinas to the northwest and a Blue Line extension linking Downtown Garland Station and the future Downtown Rowlett Station to the northeast. Both projects are slated for completion in December 2012.
Staying the Course
In September, the DART Board of Directors adopted a new 20-year Financial Plan preserving the third and final segment of the Orange Line to DFW Airport Terminal A, as well as a Blue Line extension between Ledbetter Station and the UNT-Dallas campus in South Dallas.
The viability of the two projects had been in question since March when new financial projections showed sales tax receipts through 2030 are likely to be $3 billion below the amount previously estimated. A new strategy now anticipates funding the extensions through a mix of project cost-savings, restructured debt financing and anticipated federal funds.
DART's Financial Plan now targets the airport connection for completion in 2014, about a year later than previously planned. The link to UNT-Dallas would be completed in 2019.
Crews install decking on the Blue Line's Rowlett Creek Bridge.
The new 20-Year Financial Plan, recently approved by the DART Board of Directors, preserves the third extension of the Orange Line to DFW Airport and a Blue Line extension to the UNT-Dallas campus in South Dallas.
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