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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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.

The Orange Line will stop near the new Irving Convention Center.
The Orange Line will stop near the new Irving Convention Center.
Stops along the Orange Line now in development include the University of Dallas, Las Colinas Urban Center, Irving Convention Center, North Lake College and Belt Line Road stations.

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.
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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