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Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Progress Report FY 2016

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Platform Extensions Will Increase Capacity by 33%


Lengthening and/or modifying platforms at 28 original Red and Blue line stations will enable DART to operate longer trains on all lines during the busiest hours.
Lengthening and/or modifying platforms at 28 original Red and Blue line stations will enable DART to operate longer trains on all lines during the busiest hours.

Lengthening stations will allow longer trains on all lines

The Platform Extensions Project will extend and/or raise portions of the platforms at 28 Red Line and Blue Line stations to accommodate three-car trains, which will increase passenger capacity while maintaining train frequency.

DART built shorter platforms at the nonaerial stations on the Red and Blue lines located outside of downtown, which were all constructed before 2004. Since then, the agency has built new stations to the longer specification and lengthened the platforms downtown.

Constrained to two-car trains on Blue, Red and Orange line service, DART is limited to moving 36 light rail vehicles per hour in each direction through downtown. With longer platforms, the agency could operate three-car trains on all rail lines, or 48 vehicles per hour - a 33 percent increase in capacity.

The Texas Department of Transportation has given the agency $60 million for the project. Likewise, the Federal Transit Administration reallocated $9.6 million in Capital Investment Grant funds from fiscal years 2014, 2015 and 2016 to DART for these extensions.

DART has requested $49 million in Core Capacity Grant funding in the FY 2017 federal budget for this project. With congressional approval of this vital funding, DART can begin work in 2018 with completion by 2021.

Learn more:
FY 2017 Budget Request Platform Extension Project
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Table of Contents

Financial and Investor Information

Planning Efforts Focus on the Future

Cotton Belt Will Connect Cities, Airport

Second Rail Alignment is Needed Downtown

Platform Extensions Will Increase Capacity by 33%

Dallas Streetcar Rolls into Bishop Arts District

Partnerships Expand Transportation Options

Transit Drives Local Economic Boom

Rail Fuels Transit-Oriented Development

 

New Stations Make College More Accessible

Riders Influence Bus Route Changes

Technology Engages Customers, Improves Travel Experience

Light Rail Expands in Southern Dallas

Agencies Partner to Implement Positive Train Control

Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

DART Board Members

DART Current and Future Services

Connect with DART


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