Platform Extensions Will Increase Capacity by 33%
Lengthening stations will allow longer trains on all linesThe 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.
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