Heck of a Deal
The Dallas Business Journal also acknowledged the Green Line as the "Community Impact Deal of the Year," praising the project for connecting commuters to employment centers and inspiring communities to plan multi-use developments in close proximity to rail stations.
The Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers has recognized the Green Line with its 2010 Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. The coveted prize is bestowed annually on a major project exemplifying superior engineering skills and representing a significant contribution to civil engineering progress and society.
DART also earned the 2010 BUILT Award from the Greater Dallas Planning Council, one of its annual Urban Design Awards.
DART has been honored for the Green Line's design, engineering, station art
and community impact.
Best by Design
DART is using design-build to complete four of its projects: the Blue Line extension to Downtown Rowlett, the Orange Line extension to Las Colinas and Belt Line Road, the new natural-gas fueling facilities, and the Orange Line extension from Belt Line Road to DFW Airport. The agency was nominated by Parsons Transportation Group, the primary contractor in charge of design and construction of the first two segments of the Orange Line into Irving.
To create the double rapids, the City of Dallas built two dams in the river channel, a canoe bypass chute, bank stonework, and native plantings, along with sidewalks and boulder embellishments. These exciting whitewater structures work when the river is flowing at normal levels and will disappear during high water levels.
Designated for kayaking enthusiasts, the park should open this fall. Coupled with the Santa Fe Trestle Hike and Bike Trail project, this area of the river will be completed with viewing areas, parking and road access later this year. From DART's 8th & Corinth Station, it's just a short walk to enjoy the sight of adventurous paddlers and the nearby pedestrian and bicyclist route across the Trinity connecting Oak Cliff and Downtown.
DART CIO Allan Steele is one of four elected founding officers and serves as first vice president of the organization. The agency also hosted the group's February 2011 meeting in Dallas.
Unlike other industries, transit agencies don't compete against one another for customers, and yet all face many of the same IT challenges. The meetings aren't just theoretical discussions; the members are actually rolling up their sleeves and collaborating on initiatives. That collaboration continues outside the meetings as members poll each other on particular topics and share experiences.
"As transit systems become more IT-dependent, the Consortium is a smart way for individual transit agencies to save money and time," says Steele. "By pooling our intellectual capital, we all become smarter, and by sharing experiences we can avoid missteps and accelerate the delivery of innovative technology."
Be a Quick Read
QR codes also are posted on the pylons at four stops on the Green Line: Deep Ellum, Baylor University Medical Center, Fair Park and MLK, Jr. stations. Scan the code and watch video of the station artists describing their art and design.
From the Web browser on your smartphone, go to http://percentmobile.com/getqr to download a free QR code reader application to compatible devices.
Young and Car-Free
The study says that Dallas' investment in infrastructure and amenities - like the DART Rail System, the McKinney Avenue Trolley, the planned urban streetcar system, the emerging Dallas Arts District and the forthcoming deck park - score major appeal points in attracting newcomers.
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