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September 26, 2012
New DART budget sets groundwork for expanded rail operations
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors approved a $1.07 billion budget for fiscal year 2013 that supports expanded Orange and Blue Lines as well as the continued construction towards a direct rail connection to DFW Airport in 2014.
The FY 2013 budget is the latest in a multi-year effort to manage the impact of a decade of flat sales tax receipts. That effort saw the number of employees at the agency remain unchanged despite the addition of nearly 14 miles of new Orange and Blue light rail service along with an increased level of police presence throughout the system. The budget also supports the approved introduction of new fares beginning in December, the changeover to a new mobility management/paratransit service provider in October and the introduction of a new fleet of 123 smaller 17-seat buses. Additionally, it includes the introduction in December of a new fleet of 459 full-size compressed natural gas buses.
Improving local economic conditions and the success of DART's multi-year financial and budgetary initiatives will benefit the southern portion of the service area by making possible the acceleration of the South Oak Cliff Blue Line extension to the University of North Texas campus from 2019 to 2016.
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