Thursday, April 29, 2010

DART Green Line completion date announced

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit has set December 6, 2010 as the date for completion of the final sections of the Green Line light rail project. Two sections, one from MLK, Jr. Station near Fair Park south to Buckner Station in Pleasant Grove, and from Victory Station northwest to North Carrollton, will open on that date, completing the 20-station, 28-mile, $1.8 billion project, according to DART spokesman Morgan Lyons.

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The section from Fair Park to Pleasant Grove includes four stations: Hatcher, Lawnview, Lake June, and Buckner. A featured stop will be the 6,000 acre Great Trinity Forest near Lawnview Station. The largest urban hardwood forest in the United States is also home to the Trinity River Audubon Center, which has nature trails and hands-on exhibits.

Destinations along the 11 stations north of Victory Station include the Market Center and Medical Districts, a Love Field Airport connection from Inwood Station, and Farmers Branch and Carrollton.

Bachman Station is also the junction for the Orange Line, which will connect Irving and Las Colinas by 2012. As reported earlier this week, the Denton County Transportation Authority’s A-Train diesel multiple-unit (DMU) service is scheduled to connect to the Green Line at Trinity Mills Station in Carrollton, Tex.

Lyons says that according to data provided by the American Public Transportation Association, DART is responsible for more than 25% of all light rail construction in North America. DART’s current expansion programs will expand the LRT system to more than 85 miles by 2012. The extensions are expected to add 60,000 weekday passenger trips, essentially doubling ridership on the DART rail system by 2030.