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Old June 9th, 2015, 03:21 PM   #401
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Old June 10th, 2015, 03:14 PM   #402
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Fort Worth orders Stadler DMUs for Tex Rail
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FORTH WORTH Transportation Authority signed a $US 106.7m contract with Stadler Rail for eight four-car articulated GTW DMUs for the Tex Rail commuter line in a ceremony at the city's Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) on June 9

The contract, which includes the supply of components for 10 years, was signed by the authority's chairman Mr Scott Mahaffey, CEO Paul Ballard, and Stadler Rail CEO Mr Peter Spuhler. The deal includes an option for up to 24 additional trains and final assembly will take place in Texas with a site at nearby Lewisville being considered as a possible location for the facility

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Old June 10th, 2015, 03:16 PM   #403
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Why they used a FLIRT 3 image when they ordered GTW's? or did something got mixed up?
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Why they used a FLIRT 3 image when they ordered GTW's? or did something got mixed up?
Here is the Fort Worth Star-Telegram article on the contract signing.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/tr...e23613976.html

The-T Is ordering 4-car FLIRTs, as shown. These will be the standard DMUs for future commuter train operation in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Also, Stadler may build their US manufacturing plant in this area.
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Here is the Stadler press release about the order from Fort Worth's The-T transit agency. It includes a livery picture at the bottom.

http://www.stadlerrail.com/en/news/2...contract-in-t/

Here is the FLIRT3 page from Stadler's website. Fort Worth is the first buyer of the diesel only version of the FLIRT3.

http://www.stadlerrail.com/en/vehicles/flirt-3/
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Old June 14th, 2015, 08:26 PM   #407
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On the question of Dallas being a car-centric community: Some prominent buildings in Dallas's CBD (such as the Renaissance Tower) are served by large car-parking structures, and anyone using public transport in the Dallas area is in the minority.
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On the question of Dallas being a car-centric community: Some prominent buildings in Dallas's CBD (such as the Renaissance Tower) are served by large car-parking structures, and anyone using public transport in the Dallas area is in the minority.
So what's your point!
All of DART's light rail lines are designed to serve downtown Dallas. Downtown Dallas employs around 140,000; DART's daily ridership is around 100,000. That means around 50,000 individuals ride the trains to work and back home every day. Assuming all 50,000 are riding the trains to downtown for work, 35% of downtown workers ride the trains. Of course not all of the riders work in downtown - I suggest more than 50% of them do. Therefore, a significant percentage (more than 20%) of downtown workers are riding the trains. That's one in five, which means around four in five drive, and need parking spaces.

The DFW metro is spread out in all directions because there are no geographic obstacles to restrict growth in any direction. I suggest the trains ridership exceeds the expectations projected before they were built, and that means they should be considered a success.

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Dallas orders more catenary-free trams
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USA: The City of Dallas and Dallas Area Rapid Transit have exercised an option to purchase two additional Liberty Modern Streetcars from Brookville Equipment Co. To be deliverey in mid-2016, these will provide the extra capacity needed for the opening of the second phase of the streetcar line to Bishop Arts District.

In February 2013 DART placed a $9·4m firm order with Brookville for two vehicles, including options for two more. The 70% low-floor vehicles are equipped with two batteries to allow off-wire operation

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DALLAS--302 on Trinity River Bridge IB
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Some Photos From Jarrett Stewart


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TRE At Victory Station
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TRE Arrived into Dallas
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Although I would never say DART rail is a stellar success, I really admire how Dallas has been such a comprehensive system in such a small amount of time in such a car focused city in a conservative state.
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First Quarter 2015 Ridership numbers for Dallas

Source : http://www.apta.com/resources/statis...rship-APTA.pdf

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Dallas / DART - 92,500 (2015)


Commuter Rail
Dallas-Fort Worth / Trinity Railway Express - 7,800 (2015)
Denton / A-Train - 1,700 (2015)


Bus Ridership
Dallas / DART Bus - 116,000 (2015)
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For Dallas, not New Orleans
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DALLAS--302 Outside DART Main Shops. 1 of 2
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DALLAS--154 at Galatyn Park IB
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DALLAS--178 at St. Paul Station OB
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What’s the deal with that Blue Line southern extension?

I mean, it is a 2,6-mile, two-station extension, but it doesn’t seems to go to anything interesting. The final station will be near the University of Northern Texas at Dallas campus, but that is a small university, with only about 2500 students and just two buildings in its campus, is it projected to grow substancially in the next years to justify a DART station just right now? And not to mention that the place where they are building the station is like 600 meters away from the sole two buildings of the campus, going through a completely desolate area. It doesn't look much inviting to take the train there.

What baffles is the other station at Camp Wisdom, looking at Google Earth, it is currently located at the middle of nowhere. There is only a police station and a small complex of townhomes nearby, the rest is completely underdeveloped, is there a project to put up a large T.O.D. there?

It seems that is not uncommon in Dallas to put stations in underdeveloped areas expecting to develop. When they build that stations at the Bush Turnpike the area around it was completely undeveloped, and now there are lots of develoments there. But it took 10 years since they opened the station to the developments began to happen. But at least there were 3 bus lines going to that station. In the case of Camp Wisdom, there aren’t buses going there to justify the station either. Isn’t there a risk that it becomes like a ghost station until somebody actually builds something there? For example I was also reading that there are projected stations at South Las Colinas and Las Colinas Carpenter Ranch that were deferred until further developments occur in the area, although the area of South Las Colinas las Colinas Carpenter Ranch look far more developed than that surrounding Camp Wisdom or UNT Dallas.

I was wondering if there were not a better option to expand the system? Or was this extension the right move?

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One can question whether DART is designed for moving a small minority of people or tools for redeveloping a auto-centric city.
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The final station will be near the University of Northern Texas at Dallas campus, but that is a small university, with only about 2500 students and just two buildings in its campus, is it projected to grow substancially in the next years to justify a DART station just right now?
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UNT Dallas, the first public, four-year university in Dallas, is on a fast track — planning to increase enrollment from 2,100 currently to 6,000 students in 2020 and 16,000 by 2030… tremendous growth!
Source: http://www.untsystem.edu/news/2011/D...ntd-growth.htm
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According to this map, DART has some major plans for expansion in the coming decades
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