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Old August 26th, 2016, 06:06 AM   #501
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Groundbreaking ceremonies for the TEX Rail commuter route in Fort Worth were held on August 24 at several locations along the future route. Due to open in 2018, the 43 km route being developed by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority would link central Fort Worth with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. It would follow existing freight railway alignments northeast across Tarrant County to Grapevine, then run on a new branch to serve two stations two stations within the boundary of the airport. One of these would serve Terminal B.
There would be nine stations in total, and an end-to-end journey time of 55 min is envisaged. Initial ridership is forecast at 8 000 passengers/day, rising to 13 000 by 2035, when peak headways of 30 min and 60 min off-peak are envisaged.
Around half of the $1bn cost is being met from federal sources. The total project cost includes rolling stock. In 2015 Fort Worth Transportation Authority signed a $100m contract with Stadler Bussnang for the supply of eight diesel multiple-units in July 2017. The bodyshells and bogies are to be produced in Switzerland, with final assembly at a new factory which Stadler is building in Utah.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 04:16 PM   #502
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The south extension of DART Blue Line to UNT Dallas is projected to open 2016.10.24.

https://www.dart.org/about/expansion/bluelinesoc3.asp

this opening date has now been confirmed

http://www.dart.org/about/expansion/bluelinesoc3.asp
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Old August 29th, 2016, 06:54 AM   #503
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Why Dallas can’t get off its saddle and launch bike share like every other big city

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Most big — and small and midsized — American cities have a bike-share program, at least in their downtowns. Dallas does not. And it probably won’t for the foreseeable future for one simple reason: money, or the lack thereof.

The Dallas City Council’s Transportation and Trinity River Project Committee was told Monday afternoon it will cost around $6.1 million to kick-start a bike share program in and around downtown, with spokes reaching all the way to Deep Ellum, The Cedars, the Design District, Victory Park and Uptown. About $2.2 million of that would go toward startup costs — buying 400 bikes to park at 40 stations, for instance. The rest of the money would go toward keeping it upright for about five years, until it became cash-generating (via rentals and ad sales) and self-sustaining.

Downtown Dallas Inc. has spent the last two years trying to raise the money via corporate sponsorships, but hasn’t been able to gain any traction. As such, said the briefing, “it may be necessary to consider alternative public funding options for seed money to advance this program,” including, possibly, bond funds or federal or state grants. Or, perhaps, the city will have to kick in some money.
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Old August 29th, 2016, 02:38 PM   #504
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Dallas Streetcar extension is now opened:
http://cw33.com/2016/08/28/all-aboar...arts-district/
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Old August 29th, 2016, 05:43 PM   #505
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New bus service launches in Texas with service to 5 cities

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Shofur, a luxury bus service, launched Monday in Texas with 12 daily trips serving Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Waco.

Unlike other bus services that own a fleet of coaches, Shofur works with more than 400 companies that operate the buses under the Shofur name, CEO Armir Harris said.

Riders using the Shofur app can buy tickets, check the status of a bus in real time and rate their driver just as they would with a ride-sharing app.

Tickets for travel through Aug. 28 have been sold out, but 10 buses will be added to the Texas fleet beginning Aug. 29, Harris said. Ticket prices will vary, with a ride from Austin to Houston costing $18-$30 and Houston to Dallas priced at $20-$40.
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Old August 30th, 2016, 01:13 AM   #506
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Expanded Bishop Arts District Streetcar Service Begins

There is now a new way to get around in Dallas’ Bishop Arts District[...]
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 10:09 AM   #507
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"DART votes to fund both downtown subway and suburban rail"

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/dart/...-suburban-rail

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So I guess this means there will be loop service?
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Looks like it. Don't forget that the Cotton Belt line going into Fort Worth is also in the process of rehabilitation for commuter service.
I wonder if the DCTA will extend its service to Downtown Carrollton to create a triple transfer station for both East and West trains on the Cotton Belt and DART trains into Dallas.
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Looks like it. Don't forget that the Cotton Belt line going into Fort Worth is also in the process of rehabilitation for commuter service.
I wonder if the DCTA will extend its service to Downtown Carrollton to create a triple transfer station for both East and West trains on the Cotton Belt and DART trains into Dallas.
When the DCTA line was first proposed and being designed about 10 years ago, an eventual extention to Downtown Carrollton was mentioned. To get DCTA open the decision was made to have the DCTA/DART connection at the Trinity Mills Station. At that time a major rebuild of the I35E/Beltline Road Infrastucture near the Downtown Carrollton Station was being planned. That work is now in full swing. Once that work is finished, I believe work can begin on extending DCTA to Downton Carrollton can begin. I do not know if any design has been prepared.

Just to make this potential transfer point more challenging, an active BNSF secondary mainline passes under the DART Downtown Carrollton elevated station, crosses the Cotton Belt at grade, and separates the presumed DCTA platform location from the stairs/elevators for the light rail station.
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"Big-city thinking: DART plans subway in downtown Dallas"

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/tr...124524004.html
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Here's where Dallas will build a new subway and streetcar line

Proposed route options for a downtown streetcar line



Proposed route options for downtown Dallas subway

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Stadler and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority unveil the first U.S. FLIRT train







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Stadler and the Texas-based Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) introduce the first FLIRT for the TEXRail commuter rail line at APTA Expo 2017, the showcase for public transportation in the USA. The contract for delivery of eight FLIRT trains was signed in June 2015. The diesel-electric multiple units (DMU) will soon be used for travel on the TEXRail line between Fort Worth and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B. This is the first time that Stadler has sold one of its FLIRT trains in the USA.
FLIRT is Stadler’s success story, with more than 1,400 units of the modular articulated train in service worldwide. This explains why Stadler is especially pleased to be able to put the first eight FLIRT trains into operation in the USA. Together with the FWTA, Stadler will be presenting the first vehicle produced for TEXRail to the public at APTA EXPO 2017. The first US FLIRT train with its centrally located power module meets the AVT requirements (Alternative Vehicle Technology) of the Federal Railroad Administration as well as those of Buy America. The FLIRT trains for the FWTA were built majoritarianly in the leased Stadler plant in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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