Title

RAIL--A KEY PART OF THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH REGIONAL MOBILITY SOLUTION

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1994

Subject Area

land use - planning, ridership - forecasting, ridership - forecasting, mode - rail, mode - tram/light rail

Keywords

Transportation system design, Transportation system analysis, Transportation planning, Transportation industry, Transportation costs, Transportation, Transport, Systems design, Systems approach, Systems analysis, System planning, System design, System analysis, Scenarios, Ridership, Railroad commuter service, Projections, Patronage (Transit ridership), Mobility, Light rail transit, Forecasting, Dallas (Texas), Costs, Cost effectiveness, Commuter rail

Abstract

Dallas, Texas, has turned to rail as a primary means of travel within the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority (DART) is constructing two integrated rail systems: RAILTRAN, a commuter rail line that will connect Dallas and Fort Worth with key stations at Irving and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and a 20-mile dual-track, three-line light rail starter system with 21 stations, a 4.8-km (3 m) subway under North Central Expressway, and a 1.6-km (1 m) transit mall through downtown Dallas. This article describes planning and construction of the integrated rail systems, DART's overall Transit System Plan and subsequent updates, and cost estimates for the system. The authors note that rail is only part of a mobility plan that includes bus and paratransit services and contraflow high-occupancy vehicle lanes.