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Dallas City Council Gives Preliminary Approval To New Light-Rail Line

The City Council of Dallas, Texas, has gone ahead and given preliminary approval to the creation of a new light-rail line intended to improve transportation options in the city’s downtown core, according to recent reports.

This proposed second downtown light-rail line could begin construction within only a few years, following final approval. The city’s transportation association, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), is currently looking to secure $400 million in federal funding to develop the project.

Dallas Light Rail

Existing light rail in Dallas.

As far as the route that the potential light-rail line would take through the downtown area, the City Council “overwhelmingly” chose the Jackson or Modified B4 alignment — rather than the alternative route up for vote, which would have gone underground, which was supported by only one City Council member.

The intention behind the proposal is reportedly to ease difficulties facing the current downtown DART light-rail system. That said, the project isn’t unanimously supported — some local businesses, apartment buildings, etc, have voiced opposition.

Alternative routes will reportedly be explored, partly in reaction to this opposition, but also simply because that’s part of the federal funding process for such projects.

If the project continues to move forward, then construction could start as soon as 2017 — with completion then being set for sometime by or after 2021. That’s of course assuming that things move along at a decent pace — light-rail projects in the US have a tendency to have a really protracted development period, largely due to regulatory hurdles and NIMBYism.

Image by Jeffy zilla (some rights reserved)

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.


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