After several years interruption, DART announced newly that it would start holding public hearings on "Phase II" of the D2 tram expansion study, to discuss alternatives and refinements to its D2 options since it ended "Phase I" of the D2 study in 2010.
DART Light Rail is a light rail system in Dallas, Texas and its suburbs owned and operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit. The system comprises 90 miles (140 km) between its four lines — the Red Line, the Blue Line, the Green Line, and the Orange Line. Its 90 miles of route make it the longest light rail system in the United States.
The system has an average weekday ridership of 98,300, making it the largest light rail system in the Southern United States by ridership, and the seventh largest in the United States by ridership.
The system utilizes 163 light rail trains manufactured by Kinkisharyo, with all trains being converted to "Super" LRVs which feature level boarding and higher passenger capacity.
In spring 2008, DART announced that it had considered 16 possible plans for a second rail alignment, and selected four for more detailed consideration.
All four proposals provided for an alignment between Victory Station and Deep Ellum Station, indicating the D2 alignment would be used for Green and Orange Line service while the Red and Blue Lines would continue to use the existing alignment. However, on April 27, 2010, DART announced that due to financial problems it would not be able to fund construction of the D2 alignment, putting the plan in limbo.
At a public hearing newly announced DART that it was expanding to consider eight possible D2 alignments, some of which would connect to Union Station instead of Victory Station and thus provide Red and Blue Line service. While the D2 Study is being funded by a $700,000 grant, the $500 million to $1 billion alignment is currently unfunded, and construction is not expected to begin before 2025.
Source: DART, Dallas
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