That section of the TRE corridor is currently single-tracked, which limits the number and frequency of trains. By adding the second track more trains, including Amtrak passenger trains, can operate in the corridor. Such a move potentially eases congestion on other North Texas rail corridors currently used by Amtrak.
The federal funds represent almost half of the budget for the $14.4-million project. DART is scheduled to issue invitations for bid in February and award a construction contract in late spring/early summer. Construction is scheduled to be complete in summer 2011.