Friday, February 24, 2012

FTA administrator tours DART Green Line

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Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff on February 23 visited three stations along the 28-mile Dallas Area Rapid Transit Green Line light-rail expansion project in Dallas, Texas, to see firsthand the economic development resulting from the federal government's investments in the region.

Under President Obama's proposed FY 2013 budget, Dallas area residents could see more than a six percent increase in federal transit funding compared to FY 2012 estimates.

One of the significant construction projects underway, a $3 billion undertaking, involves Parkland Memorial Hospital relocating to be closer to the Green Line's Medical District/Parkland station. Parkland Memorial Hospital is the primary hospital for the county and the training/teaching facility for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

"The economic development along the Green Line is remarkable and it's happening in other cities across the country where local officials have embraced transit choice," said Administrator Rogoff. "Better access to jobs and state-of-the-art medical facilities at Baylor University and Parkland Memorial really mean a better quality of life for Dallas residents."

According to DART, the Green Line project is expected to provide $5.6 billion in economic impact and help create 48,000 long-term jobs in the North Texas region. To date, DART has received $700 million from the federal government, including a $78 million payment that was made ahead of schedule under a provision in the Recovery Act.

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