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Collaboration is the Name of the Game

Parul Dubey on August 6, 2019 - in News, Transit, Transportation

Planning, designing, and constructing any public transit project requires plenty of time, effort, and most importantly, collaboration. Turning the vision of the D2 Subway into reality is no exception. There are a lot of players and even more moving parts at work to bring Dallas’s forthcoming D2 Subway to life — and keeping the process on track requires everyone working together to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Working Together to Move North Texas Forward

Throughout the D2 Subway project planning process, DART has been working with a diverse mix of stakeholders and other interested parties in order to ensure the future of transit in the downtown Dallas area works for everyone — and that it is as accessible, reliable, and safe as possible.

From federal and state agencies like the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to the Dallas City Council, city departments, and local utilities to community-based organizations, historical preservation groups and the public — each group has and will continue to play a vital role in helping to plan and execute on DART’s vision of a more connected, mobile Dallas and North Texas.

Finding the Unity in Community

The D2 Subway Project relies on the participation of the public – including not just riders, but everyone living or working in the neighborhoods and communities the D2 will run through – as well as local economic development groups, city of Dallas staff, historic preservation and parks and recreation departments, and many more.

As the project progresses, DART will hold a series of public meetings as well as a public hearing to allow local community members to provide input on the project, hear important updates, and review project-related information including the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS). Additionally, DART will be keeping the public informed through newsletters, media updates, and the D2 page on the DART website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Local Planning Meets Federal Funding

Many of the logistics and planning for traffic and pedestrian considerations, community and environmental impacts, noise mitigation, tunnel design, and more take place on the local or state level. However, the successful completion of the D2 Subway Project will also rely on the support of federal agencies like the FTA as well as state agencies like TxDOT.

Among making other recommendations and decisions, the FTA plays a critical role in the preparing, reviewing, and finalizing the environmental impact statement. Even more importantly, DART is seeking about 50% of the project’s $1.4 Billion cost from the FTA capital investment grant program.

A Refresher on how the D2 Subway is funded.

Meanwhile, for its part, TxDOT is responsible for approving permits that allow the D2 Subway to cross TxDOT facilities — both at Woodall Rodgers Freeway on the west and IH-345 on the east.  DART and TxDOT meet regularly to discuss the D2 Subway’s transition from below- to above-ground when the train comes back up to street level after passing under IH 345. Since TxDOT is just starting a feasibility study on IH-345’s future, there are many unknowns.  Both agencies continue to work towards a solution to keep the D2 moving forward while preserving options for IH-345.

The Journey Ahead

With 10 percent of the conceptual design for the D2 Subway complete, DART is looking ahead to the future of a more connected, more mobile Dallas metro region as this project progresses. With a project this complex, there will be unexpected curves along the way, but the road ahead is still looking wide open as local communities, state and federal agencies, city of Dallas officials, and an array of other public and private stakeholders work together to make the D2 Subway possible.

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