Rail Planning—Texas Style

by Corinne S. Bernstein, Asst. News Editor; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 11, Pg. 50-51

Document Type: Feature article


The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Authority has a 25 year plan to build a 147 mile rail network—all without federal funds. When DART hits its 2010 target date for completing the rail line, Dallas will have the nation's second largest mass transit network. Other cities are eyeing the Dallas transit authority's success to date and its plans to solve an age old Texas size traffic problem. The rail line will be a pre-metro system, or a hybrid between light and heavy rail. Some 318 cars will travel at an average of 35 mph and will be powered by an overhead catenary system.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Rapid transit systems | Federal government | Transportation networks | Urban areas | Traffic management | Light (artificial) | Hybrid methods | United States | Texas

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