This story from Pegasus News Wire brings us more good news on the economic vitality of rail projects. Dallas‘ DART light rail is expanding three lines, and those expansions, combined with existing projects on their Green Line, are expected to bring in $5.6 billion, and will create over 32,000 jobs. DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas said the study “is the latest evidence transit can help sustain and strengthen communities, particularly during tough economic times.” Another interesting point is the high number of minority- and women-owned businesses associated with DART. The light rail projects have continued despite economic downturn, sustaining important jobs, and has raised the value of development near transit stations. DART is an extremely successful example of well-developed transit, and many other systems in this country could learn from their example.
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