Decisions, Decisions! Choosing the D2 Subway Route

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 by dartdallas
Determining the right route for the D2 Subway is a process.  The good news is that DART is on its way to determining a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) that DART will submit to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in September. Today, we’re taking a deeper look at each of the three primary corridors and streets the D2 Subway could run parallel to below-ground. But before we get into the nitty gritty, some of you may ask: Why is the D2 Subway important? The D2 Subway is in development because it will:
  • Increase capacity to our strained light rail system in downtown Dallas.
  • Provide even greater flexibility for the DART system as a whole by connecting different modes of transit at critical points, continuing service during repairs or incidents and adding service to new areas.
  • Enhance mobility and provide access to even more riders now and support our growing region for years to come.
What are our options? We’ve mentioned before that DART identified and evaluated exit and entry points for the D2 Subway. The Technical Committee and the Stakeholder Committee recommended the Swiss Avenue and the Victory Right-Of-Way (ROW) option to advance to advance with a short-list of alternatives.  DART continues to work with stakeholders in the Deep Ellum area to ensure the east connection fits with the vision of the area and still meets DART’s needs. Below are the three alternatives that DART will continue to develop further with both the Swiss Avenue and the Victory ROW options: 
  • Pacific Street: For this alternative, the D2 Subway would actually be built underneath Pacific Street along the existing light rail corridor. Although this may reach a market area as we do now, this option could be beneficial causing less disruption to businesses and services above ground. DART headquarters and the East Transfer Center are located along this corridor, which means that DART’s own property could be used to build the D2 Subway.
  • Elm Street: The D2 Subway could run parallel to Elm Street underground. This route for the D2 Subway would be one block south of the existing corridor.
  • Commerce Street: The Commerce Street option would connect from the Victory option and run approximately 9,900 feet until it connects to the Swiss Avenue option. The D2 subway would be approximately three blocks south of the existing corridor.
Interested in Learning More? What do you think about these three alternatives?  Curious to find out where potential stations might be located? Have thoughts on a connecting streetcar alignment? Come to today's public meeting:
When: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 When: 12:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Where: DART Headquarters, Board Room, 1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202
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