DART President Asks Feds to Consider Turning Second Downtown Rail Line Into Pilot Project
Because, said Thomas, right now the so-called D2 rail line doesn't qualify for the same "New Starts" money that put $700 million toward the $1.8-billion Green Line opening this fall. Which means that unless Congress and the FTA come up with some alternative source of funding -- say, a pilot program, hint hint -- the D2 will be funded locally, not federally. So Thomas called for, among other things ...
... greater use of Pilot and Demonstration projects to acknowledge the fact that not all projects fit the requirements of the New Start programs. Our Central Business District Transit Study (D2) is an example. We need to provide for additional capacity in the core area, but do not currently meet the requirements of a New Start. We would like to work with FTA to develop and implement a Demonstration Project to develop new criteria for non-typical projects.