Dallas Subway Project Gets a Key Green Light

The Dallas City Council kept the d2 subway plan on track with a vote this week.

2 minute read

March 26, 2021, 7:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


"The Dallas City Council Wednesday unanimously approved to continue [sic] with the building of a second light rail alignment going through downtown Dallas, also known as D2," reports Jake Harris.

"The city council also said it would support DART in obtaining a Federal Transit Authority (FTA) grant to help fund the project. Right now, the cost estimate for the subway and light rails is $1.7 billion, with up to 50% of that number able to be funded with a federal grant," adds Harris.

The D2 project has been in the works in Dallas since 2007, and a key part of Dallas Area Rapid Transit's capital investment plans since 2017. "The planned route would include three subway stations and two above-ground stations from Victory Park to Deep Ellum, with service on the green and orange lines."

A separate article by Matt Goodman, written just before the council vote, details more of what the city would be gaining with the addition of a subway. "The subway would double capacity while giving the light rail system a relief valve in the event of a derailment or some other disruption, as the current system bottlenecks on the single rail line through downtown," according to Goodman.

Goodman also details more of the financial challenges facing the project. "DART will need $1.7 billion total, and the feds will pay for only half of it, which means it has to spend a lot of money to get those federal dollars." The decision to build the route as a subway doubled the cost of the project.

With City Council approval, the project could start construction as soon as 2022, and could open to the public in 2028.  

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in D Magazine

Aerial view of homes on beach in Maui, Hawaii

Hawaii Passes First Legislation Regulating Short-Term Rentals Statewide

The new law will give counties the power to limit number or short-term rentals and convert existing short-term rental units back into long-term residential housing.

May 13, 2024 - USA Today

Google office building in Virginia.

Virginia Data Centers Draining State’s Water Supply

Being the world’s largest data center hub is having a severe impact on local water resources.

May 9, 2024 - Grist

Entrance to a drive-through car wash at night with green 'Enter' sign.

Ohio Towns Move to Ban New Car Washes

City officials in northeast Ohio are putting limits on how many car wash facilities can open in their towns.

May 16, 2024 - News 5 Cleveland

Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state.

Northwest Power Demand Could Surge as Data Centers, Transportation Electrification Ramps Up

New estimates project a steady increase in electricity demand due to population growth, data centers, and the shift to electric power in homes, buildings, and transportation.

May 17 - Governing

Blurred traffic speeding by on freeway with Los Angeles skyline in background.

California Testing Per-Mile Gas Tax Alternatives

A summer pilot program will test the fairness and efficacy of collection mechanisms for mileage-based fee options.

May 17 - Newsweek

Close-up of 'Pay rent' note in red marker on day 1 of monthly calendar.

After Months of Decreases, Rents Nationwide Are Going Up

Average rents rose by $12 around the country so far this year.

May 17 - Smart Cities Dive

News from HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Call for Speakers

Mpact Transit + Community

New Updates on PD&R Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.