Segment of DART Line to be finished by summer


Ghianda Becerril
Staff Writer

Last Tuesday, Nov. 15, KSWRP – the design-build contractor responsible for the design and construction of the first two segments of the DART Orange Line – and DART delivered a project update for the Irving I and II construction segments to a group of about 25 individuals at the University of Dallas.

DART and KSWRP staff presented an overview of the latest design and construction details for all five stations under construction of the Orange Line to connect Irving to downtown Dallas, according to Mark Ball, a DART media spokesperson.

“The meeting on campus had a small group – mainly corporate folks, residents and property owners,” said Ball. “We were mainly asked general questions about the DART service: ‘How often do trains run? Can I get to downtown Dallas, American Airlines Center, etc.?”

The Irving I segment of the Orange Line, which includes the University of Dallas Station, Las Colinas Urban Center Station and the Irving Convention Center Station, is scheduled to be open for service on July 30, 2012.

The Irving II segment, which will include the North Lake College Station and the Belt Line Station, will be open for service on Dec. 3, 2012.

Although the Irving III DFW Airport extension segment of the Orange Line is not yet under construction, it is projected to be finished by 2014.

“This segment is proceeding with an environmental assessment but is not yet under construction,” said Ball.

The first segment of the DART Orange Line will provide UD students with an easier way of transportation to and from downtown Dallas, according to Ball.


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