DART Vote Opens Old Wound Over Suburban, Urban Rail Priorities

A Dallas Area Rapid Transit meeting Tuesday started as an effort to organize financing for a suburban commuter rail line but turned into a showdown between Dallas and the suburbs over which major project should the greater priority.The board called the special session late last week to vote on whether to authorize DART to use debt to fund the Cotton Belt commuter railway, a 26-mile line that will take riders from Plano to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.But the three-hour meeting quickly went off the rails when members questioned whether the special meeting was appropriate and then tried to shift the discussion to funding of a new downtown Dallas subway even though that wasn’t on the agenda.  Continue reading...

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