Building A Better Customer Experience

Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Progress Report FY 2018

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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIGHT RAIL AND REGIONAL RAIL



DART operates electric light rail vehicles on the DART Rail System. The Dallas Streetcar system uses electric light rail vehicles that are dual-mode and can operate on battery power.

The Trinity Railway Express - owned by DART and Trinity Metro - operates diesel locomotives that pull passenger cars.

DART plans to use diesel-electric multiple unit (DMU) trains for the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project, like those used on Trinity Metro's TEXRail line. DMUs resemble light rail vehicles, but a diesel engine generates electrical energy that powers the train systems.

A comparison of key features of the three types of trains:


Rail Line: DART Light Rail
Vehicles: Electric light rail vehicle
Propulsion: Each vehicle is powered by an on-board electric engine that draws power from an overhead electric line
Rail Type: Light rail
Track Sharing: May share track with electric streetcars and trolleys
Travel Time from Plano to DFW Airport: At least 90 minutes from Parker Road Station to DFW Airport Station



Rail Line: Trinity Railway Express
Vehicles: Diesel locomotive + passenger coach car(s)
Propulsion: A locomotive is powered by a diesel engine that pulls or pushes the coach cars
Rail Type: Regional rail
Track Sharing: May share track with freight rail and other regional rail trains
Travel Time from Plano to DFW Airport: N/A



Rail Line: DART Cotton Belt
Vehicles: Diesel-electric multiple unit
Propulsion: Each vehicle is powered by an on-board diesel engine that generates electricity
Rail Type: Regional rail
Track Sharing: May share track with freight rail and other regional rail trains
Travel Time from Plano to DFW Airport: About 57 minutes from Shiloh Station to DFW Airport Station



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Financial and Investor Information

DART Plus

Downtown Dallas Light Rail Replacement

Platform Extensions on Red and Blue Lines

Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project

D2 Subway: Dallas Central Business District Second Light Rail Alignment

Innovative Technology

GoLink Expansion

GoPass® App Enhancements

GoPass® Tap Card

Interactive Kiosks

DART Zoom

August 2019 Bus Service Change

Difference Between Light Rail and Regional Rail

DART Board Members

DART Current and Future Services

Connect with DART


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