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DART News Release

Media Relations Contact:
Morgan Lyons

February 6, 2008

Orange and Blue line expansion projects

DART hosts design-build forum Monday, February 11

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Construction contractors and vendors are invited to learn about upcoming opportunities to provide design-build services for the next phase of DART's rail expansion during a February 11 "Megamixer" at DART Headquarters, 1401 Pacific Avenue (Akard Station). Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by a presentation and networking program from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., in the DART Board Room.

With construction the 28-mile Green Line well underway and on target for its initial opening in September 2009, DART is seeking qualified firms or teams interested in providing design-build for its Orange and Blue line light rail expansion projects.

Orange Line Expansion to North Irving, Las Colinas & DFW International Airport
The Orange Line expansion will include line sections known as Irving 1 and Irving 2. The scope of work for these two line sections includes approximately 9.3 miles of light rail guideway, extending from the Green Line's Bachman Station in Dallas to the Belt Line Station on DFW International Airport property, just north of the President George Bush Turnpike. This portion of the Orange Line will include six rail stations, plus two deferred stations.

Blue Line Extension to Rowlett
The Blue Line extension is for the Rowlett 1 line section, to include approximately 4.75 miles of light rail guideway, extending from Downtown Garland Station to Downtown Rowlett Station.

Design-Build Services
This is DART's first design-build solicitation. The authority expects to engage team/s to perform both architecture/engineering and construction services for the Orange Line expansion and the Blue Line extension. Although DART intends to award one separate contract for each project, teams will not be precluded from competing separately for both.

It is anticipated that the use of design-build delivery method will expedite the overall project schedule through concurrent efforts on design and construction. This fast-tracking approach could also enable DART's contractor to identify, quantify and secure construction materials earlier in the process, potentially locking in the lowest available prices.

The successful design-build proposer may be an individual company, firm, partnership, corporation, association, joint venture or other legal entity that is permitted by law to provide the necessary design and construction services, including engineering, architecture, construction contracting, and contract administration.

Firms interested in participating in the design-build opportunity at DART may also contact Barbara Leavitt at 214-749-2921 or Michael Muhammad at 214-749-3268 for more information. Details about the planned solicitation are available at

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