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Top Stories: DART Greenlights Dallas Subway And Suburban Rail Line


The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Many expected an either-or vote from DART last night, but the transit agency board instead decided to include a downtown Dallas subway line and the Cotton Belt rail line in its 20-year financial plan.

Both projects would cost more than $1 billion each.

However, the Texas Tribune reports the plan would leave the Dallas subway dependent on $650 million dollars in federal grant money that may not come through. DART would take out debt to pay for the Cotton Belt line, which would run through Addison, Carrollton, Richardson and Plano.

A recent resolution from the Dallas City Council asked DART to also focus on improving bus service, but the financial plan didn’t outline what the transit agency would do about it. 

Other stories this morning:

  • We’ll look at the politics and consequences of the Texas redistricting process as part of our statewide Texas Decides series.
  • Most people love to hate cockroaches, but Michael Bohdan is not one of them. The former exterminator in Dallas loves them so much, he earned the nickname ‘cockroach Dundee.’

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.