The challenge of spending the day in Dallas is trying to capture everything I saw in this limited space. Dallas is demonstrating an outsized appetite for innovative transportation projects.
- Woodall Rodgers Freeway Deck Park
This is a 5.2 acre multi-use park that will sit atop a freeway and create a pedestrian link from Downtown to Uptown. It sits atop the freeway; that's a great use of space. Plus, the project uses a combination of public--city, state, and federal--and private funding, including a Recovery Act grant.
- DART light rail expansion
This system, currently operating over 45 miles of light rail, is undertaking an ambitious doubling of its light rail miles by 2013. That's not even mentoning the 20 miles of rapid bus transit corridors expected.
- Trinity River Corridor
In conjunction with the Dallas Flood Extension Project for flood relief and the Trinity Parkway for traffic relief, Dallas is developing another ambitious environmental restoration and recreational public space. The Corridor will include The Great Trinity Forest, an Audubon Interpretive Center, and signature bridges to connect neighborhoods and promote revitalization.
Do I sound impressed? Well, I absolutely am. You know, transportation advocates have cities they like to name-check when discussing livability and sustainability. But innovative transportation projects don't have to be northern or coastal; there are transportation pioneers everywhere.
Thank you and congratulations, Dallas, for committing to a greener, more sustainable home. The Department of Transportation is proud to be your partner.