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Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Representing the 30th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Johnson: DART Receives Major Grant Award

Feb 4, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (February 4, 2015)—On Monday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it would award a $ 7.6 million advance grant to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority (DART).

The grant made under the Federal Transit Administration’s—Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment of Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Project was granted under Section 1531 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.  As an affordable means of transportation for the people of Dallas and the surrounding communities, DART offers a cost efficient means of travel, which contributes to the global need for environmentally-conscious methods of travel.  Furthermore, as DART seeks to expand its “light rail” system, the allocation of advance grant funds will aid in jumpstarting projects that are likely to have substantial economic and environmental impact in the DFW metroplex.

“As a policymaker for more than 20 years, I have been dedicated to bringing affordable and accessible means of travel to the people of District 30. Department of Transportation grants of this measure are much needed in our efforts to move public transportation in Dallas forward,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “Every day the people of Dallas and the surrounding metroplex seek a more efficient means of daily travel. Since the opening of its first 11.2 miles of light rail in 1996, DART has sought to offer such an alternative. I look forward to seeing the increased level of accessibility new DART projects will bring to the city.”  

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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Kessler Park, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, South Dallas & South Oak Cliff; all of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Ferris, Glenn Heights, South Grand Prairie, Oak Lawn, Ovilla, Uptown/Victory Park and West Dallas.

CONTACT: Yinka Robinson | (202)225-8885