FTA Pilot

DART Red Line and Blue Line TOD Planning       
                                            Map of DART's Red and Blue transit lines

The Federal Transit Administration awarded NCTCOG a $1.4 million planning grant in 2016 to help the region enhance accessibility and development around 28 Dallas Area Rapid Transit stations along the system’s Blue and Red lines through the FTA TOD Planning Pilot Grant program. NCTCOG coordinated with DART and the cities of Dallas, Garland, Plano and Richardson to develop this corridor study.  The TOD Pilot program objectives include:

  • Address substantial barriers to TOD in the corridor to increase rail ridership 
  • Identify infrastructure needs to increase pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to rail stations
  • Further enable dense mixed-use development and advance economic development of the station areas

The DART Red & Blue Lines Corridor TOD Study final report  details overall summary and implementation recommendations for the corridor.  The study included three major tasks prior to the final report: a first/last mile study; a parking study; and a survey.

This assessment of streets, sidewalks, and other routes connecting the 28 DART rail stations examined infrastructure that will enhance first/last mile accessibility for pedestrians. The study included detailed evaluations of pedestrian infrastructure needs for corridors within a one-half mile radius of the DART facilities, wherein improvements were identified and ranked as High, Medium, and Low, based on the potential benefit to improve active user access to and from the stations. Estimated construction costs, primarily for new sidewalks and pedestrian safety measures such as crosswalks, signals and phasing for implementation, were developed for each station area. The resulting project deliverables and final reports were provided to DART and each city to be referenced during future project development, helping to improve access and connectivity for residents and workers with the key goal to increase transit ridership.  

The Opinions of Probable Construction Costs for all stations are identified in the following table:

This is a table of The Opinions of Probable Construction Costs for all stations.
Click on the image for an enlarged view of the costs.

DART - NCTCOG Final Report  [PDF 110 MB]

Dallas Final Report  [PDF 32 MB]


Garland Final Report  [PDF, 24.5 MB]
Plano Final Report  [PDF, 33 MB]
Richardson Final Report [PDF, 39 MB]

Data collection of private automobile parking utilization, policy, and management practices at existing transit-oriented developments along the DART Red Line and Blue Line. The report provides recommendations supporting transit-appropriate parking ratios and other parking management best practices for TODs.

TOD Parking Study [pdf]
Interactive Best Practices Toolbox Website 


The survey includes residents, businesses, and their employees near the 28 DART stations and focuses on their perceptions and behavior related to transit and related urban development. The findings provide a sense of trends and patterns in the demographics, stated preferences, and behaviors of those living and working near the rail stations, better informing the opportunities for local government policies and programs supporting TOD.

Report Document [pdf]

Staff contact: Travis Liska