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A new study looking at the economic impact of publicly funded projects near Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail stations shows major economic impacts to North Texas.
Researchers at the University of North Texas looked at 11 public projects between 1999 and 2015 and found those types of projects are valued at $1.8 billion. Combined with privately funded transit expansion, $10.8 billion has been invested near or along DART’s 93-mile light rail system since 1999.
Researchers concluded the projects show DFW’s commitment to transportation options, billions of dollars pouring into the economy and tens of thousands of jobs.
DART’s 93-mile light rail system, the nation’s longest, was built at a cost of $5.5 billion.
More information about DART and transit oriented development is available at DART.org/EconomicDevelopment.
86,000 Tons of Recyclables Thrown Away in Dallas Every Year
Every year Dallas residents throw away more than 86,000 tons of recyclables. Recycling those items could have saved nearly 50 million gallons of oil and more than a million cubic yards of landfill space. Most the 86,000 tons of recyclables thrown away was paper.
More than 37,000 tons of that 86,000 tons of recyclables thrown out was paper. That means more than 1 million trees could have been saved. More than 27,000 tons is plastic; more than 8,500 tons is metal; and 14,000 tons of glass is thrown away every year. Recycling those glass products could have saved 100,000 pounds of air pollutants from being released.
These projections are based off the City of Dallas 2013 Waste Characterization Study. Recycling protects our environment by saving resources, preventing pollution and supporting public health. Learn more about recycling by visiting our Dallas Zero Waste page (www.dallascityhall.com/departments/sanitation).