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Economic and Fiscal Impacts of
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Operations and Capital Expenditures
Terry L. Clower, Ph.D & Bernard L. Weinstein, Ph.D.
Center for Economic Development and Research
University of North Texas
April 17, 2007
The following summarizes the findings of our analysis of the economic and fiscal
impacts of Dallas Area Rapid Transit operations and capital spending. Our analysis
specifically examines the impacts of spending associated with the development of the
light rail system, projections of total capital spending for all transit modes over the next
twenty years, and transit system operations for fiscal years 2007 and 2014. In Section 1
we examine the impacts of transit-related spending on the economy of the Dallas Fort
Worth Metroplex. Section 2 examines the impacts on the state economy. Please note
that state and local impacts are not additive.
All components of our analysis are based on:
* Spending estimates provided by DART.
* Data provided by DART are inflation adjusted.
* Economic impact assessments based on the IMPLAN input-output model
developed by the Minnesota IMPLAN Group.
* Economic impacts include direct, indirect, and induced effects. Direct effects are
direct expenditures by construction contractors and similar firms. Indirect effects
capture spending by vendors and suppliers for contractors and others. Indirect
effects are created by employees of the contractors and vendors spending a
portion of their earnings in the local economy for goods and services. All
spending estimates are adjusted to only include local spending.
Section 1: Impacts on the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan Area
The study area for this section is the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area, which
includes Collin, Dallas, Denton, Collin, Hunt, Ellis, Delta, Johnson, Kaufman,
Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant counties.
Part 1. Economic and Fiscal Impacts from Buildout of the DART LRT System
* Impact estimates are provided for the original starter system, the Northwest
corridor including the NW1A segment, the Southeast corridor, the Northeast
corridor, the Irving corridor, the Rowlett extension, the North Central corridor,
and the second line for the Central Business District.
* Expenditures include previous and future spending.
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