Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Honorable Members of Dallas City Council
Trinity Parkway and Pegasus Project-TX DOT responsesLast month, given there were some data inconsistencies regarding transportation projections that a fewcity council members were quoting, I posed a list of questions to
DOT relating to the Trinity Parkwayand the Pegasus Project. We needed the correct data to answer a key question for Dallas citizens:"Should the City of Dallas focus its efforts
building elements of the Pegasus Project rather than theTrinity Parkway because of better increased capacity
a more cost efficient manner?" I asked
these questions because it
the agency responsible for the state's transportation system, andgiven it was the agency's data people were quoting, it's important we had the correct information andmake sure they clarified any miscommunication or misunderstanding.Attached
TX DOT's answer to those questions. Its management endorsed this information and hasprovided me all the materials at their disposal.An important note: I asked them to only verify existing data and not to develop any new information onany ideas that had not already been considered.
*Trinity Parkway completed separately would allow new capacity for 132,000 vehicles per day and costatotal $1.47 Billion ($167M per mile).*Pegasus Project completed separately would allow new capacity for 93,300 vehicles and cost a total$1.2 Billion ($184M per mile) not including any cost for reliever roads that have not been estimated.(NOTE: the Horseshoe portion of the Pegasus Project
already underway and
a separate cost.)I wanted to make sure I read this information correctly and double checked on the Pegasuscapacity.
email from Bill Hale of TX DOT,
wrote:"Mayor Rawlings: This
to advise that the maximum added capacity for the Pegasus
93,300vehicles per day. That
with or without the Trinity Parkway built."
We need both the Trinity Parkway and the Pegasus Project if we are going to meet the goal wehave established of relieving downtown traffic congestion by increasing capacity to 250,000 vehiclesper day.
The Trinity Parkway
a more cost effective project compared to the Pegasus Project.
increases capacity more than Pegasus and
a lower cost per mile.