DALLAS — Dallas Area Rapid Transit plans a 16% increase in debt service as it continues to expand its light-rail system under the fiscal 2012 budget that begins Saturday.

In approving a $1.15 billion spending plan on Tuesday, the DART board included $433.5 million for operations, $572 million for capital improvements, and $147.7 million for debt service. The overall budget is 8% lower than the current year’s after cuts in jobs and services.

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