DALLAS — Amid pleas from area politicians to keep planned light-rail extension projects on schedule, Dallas Area Rapid Transit executives continue to explore all options available to close a funding gap and keep promises of new rail service to the suburbs of Irving and Rowlett.

One possible solution involves having a private contractor handle the design, construction, and maintenance of the projects under a public-private partnership. Another alternative is to ask the Texas Legislature to change DART’s enabled legislation and increase sales-tax debt capacity above the current $2.9 billion cap. A third possibility is to use alternative types of debt to help mitigate soaring construction costs.

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