DALLAS - A key player in a transportation plan in north Texas aims to keep its inaugural rail project on track with funding from the area's Regional Transportation Council.

The Denton County Transportation Authority, which operates bus lines from the county seat of Denton, north of Dallas and Fort Worth, hopes to have its first line running by 2010. To speed the project, DCTA is bypassing federal funds and the need for federal approval of its environmental impact statement. The DCTA board approved the EIS in April after a period of public comment.

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