Knox–Henderson Station

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Knox–Henderson Station
Station statistics
Coordinates 32°49′13″N 96°47′11″W / 32.820303°N 96.786322°W / 32.820303; -96.786322Coordinates: 32°49′13″N 96°47′11″W / 32.820303°N 96.786322°W / 32.820303; -96.786322
Line(s)
Structure type Underground
Platforms Island platform
Other information
Opened Unfinished, abandoned
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Knox–Henderson Station was a proposed station along both the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's (DART) Red Line and Blue Line in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, USA. The station would have been located beneath the North Central Expressway (U.S. 75) near the Knox Street/North Henderson Avenue intersection.

DART's original system plan featured a tunnel underneath North Central Expressway, connecting Pearl Station and Mockingbird Station, with underground stations serving the Knox-Henderson and Cityplace neighborhoods. During construction of the tunnel in the 1990s, the station area for Knox–Henderson Station was excavated at an additional cost of $1 million and left as a shell for future development.[1] The proposed station would have been located 80 feet (24 m) below grade with a platform length of 400 feet (120 m).[1] Because of initial Vickery Place neighborhood objections, DART did not complete Knox–Henderson Station as part of its initial phase as planned.[2] The station's shell, considered a ghost station, serves as an emergency exit from the tunnel. The nearby underground Cityplace Station, of similar design, was finished as planned and opened in 2000.

By the mid-1990s, attitudes towards the station began to shift with the neighborhood actively petitioning DART to construct the station.[2] However, funding problems related to the deferred construction doomed the station. By 2006, DART announced it would cost an estimated $100 million to complete and open Knox–Henderson Station.[3] The large price tag was attributed to the high labor and infrastructure costs associated with working underground near actively used tracks. In order to avoid interfering with existing rail service, tunneling and station construction work could only be carried out for four hours per day, between midnight and 4 a.m., when trains are not running.[3] Due to the high costs involved, DART stated that it was deferring construction of the station indefinitely.[3]

In January 2007, DART published the final version of its comprehensive 2030 Transit System Plan. The plan contained no provisions for finishing or opening the station by 2030, and responded to public comments requesting completion of the station by declaring, "There are no plans for a station in the Knox-Henderson area."[4] As of 2013, DART does not list Knox–Henderson Station in its future expansion plans.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Barta, Patrick (June 4, 1996). "Getting in line – Vickery Place once fought DART, now some want station". The Dallas Morning News. p. 19A. 
  2. ^ a b Trejo, Frank (April 29, 1995). "A stop of their own – Vickery Place residents hope for DART light-rail subway station". The Dallas Morning News. p. 37A. 
  3. ^ a b c Hartzel, Tony (December 17, 2006). "Large price tag buries DART tunnel station". The Dallas Morning News. p. 2B. 
  4. ^ "DART 2030 Transit System Plan". Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "DART.org Expansion Information". Retrieved March 22, 2013.