Orange Line (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
|Opening||December 6, 2010|
|Track length||14 miles|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
The Orange Line (labeled as the Purple Line on maps prior to 2006) is a 32-mile long light rail line operated by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system in Dallas, Irving, Richardson and Plano, Texas. The Orange Line started operation on December 6, 2010, with weekday peak service from the Parker Road Station to Bachman Station on stations shared with DART's Red and Green lines. The first Orange Line-exclusive stations opened with the extension to Irving Convention Center on July 30, 2012, and two more were added on Dec. 3, 2012. The current northwestern terminus is Belt Line Road, with service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport opening August 18, 2014.
- Listed from Northeast to Northwest. Peak-hour only service is highlighted
|Parker Road||2002||Terminus for Red (full-time) and Orange Lines (peak-hour)|
|Park Lane||1997 (rebuilt 2002)|
|Mockingbird||1997||Northernmost transfer for Blue Line|
|Pearl/Arts District||1996||Easternmost transfer for Green Line|
|St. Paul||1996||Transfers made to the M-Line (which terminates two blocks north)|
|West End||1996||Westernmost transfer station for Red and Blue Lines|
|Victory||2009||Transfer to Trinity Railway Express|
|Southwestern Medical District/Parkland||2010|
|Bachman||2010||Westernmost transfer for Green Line|
|University of Dallas||2012|
|Las Colinas Urban Center||2012|
|Irving Convention Center||2012|
|North Lake College||2012|
|Belt Line||2012||Interim terminus for Orange Line|
|DFW Airport||2014||Future terminal|
Special event service
- Listed from East to West
- Lawnview Station (Also served by Green Line)
- Hatcher Station (Also served by Green Line)
- MLK, Jr. Station (Also served by Green Line)
- Fair Park Station (Also served by Green Line)
- Baylor University Medical Center Station (Also served by Green Line)
- Deep Ellum Station (Also served by Green Line)
Opening August 18, 2014
- Loop 12 Station (Deferred)
- South Las Colinas Station (Deferred)
- Las Colinas Carpenter Ranch Station (Deferred)
- DFW North Station (Future branch)
On 12 March 2007, the City of Dallas officials and DART made an agreement to make Love Field Station a surface-level facility after a long debate of whether or not to make it an underground station.
On December 5, 2007, the Dallas Morning News ran a story reporting that DART President Gary Thomas stated that a previous cost estimate of $988 million was too low. A new cost estimate for the 14 mile project was $1.8 - $1.9 billion. The $900 million overrun in costs has caused considerable outrage amongst political leaders in the City of Irving Texas, where the line passes on its way to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Irving leaders subsequently made inquiry as to the cost overruns. Texas State Representative Linda Harper Brown sent an official letter  to Mr. Thomas also making inquiry into the project's substantial cost overruns.
In February 2010 DART officials announced that the first two phases may be delayed due to TXDOT problems along State Highway 114, which the Orange Line route follows. Utility relocation and road construction will delay access to portions of the construction area where the rail line and highway intersect. The delay could push the connection to Las Colinas from December 2011 to August 2012. DART is determined to keep the original schedule and minimize any delay.
In June 2010, DART placed the line on indefinite hold due to declining revenue; on 15 September 2010, the agency said that due to cost savings and federal funds, the plans for the line have been revived.
On 13 December 2011, DART awarded a contract to design and build the Orange Line extension from Belt Line Road to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, valued at about $150 million, with construction to start in early 2012 and an opening date of August 18, 2014, ahead of schedule.
- "DART DFW Airport Station". Retrieved 10 July 2014.
- The Dallas Morning News - 9 February 2007.
- "Rail will not tunnel under Love Field." Retrieved 12 March 2007
- A new cost estimate
- outrage amongst political leaders
- an official letter
- "Irving light-rail segments may be delayed." The Dallas Morning News. February 24, 2010.
- "DART finance committee OKs service changes, new debt in $1.26 billion budget". 15 September 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
- "DART awards design-build contract for DFW Airport connection". Progressive Railroading. 15 December 2011. Archived from the original on 15 December 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011.