Blue Line (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)

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Downtown Rowlett Station July 2015 11.jpg
Blue Line train at Downtown Rowlett
TypeLight rail
SystemDART Light Rail
LocaleDallas, Texas
TerminiDowntown Rowlett (north)
UNT Dallas (south)
OpenedJune 1996
Line length26.8 mi (43.1 km)
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrificationoverhead catenary
Highest elevationat grade, elevated, underground
Route map

Downtown Rowlett Parking
Downtown Garland Parking
Forest/Jupiter Parking
LBJ/Skillman Parking
Lake Highlands
White Rock Parking
McKinney Avenue Transit Authority
Deep Ellum
(special event only)
Baylor University Medical Center
(special event only)
Fair Park
(special event only)
Pearl/Arts District
St. Paul
McKinney Avenue Transit Authority
West End
(special event only)
Union Station Dallas Streetcar Trinity Railway Express Amtrak
Dallas Streetcar
to Bishop Arts
Convention Center
DART South Maintenance Facility
8th & Corinth
Illinois Parking
Kiest Parking
VA Medical Center
Ledbetter Parking
Camp Wisdom Parking
UNT Dallas Parking
Future extension to
Dallas Southport Center
Handicapped/disabled access All stations have step-free access

The Blue Line is a light rail line in the system of mass transit in Dallas, Texas (USA), operated by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system. Along with the Red Line, it is one of the original modern rail lines in Dallas.


The southern terminus of the line is currently at UNT Dallas in south Dallas at University Hills Blvd. just south of Camp Wisdom Rd. The line runs north, under the Dallas Convention Center and through downtown Dallas. After leaving Mockingbird, the line diverts to the northeast towards White Rock Lake. The line then goes north and then east into Garland, finally ending in Rowlett.


The rail line was part of the initial launch of DART's light rail service in 1996. At the time, the line only ran from Illinois to Pearl in the northeast corner of downtown. In 1997, the Blue Line was extended south to Ledbetter and was extended along the Red Line to Mockingbird in 1999, in preparation for the future extension to Garland.

On September 24, 2001, the Blue Line extended to White Rock, just northwest of White Rock Lake. On May 6, 2002, the Blue Line was extended to the LBJ/Skillman, just beyond LBJ Freeway (Interstate 635). It was extended to Downtown Garland on November 18, 2002, and to its current northern terminus, Downtown Rowlett, on December 3, 2012.[1]

DART's 2030 Transit System Plan, approved in October 2006, calls for the Blue Line to be extended south beyond Ledbetter to the University of North Texas at Dallas, as well as a branch along Bonnie View road to Interstate 20 and the SouthPort Intermodal Terminal. The plan also includes a new Lake Highlands station near Skillman Street and Walnut Hill Lane, which opened as DART's second infill station in December 2010.[2]


Daily Service[edit]

Listed from north to south
Station Other lines Opened Notes
Downtown Rowlett 2012 Northern terminus
Downtown Garland 2002
Forest/Jupiter 2002
LBJ/Skillman 2002
Lake Highlands 2010
White Rock 2001
SMU/Mockingbird           1997 Northernmost transfer for Red and Orange Lines
Cityplace/Uptown           2000 Transfer to M-Line Trolley logo.svg M-Line Trolley
Pearl/Arts District                1996 Easternmost transfer for Green Line
St. Paul                1996 Transfer to M-Line Trolley logo.svg M-Line Trolley (one block north)
Akard                1996
West End                1996 Westernmost transfer station for Orange and Green Lines
EBJ Union Station      1996 Transfer to Dallas Streetcar Icon.png Dallas Streetcar, TRE logo.png Trinity Railway Express, and Amtrak Amtrak
Convention Center      1996
Cedars      1996
8th & Corinth      1996 Southernmost transfer for Red Line
Morrell 1996
Illinois 1996
Kiest 1997
VA Medical Center 1997
Ledbetter 1997 (extended 2016)
Camp Wisdom 2016
UNT Dallas 2016 Southern terminus

Special Event Service[edit]

South Oak Cliff extension[edit]

In October 2014, construction began for a 2.6-mile extension south from Ledbetter station to the University of North Texas at Dallas, adding two new stations to the line: Camp Wisdom and UNT Dallas. The extension will open for service on October 24, 2016.[3][4]




  1. ^ DART Blue Line launches long-awaited rail service in Rowlett. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  2. ^ The Dallas Morning News - DART green-lights 40 miles of new rail. Originally published October 25, 2006. Retrieved November 5, 2006.
  3. ^ Railway Track & Structures (October 21, 2016). "DART readies to open Blue Line extension to South Oak Cliff area". Simmons-Boardman Publishing Inc. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  4. ^ Barrow, Keith (October 20, 2016). "Dallas inaugurates LRT Blue Line extension". International Railway Journal.

External links[edit]

Route map:

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