Blue Line (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)

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Downtown Rowlett Station July 2015 11.jpg
Blue Line train at Downtown Rowlett
Overview
Type light rail
System Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Status operational
Locale Dallas, Texas
Termini Downtown Rowlett (north)
Ledbetter (south)
Stations 21
Operation
Opening January 1997
Owner DART
Operator(s) DART
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification overhead catenary
Highest elevation at grade, elevated, underground
Route map

Handicapped/disabled access All stations have step-free access

Downtown Rowlett Parking
Downtown Garland Parking
Forest/Jupiter Parking
LBJ/Skillman Parking
I-635
Lake Highlands
White Rock Parking
Red Line
to Parker Road
MockingbirdParking
Knox-Henderson(deferred)
Cityplace
McKinney Avenue
Transit Authority
Deep Ellum(special event only)
Baylor University Medical Center
(special event only)
Fair Park(special event only)
Green Line to Buckner
Orange Line to Lawnview
Pearl
St. Paul
McKinney Avenue
Transit Authority
Akard
West End
Victory(special event only)
Green Line to North Carrollton/Frankford
Orange Line to DFW Airport
TRE to T&P Station
Union Station
Dallas Streetcar
to Beckley
Convention Center
I-30
Cedars
DART South Maintenance Facility
Trinity River
8th & CorinthParking
Red Line
to Westmoreland
Morrell
Illinois Parking
Kiest Parking
VA Medical Center
Ledbetter Parking
Camp Wisdom(2016)
UNT Dallas(2016)
Future extension to
Dallas Southport Center

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 Ledbetter in south Dallas at Lancaster Road, just south of Ledbetter Drive (Loop 12). 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 preparation for the future extension to Garland.

On 24 September 2001, the Blue Line extended to White Rock, just northwest of White Rock Lake. On 6 May 2002, the Blue Line was extended to the LBJ/Skillman, just beyond LBJ Freeway (Interstate 635). It was extended to Downtown Garland on 18 November 2002, and to its current northern terminus, Downtown Rowlett, on 3 December 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 first infill station in December 2010.[2]

Stations[edit]

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
Mockingbird ‹See Tfm›     ‹See Tfm›     1997 Northernmost transfer for Red and Orange Lines
Cityplace ‹See Tfm›     ‹See Tfm›     2000
Pearl/Arts District ‹See Tfm›     ‹See Tfm›     ‹See Tfm›     1996 Easternmost transfer for Green Line
St. Paul ‹See Tfm›     ‹See Tfm›     ‹See Tfm›     1996 Transfers made to the M-Line (which terminates two blocks north)
Akard ‹See Tfm›     ‹See Tfm›     ‹See Tfm›     1996
West End ‹See Tfm›     ‹See Tfm›     ‹See Tfm›     1996 Westernmost transfer station for Orange and Green Lines
Union Station ‹See Tfm›     1996 Transfer to ‹See Tfm›     Trinity Railway Express and Amtrak
Convention Center ‹See Tfm›     1996
Cedars ‹See Tfm›     1996
8th & Corinth ‹See Tfm›     1996 Southernmost transfer for Red Line
Morrell 1996
Illinois 1996
Kiest 1997
VA Medical Center 1997
Ledbetter 1997 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 in December 2016.[3]

Deferred[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DART Blue Line launches long-awaited rail service in Rowlett. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  2. ^ The Dallas Morning News - DART green-lights 40 miles of new rail. Originally published 25 October 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2006.
  3. ^ Formby, Brandon (7 October 2014). "Construction begins on Blue Line extension". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 

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