Blue Line (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)

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

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 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]


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           1997 Northernmost transfer for Red and Orange Lines
Cityplace           2000
Pearl/Arts District                1996 Easternmost transfer for Green Line
St. Paul                1996 Transfers made to the M-Line (which terminates two blocks north)
Akard                1996
West End                1996 Westernmost transfer station for Orange and Green Lines
Union Station      1996 Transfer to      Trinity Railway Express and 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 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]



  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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