MLK Jr. station (DART)

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit MLK Jr.
DART light rail station
MLK JR. DART.JPG
Location 1412 South Trunk Avenue
Dallas, TX 75210
Coordinates 32°46′26″N 96°45′52″W / 32.773754°N 96.764575°W / 32.773754; -96.764575Coordinates: 32°46′26″N 96°45′52″W / 32.773754°N 96.764575°W / 32.773754; -96.764575
Owned by DART
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections DART Routes 12, 26, 50, 409 and 595
Construction
Parking 200 spaces
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened September 14, 2009[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2012) 0.378 million Increase 39.4%
Services
Preceding station   DART   Following station
Green Line
toward Buckner

MLK Jr. station is a DART Light Rail station in Dallas, Texas. It is situated in South Dallas and serves the Green Line. MLK Jr. station acts as a transfer point to numerous buses at the nearby J.B. Jackson Jr. Transit Center. Since opening in 2009, ridership has grown substantially to 1,153 riders each weekday.[2]

Location[edit]

MLK Jr. station is located within the South Dallas area, specifically at the intersection of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and South Trunk Avenue. The area's largest attraction is Fair Park, from which MLK Jr. station is two blocks to the south. Additionally, a number of small businesses and public facilities are in the vicinity of the station.

Transit-oriented development[edit]

As with other DART stations, particularly within the inner sections of Dallas, the City of Dallas has encouraged transit-oriented development in station-proximate parcels to boost economic development. MLK Jr. is one of the City's five prime targets for encouraging mixed-use development near DART; the station area plan released in February 2013 aims to focus growth in an "urban mixed-use area" encompassing vacant lots directly south of the station as well as designating Grand Avenue, Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Robert B Cullum Boulevard as corridors to upgrade to complete streets or secondary streetscape areas.[3]

History[edit]

Upon its opening on September 14, 2009, MLK Jr. station served as the southern terminus for the Green Line until its second phase to Buckner, where it currently ends, opened on December 6, 2010.[4][5][6]

Station layout[edit]

MLK Jr. station utilizes a side platform setup with two tracks. Pedestrian access is provided by entrances to sidewalks on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, South Trunk Avenue and South Boulevard.

Artwork[edit]

The station is rich with art and architecture expressing the history of the South Dallas neighborhood and the African heritage claimed by most of its residents.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mosier, Jeff (September 13, 2009). "Dallas rail passengers get sneak preview of new Green Line". The Dallas Morning News. 
  2. ^ DART reference book 2013 DART Retrieved 2013-12-01
  3. ^ MLK station area plan Dallas TOD Retrieve 2013-12-01
  4. ^ DART Green Line Expansion Information.
  5. ^ Visser, Nancy; Bruce Tomaso (June 9, 2009). "DART hosts riders as it tests span of Green Line project". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved June 9, 2009. 
  6. ^ Lindenberger, Michael A. (December 5, 2010). "New Green Line 'starts to complete' DART vision". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 

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