Orange Line (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)

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  Orange Line
Dallas Area Rapid Transit 2009 Orangelinesymbol.gif
Type Light rail
System Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Termini Parker Road (north)
DFW Airport (west)
Stations 29
Opened December 6, 2010
Track length 37 miles
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Construction of the Irving Convention Center near the Irving Convention Center Station
DART Orange Line
All stations have step-free access
DFW Airport
SH 114
DFW North(future) Car parking
SH 121
SH 114
Belt LineCar parking
Pres. George Bush Tpk.
North Lake CollegeCar parking
Las Colinas
Carpenter Ranch
(deferred) Car parking
SH 114
Irving Convention CenterCar parking
Las Colinas
Urban Center
/ APT Station
South Las Colinas(deferred)
University of DallasCar parking
Loop 12
Loop 12(deferred)
Trinity River
Spur 482
Green Line
to North Carrollton/Frankford
Bachman Car parking
West Mockingbird Lane
Inwood/Love Field Car parking
Southwestern Medical
Car parking
Market Center Car parking
Trinity Railway Express
to T&P Station
Dallas North Tollway
Trinity Railway Express
to Union Station
Blue Line to Ledbetter
Red Line to Westmoreland
West End
St. Paul
to LBJ/Central (regular)
to Parker Road (peak)
Deep Ellum
Baylor Medical Center
Fair Park
MLK, Jr. Car parking
White Rock Creek
Lawnview Car parking
Future expansion to Masters Drive
Mockingbird Car parking
Blue Line
to Downtown Rowlett
Lovers Lane
Park Lane Car parking
Walnut Hill Car parking
White Rock Creek
Forest Lane Car parking
LBJ/Central Car parking
Spring Valley Car parking
Arapaho Center Car parking
Galatyn Park
Bush Turnpike Car parking
Pres. George Bush Tpk.
Downtown Plano
Parker Road Car parking

The Orange Line (labeled as the Purple Line on maps prior to 2006) is a 37-mile long light rail line operated by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system in Dallas, Irving, Richardson and Plano, Texas.


The line's current northwestern terminus is DFW Airport Station, located inside Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.[1] The line proceeds southwest through Irving, providing service to the Irving Convention Center, Las Colinas, and the University of Dallas, before merging with the Green Line north of Bachman Station. The Orange Line shares the rest of its route with existing light rail lines, with stops along the Green Line from Bachman to Victory Station, through downtown Dallas on a corridor shared with the Green Line, Blue Line, and Red Line, and then northward along the Red Line corridor into Richardson and Plano.

Planned future Orange Line stations include a DFW North Station loop[2] and an eastern extension down Scyene Road to Masters Drive (previously planned as a Green Line expansion).[3]


Planning and Construction[edit]

The Orange Line was planned as an extension to the DART Light Rail system at least as early as 2006, when DART's 2030 System Plan described a "Northwest Corridor" route with expected revenue service to both Love Field and DFW Airport by 2013.[3]

On 12 March 2007, the City of Dallas officials and DART made an agreement to make Love Field Station a surface-level facility, concluding a long debate over whether or not to make it an underground station.[4][5]

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.[6] The $900 million overrun in costs has caused considerable outrage amongst political leaders[7] in 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.[8] Texas State Representative Linda Harper Brown sent an official letter [9] to Mr. Thomas also making inquiry into the project's substantial cost overruns.

In February 2010 DART officials warned that the first two phases of the Orange Line may be delayed due to TXDOT problems along State Highway 114, which the Orange Line route follows. Utility relocation and road construction was expected to delay access to portions of the construction area where the rail line and highway intersect. DART estimated that the delay could push the opening of the Las Colinas extension from December 2011 to August 2012; however, DART also advised that it was determined to keep the original schedule and minimize any delays.[10][11]

In June 2010, DART placed new Orange Line construction on indefinite hold due to declining revenue. However, on 15 September 2010, the agency said that due to cost savings and federal funds, the plans for the line have been revived.[12]

On 13 December 2011, DART awarded a contract to design and build the Orange Line extension from Belt Line Road to DFW Airport, valued at about $150 million, with construction to start in early 2012 and an opening date of August 18, 2014, ahead of schedule.[13]

Opening and Operation[edit]

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,[14] and two more were added on Dec. 3, 2012.[15] The current northwestern terminus, located at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, opened on August 18, 2014.[16]


Daily service[edit]

Listed from Northeast to Northwest. Peak-hour only service is highlighted
Station Other lines Opened Notes
Parker Road      2002 Terminus for Red (full-time) and Orange Lines (peak-hour)
Downtown Plano      2002
Bush Turnpike      2002
Galatyn Park      2002
Arapaho Center      2002
Spring Valley      2002
LBJ/Central      2002
Forest Lane      2002
Walnut Hill      2002
Park Lane      1997 (rebuilt 2002)
Lovers Lane      1997
Mockingbird           1997 Northernmost transfer for Blue Line
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 Red and Blue Lines
Victory      2009 Transfer to      Trinity Railway Express
Market Center      2010
Southwestern Medical District/Parkland      2010
Inwood/Love Center      2010
Burbank      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
DFW Airport 2014 Terminus

Special event service[edit]

Listed from East to West



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