Red Line (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)

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Richardson August 2019 26 (Galatyn Park Station).jpg
Northbound Red Line train at Galatyn Park Station
TypeLight rail
SystemDART Light Rail
LocaleDallas, Texas
TerminiParker Road (north)
Westmoreland (south)
OpenedJune 14, 1996
Line length27.7 mi (44.6 km)
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrificationoverhead catenary
Highest elevationat grade, elevated, underground
DART Red Line
Parker Road
Downtown Plano
12th Street (planned)
Silver Line
to DFW
Galatyn Park
Arapaho Center
Spring Valley
Forest Lane
Walnut Hill
Park Lane
Lovers Lane
McKinney Avenue Transit Authority
Deep Ellum
(special events only)
Baylor University Medical Center
(special events only)
Fair Park
(special events 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
Dallas Zoo
Handicapped/disabled access All stations have step-free access

The Red Line is a light rail line in Dallas, Texas operated by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system. It began operations in June 1996, and is one of two inaugural light rail lines in the DART Light Rail system alongside the Blue Line.


Westmoreland to Downtown[edit]

The southwestern terminus of the Red Line is at Westmoreland Station in southwest Dallas at the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Westmoreland Road. The southwestern part of the Red Line runs on a private right-of-way with grade crossings. Just before 8th & Corinth, the line merges with the Blue Line. The joint Red and Blue Line tracks then rise on to a viaduct that crosses Cedar Creek, the Trinity River, and a freight railroad line. At Lamar Street, the line turns north at a wye where a pair of tracks leading to one of two train yards on the system diverges. The Red and Blue Lines continue north, crossing the Landry Freeway, travelling under the Dallas Convention Center and stop at Dallas Union Station. After crossing over Main Street, the lines turn east as they merge with the Green Line and Orange Line and enter downtown Dallas. At this point, the lines leave their right of ways and operate on a dedicated street-running right of way.

Downtown to Parker Road[edit]

The four DART lines share a common section of track through downtown, with four stops: West End, Akard Street, St. Paul Street and Pearl Street.

After Pearl Street, street running ends and the lines return to private right-of-ways. The four lines diverge at a wye, with the Green Line diverging to the southeast while the Red, Blue and Orange Lines turn north, cross the Good-Latimer Expressway at grade, and descend into a long tunnel under the Central Expressway (US 75), with a stop at Cityplace. The lines exit the tunnel at Mockingbird. The Blue Line diverges from the Red Line and heads east, while the Red and Orange Lines turn north.

The Red Line then travels through north Dallas, Richardson and Plano. Most of the line runs at grade level with grade crossings, although portions of the route run on elevated viaducts. The line terminates at the Parker Road Station at Park Boulevard near Central Expressway in Collin County.


The Red Line was part of the initial launch of DART's light rail testing and service in 1996. At the time, the line only ran from Westmoreland Station to Pearl Station in the northeast corner of downtown. In 1997, the Red Line was extended to Park Lane Station, and was the first DART line to use the 3.5-mile twin tunnels. On December 18, 2000, Cityplace Station, the southwest's first commercial subway station was opened along the Red Line underneath Cityplace Tower in the tunnel under the Central Expressway.

In 2002, the Red Line extended into Richardson, ending at Galatyn Park Station, extending the light rail service 9 miles (14.5 km) over its original length. Later that year, the line was opened to the Parker Road Station, an additional 3 miles (4.8 km) of track, its current terminus. Much of the route was constructed on the former Texas Electric Railway route.


Daily Service[edit]

Listed from north to south
Station Other lines Opened Notes
Parker Road      2002 Terminus for Red and Orange Lines (Orange Line During peak-hour only)
Downtown Plano      2002
CityLine/Bush      2002 Formerly Bush Turnpike Station until March 14, 2016.
Galatyn Park      2002
Arapaho Center      2002
Spring Valley      2002
LBJ/Central      2002 Terminus for Orange Line outside peak hours
Forest Lane      2002
Walnut Hill      2002
Park Lane      1997 (extended 2002)
Lovers Lane      1997
SMU/Mockingbird           1997 Northernmost transfer for the Blue Line
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 the Orange Line and Green Line
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 the Blue Line
Dallas Zoo 1996
Tyler/Vernon 1996
Hampton 1996
Westmoreland 1996

Special Event Service[edit]

External links[edit]

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