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DART Orange Line Expansion

DART Orange Line

Blazing westward.

A bright spot on the horizon.

North Texans will soon have a shiny new ride: The Orange Line.

This 14-mile, $1.3-billion project will bring light rail to Irving and Las Colinas. By giving these communities a direct link to greater Dallas, DART will put the "urban" back in "suburban."

This line will be more than a mere transportation vehicle, though. Rather, it is the vehicle to a brighter future. It will allow more people to leave the car in the garage and choose public transit instead. Goodbye, pollution and congestion!

In addition, the line will attract interest from the private sector. Already the Orange Line can boast some of the largest transit-oriented developments in the country, with an additional $4 billion in private and municipal investments. With things looking sunny, it's time to shine on!


Brightening the community with art.

Each of the new Orange Line stations will have certain artistic elements in common. For example, all of the station canopies will have a standing seam metal roof with a pre-weathered galvalume finish. Also, all of the station platforms will feature a strip of Texas pink granite that has the station name and the direction of travel carved into it. Finally, all the handrails and guardrails at these stations will have a galvanized finish. Despite these commonalities, each station will have a unique look and feel.


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University of Dallas Station
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University of Dallas Station

"The design of the University of Dallas Station is an opportunity to celebrate the University and its 50 year history in Irving. We have sought to establish a connection between the stop and the location through the use of simple brick columns, large metal paintings of the four elements, planted dry-stack stone-bordered landscape areas and ivy-planted walls."

- Lyle Novinski, station artist

Lyle Novinski, a professor at the University of Dallas, provided the artistic vision for this station. It will offer four bus bays so that commuters can make smooth transfers and will also feature seven kiss-and-ride spaces for convenient drop-offs and pickups.

Columns: The columns will connect the look of the station to the university by giving a nod to the campus' architecture. The color of the brick and the "zipper brick" corner detail that will be used in the station columns reflect the design architect O'Neil Ford used for the university's bell tower and main buildings. Ford, who favored straightforward ornamentation, developed the unique "zipper brick" detail to express building corners.

Paving: The paving pattern will reflect the paving of the university's central plaza, which is designed with a field of pavers broken by bands of darker pavers.

Landscape: Stone seat walls will create planting areas adjacent to the platform for gathering and shaded seating. The stone size and type will match the existing campus walls. Plant selection and arrangement will reflect the native environment as well as the campus palette.

Elemental Portraits: The pedestrian plaza area will feature four commissioned art pieces designed by Lyle Novinski and his son David Novinski. Each will represent one of the four natural elements: Earth, wind, fire and water. The artwork will be manufactured out of steel and employ a variety of finishes.


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Las Colinas Urban Center Station
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Las Colinas Urban Center Station

"The Urban Center Station will be the first impression of Las Colinas for many visitors traveling by rail. It will also be the last stop for residents traveling home. In the words of Ben Carpenter, 'We must use our imagination and at times be innovative. After all, we are merely the custodians of this property during its important stage of development.' The Urban Center Station is an opportunity to make a lasting impression and create a place that offers a city view for years to come."

- Kim Owens, station artist

Las Colinas Urban Center Station will feature two bus stops for transferring to and from bus routes.

Columns: The station columns will provide simple, solid foundations for the canopies and feature Texas pink granite and Lueders limestone for the cladding. The stone finish will transition from a rough-faced granite at the base steadily upward through the limestone to a polished granite column cap at the top.

Paving: Beneath the canopies, paving carpets will incorporate Texas pink granite slabs aligned with the columns stretching out towards Las Colinas. Within the carpet column bands, the paving style will connect the windscreens to the platform through simple banding and colors that reach outward across the platform.

Landscape: Native grasses will be blended in the rail and roadway planter to create a transition of color and texture throughout the 400' length of the planter. The rail platform will use red oaks to compliment the plant palette of the adjacent Las Colinas Urban Center.

Windscreens: The heart of the station design will be the prominent windscreen, which will use a silhouette of the Las Colinas skyline as an iconic image, with Williams Square as the primary focal point in the central canopy. This visualization will be created using translucent, polycarbonate material that displays the skyline image while also allowing the viewer to see through it.


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Irving Convention Center Station
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Irving Convention Center Station

"Many historic archives reference Ben Carpenter's passion and speak to his love of the land and his desire to see Las Colinas reflect simplicity of design and quality of materials. Material elements of the Convention Center and Las Colinas tie the station to its surroundings."

- Phillip Shore, station artist

Columns: The columns will reflect the design of the new Irving Convention Center. A staggered veneer of limestone and copper cladding will reference the skin of the center. The columns will be rotated to be symmetrical around each canopy bay.

Paving: The platform carpets will feature a simple, geometric design incorporating Texas pink granite, a material that is associated with many plazas and buildings in Las Colinas.

Landscape: The landscape plantings will be a gesture to the land as it looked prior to development. This inspired the plant selection and placement as well as rolling berms. The walk from the nearby North Irving Transit Center will provide shade and a variety of large and ornamental trees. Weeping lovegrass will be used at the platform for visual color and texture.


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Las Colinas Carpenter Ranch Station
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Las Colinas Carpenter Ranch Station
(Station Deferred May 11, 2010, DART Board Resolution 100066)

"This location has wonderful history. The Carpenters lived at their ranch home until 1997 and from this hilltop watched Las Colinas come alive. The station is located at the front gate entrance to the home and last portions of the remaining ranch. The story of this place will be partly preserved through components of the Las Colinas Carpenter Ranch Station design."

- Marty Ray, station artist

Boasting 136 parking spaces, six bus bays and five kiss-and-ride spaces, Las Colinas Carpenter Ranch Station will be a hub of activity along the Orange Line.

Columns: The columns will feature stone cladding in rustic limestone. This cladding will contain images of cattle, horsemen, rolling hills, trees, creeks and animals. The base of each column will be made of Texas pink granite.

Paving: Beneath the station canopies, the pavement design will reflect the curved lines of the ranch's rolling hills and flowing creek. In addition, names and phrases relating to the history of Las Colinas will be etched into the pavers.

Landscape: The station's landscaping will emulate the plantings found along the edges of Las Colinas waterways.

Windscreens: The station's windscreens will feature polycarbonate, photographic images from historical and family photographs that will help tell the ranch's story.


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North Lake College Station
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North Lake College Station

"Education, directed toward future growth, has as its base history - great men and women who used their education to make life better for us today through the sciences, mathematics, history, literature, philosophy and the fine arts. The North Lake College Station [paving blocks] will include the names of some of these important men and women."

- Chris Fulmer, station artist

The station at North Lake College will offer five bus bays, four kiss-and-ride spaces and 194 parking spaces.

Columns: To reflect the native mesquite flora upon which North Lake College sits, mesquite leaf silhouettes will appear on the station columns.

Paving: Squares of Texas pink granite will punctuate the platform ground design. The square pattern will continue across all sidewalks with contrasting pavers. Paving blocks will be inscribed with the names of men and women that have been instrumental in education's history.

Landscape: Mesquite trees will be incorporated into the landscaping of the station. Between the parking lot and the station, a philosopher's garden will beckon riders to take a thoughtful rest underneath the trees.

Windscreens: Polycarbonate portraits of the college's mesquite trees will be used as the windscreen images.


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Belt Line Station
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Belt Line Station

"Since the site is currently a piece of land with no existing architectural structures on it, and whose character is defined by groves of mesquite trees, cedar trees and native grasses indicative of the Blackland Prairie, it occurred to me that a simple approach toward the site... and use of simple materials in the station architecture would reflect what might be termed a Texas vernacular style."

- Brad Goldberg, station artist

Parking definitely does not come at a premium at the upcoming Belt Line Station. The station will feature eight bus bays, four kiss-and-ride spaces and 597 parking spaces!

Columns: The columns will present the concept of tall and short native grasses with alternating one-foot horizontal bands of Lueders limestone.

Paving: Concrete pavers will be used in alternating bands of color along the full extent of the platform. This will reinforce the linear nature of the train's movement along the platform.

Landscape: Tall and short native grasses, as well as mesquite trees, will be featured as the core landscaping elements.

Windscreens: To reinforce the prairie grass theme in the station's windscreens, the windscreens will feature bear grass laminated in between two sheets of translucent, polycarbonate material.


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