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Blue Line Construction Images
August 2011

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Blue Line Construction
June 2010

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DART Rail in Rowlett

DART takes delivery
of first rail for
the Blue Line
to Rowlett
January 2009
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DART Rail Blue Line Groundbreaking Ceremony in Rowlett, April 9, 2009

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Breaking ground in Rowlett
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Blue Line to
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DART Rail Blue Line Groundbreaking Ceremony in Rowlett
April 9, 2009

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The nearly five-mile DART Rail Blue Line extension to Rowlett is opened December 3, 2012. The light rail line will forever link the downtowns of Rowlett and Garland, two important member cities.


Blue Line (Northeast Corridor) Projected Opening Date

4.5 miles, Downtown Garland to Downtown Rowlett; 1 station

Downtown Garland Station to Downtown Rowlett Station (4.5 miles)
Opened: December 3, 2012
Stations:  Downtown Rowlett Station


DART successfully completed the first test run of the five-mile Blue Line extension linking Garland and Rowlett on Wednesday, April 25. The extension of DART's Blue Line is scheduled to open December 3. DART will test the new line section several times each day leading up to the opening. Pedestrians and motorists near the tracks and crossings need to be on the lookout for trains.


  The Blue Line Express - A Project Report from DART, December 2012
  The Blue Line Express - A Project Report from DART, Spring 2012
  The Blue Line Express - A Project Report from DART, Winter 2012
  The Blue Line Express - A Project Report from DART, Fall 2011
  The Blue Line Express - A Project Report from DART, Summer 2011
  The Blue Line Express - A Project Report from DART, Spring 2011
  The Blue Line Express - A Project Report from DART, Winter 2011
  The Blue Line Express - A Project Report from DART, Fall 2010
  The Blue Line Express - A Project Report from DART, Summer 2010
  The Blue Line Express - A Project Report from DART, March 2010
  The Blue Line Express - A Project Report from DART, November 2009
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March 2012: Check out the latest progress on the Blue Line to the new Downtown Rowlett Station, scheduled to open Dec. 3, 2012. As the 4.5 mile extension nears completion, DART Rail trains will start testing on the line this summer.

Be safe and watch for test trains along this new section of the Blue Line between Downtown Garland and Downtown Rowlett. While fences restrict access to most of the rail corridor, it's important to be aware that the rail line is active, with trains traveling up to 65 miles per hour depending on their location. The train at-grade crossings on the Blue Line are clearly marked with signs, red flashing lights and crossing arms that come down prior to the train's arrival at the intersection.

Meeting Presentations

  • City of Rowlett Construction Update Presentation - September 27, 2012
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  • Blue Line Construction Update Presentation - June 7, 2012
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  • Blue Line Construction Update Presentation - March 15, 2012
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  • Blue Line Construction Update Presentation - December 15, 2011
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  • Blue Line Construction Update Presentation - September 22, 2011
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  • Blue Line Rowlett Road Closure Update Presentation - June 15, 2011
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  • Blue Line Construction Update Presentation - May 26, 2011
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  • Blue Line Construction Update Presentation - March 10, 2011
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  • Blue Line Construction Update Presentation - November 9, 2010
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  • Station Art & Design Presentation - August 17, 2010
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  • Blue Line Construction Update Presentation - July 15, 2010
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  • Blue Line Construction Update Presentation - October 27, 2009
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  • Dexham Estates Neighborhood Presentation - October 22, 2009
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  • Public Information Meeting Presentation - June 25, 2009
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  • DART Rail to Rowlett Newsletters


    DART Rail to Rowlett Final Local Environmental Assessment (May 2007)

    • Rowlett Final Local Environmental Assessment

      This document describes the impacts to the social, economic, physical and natural environments associated with the proposed implementation of Light Rail Transit (LRT) for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Rail to Rowlett. The Proposed DART Rail to Rowlett would extend from the existing DART Downtown Garland LRT Station to the proposed DART Downtown Rowlett LRT Station. The project would consist of 4.8 miles of LRT along the existing Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) railroad corridor.

      If you have any questions or would like more information about the Rowlett Extension, please contact DART Community Affairs at 214-749-2543.

    Additional resources

    • News Media Contacts:
    Morgan Lyons, 214.749.2662, [email protected]
    Mark A. Ball, 214.749.3295, [email protected]

    • DART Blue Line Expansion Plans: www.DART.org/expansion
    • City of Rowlett: www.ci.rowlett.tx.us
    • City of Garland: www.ci.garland.tx.us


    • DART construction project updates: www.DART.org/constructionupdates
    • DART News Feeds: www.DART.org/RSS
    • DART Newsroom: www.DART.org/newsroom


    Keywords: DART, DART Rail, expansion, light rail, Blue Line, Rowlett


    Permanent link: www.DART.org/factsheet/blueline


    Updated 09.28.12

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