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Media Relations Contact:
Morgan Lyons

October 10, 2006

Next stop, Fair Park!

DART Southeast Corridor construction under way

A rail expansion that will lead to the doubling of DART's rail network to more than 90 miles is underway southeast of downtown Dallas.

One of the first major construction projects on the new Green Line - which extends 27.7 miles from the Pleasant Grove section of southeast Dallas to Carrollton -- is the demolition of the Deep Ellum tunnel near downtown Dallas. The tunnel, on Good-Latimer Expressway between Swiss and Gaston avenues, has long been viewed as the gateway to the popular art and entertainment district. It is being taken down in stages and filled in over a two-year period, allowing the rail line and Deep Ellum Station to be constructed at grade level in the median of the Good-Latimer. A section of the tunnel commemorating its 1930 construction will be donated to Preservation Dallas. DART also will build a special art project at the station as a reminder of the tunnel's traditional role in the community.

Deep Ellum Construction
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Deep Ellum Station, along with three other Green Line stations, Baylor, Fair Park and MLK, are scheduled to be in service by September 2009, and construction is already underway in the areas around those stations.

When complete in 2010, the Green Line will serve several regional destinations including Deep Ellum, Baylor University Medical Center, Fair Park, Victory Park, the Dallas Market Center, the UT Southwestern Medical District, Love Field Airport, and the cities of Farmers Branch and Carrollton.

A branch known as the Orange Line will extend from the Green Line in northwest Dallas to the Las Colinas Urban Center in North Irving in 2011, and to DFW International Airport by 2013. In addition, DART's Blue Line will be extended from Garland, east to Rowlett in 2012, and south to I-20 in 2018. And a second rail line will open in the Dallas Central Business District in 2013 to accommodate the completed 93-mile system. Altogether, the rail extensions are expected to add 60,000 weekday passenger trips, essentially doubling ridership.

View more information about the Green Line expansion in the Fall 2006 Inmotion Issue.

Construction updates available
DART will post regular updates on rail corridor construction, road closures and community meeting notices to a special web page, www.DART.org/expansion. In addition, people interested in tracking the project can have the same information delivered to them by using a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed. Visit www.DART.org/RSS for details on subscribing to this free service.

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DART Rail Expansion Facts

The seeds of change are being sown as the 45-mile DART Rail System doubles to more than twice its size -- starting with construction of the $1.7 billion Green Line to the northwest and southeast corridors of the service area.

When complete in 2010, the new 27.7-mile Green Line will serve several important regional destinations, including:
  • Deep Ellum arts & entertainment district
  • Baylor University Medical Center
  • Fair Park
  • Victory Park
  • Dallas Market Center
  • UT Southwestern Medical District
  • Love Field Airport
  • The city of Farmers Branch
  • The city of Carrollton
A branch known as the Orange Line will extend from northwest Dallas to the Las Colinas Urban Center in North Irving in 2011, and to DFW International Airport by 2013. DART's Blue Line will extend from Garland, east to Rowlett in 2012, and south to I-20 in 2018. And a second rail line will open in the Dallas Central Business District in 2013 to accommodate the completed 93-mile system. Altogether, the rail extensions are expected to add 60,000 weekday passenger trips, essentially doubling ridership.

CURRENT DART RAIL FACTS

» Currently operating: 45 miles, 35 stations (service opened June 14, 1996)

  • Starter System construction budget: $860 million

  • North Central, Northeast construction budget: $1.011 billion

  • Weekday Average Ridership (light rail): 63,753 (July 2006)


    » Northwest/Southeast (Green Line) expansion: 27.7 miles, 20 stations

  • Construction budget: $1.67 billion


    » Northwest Corridor (Orange Line) expansion: 14 miles, 7 stations


    » Northeast Corridor (Blue Line) expansion: 4.5 miles, 1 station


    SOUTHEAST CORRIDOR (GREEN LINE) EXPANSION
    10.1 miles, Pearl Station to Buckner Station; 8 stations

    Pearl Station to MLK Station (2.7 miles)
    Opens: September 2009
    Stations:  Deep Ellum Station
    Baylor Station
    Fair Park Station
    MLK Station

    MLK Station to Buckner Station (7.4 miles)
    Opens: December 2010
    Stations:  Hatcher Station
    Lawnview Station
    Lake June Station
    Buckner Station

    NORTHWEST CORRIDOR (GREEN LINE) EXPANSION
    17.6 miles, West End Station (Dallas) to Frankford Station (Carrollton); 12 stations

    West End Station to Victory Station (1.2 miles)
    Opened: November 12, 2004 (special event service only)
    September 2009 (daily service)
    Stations:  Victory Station

    Victory Station to Inwood Station (2.8 miles)
    Opens: December 2010
    Stations:  Market Center Station
    Southwestern Medical/Parkland Station
    Inwood Station

    Inwood Station to Bachman Station (Northwest Highway) (3.2 miles)
    Opens: December 2010
    Stations:  Love Field Station
    Bachman Station

    Bachman Station to Farmers Branch Station (4.9 miles)
    Opens: December 2010
    Stations:  Walnut Hill/Denton Station
    Royal Lane Station
    Farmers Branch Station

    Farmers Branch Station to North Carrollton/Frankford Station (5.5 miles)
    Opens: December 2010
    Stations:  Downtown Carrollton Station
    Trinity Mills Station
    North Carrollton/Frankford Station

    NORTHWEST CORRIDOR (ORANGE LINE) EXPANSION
    14 miles, Bachman Station (Dallas) to DFW Airport; 7 stations

    Bachman Station to Las Colinas Urban Center (5.1 miles)
    Opens: December 2011

    Las Colinas Urban Center to Belt Line Rd. (4.1 miles)
    Opens: December 2012

    Belt Line Rd. to DFW Airport (4.8 miles)
    Opens: December 2013

    NORTHEAST CORRIDOR (BLUE LINE) EXPANSION
    4.5 miles, Downtown Garland to Downtown Rowlett; 1 station

    Downtown Garland Station to Downtown Rowlett Station (4.5 miles)
    Opens: December 2012
    Stations:  Downtown Rowlett Station

    Updated rail expansion maps can be downloaded in a high-resolution format at www.DART.org/newsphotos. A schedule of projected opening dates is available at www.DART.org/expansion.

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