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Media Relations Contact:
Morgan Lyons
Mark A. Ball

June 8, 2009

Green Line debuts September 14

DART test trains up and running

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Officials from DART and Fair Park tour the future Fair Park Station
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Part of the train testing leading up to the start of Green Line service involves checking train signals at major intersections.
Part of the train testing leading up to the start of Green Line service involves checking train signals at major intersections
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With fewer than 100 days before it opens, DART is conducting train tests along the 2.7-mile Green Line light rail corridor between the Pearl Station and MLK, Jr. Station near Fair Park.

The tests will be conducted on an almost daily basis until the section opens September 14. The tests are designed to evaluate the operation of the new light rail track and to familiarize rail operators with the operating characteristics of the trains on the new line.

Be Safe: Start Looking for Trains
The Green Line marks the return of rail service to some neighborhoods after a 50-year absence, so motorists have to remember to look for trains. Major train crossings on the corridor are clearly marked with signs, red flashing lights and crossing arms that come down prior to the train's arrival at the intersection. At other crossings DART trains will follow traffic signals.

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists also are urged to follow these critical safety precautions:
  • Always obey traffic signs and signals
  • Never assume you have the right-of-way
  • Expect a train on the track at any time
  • Never stop or stand on train tracks
  • Cross tracks only at marked crosswalks
Follow the progress of the Green Line at www.DART.org/constructionupdates.


DART trains have begun test runs on the Green Line between Pearl and MLK, Jr. Stations.

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