DART News Release
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November 23, 2010
Service begins Monday, December 6
DART Rail Green Line creates new connections, completes nation's longest light rail construction project
Just over four years after the first front loader of dirt was turned, the 28-mile, 20-station, $1.8 billion Green Line will be complete on December 6, when it opens 24 miles and 15 stations creating new light rail connections for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) customers from Pleasant Grove in the southeast to Farmers Branch and Carrollton in the northwest. This is the longest single-day opening of electric light rail in the United States since 1990.
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New service bringing big changes for bus, rail customers
Completion of the Green Line requires numerous bus and rail changes to complement the new rail line and avoid service duplication. Details of the changes can be found in the service change brochures available on DART vehicles, inside transit centers, by visiting www.DART.org, or by calling Customer Service at 214-979-1111.
Red, Blue and Green line trains will run every 15 minutes during rush hours instead of every 10 minutes. Extra trains on the Red Line between Downtown Dallas and Parker Road, and on the Green Line between Bachman Station and Downtown Dallas, will produce a 7 1/2-minute frequency during the heaviest a.m. and p.m. ridership periods and new, through-service between Bachman and Parker Road stations. Designated as Orange Line trains, they will be extended to Irving when Orange Line operations begin in 2012.
More than half of DART's 130 routes will change. These changes include the introduction of new routes and the elimination of others. For example, most routes in Pleasant Grove, the Stemmons Corridor, Medical District, and Northwest Dallas will see significant changes. Several northeast Dallas bus routes will be modified to reflect ridership patterns, while routes along the Jefferson Boulevard corridor through Oak Cliff and Cockrell Hill will undergo a major overhaul to streamline service.
Fares for the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will not change. However the fare zone boundary is shifting from the Dallas/Tarrant County line to CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. The fare boundary will equalize fare options for both Dallas and Tarrant County customers and make it possible for customers from either side of the region to travel to the airport for the same fare. More information on the TRE is available at www.trinityrailwayexpress.org.
Celebrate the Green Line with a Super Saturday
To mark the Green Line opening, DART will hold special Super Saturday preview events at six of the new Green Line stations on December 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. The celebrations - at Buckner, Lawnview, Inwood/Love Field, Royal Lane, Farmers Branch and Downtown Carrollton stations - will include special themes as well as music, food, games and information booths from local businesses and organizations. The full Green Line will be open to riders during the Saturday afternoon events, and customers are encouraged to stop at all six stations.
Customers take center stage opening day
Customer appreciation activities are planned for each of the new Green Line stations between 5 and 9 a.m. on Monday, December 6. DART staff will be on hand to answer questions and help customers make their connections.
A special celebration is planned for Lake Highlands Station at 9 a.m. DART representatives will be joined by Dallas officials as well as performers from nearby Lake Highlands High School.
Later in the day, DCTA officials are scheduled to arrive at Trinity Mills Station via a special train previewing the start of their A-Train in summer 2011. Details about the service are available at www.DCTA.net.
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