Downtown Dallas Transit Study
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Issue 2, Spring 2008
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D2 Study Hits Major MilestoneDowntown Transit Alignments Considered for Detailed Evaluation
After screening through 16 possible new transit alignments through downtown Dallas, the D2 Study Team has identified four candidates for more detailed consideration. They address the issues raised early in the D2 Study, and offer a range of choices for decision makers and the public.
All of the alignments are roughly 2 to 2.5 miles long. All start at Victory Station and use the DART owned surface right-of-way between Victory and Woodall Rodgers Freeway for their first half mile section. However, from Woodall Rodgers all follow different routes (north, central and south) through downtown to a connection with the Southeast Line in Deep Ellum. The north option, San Jacinto, is all at surface. The two central options, Victory-Pacific and Lamar-Commerce, are in tunnel throughout. The south option, Lamar-Young (or Griffin-Young alternative) is half tunnel and half at surface.
All could operate as Light Rail Transit (LRT), or bus, or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Each is described further below, and shown on a map.
San Jacinto (Map 1) - This all surface option starts on Lamar Street, continues to the West Bus Transfer Center and then turns northeast and follows San Jacinto Street to the existing LRT tunnel. A connection to the Southeast line via Ross Street under I-45 is being considered.
Victory-Pacific (Map 2) - This all tunnel option goes underground near the Dallas World Aquarium and turns east under the West Bus Transfer Center and continues under the existing transit mall and Pacific Street past the East Transit Center. It returns to the surface near I-45 and connects to the Southeast line.
Lamar-Commerce (Map 3) - This all tunnel option goes underground near the Dallas World Aquarium and continues south under Lamar Street and turns east under Commerce Street. It returns to the surface near I-45 and connects to the Southeast line.
Lamar-Young (Map 4) - This tunnel and surface option goes underground near the Dallas World Aquarium and continues south under Lamar Street, turning east at Jackson Street and returning to surface at Field and Young Streets. It continues at surface in Young Street past City Hall and the Farmers market, and under I-45 to a connection with the Southeast line.
Griffin-Young (Map 4) - This tunnel and surface option goes underground in North Griffin Street and continues south under Griffin Street instead of under Lamar Street. Except for the location of the north tunnel entrance, tunnel route and underground station, it is the same as the Lamar-Young option.