J.B. Jackson, Jr. Transit
North of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, between Trunk Avenue and J.B. Jackson, Jr. Boulevard
(1423 J.B. Jackson, Jr. Blvd., Dallas 75210)
Connecting Bus Routes:12, 26, 409, 426, 595
Adjacent to the MLK, Jr. Station
Bus Bay Assignments:Bay 1 — 12 Hatcher Station
Bay 2 — 595
Bay 3 — 409 Parkland
Bay 4 — 426 Illinois Station
Bay 5 — 26 Frazier Courts, Paratransit
Bay 6 — 26 Downtown Dallas
Bay 7 — 12 Downtown Dallas, Rail Disruption Shuttle Stop
- Station Concierge
- Climate-controlled Waiting Area
- Water Fountain
- Vending Machine
- Pay Telephones
- Customer Information
- Free Parking (200 spaces, overnight or long-term parking is at the discretion of the customer. DART assumes no responsibility for vehicles left overnight.)
- Public Art
Popular Attractions and Destinations:Just two miles east of downtown Dallas, 277 acre Fair Park is the largest historical landmark in Texas. Since 1886, Fair Park has been the site of the State Fair of Texas. Some of the park's attractions include:
- African American Museum
- Cotton Bowl Stadium
- Children's Aquarium at Fair Park
- The Hall of State, home of the Dallas Historical Society
- The Music Hall at Fair Park
- Old Mill Inn restaurant
- Dos Equis Pavilion (formerly Starplex Pavilion)
- Texas Discovery Gardens
- Texas! Music Center
- Texas Vietnam Veteran's Memorial
- CitySquare Community Health Services (Family Practice Clinic) (Via Bus Route 12 from J.B. Jackson, Jr. Transit Center)
- Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce
- Fiesta Mart
- Irma L. Rangal Young Women's Leadership School
- James Madison High School
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Library
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Center
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior Center
- Social Security Administration office
- South Dallas Cultural Center
Transit Center Art:Every DART facility tells a unique story, and the J.B. Jackson, Jr. Transit Center is rich with art and architecture expressing the history of the South Dallas neighborhood and the African heritage claimed by most of its residents.
Community leaders Carolyn Davis and Willie Mae Coleman conferred with Vicki Meek of the South Dallas Cultural Center, artist Emmanuel Gillespie and others to create what Davis calls an "Afrocentric Transit Center."
"Over the course of many brainstorming sessions," recalls Coleman, "we came up with a design that not only looks good, but also means a lot. While the facility is steeped in history, it's also very modern."
The gold and amber earthtones of Africa are seen in Raffia cloth patterns laid into the pavement, while the bright blues and reds of Kente cloth are created in tile on supporting columns. Adinkra symbols from West Africa expressing "pride," "strength" and other virtues are framed in an ornamental wrought iron fence. These symbols, along with text panels and inscribed paving stones, create a "Walk of Respect" stretching the length of the transit center. Finally, the site is landscaped with foliage that evokes the feel of the African subtropics.
Together, these elements form a griot — a collected history of the community and remembrances of leaders who fought for dignity, respect and economic opportunity.
Rightfully proud, Davis describes the transit center as a jewel. "When people visit it," she says, "they'll do more than catch a bus connection. They'll be connecting to the history of the area and to the rich heritage of Africa."