Blue Line (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
Blue Line train at Downtown Rowlett
|System||DART Light Rail|
|Termini||Downtown Rowlett (north)|
UNT Dallas (south)
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Highest elevation||at grade, elevated, underground|
The Blue Line is a light rail line in the system of mass transit in Dallas, Texas (USA), operated by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system. Along with the Red Line, it is one of the original modern rail lines in Dallas.
The southern terminus of the line is currently at UNT Dallas in south Dallas at University Hills Blvd. just south of Camp Wisdom Rd. The line runs north, under the Dallas Convention Center and through downtown Dallas. After leaving Mockingbird, the line diverts to the northeast towards White Rock Lake. The line then goes north and then east into Garland, finally ending in Rowlett.
The rail line was part of the initial launch of DART's light rail service in 1996. At the time, the line only ran from Illinois to Pearl in the northeast corner of downtown. In 1997, the Blue Line was extended south to Ledbetter and was extended along the Red Line to Mockingbird in 1999, in preparation for the future extension to Garland.
On September 24, 2001, the Blue Line extended to White Rock, just northwest of White Rock Lake. On May 6, 2002, the Blue Line was extended to the LBJ/Skillman, just beyond LBJ Freeway (Interstate 635). It was extended to Downtown Garland on November 18, 2002, and to its current northern terminus, Downtown Rowlett, on December 3, 2012.
DART's 2030 Transit System Plan, approved in October 2006, calls for the Blue Line to be extended south beyond Ledbetter to the University of North Texas at Dallas, as well as a branch along Bonnie View road to Interstate 20 and the SouthPort Intermodal Terminal. The plan also includes a new Lake Highlands station near Skillman Street and Walnut Hill Lane, which opened as DART's second infill station in December 2010.
- Listed from north to south
|Downtown Rowlett||2012||Northern terminus|
|Mockingbird||1997||Northernmost transfer for Red and Orange Lines|
|Cityplace/Uptown||2000||Transfer to M-Line Trolley|
|Pearl/Arts District||1996||Easternmost transfer for Green Line|
|St. Paul||1996||Transfer to M-Line Trolley (one block north)|
|West End||1996||Westernmost transfer station for Orange and Green Lines|
|Union Station||1996||Transfer to Dallas Streetcar, Trinity Railway Express, and Amtrak|
|8th & Corinth||1996||Southernmost transfer for Red Line|
|VA Medical Center||1997|
|Ledbetter||1997 (extended 2016)|
|UNT Dallas||2016||Southern terminus|
Special Event Service
- Deep Ellum (Also served by Green Line)
- Baylor University Medical Center (Also served by Green Line)
- Fair Park (Also served by Green Line)
- Victory (Also served by Green Line, Orange Line)
South Oak Cliff extension
In October 2014, construction began for a 2.6-mile extension south from Ledbetter station to the University of North Texas at Dallas, adding two new stations to the line: Camp Wisdom and UNT Dallas. The extension will open for service on October 24, 2016.
- Knox-Henderson Station in Uptown (Dallas)
- DART Blue Line launches long-awaited rail service in Rowlett. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- The Dallas Morning News - DART green-lights 40 miles of new rail. Originally published October 25, 2006. Retrieved November 5, 2006.
- Railway Track & Structures (October 21, 2016). "DART readies to open Blue Line extension to South Oak Cliff area". Simmons-Boardman Publishing Inc. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
- Barrow, Keith (October 20, 2016). "Dallas inaugurates LRT Blue Line extension". International Railway Journal.