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  The offical newsletter of Dallas Area Rapid Transit

10 Years Ahead

The only thing more exciting than looking back at the 10-year history of DART Rail is looking 10 years ahead, when the light rail system will double to more than 90 miles and 62 stations.

Construction begins this summer on the $2.4 billion expansion that will create a new Green Line stretching from Pleasant Grove in the Southeast to Farmers Branch and Carrollton in the Northwest. An Orange Line will extend northwest off the Green Line through Irving to DFW International Airport.

Connecting people with jobs
The new rail lines are crucial to the region's economy and quality of life. In the neighborhoods of Southeast Dallas, residents will outnumber jobs three-to-one by 2025, and DART Rail will provide a vital link to the northwest corridor and its major job centers in technology, health care, education and services.

The Green and Orange lines will address some of our region's most critical mobility needs with service to:
  • Six internationally recognized medical centers
    (Baylor University Medical Center, Parkland Hospital, Children's Medical Center, Zale Lipshy University Hospital, UT Southwestern Medical Center and St. Paul University Hospital)

  • The Dallas Market Center,
    the world's largest wholesale merchandise resource

  • Two major airports
    (Dallas Love Field Airport, home of Southwest Airlines, and DFW International Airport)

  • Four regional entertainment destinations
    (Deep Ellum, West End, American Airlines Center and Fair Park)
New destinations, new development
If the future is anything like the past, vibrant destinations will spring up all along the new rail lines.

While DART Rail has changed the way tens of thousands of people commute to work, it's also prompted dramatic lifestyle changes. People are choosing to live, work and play with DART as their connector. Since 1999, DART Rail has helped drive approximately $3.3 billion in new development near rail stations, and long before trains run on the Green and Orange lines, more transit-oriented developments are under construction and being planned.

Nowhere is the activity more dramatic than at Victory Park where DART's Victory Station and the mammoth American Airlines Center are overshadowed by the new, 31-story W Dallas Victory Hotel and Residences. Construction cranes tower over four more residential projects in the area, as well as two retail and office buildings. Investment at the 75-acre development has passed the $500 million mark, and there's more in the works. Later this year, ground will be broken for the luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel and condominiums, The House condominium tower by famed French designer Philippe Starck and YOO Ltd., and yet another office tower.

Just up the corridor, near the site of DART's forthcoming Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station, First Worthing is developing Cityville, a 16-acre mixed-use project featuring 263 apartments and 43,000 square feet of retail space.

In Farmers Branch and Carrollton, city planners are focusing large-scale urban redevelopment plans on future rail stations. Meanwhile, the City of Irving has drafted a land-use plan that envisions a full-fledged, mid-rise transit mall — featuring office, residential, retail and services — extending through the Las Colinas Urban Center and encompassing two proposed stations.

In the Southeast corridor, developers will build a four-story commercial and residential building near the future Baylor Hospital Station. DART Rail is viewed by many as key to drawing a new mix of development to the popular Deep Ellum arts and entertainment district, and more growth is expected near the Fair Park and Martin Luther King, Jr. stations.

DART Rail Expansion map

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