Blue Line (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
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 Ledbetter Station in south Dallas at Lancaster Road, just south of Ledbetter Drive (Loop 12). The line runs north, under the Dallas Convention Center and through downtown Dallas. After leaving Mockingbird Station, 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 Station to Pearl Station in the northeast corner of downtown. In 1997, the Blue Line was extended south to Ledbetter Station and was extended along the Red Line to Mockingbird Station, in preparation for the future extension to Garland.
On 24 September 2001, the Blue Line extended to White Rock Station, just northwest of White Rock Lake. On 6 May 2002, the Blue Line was extended to the LBJ/Skillman Station, just beyond LBJ Freeway (Interstate 635). It was extended to the Downtown Garland Station on 18 November 2002, and to its current northern terminus, Downtown Rowlett Station, on 3 December 2012. 1
DART's 2030 Transit System Plan, approved in October 2006, calls for the Blue Line to be extended south beyond Ledbetter Station to Interstate 20, near Bonnie View Road and the SouthPort Intermodal Terminal. The plan also includes a new Lake Highlands station near Skillman Street and Kingsley Road, which opened as DART's first infill station in December 2010.2
- Listed from north to south
|Downtown Rowlett||2012||Northern terminus|
|Mockingbird||1997||Northernmost transfer for Red and Orange Lines|
|Pearl/Arts District||1996||Easternmost transfer for Green Line|
|St. Paul||1996||Transfers made to the M-Line (which terminates two blocks north)|
|West End||1996||Westernmost transfer station for Orange and Green Lines|
|Union Station||1996||Transfer to Trinity Railway Express and Amtrak|
|8th & Corinth||1996||Southernmost transfer for Red Line|
|VA Medical Center||1997|
- Deep Ellum Station (Also served by Green Line, Orange Line)
- Baylor University Medical Center Station (Also served by Blue Line, Orange Line)
- Fair Park Station (Also served by Green Line, Orange Line)
- Victory Station (Also served by Green Line, Blue Line, Orange Line)
- Camp Wisdom Station in South Oak Cliff, Dallas(2018)
- University of North Texas at Dallas Station in South Oak Cliff, Dallas (2018)
- DART Blue Line launches long-awaited rail service in Rowlett. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
- The Dallas Morning News - DART green-lights 40 miles of new rail. Originally published 25 October 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2006.