DART opens Blue and Orange rail extensions

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor
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DART Rail ribbon cutting in Rowlett on Friday, November 30

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) in Dallas, Texas, opened two rail segments on Dec. 3, extending the Blue Line to Rowlett and the Orange Line farther into Irving and closer to DFW International Airport.

DART has built more than 40 miles of track in the past three years, greatly enhancing transit accessibility throughout the Dallas area.

Downtown Rowlett Station marks the first expansion of the Blue Line since it reached Garland in November 2002. The 4.5-mile, $360 million segment completes the build-out of the northeast corridor and increases access to and from the largely residential community.

In late 2016, DART will lengthen the Blue Line south from Ledbetter Station to connect to the University of North Texas at Dallas.

The $1.3 billion Orange Line, the first section of which opened in July with three stations, grew nearly four miles with new stops at North Lake College and Belt Line Road, on DFW Airport property.

This segment advances the Orange Line toward its eventual terminus at DFW Airport. DFW Station is scheduled to open in December 2014.

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