Blue Line (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)

Blue Line (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
Blue Line

Southbound Blue Line train at Akard Station
Type light rail
System Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Status operational
Locale Dallas, Texas
Termini Downtown Garland (north)
Ledbetter (south)
Stations 21
Opened January 1997
Owner DART
Operator(s) DART
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification overhead catenary
Highest elevation at grade, elevated, underground
Route map
[v · Legend
All stations have step-free access
Unknown BSicon "uexKBHFa"
Downtown Rowlett (December 2012)Car parking
Urban head station, unused through track
Downtown Garland Car parking
Urban stop on track
Forest/Jupiter Car parking
Urban stop on track
LBJ/Skillman Car parking
Unknown BSicon "uAKRZu"
I-635.svg Interstate 635
Urban stop on track
Lake Highlands
Urban stop on track
White Rock Car parking
Unknown BSicon "uABZlg"
Red Line to Parker Road
Urban stop on track
Mockingbird Station Car parking
Enter urban tunnel
Urban tunnel unused stop on in-use track
Knox-Henderson (deferred)
Urban railway Unknown BSicon "utINT"
Exit urban tunnel
Waterway turning from left Unknown BSicon "uABZgr+r"
Urban stop on track Urban straight track
Deep Ellum (special event only)
Urban stop on track Urban straight track
Baylor Medical Center (special event only)
Urban End station Urban straight track
Fair Park (special event only)
Urban stop on track
Urban railway Urban stop on track
St. Paul
Urban stop on track
Unknown BSicon "BUS2" Unknown BSicon "uINT"
West End
Waterway turning from left Unknown BSicon "uABZrf"
Unknown BSicon "uINT" Urban straight track
Victory (special event only)
Unknown BSicon "uCONTf" Urban straight track
Green Line to North Carrollton/Frankford; Orange Line to DFW Airport
Track turning from right Urban straight track
Trinity Railway Express to T&P Station
Right side end station of cross-platform interchange Left side of urban cross-platform interchange
Union Station
Urban stop on track
Convention Center
Unknown BSicon "uAKRZo"
I-30.svg Interstate 30
Urban stop on track
Unknown BSicon "uABZgl+l"
DART South Maintenance Facility
Urban bridge over water
Trinity River
Urban stop on track
8th & Corinth Car parking
Unknown BSicon "uABZrf"
Red Line to Westmoreland
Urban stop on track
Urban stop on track
Illinois Car parking
Urban stop on track
Kiest Car parking
Urban stop on track
VA Medical Center
Unknown BSicon "uKHSTxe"
Ledbetter Car parking
Unused waterway turning from left Unused waterway with junction to right
Unknown BSicon "uexHST" Unused straight waterway
Camp Wisdom (2018)
Unknown BSicon "uexKBHFe" Unused straight waterway
University of North Texas at Dallas (2018)
Unused urban continuation forward
Expansion to Dallas Southport Center (future)
Passengers at White Rock Station

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 at the Downtown Garland Station at Walnut and Fifth Streets.

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). On 18 November 2002, the Blue Line was again extended to its current terminus at the Downtown Garland Station in downtown Garland.

Current plans for the Blue Line call for the further extension through Garland into Rowlett, connecting to the Rowlett Park & Ride by 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.[2]



Daily Service

Listed from north to south

Special Event Service

Future Service


  • Knox-Henderson Station in Uptown


  1. ^ Dallas Area Rapid Transit - DART Expansion Plans. Retrieved 16 November 2006.
  2. ^ The Dallas Morning News - DART green-lights 40 miles of new rail. Originally published 25 October 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2006.

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