Orange Line (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)


Orange Line (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
Orange Line
Overview
System light rail
Operation
Opened December 6, 2010
Technical
Track length 14 miles
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Construction of the Irving Convention Center near the future Irving Convention Center Station

The Orange Line (labeled as the Purple Line on maps prior to 2006) will be a 14 mile (23 km) mass transit light rail line in Dallas, Texas (USA) operated by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system. It will operate in addition to the currently existing Blue, Red and Green Line lines. The Orange Line started operation on December 6, 2010 with weekday peak service from the Parker Road Station to Bachman Station. The Orange Line shares alignment with the Green Line until its split north of Bachman Station. It was originally scheduled to open in phases starting in December 2011, with a route through downtown Dallas terminating at DFW Airport Station by December 2014. Openings of these phases, however, have been delayed with the plans and timetables subjected to many updates. Through the use of interlining with Red Line and Green Line tracks, the Orange Line will terminate at Lawnview Station. During peak hours, Orange line trains will also terminate at Parker Road Station.[1] This peak hour service was initiated on December 6, 2010 in conjunction with the opening of the Green Line.

Future phases of the Orange line include a DFW North Station loop[2] and an eastern extension down Scyene Road to Masters Drive (previously planned as a Green Line expansion).[3]

[v · d · e]DART Orange Line
Legend
All stations have step-free access
 
Urban head station Airport
DFW Airport (December 2014)
Urban straight track
Waterway with unused branch to left Unused waterway turning from right
Urban straight track Unknown BSicon "uexAKRZo"
SH-114
Urban straight track Unknown BSicon "uexINT"
DFW North (future) Car parking
Urban straight track Unknown BSicon "uexAKRZo"
SH 121
Urban straight track Unknown BSicon "uexAKRZo"
SH-114
Waterway turning to left Unknown BSicon "uxABZlg"
Urban straight track
Urban stop on track
Belt Line (December 2012) Car parking
Unknown BSicon "uAKRZo"
President George Bush Turnpike
Urban stop on track
North Lake College (December 2012) Car parking
Unknown BSicon "ueHST"
Las Colinas Carpenter Ranch (deferred) Car parking
Unknown BSicon "uAKRZo"
SH 114
Urban stop on track
Irving Convention Center (December 2011) Car parking
Urban railway Unknown BSicon "uINT"
Las Colinas Urban Center (December 2011)
Unknown BSicon "ueHST"
South Las Colinas (deferred)
Urban stop on track
University of Dallas (December 2011) Car parking
Unknown BSicon "uAKRZu"
Loop 12
Unknown BSicon "ueHST"
Loop 12 (deferred)
Unknown BSicon "uBRÜCKEa"
Unknown BSicon "uhWSTR"
Trinity River
Unknown BSicon "uAKRZo-ELEV"
I-35E
Unknown BSicon "uAKRZo-ELEV"
Spur 482
Unknown BSicon "uBRÜCKEe"
Urban junction from left
Green Line to North Carrollton/Frankford Station
Urban stop on track
Bachman Car parking
Urban stop on track
Burbank
Urban straight track
Urban tunnel straight track
Unknown BSicon "uBRÜCKEa"
Airport Unknown BSicon "uhHST"
Inwood/Love Field Car parking
Unknown BSicon "uhHST"
Southwestern Medical District/Parkland
Unknown BSicon "uBRÜCKEe"
Urban stop on track
Market Center Car parking
Track turning from right Urban straight track
Trinity Railway Express to T&P Station
Unknown BSicon "AKRZu" Unknown BSicon "uAKRZu"
Dallas North Tollway.png Dallas North Tollway
Right side of cross-platform interchange Left side of urban cross-platform interchange
Victory
Track turning right Urban straight track
Trinity Railway Express to Union Station
Unknown BSicon "uABZlg"
Blue Line to Ledbetter; Red Line to Westmoreland
Unknown BSicon "BUS2" Unknown BSicon "uINT"
West End
Urban stop on track
Akard
Urban railway Urban stop on track
St. Paul
Urban stop on track
Pearl
Waterway turning from left Unknown BSicon "uABZgr+r"
Urban straight track Unknown BSicon "uLUECKE"
to Lawnview (regular); to Parker Road (peak only)
Unknown BSicon "uAKRZu" Urban straight track
I-45.svg Interstate 45
Urban stop on track Urban straight track
Deep Ellum (December 2011)
Urban stop on track Urban straight track
Baylor Medical Center (December 2011)
Unknown BSicon "uAKRZu" Urban straight track
I-30.svg Interstate 30
Urban stop on track Urban straight track
Fair Park (December 2011)
Urban stop on track Urban straight track
MLK, Jr (December 2011) Car parking
Urban stop on track Urban straight track
Hatcher (December 2011)
Urban bridge over water Urban straight track
White Rock Creek
Urban end station, unused through track Urban straight track
Lawnview (December 2011) Car parking
Unused urban continuation forward Urban straight track
Future expansion to Masters Drive
Enter urban tunnel
Urban railway Unknown BSicon "utINT"
Cityplace
Urban tunnel unused stop on in-use track
Knox-Henderson (deferred)
Exit urban tunnel
Urban stop on track
Mockingbird Station Car parking
Urban junction to left
Blue Line to Downtown Garland
Urban stop on track
Lovers Lane
Unknown BSicon "uBRÜCKEa"
Unknown BSicon "uhHST"
Park Lane Car parking
Unknown BSicon "uhHST"
Walnut Hill Car parking
Unknown BSicon "uhWSTR"
White Rock Creek
Unknown BSicon "uhHST"
Forest Lane Car parking
Unknown BSicon "uBRÜCKEe"
Urban stop on track
LBJ/Central Car parking
Unknown BSicon "uAKRZu"
I-635.svg Interstate 635
Unknown BSicon "uHSTBR"
Spring Valley Car parking
Urban stop on track
Arapaho Center Car parking
Urban stop on track
Galatyn Park
Urban stop on track
Bush Turnpike Car parking
Unknown BSicon "uAKRZu"
President George Bush Turnpike
Urban stop on track
Downtown Plano
Urban End station
Parker Road Car parking


Contents

Planned opening

Opened December 2010

The following stations began selected weekday trips in conjunction with the opening of the Green Line:

Listed from East to West

Opening December 2011

Listed from East to West

Opening August 2012

  • University of Dallas Station
  • Las Colinas Urban Center Station
  • Irving Convention Center Station
  • North Lake College Station
  • Belt Line Station

Opening December 2014

  • DFW Airport Station[4]

Future/Deferred

  • Loop 12 Station (Deferred)
  • South Las Colinas Station (Deferred)
  • Las Colinas Carpenter Ranch Station (Deferred)[5]
  • DFW North Station (Future branch)

Construction issues

On 12 March 2007, the City of Dallas officials and DART made an agreement to make Love Field Station a surface-level facility after a long debate of whether or not to make it an underground station.[6][7]

On December 5, 2007, the Dallas Morning News ran a story reporting that DART President Gary Thomas stated that a previous cost estimate of $988 million was too low. A new cost estimate for the 14 mile project was $1.8 - $1.9 billion.[8] The $900 million overrun in costs has caused considerable outrage amongst political leaders[9] in the City of Irving Texas, where the line passes on its way to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Irving leaders subsequently made inquiry as to the cost overruns.[10] Texas State Representative Linda Harper Brown sent an official letter [11] to Mr. Thomas also making inquiry into the project's substantial cost overruns.

In February 2010 DART officials announced that the first two phases may be delayed due to TXDOT problems along State Highway 114, which the Orange Line route follows. Utility relocation and road construction will delay access to portions of the construction area where the rail line and highway intersect. The delay could push the connection to Las Colinas from December 2011 to August 2012. DART is determined to keep the original schedule and minimize any delay.[12][13]

In June 2010, DART placed the line on indefinite hold due to declining revenue; on 15 September 2010, the agency said that due to cost savings and federal funds, the plans for the line have been revived.[14]

References

External links


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