UPDATED: DART completes rail service restoration

Update, 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10

As of approximately 3:30 p.m., the Blue Line will be operating normally and serving all stations. At this time, all DART Rail lines are operating a regular weekday schedule.

DART buses are operating normally given local road conditions. The TRE continues to operate its regular weekday schedule.

We appreciate your continued patience.

Update, 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10

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Please exercise caution when waiting at DART rail stations as ice buildup on the overhead canopies could begin sliding off and causing damage as the temperatures rise. Maintenance crews and DART Police are currently roping off dangerous areas and manually removing the ice.

Update, 8:20 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10

DART Rail continues to operate normally this morning except for the Blue Line section between LBJ/Skillman and Rowlett where bus connections are in place. The bus connection consists of 11 buses traveling at 15 minute intervals between the four stations.

We are still working to restore service on this nine mile section of the Blue Line. With the sun finally shining and temperatures rising, crews are assessing the rail power line and attempting to clear the remaining accumulated ice.

Thank you for your continued patience.

Update, 4:20 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10

DART Rail is operating normally this morning except for the Blue Line section between LBJ/Skillman and Rowlett where bus connections are in place.

Blue Line customers from Rowlett and Garland can find parking and rail service at the LBJ/Skillman Station. Parking and express bus service to Downtown Dallas via Route 283 is available from the Lake Ray Hubbard Transit Center.

Update, 8:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9

At this time only the Blue Line from LBJ/Skillman to Rowlett is not operating. Bus shuttles will remain in place. All other DART Rail lines are operating a regular weekday schedule.

We are still working to restore service on this nine mile section of the Blue Line.

Update, 2:55 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9:

The DART Rail Orange Line from LBJ/Central to Belt Line station in Irving will open at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

At this time only the Blue Line from LBJ/Skillman to Downtown Rowlett is not operating. Bus shuttles remain still in place. We are continuing to attempt service restoration, but it is not expected to happen before Tuesday afternoon due to the extent of ice buildup, cold temperatures and lack of sunshine to help melt the ice. But if we can open it sooner, we will.

DART buses are operating normally given local road conditions. The TRE continues to operate its regular weekday schedule.

Update, 12:35 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9:

DART Rail will be restored to the Red Line north of LBJ Central to Parker Road and on the Green Line from Bachman north to North Carrollton/Frankford starting at 1 p.m. This means the complete Red and Green lines are open for passengers.

Bus shuttles are still in place for the section of the Orange Line from Bachman to Belt Line and the Blue Line from LBJ/Skillman to Downtown Rowlett.

Crews are working to restore the Orange Line service later today.

Ice accumulation on rail power lines in Rowlett. (Click for larger)

Ice accumulation on rail power lines in Rowlett. (Click for larger)

Due to the extent of ice buildup, cold temperatures and lack of sunshine to help melt the ice, it is not expected that the Blue Line east of LBJ/Skillman will open before Tuesday afternoon.

DART buses are operating normally given local road conditions. The TRE continues to operate its regular weekday schedule.

We appreciate your continued patience as we work to restore all rail service.

Original entry:

Although work to restore service to the full light rail system is ongoing, we will not be able to operate the full system Monday morning. We were making good progress, but the ice fog that started coming in Sunday night caused the overhead power lines to re-freeze. We are operating trains through the night to attempt to clear them as we continue recovery work on other parts of the system.

We will attempt continue expanding the coverage area, but this is what we plan to have available at the start of our regular morning service. This will be a mix of bus and light rail.

DART Rail will operate on a regular schedule as follows:
• Red Line: Westmoreland to LBJ/Central Complete Service
• Blue Line: Ledbetter to LBJ/Skillman
• Orange Line: Bachman to LBJ/Central Complete Service
• Green Line: Buckner to Bachman Complete Service

Bus shuttles will serve the other stations not reached by DART Rail. Each shuttle will serve the stations listed. At each station board at the red Rail Disruption Shuttle Stop sign. These buses should display the destination on their header signs. Click here to view more information about the DART Rail Disruption Bus Shuttles.

Trinity Railway Express will operate a regular weekday schedule.

Paratransit will operate its regular weekday service, subject to local road conditions.

We apologize for the continued inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

About DART Daily

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) gets you around 13 cities with rail, bus, paratransit, and rideshare services. We serve DFW International Airport and Fort Worth via the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). The service area consists of 13 cities: Addison, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Garland, Glenn Heights, Highland Park, Irving, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett and University Park.
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