The Blue Line extension to South Oak Cliff and the UNT Dallas campus is still months away, but passengers are already seeing and hearing the planned improvements.
In addition to preparing the station for the extension, crews are working to lengthen the Ledbetter Station rail platform, allowing DART to operate three-vehicle trains there, and will raise and modify the platform to accommodate level boarding.
Modernizing an existing station is not without its challenges, but DART staff have worked closely with construction contractors to reduce the impact on customers.
Jakieya, a DART rider that uses buses and trains to get to work, said construction has caused her to adjust her schedule, but for the most part, she hasn’t had any problems. She is looking forward to completion of the project and plans to use the new stations to visit family.
DART is visiting with customers that use Ledbetter Station to find other possible improvements. These short-term inconveniences will yield the long-term benefits of a safer, more accessible transit facility, including:
- Brighten the platforms and bus bays with increased lighting
- Improve visibility by replacing walls along the west platform and mobility ramp with open railing
- Increase safety with the addition of a passenger load/unload zone on the east side of the station
- Upgrade station access with a left-turn lane on South Lancaster Road at Shellhourse Drive into the load/unload area
At various phases, contractors may have to close platforms, ramps, stairs, crossings and indoor facilities. Visit DART.org/SOC3 to learn more.