DART Celebrates 20 Years of Light Rail

What a ride it’s been! In only 20 short years, DART went from zero to 90 – miles, that is. What began as a 20-mile starter system opening in June 1996 has today more than doubled in length.


With 62 stations serving eight cities, the DART Rail System stretches from Irving to Plano, from Oak Cliff to Rowlett, from Carrollton to the Pleasant Grove. And all of DART’s four rail lines provide direct connections to downtown Dallas.

And we’re not done yet.

On October 24, DART will complete the three-mile Blue Line extension farther into southern Dallas. The addition of two new stations in an area known as the education corridor improves access to several magnet schools, colleges, and the only four-year public university in the city of Dallas – the University of North Texas at Dallas.

In the coming weeks, check this space for observations, reminiscences and other testimonials from the elected officials, developers and DART employees who helped DART Rail to change our urban landscape. Also check out our Facebook page for Throwback Thursday pictures that will really take you back. And finally, look for a special commemorative slideshow that will be available here and on Facebook.

For 20 years, DART Rail has been connecting North Texans to education, entertainment, healthcare, housing and jobs. For commuters, it’s been a way to avoid the headaches and unpredictability of traffic. For tourists, business travelers and convention-goers, it’s been the gateway to all our region has to offer. It’s now hard to imagine North Texas without DART Rail. DART empowers you to discover more. Let’s Go!

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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