DART is going back in time today to when we had just started our rail expansion. Though it may feel like North Texas has always been outfitted with 93 miles of rail, we really have done a lot in a short amount of time.
So let’s take a walk down memory lane and take a peek at what went into building one of our most popular lines that today people depend on – whether taking them to work in Downtown Dallas, connecting them to healthcare at Baylor University Medical Center, or visiting downtown Carrollton for some shopping.
Green Line Offers Value for Those Coming or Going
Thanks to the Green Line’s service, North Texans have enjoyed increased access to the commerce, culture, services, dining, and entertainment opportunities in this neighborhood. Check out these fast facts to learn just how great the Green Line is!
- September 14, 2009: The first three miles of the Green Line open, welcoming services to Deep Ellum, Baylor University Medical Center, and Fair Park.
- 28: Number of total miles of Green Line rail.
- 6,500: Number of Baylor University Medical Center employees who can now use the Green Line to get to work.
Prior to the opening, Dr. Irving Prengler, chief medical officer at Baylor, said he will transfer and use the Green Line to ride to work, “Personally, I’m interested in having the luxury to relax as I travel to and from the medical center. I won’t have to fight traffic but instead can read, listen to music, or relax in an air-conditioned environment… The Green Line provides better access to the hospital for our employees and our patients.”
Economic Driver for the Area
North Texas knew the Green Line offered so much more to the region than just the ability for commuters trying to get downtown for work. So much so that residents and businesses surrounding the Green Line welcomed DART rail with open arms. In fact, the Ambrose development, near the Green Line, was 81 percent leased with new businesses in anticipation of the new light rail line opening.
What Would Life be Like Without the Green Line?
It’s hard to imagine a time before the Green Line. Think about how much our region has grown since 2009! Would our roads be more congested? Would these businesses have thrived in this area? Luckily, we don’t have to worry about navigating this area without light rail. Large-scale projects like the Green Line have the ability to connect our communities and transform our region. There may be a time in the future when we can look back and remember what life in North Texas was like before the Cotton Belt or the D2 Subway.