Ask DART: Why is DART Replacing the Light Rail Tracks in Downtown Dallas?

Why is DART replacing the light rail tracks in downtown Dallas?
The original DART Rail starter system opened in June 1996. After more than 20 years of wear and tear, the tracks – also known as rail – are worn out. DART replaced the most-worn sections of rail in 2014. This year, the agency is replacing the rest of the rail.

Will other track improvements take place?
Yes! In addition to replacing the remaining old rail, DART will:

  • Replace an existing crossover near West End Station
  • Add a crossover near St. Paul Station
  • Replace the track interchange near Pearl/Arts District Station
  • Repair the underlying road and drainage at four street intersections

When does construction start and end, and what will impact will it have on rail service?
Construction begins March 30. DART Rail in downtown Dallas will be shut down on the weekends for at least 25 consecutive weekends. DART Rail will be back in service each Monday morning at the start of service.

DART plans to finish the rail replacement work on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

Where will work on the DART Rail line be done?
Track replacement will take place along Pacific Avenue and Bryan Street between Pearl/Arts District Station and West End Station.

Rail service will be interrupted:

  • Red and Blue lines – between Union Station and Pearl/Arts District Station
  • Green Line – between Victory Station and Deep Ellum Station
  • Orange Line – between Victory Station and LBJ/Central Station, and between Victory Station and Parker Road Station

Will Union Station or Convention Center Station be affected?
No, Union Station will not be affected. The track and road work will span from the rail junction outside West End Station to the rail junction outside Pearl/Arts District Station.

How will customers get through downtown Dallas if there is no light rail service?
Six separate DART shuttle bus routes will operate during the weekend closures to serve the affected downtown stations.

Local bus routes stop at all four closed rail stations, just as the train would.
Express bus routes bypass the four closed rail stations.

Are these bus routes/bus bridges free to ride?
No, customers will need a valid DART fare to ride these bus routes, just as they would the train or another DART bus route.

Where do customers go to catch the buses to get across downtown Dallas?Customers should look for the red Rail Service Disruption bus stop signs located near each rail station.

How can customers get more information about the downtown Dallas track improvements project?

  • Visit DART.org/plus.
  • Sign up for rider alerts and construction alerts at DART.org/email.
  • Call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

What is DART Plus?
DART has several improvement projects in the works that will create a smoother, more comfortable and more efficient ride for our customers. Every time you see DART Plus, you know that we are making major improvements to the DART System to build a better commute for North Texas. Learn more at DART.org/plus.

About Karen Ptacek

Karen is a Communications Representative at Dallas Area Rapid Transit. She is the project manager and primary writer/editor of DART's Inmotion newsletter and the annual Progress Report publication. She also contributes to DART Daily, Rider Insider and other newsletter articles.
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