If you really like trains, you can ride the Trinity Railway Express from Fort Worth to Victory Station in Downtown Dallas, take DART Rail to Trinity Mills Station in Carrollton, then ride the A-train to Downtown Denton. This rail-fan – and transit commuter – journey is made possible by the Green Line, which also expanded employment opportunities for thousands of North Texas residents by connecting several large residential communities to some of the region’s biggest employment districts.
Shortly before the opening of the State Fair of Texas®, DART opened the first three miles of the new Green Line in September 2009. The fledgling corridor headed southeast with stations at Deep Ellum, Baylor University Medical Center, Fair Park, and MLK, Jr. Boulevard – the last two located to improve access to Dallas’ historic Fair Park.
“DART Rail service to Fair Park has helped revitalize and renew interest in this city jewel,” said Craig Holcomb, executive director of Friends of Fair Park. “Thousands of people use the trains annually to get to the State Fair and its football games, but rail access also has made the park more attractive for other festivals, charitable runs and special events.”
The Green Line’s second phase opened December 6, 2010, adding 24 miles and 15 stations to the light rail system. It was the longest single-day opening of electric light rail in the United States since 1990. More importantly, it extended rail service to both southeast Dallas and along a northwest corridor extending from Victory Station to serve Dallas Market Center, the Southwestern Medical District, Dallas Love Field, and the cities of Farmers Branch and Carrollton.
“The Green Line has reenergized our downtown area, attracting both residential and restaurant development, while giving our residents and workforce an effective means to travel in and out of the city,” Carrollton Mayor Matthew Marchant said. “Our goal is to continue increasing density around Carrollton’s three DART Rail stations.”
Lake Highlands Station, DART’s first infill station, also opened December 6. The station is located on the Blue Line in northeast Dallas and was built in expectation of multiuse development in the vicinity.