Orange Line (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)

The Orange Line (labeled as the Purple Line on maps prior to 2006) is a 37-mile-long (60 km) light rail line operated by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system in Dallas, Irving, Richardson and Plano, Texas. It runs from DFW Airport via downtown Dallas to Plano.

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TypeLight rail
SystemDART Light Rail
OpenedDecember 6, 2010
Last extensionAugust 18, 2014
Line length14.0 mi (22.5 km)
Track length37 mi (60 km)
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Construction of the Irving Convention Center near the Irving Convention Center Station
DART Orange Line
DFW Airport Terminal A enlarge…
TEXRail Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Belt Line
Dallas College North Lake Campus
Hidden Ridge
Irving Convention Center
Las Colinas Urban Center
University of Dallas
Loop 12 (planned)
West Mockingbird Lane
Inwood/Love Field
Dallas Love Field
Southwestern Medical
Market Center
Trinity Railway Express
D2 Subway (planned)
West End
Bus interchange
St. Paul
McKinney Avenue Transit Authority
Pearl/Arts District
Bus interchange
D2 Subway (planned)
McKinney Avenue Transit Authority
(unfinished; abandoned)
Lovers Lane
Park Lane
Walnut Hill
Forest Lane
Spring Valley
Arapaho Center
Galatyn Park
12th Street (planned)
Downtown Plano
Parker Road
Disabled access All stations have step-free access


A Parker Road-bound Orange Train near Market Center

The line's current northwestern terminus is DFW Airport Station, located inside Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.[1] The line proceeds southeast through Irving, providing service to the Irving Convention Center, Las Colinas, and the University of Dallas, before merging with the Green Line north of Bachman Station and proceeding southwest to Downtown Dallas. The Orange Line shares the rest of its route with existing light rail lines, with stops along the Green Line from Bachman to Victory Station, through downtown Dallas on a corridor shared with the Green Line, Blue Line, and Red Line, and then northward along the Red Line corridor through Richardson to Plano.

Planned future Orange Line stations include a DFW North Station loop[2] and an eastern extension down Scyene Road to Masters Drive (previously planned as a Green Line expansion).[3]


Planning and constructionEdit

The Orange Line was planned as an extension to the DART Light Rail system at least as early as 2006, when DART's 2030 System Plan described a "Northwest Corridor" route with expected revenue service to both Love Field and DFW Airport by 2013.[3]

On March 12, 2007, the City of Dallas officials and DART made an agreement to make Love Field Station a surface-level facility, concluding a long debate over whether or not to make it an underground station closer to the airport.[4][better source needed][5]

On December 5, 2007, the Dallas Morning News ran a story reporting that DART President Gary Thomas said a previous cost estimate of $988 million was too low. The new cost estimate for the 14-mile project was $1.8 – $1.9 billion, he said.[6] The $900 million overrun in costs caused considerable outrage among political leaders[7] in Irving, Texas, the city the line runs through on its way to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The Irving leaders conducted an inquiry into the cost overruns.[8] Texas State Representative Linda Harper Brown sent an official letter to Mr. Thomas also inquiring about the project's cost overruns.[9]

In February 2010 DART officials warned that the first two phases of the Orange Line might be delayed due to TXDOT problems along State Highway 114, which the Orange Line route follows. Utility relocation and road construction was expected to delay access to portions of the construction area where the rail line and highway intersect. DART estimated that the delay could push the opening of the Las Colinas extension from December 2011 to August 2012; however, DART also advised that it was determined to keep the original schedule and minimize any delays.[10][11]

In June 2010, DART placed new Orange Line construction on indefinite hold due to declining revenue. However, on September 15, 2010, the agency said that due to cost savings and federal funds, the plans for the line have been revived.[12]

On December 13, 2011, DART awarded a contract to design and build the Orange Line extension from Belt Line Road to DFW Airport, valued at about $150 million, with construction to start in early 2012 and an opening date of August 18, 2014, ahead of schedule.[13]

Opening and operationEdit

The Orange Line started operation on December 6, 2010, with weekday peak service from the Parker Road station to Bachman station on stations shared with DART's Red and Green lines. The first Orange Line-exclusive stations opened with the extension to Irving Convention Center on July 30, 2012,[14] and two more were added on December 3, 2012.[15] The current northwestern terminus, located at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, opened on August 18, 2014.[1] Hidden Ridge Station, which was planned with the rest of the Orange Line but deferred until further development justified its construction, opened to revenue service on April 12, 2021.[16]

Future plansEdit

The Downtown Dallas segment of the route is planned to be rerouted off of the transit mall and run via a new subway tunnel between Victory and Deep Ellum. The D2 Subway is planned to be implemented in 2028 and will feature four new stations served by the Orange Line along the route.


Daily serviceEdit

Listed from Northeast to Northwest. Peak-hour only service is highlighted
Station Other lines Opened Notes
DFW Airport Terminal A August 18, 2014 Terminus; transfer to   TEXRail at adjacent DFW Airport/Terminal B station
Belt Line December 3, 2012
North Lake College
Hidden Ridge April 12, 2021
Irving Convention Center July 30, 2012
Las Colinas Urban Center
University of Dallas
Bachman      December 6, 2010 Westernmost transfer for Green Line
Inwood/Love Field
Southwestern Medical District/ Parkland
Market Center
Victory November 13, 2004 Transfer to   Trinity Railway Express
West End                June 14, 1996 Westernmost transfer station for Red and Blue Lines
St. Paul Transfer to   M-Line Trolley (one block north)
Pearl/Arts District Easternmost transfer for Green Line
Cityplace/Uptown           December 18, 2000 Transfer to   M-Line Trolley
SMU/Mockingbird January 10, 1997 Northernmost transfer for Blue Line
Lovers Lane     
Park Lane
Walnut Hill July 1, 2002
Forest Lane
LBJ/Central Terminus for Orange Line outside peak hours
Spring Valley
Arapaho Center
Galatyn Park
CityLine/Bush December 9, 2002 Formerly Bush Turnpike Station until March 14, 2016. Planned Silver Line transfer station
Downtown Plano
Parker Road Terminus for Red (full-time) and Orange Lines (peak-hour)

Special event serviceEdit

Listed from East to West



  1. ^ a b "DART DFW Airport Station". Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "Irving 3 Newsletter" (PDF). Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Fall 2009.
  3. ^ a b "DART Transit System Plan".
  4. ^ The Dallas Morning News. February 9, 2007 {{cite news}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Rail will not tunnel under Love Field". Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2007.
  6. ^ "A new cost estimate". Dallas Morning News.[dead link]
  7. ^ Formby, Brandon (December 8, 2007). "Irving leaders to press DART on Orange Line delays". Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on December 10, 2007.
  8. ^ Formby, Brandon (December 12, 2007). "Irving leaders scold DART for soaring cost on rail project". Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on September 29, 2008.
  9. ^ "Letter from Rep. Linda Harper-Brown to Mr. Gary Thomas" (PDF). Dallas Morning News. December 11, 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 11, 2008.
  10. ^ Lindenberger, Michael A.; Formby, Brandon (February 24, 2010). "Irving light-rail segments may be delayed". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on February 27, 2010.
  11. ^ "First segments of DART Rail Orange Line likely delayed". (Press release). February 23, 2010.
  12. ^ Lindenberger, Michael A. (September 15, 2010). "DART finance committee OKs service changes, new debt in $1.26 billion budget". Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  13. ^ "DART awards design-build contract for DFW Airport connection". Progressive Railroading. December 15, 2011. Archived from the original on May 9, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  14. ^ Formby, Brandon (July 30, 2012). "Irving's Orange Line ushers in new era in North Texas mass transit | | Dallas Morning News". Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  15. ^ Leszcynski, Ray (December 4, 2012). "Big day for DART as routes are extended to Rowlett, D/FW Airport". Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  16. ^ "DART Celebrates Opening of Hidden Ridge Station in Irving". (Press release). April 9, 2021. Retrieved April 25, 2021.

External linksEdit

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