Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Dallas, Tx

DART light rail began serving Union Station in 1996, significantly increasing station usage. Auto-centric and politically conservative Dallas is an improbable place for rail transit and numerous transit initiatives were defeated during my time there. Some mysterious force has been driving a remarkable expansion of the system over the past 15 years. Having a few minutes downtown on an Amtrak layover, I decided to hop on the Red Line and visit my old haunts at Mockingbird Lane.

Although I didn't have time to explore the old neighborhood, it was clear just by walking to street level that the area had been completely redeveloped since I'd lived there 20 years before. The lovely old Art Deco Dr. Pepper plant had been replaced with dense condos. Progress? Certainly, but I do miss the interesting moments and people that were once there.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Light Rail
12/27/2010 16:08:26
Light Rail
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Articulated truck with track brakes
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Articulated truck with track brakes
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Arriving at the station
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Arriving at the station
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Arriving at the station
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Arriving at the station
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Riding the train
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Riding the train
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Akard Station
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Akard Station
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Junction at Bryan St. and North Central Expressway
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Junction at Bryan St. and North Central Expressway
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Junction
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Junction
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - The Arts District and Guadalupe Cathedral
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The Arts District and Guadalupe Cathedral
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Mockingbird Lane Station
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Mockingbird Lane Station
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Mockingbird Lane Station
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Mockingbird Lane Station
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Red Line / Blue Line split
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Red Line / Blue Line split
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Condos
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Condos
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - The Merrill Lynch building
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The Merrill Lynch building
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Pantograph
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Pantograph
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Portal into tunnel under North Central Expressway
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Portal into tunnel under North Central Expressway
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Blue Line train arrives at Mockingbird Station
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Blue Line train arrives at Mockingbird Station
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - The homeless are still there in downtown
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The homeless are still there in downtown
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Ridin the train
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Ridin the train
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Old signalling tower
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Old signalling tower
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) - Dealey Plaza
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Dealey Plaza

When the people fear the government you have tyranny; when the government fears the people you have liberty. (Thomas Jefferson)