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.

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Light Rail
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Articulated truck with track brakes
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Arriving at the station
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Arriving at the station
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Riding the train
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Akard Station
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Junction at Bryan St. and North Central Expressway
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The Arts District and Guadalupe Cathedral
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Mockingbird Lane Station
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Mockingbird Lane Station
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Red Line / Blue Line split
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The Merrill Lynch building
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Portal into tunnel under North Central Expressway
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Blue Line train arrives at Mockingbird Station (video)
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The homeless are still there in downtown
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Ridin the train
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Old signalling tower
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Dealey Plaza

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