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DART rail adds another convenient extension that stretches Blue Line south

DART rail adds convenient extension that stretches Blue Line south

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DART will soon extend the Blue Line to UNT-Dallas. Photo courtesy of DART

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has nailed down a date on the southern extension of the Blue Line that will go to UNT-Dallas.

Called "the South Oak Cliff Blue Line Extension," it will extend the Blue Line south approximately 2.6 miles, from the Ledbetter Station toward the University of North Texas (UNT) Dallas Campus, at the southeast corner of Camp Wisdom Road and University Hills Boulevard.

This will be the southernmost end of the Blue Line, running approximately 3 miles past the current end station at Ledbetter. The extension is scheduled to open on Monday, October 24.

The project includes two new ground-level stations in southern Dallas: a Camp Wisdom Station, near the intersection of Patrol Way and Camp Wisdom, and a UNT Dallas Station, on the southeast portion of the university’s campus located on University Hills Boulevard (near Camp Wisdom Road).

The proposed project runs along the east side of Runyon Creek, crosses over Crouch Road west of the Magnolia Trace Senior Housing, crosses over a knoll north of the police station (South Central Patrol Division), follows Patrol Way east of the police station, then turns southwest toward the UNT-Dallas campus.

The Camp Wisdom Station sits on a knoll north of the police station on the west side of Patrol Way, with bus access off Patrol Way. The UNT Dallas Station is on the southern boundary of the campus, near University Hills Boulevard. Bus access, "kiss and ride" access, general parking, and handicap parking are provided at both stations.

In addition to the new stops, the existing Ledbetter Station has been modified. The station was lengthened, the platform raised, and a canopy was added over the extended platform section.

The last extension to the Blue Line was in 2012, when nearly five miles were added to the northern end, to extend to downtown Rowlett.