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Residents of the Dallas suburb of Garland will become the newest customers of DART Rail's light rail transit (LRT) service on Monday, 18 November 2002, when DART's Blue Line extends to the brandnew stations at Forest/Jupiter and Downtown Garland (below).
Seven-day-a-week service will be provided every 10 minutes during rush hours and 15-20 minutes at other times between downtown Dallas and the two stations, located at
3232 Forest Lane and 430 West Walnut Street (adjacent to Garland Central Transit
Center), respectively. DART trains will provide a speedy 32-minute ride from downtown Garland to
the West End station in Dallas.
A Dallas Morning News article points out that passengers riding the new LRT line to
downtown Dallas will follow the route of the old Texas Special passenger train. The
Special ran on the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy) Railroad through Garland going to San
Antonio, St. Louis, and Kansas City beginning in 1948, the paper notes. Railroads came
to the area in 1887 and helped transform Garland, incorporated in 1891, from a farm
village into a modern city.
DART bought much of the Katy right-of-way for its LRT lines, returning passenger service to the routes which had been abandoned for several decades.
"Wheels have a way of coming full circle" railroad historian Dan Monaghan noted. "And in this instance a lot of them did!"Rev. 2002/11/17