Dallas & Portland Green Lines
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New "Green Lines" Extend the Reach of Light Rail in Both Cities
Susan Pantell With Light Rail Now Project Team · December 2009
Illustrating the whopping success (particularly as perceived by civic leaders, urban planners, and the
general public) of new light rail transit (LRT) systems, two of America's most celebrated modern-era
LRT systems – Portland's MAX and Dallas's DART – have recently opened ambitious new extensions.
These new lines are described in the following articles...
Portland: New Green Line Light Rail Extension Opens
On Saturday, 12 September 2009, Portland, Oregon's TriMet transit agency began revenue service
for the 15-mile (24-km) Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) LRT Green Line, linking Portland State
University with the city's Union Station via Portland's rebuilt Downtown Transit Mall, and then running
east to Gateway Transit Center, then 6.5 miles (10.4 km) south to Clackamas Town Center along the median of I-205...
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Dallas: First Segment of Green Line Light Rail Extension Opens
The first major new LRT line to open in Dallas in more than a decade began revenue service on 14 September 2009.
The initial section of the new Green Line runs on existing LRT tracks about 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from
Victory Station on the west side of the CBD, turning south and east through downtown along existing
track, and 2.7 miles (4.3 kms) southeast from downtown, with four new stations – Deep Ellum,
Baylor University Medical Center, Fair Park, and Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Boulevard.
The completed Green Line will consist of 27.7 miles (44.6 km), extending northwest from Victory
Station to Carrollton and south from the MLK Station to Pleasant Grove.
The new segments are scheduled to begin revenue service in December 2010...
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Original research and narrative for these articles were provided by LRN Research Associate Susan Pantell; additional information and analysis were provided by others on the Light Rail Now Project team.
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