When we moved here in 1998, the DART Light Rail was already in place. The Red Line was the first train line. It was just called “the train”. We take it going to downtown Dallas. As our wont, and quite frankly, most Dallasites do it this way – from our homes, we ride to the Park & Ride (parking is free) and then take the train from there.
DART was created in 1983, when 58% of the voters in 14 cities and Dallas County cast more than 101,000 ballots in favor of regional transportation.
It began with the bus system first; it would be 7 years later (1990) when DART broke ground for the DART Light Rail, and 6 more years (1996) when the first train ran.
Sixteen years had passed since then; ridership is high. There are now four lines – Red, Blue, Green and Orange. Today, DART has 72 miles of track, making it the largest light rail system in the United States. It has a daily ridership of 75,000 average trips per weekday.