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MLK Jr. (DART station)

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Owned by  DART
Tracks  2
Opened  14 September 2009
Platforms in use  2
Line(s)  Green Line
Parking  200 spaces
Owner  Dallas Area Rapid Transit
MLK Jr. (DART station)
Location  1412 South Trunk Avenue Dallas, TX 75210
Connections  DART Routes 12, 26, 50, 409 and 595
Address  Dallas, TX 75210, United States
Similar  Fair Park, Lake June, Baylor University Medical, Buckner, North Carrollton / Frankford

MLK Jr. is a station on the Green Line of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail system in Dallas, Texas. Situated in the neighborhood of South Dallas, MLK Jr. acts as a transfer point to numerous buses at the nearby J.B. Jackson Jr. Transit Center. Since opening in 2009, ridership has grown substantially to 1,153 riders each weekday.

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Location

MLK Jr. station is located within the South Dallas area, specifically at the intersection of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and South Trunk Avenue. The area's largest attraction is Fair Park, from which MLK Jr. station is two blocks to the south. Additionally, a number of small businesses and public facilities are in the vicinity of the station.

Transit-oriented development

As with other DART stations, particularly within the inner sections of Dallas, the City of Dallas has encouraged transit-oriented development in station-proximate parcels to boost economic development. MLK Jr. is one of the City's five prime targets for encouraging mixed-use development near DART; the station area plan released in February 2013 aims to focus growth in an "urban mixed-use area" encompassing vacant lots directly south of the station as well as designating Grand Avenue, Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Robert B Cullum Boulevard as corridors to upgrade to complete streets or secondary streetscape areas.

History

Upon its opening on September 14, 2009, MLK Jr. station served as the southern terminus for the Green Line until its second phase to Buckner, where it currently ends, opened on December 6, 2010.

Station layout

MLK Jr. station utilizes a side platform setup with two tracks. Pedestrian access is provided by entrances to sidewalks on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, South Trunk Avenue and South Boulevard.

Artwork

The station is rich with art and architecture expressing the history of the South Dallas neighborhood and the African heritage claimed by most of its residents.

References

MLK Jr. (DART station) Wikipedia


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