the offical newsletter of DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT - Fall 2010
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Now Arriving: CHANGE
A letter from the DART Chairman of the Board.

The Great Green Line
Phase II of the Green Line delivers easier, less stressful commutes and heralds renewed economic growth from Carrollton and Farmers Branch to Pleasant Grove.

Everybody's Going Green
Community leaders laud the arrival of DART Rail and tout the connectivity and revitalization it brings.

The Green Gallery
DART's Station Art and Design Program makes each rail stop a public masterpiece.

Exploring the Green Scene
The Green Line goes where you go - to hospitals, arts institutions, music and sporting venues, shopping, dining and recreation.

Head for the Highlands
The new Lake Highlands Station connects to a live-shop-play development now under construction.

Orange & Blue Lines Expand
Construction of the Blue Line to Rowlett and the Orange Line to Irving proceeds on schedule for completion in 2012.

Short Trips
DART Dude lives car-free; Thomas elected industry group vice chair; Rail facility among the best; DART makes U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club; Plano seniors program gets a lifeline; Denton County's A-train takes off this summer.

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The Green Gallery

Columns, platforms, fences and screen walls are canvases for public art.

Hatcher Station art

North Carrollton/Frankford Station art As you tour the new Green Line, you'll discover the latest installations to DART's growing public art collection – inspiring works in mosaic tile, steel, bronze, brick pavers, glass and mixed-media. Best of all, admission is free.

DART's Station Art & Design Program was launched in 1988 to involve the community in the development of the light rail system that opened its first lines in 1996. Now the Green Line adds another new wing to the "DART Gallery."

Enhancing the Travel Experience
For decades, transit agencies have been incorporating public art into their facilities as a way of creating inviting environments and a feeling of neighborhood ownership. But it's the depth of community involvement and the extent to which Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station arteach station reflects the surrounding neighborhood that sets DART's program apart from many others.

A Celebration of Community
DART's program approaches each station project in two unique ways. First, neighborhood committees and design artists start working with planners, architects and engineers at the earliest stages of the station planning. Second, the neighborhood committees not only provide input about the history, character and values that shape their neighborhoods, they decide what themes they want to emerge in the station designs. Because of this, the program does not merely create art for public places; it creates the places themselves.

Farmers Branch Station art "The stations become front doors to a community, creating a first impression or a sense of place," says DART architect Steven Bourn. "That's why the neighborhood committees are so integral to the art and design process.

"We want to make sure that the station reflects the community in which it exists; that this is ‘their station.'"

Art in its Simplest Forms
Even the basic station components – canopies, columns, pavers, windscreens, fencing and landscaping – become a palette for art and design elements.

Royal Lane Station art Each committee works within a finite budget that can be used to upgrade standard finishes and materials, integrate artwork or create site specific art installations. Frequently columns are clad in tile, masonry or stucco; platform Lawnview Station artpavers are used to create mosaic-like patterns; or the landscaping may become the focus. Some committees dedicate most of their budgets to signature art commissions.

Occasionally, the station itself provides an opportunity for art. For example, on the Green Line's aerial stations, engineering and design were married in futuristic crescent-shaped power poles that are as much sculptural as they are functional.

Painting the Town Green
Lake June Station artAlthough each station's art and design has many aspects, one element usually stands out as the signature feature. From the station artist's paintings, Pleasant Grove-based Dal-Tile created six stunning 9-foot diameter medallions in mosaic tile for the platform of the Lake June Station that celebrate pioneer-era farming and agricultural symbols.

At Bachman Station, a photographic image of a 1911 picnic at Bachman Lake is displayed on one side of accordion-folded windscreens. On the opposite side, modern-day members of the community are posed in the exact composition of the historic photo.

Inwood/Love Field Station art On the concourse level of the elevated Inwood/Love Field Station, platform pavers create a maze in the abstracted shape of a brain, representing the path to knowledge.

At Hatcher Station to the southeast, a "community quilt" mural covers a screen wall with original drawings by neighborhood schoolchildren depicting the area's history.

Buckner Station art At night, a boldly-colored spiraling sculpture at the entrance of the North Carrollton/Frankford Station is illuminated like a beacon, while the columns of the Burbank Station glow as colored lights shine through perforated metal.

These are just a few of the inspiring works you can discover on a tour of the new Green Line. View the guide to the Green Line Art & Design Program online.

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