Haskell Ave. & North Central Expressway - Mapsco 35Y
(2711 N. Haskell Ave., Dallas 75204)
A tri-level subway station with escalators to boarding platforms 10 stories below North Central Expressway, Cityplace/Uptown Station triggered commercial and residential development and an expansion of the M-Line Trolley to the area.
Entrances to the station are available from the Cityplace Tower office building on the east frontage road and directly across the expressway on the west frontage road. Entrances to the station on the east frontage road are located to the left and right of the entrance to the office building. Access to Cityplace Tower office building is for tenants only.
Service:DART Rail Red, Blue and Orange Lines, Bus Routes 23, 237, M-Line Trolley
Bus Bay Assignments:East Entrance:
Bay 1 — 23 J.B. Jackson, Jr. Transit Center/MLK, Jr. Station
Bay 2 — 23 Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station, 237 Addison Transit Center, Paratransit, Rail Disruption Shuttle Stop
Bay 3 — 237 Downtown Dallas, M-Line Trolley, Paratransit, Rail Disruption Shuttle Stop
- Three pairs of Escalators
- Two Inclined Elevators
- Customer Information
- Ticket Vending Machines
- Public Art
- No Public Parking Available
Popular Attractions and Destinations:
- Cityplace Market (East Entrance)
- Cityplace Tower (East Entrance)
- Freedman's Cemetery (West Entrance)
- Target (East Entrance)
- The Rustic (West Entrance)
- Accessible via M-Line Trolley (Cityplace/Uptown Station West Entrance):
• West Village residential and retail development
• Magnolia Theater in the West Village
• Post Properties in Uptown
• View more information about Living on the DART Rail Line
Beginning with the large tile etching of the original Southland Ice House on the lobby floor of the east entrance, visitors are reminded of the evolution of a small ice business into a global corporation of more than 2,000 7-Eleven convenience stores.
Visitors descend 10 stories below ground level via a 213-step staircase, three pairs of escalators, or by riding an incline-elevator, a glassed-in elevator that moves on the same incline as the escalators.
On the way down, visitors move past tile work rendered in soothing pastels representing the geologic strata uncovered during construction. The station cavern and the twin rail tunnels on either side of the Cityplace/Uptown Station boarding platform were drilled through the 80,000,000-year-old Austin Chalk formed during the late Cretaceous period when the North Texas prairie was covered by a shallow inland sea. Fossils typically found in this limestone formation include snail-like ammonites and mollusks, as well as the bony fish pachyrhizodus. Such fossils are represented in tiles seen on the walls beside all escalators.
On the mezzanine level, ceramic tiles arranged in a circular pattern in the flooring display the artwork of third-graders at nearby James B. Fannin Elementary School, located on Ross Avenue and Fitzhugh. The theme of evolution is carried out in the drawings, as the young artists working during the station's design phase, represented what they wish to be when they grow up.
Descending to the platform is also like traveling further into the past, as visitors see five fiery orange and deep brown porcelain-enameled pictographs depicting the Native Americans who once inhabited the region. Representations of Native American pottery, artifacts and other findings are embedded in the platform floor.
Finally, the porcelain tile art along the track walls pays respect to the evolution of both the rail transportation and the cultures that have enriched the area. Deep brown and ivory-toned tiles on one wall represent the electrical railway that once traveled from Dallas to Waxahachie, Waco and other cities.
The wall on the opposite side of the platform features deep green and ivory-toned panels highlighting age-old fossils, ancient cultures and the more recent communities who have lived at this historical urban crossroads. This collage includes representations of cowry shells, amulets and even the heel of an old shoe – all artifacts found in the abandoned Freedmen's Cemetery when it was moved during the widening of North Central Expressway near Lemmon Avenue.
Lead artist Bob Barsamian worked with neighbors, local historians, archeologists and school children in creating the evolution-themed design of Cityplace/Uptown Station. Of the overall station design he says, "We wanted to bring color and light to this underground interior, and I think it's all come together very nicely."