Transit-Oriented Development

Dallas’ existing 62 light rail and commuter rail stations are attracting dense, mixed-use developments, such as Mockingbird Station, CityPlace / West Village, South Side on Lamar and the Shops at Park Lane.


Transit-oriented development is consistent with city development goals:

  • Adds sustainable density to accommodate expected growth
  • Improves mobility
  • Improves energy efficiency
  • Provides new retail, entertainment and employment for Dallas neighborhoods

TOD Neighborhoods

West Village

McKinney-Ave-Trolley-OED-Patskin-MEDIUM-RESCityplace / Uptown Station brings shoppers, diners and residents to the doorstep of the West Village at Uptown’s northern end. Complete with the historic McKinney Avenue M-Line Trolley that runs through the surrounding neighborhoods, this area bustles with life day and night.

Mockingbird Station

Mockingbird Station is a mix of office, loft residential, restaurants and shopping just 5 miles from downtown and across N. Central Expressway from Southern Methodist University and the George W. Bush Presidential Center. It is Dallas’ original TOD project, at the northern split between the Red & Blue lines, and home to the Angelika Film Center.

The Shops at Park Lane

2-The-Shops-at-Park-Lane-OED-Patskin-LOW-RESFirst phase complete, this development is adding a mix of retail, residential and office space across Central Expressway from NorthPark Center – a part of town known for its upscale shopping and dining. The development completes the neighborhood’s connection to rail transit at Park Lane Station.  Anchors include Whole Foods Market, Nordstrom Rack, Bloomingdale’s Outlet, Sak’s Off 5th, Old Navy and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

DART’s 2030 Rail Master Plan

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) finished a third light rail line running from the northwest Dallas through downtown to the southeast in 2010. The Green Line added 15 new stations in the city limits. The federal government provided half of the $1.4 billion of total project costs.  In August 2014, the Orange Line created a direct connection between downtown Dallas and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Affordable Housing & TOD Strategy

In 2008, the Office of Economic Development partnered with The Real Estate Council Foundation and renowned development firm McCormack Baron Salazar to develop strategies for affordable housing projects around DART light rail stations in Dallas. The resulting document, A New Paradigm:  Strategies for Revitalizing Dallas’ Distressed Neighborhoods, was released in January 2011. The report includes case studies of best practices around the United States as well as example project concepts for the Lancaster CorridorSouth Dallas / Fair Park, and Five Points neighborhoods.

Full Report (21.5 MB)
Council Presentation (2.6 MB)