DART Green Line boosting business in Deep Ellum

BUSINESS BOON | Joe Chung, operations director for It’s A Grind coffeehouse, checks out the new DART Green Line ztop in front of the Deep Ellum coffeehouse. (DAVID TAFFET/Dallas Voice)

The Green Line opened on Sept. 14 with just nine stops. Of those, four downtown are also part of the Red and Blue lines, and one at Victory Park has already been open part time for events.

But those four new stops add quite a bit to the DART rail system. Two are in Deep Ellum and make a number of shops and restaurants accessible, especially to downtown hotel guests and office workers.

The second Deep Ellum station links Baylor Hospital into the rail network. The last two stops connect Fair Park.

Without the parking nightmare that can ruin anyone’s fair experience, this year’s State Fair of Texas may be the best-attended in history (weather permitting).

Cannon Flowers from It’s A Grind coffee shop reports sales at his business were up 60 percent the first week the line was open. The front door of the coffeehouse opens onto the Baylor station platform.

Counter workers at Jimmy John’s, a sandwich shop a few doors away, also report an increase in business. They’ve gained a few new regulars, they said, but nothing like It’s A Grind.

The Deep Ellum station on Good Latimer is within a block of both Midtowne Spa and Club Dallas. A desk attendant at Club Dallas said he expected some business from downtown hotels to arrive on the Green Line "once it stops raining."

In December 2010, the rest of the Green Line is scheduled to open. The extension will push four stops southeast toward Buckner Boulevard and 11 stops north to Carrollton.

The north leg will include stations on Harry Hines behind the World Trade Center, near Parkland Hospital, at Inwood and Maple and outside Love Field.

— David Taffet

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 24, 2009.

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