Garland - Transit-Oriented Connectivity
The City of Garland opened its first mixed-use transit-oriented development in 2009 just south of the Downtown Garland Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail station called 5th Street Crossing. The multi-story development has approximately 189 apartments, 18,400 sq. ft. of retail space, and a parking garage on one city block. Under the 2005-2006 Sustainable Development Call for Projects, NCTCOG funded $1.85 million with the City of Garland providing additional funding for pedestrian infrastructure in the area. NCTCOG-funded infrastructure improvements include pedestrian amenities, signalization, and street construction at Walnut Street, Sixth Street, and the DART rail tracks connecting downtown Garland and the 5th Street Crossing to the DART light rail station, and a workforce development center to the north of the tracks.
The Downtown Garland area started to gain new life with the opening of a DART light rail station serving the Blue Line in 2002. In 2003, the Patty Granville Arts Center completed an expansion that added atrium and banquet facilities across the street from the station. To build on these developments, the City partnered with Dallas County Community College District to build a workforce training center affiliated with Richland Community College just north of the DART rail station.