July 20, 2009
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DART Dedicates Rosa Parks Plaza
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) opened its new Rosa Parks Plaza bus transfer station on July 13. Four of DART’s busiest northbound routes now stop at the new facility, which incorporates four passenger shelters; two bus bays; and a walkway to connect employment sites within one-half mile south and east of the site with the West Transfer Center and the West End DART Station.
Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) joined agency representatives at dedication ceremonies held prior to the opening of the station. DART funded the $1.7 million Rosa Parks Plaza, on the former site of a parking lot, with $600,000 in federal funds and contributions from the City of Dallas Park & Recreation Department, Downtown Dallas, and Dallas Main LP (landlord of Bank of America Plaza).
The plaza, which will welcome more than 1,400 daily bus riders, offers a park-like setting featuring a 13-foot-high wall of water cascading over the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. carved in stone, a drinking fountain, and green spaces flanked by two bus bays and spacious passenger shelters. The focal point is a life-size bronze statue of Rosa Parks sitting on a bus bench.
San Francisco sculptor Erik Blome said he intended the statue of Parks to “invoke a feeling of determination and a presence that has a solidity to it and a beauty that transcends time.”