The Dallas Pedestrian Network is a collection of tunnel and skywalk segments connecting professional offices, hotels, residences and attractions in the heart of downtown Dallas (across 36 city blocks). Referred to locally as the “tunnels,” the system was built organically over several decades, and is privately operated with a small portion owned by the City of Dallas.
In 2011 designer Noah Jeppson researched and designed an updated map showing all existing pedestrian routes. This map highlights access routes to street-level destinations and public transit. After an initial printing of 10,000, these maps were distributed to area businesses and information centers, available for free thanks to the donation of various sponsors.
Use the map below or click here to download the full PDF version.
How do I access the pedestrian network?
Most portions of the pedestrian network are accessed through private buildings at street level; in many areas stairways or elevators lead from the main building lobby. There is rarely signage indicating an entrance from the street, so the map indicates where these locations can be found. A few portions are accessible directly from the sidewalk, such as at Bullington Street. Public parking garages also connect to many segments.
What time is the pedestrian network open?
Since most portions of the pedestrian network are privately owned, access hours are dependent on the buildings above. Generally, access points are open during office business hours during the week (Monday through Friday, 8am-6pm). Other portions connecting garages may remain open longer.
Are there any dark or abandoned sections in the “tunnels”?
Over the years sections of the pedestrian network have been closed or vacated due to building ownership (indicated in gray on the map). This has split the network into separate sections. Materials and amenities vary, but most portions currently open are clean, climate-controlled environments. Some sections without much traffic show deferred maintenance.
What will I see if I venture into the pedestrian network?
The pedestrian network was created primarily for office employees, connecting various office buildings and parking garages. Portions of the network are simple corridors below or above the street. Clustered below larger office buildings are lunchtime restaurants and office support retail. Along the way, you may find interesting artwork or a few hidden surprises.
I have heard about other tunnels in downtown Dallas. Why are these not shown on the map?
Historically, there are several other bits of underground infrastructure in downtown Dallas ranging from private walkways and trucking facilities to underground rail lines no longer in use. The map highlights the infrastructure purposely built for the pedestrian network that is accessible to the public.
Can I download this map for personal use or print some to distribute?
Non-commercial uses and printing of the Dallas Pedestrian Network Map are allowed. If you have questions about this use or would like to customize/sponsor a map printing contact Noah Jeppson.
Where can I pick up a copy of the printed map?
10,000 maps were printed and distributed to various properties in downtown Dallas. You can find these free maps at concierge desks at major locations along the network (such as Thanksgiving Tower or Thanks-Giving Square). Remaining quantities are now limited and may not be available at all locations.
Can you tell me more about the history of the Dallas Pedestrian Network?
Check out this article about the pedestrian network that Noah Jeppson wrote in 2011.
Aren’t the “tunnels” terrible for street life in downtown Dallas?
The Dallas Pedestrian Network (along with similar infrastructure in other cities) is often the topic of local conversation, and has been “blamed” for the demise of downtown Dallas retail (now seeing a comeback). In 2012 a task force determined that use of the pedestrian network will likely change as the surrounding neighborhood evolves. The map was created in 2011 to make navigation of the unique system easier for visitors, and was not meant to promote or denounce the merits of 1960s urban planning.
Click here to see photos of the Dallas Pedestrian Network