Rider Insider: Find things to do this weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth

• Ride the DART Rail Red Line or Blue Line to Convention Center Station all weekend for the Texas LEGO KidsFest. The event brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests. From individual building to family challenges, there is lots to see and do at LEGO KidsFest. There is something for every member of the family. All activities are included in the price of admission. Each of the sessions offers the same interactive activities and play areas. No session is better than another to attend. Texas LEGO KidsFest will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Dallas Convention Center, Hall F, located at 650 South Griffin St. Information: www.legokidsfest.com/dallas.

• Ride the DART Rail Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station Monday for Garland Labor Day Exchange Event in Downtown Garland is presented by the Noon Exchange Club of Garland. The fun kicks off with a parade at 9 a.m. Other activities begin at 11 a.m., including a classic car show, chili cook-off, great food, live entertainment, kids’ area with face painting, pony rides and petting zoo, vendors, bounce houses and more. The event will be held on and around the downtown square at State and Sixth streets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: garlandlabordayevent.com.

Find more events like the 12th Annual Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair and Arts Festival on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

Reminder: DART will be operating a special schedule Monday in observation of Labor Day. Click here for more information.

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Everything to know about riding DART to local college football games


Let DART be your transportation provider to all of the area’s great college football matchups! DART (and partners) offer service to all Southern Methodist University and University of North Texas home games this year in addition to the two games played at the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park.

Ride DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line or Orange Line to Mockingbird Station, then board a free shuttle to the stadium or walk approximately a half-mile to Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
Home Game Schedule:
Sept. 20 – Texas A&M
Sept. 27 – TCU
Oct. 18 – Cincinnati
Oct. 25 – Memphis
Nov. 15 – USF
Nov. 28 – Houston

Ride the DART Rail Green Line to Trinity Mills Station, then transfer to the DCTA A-trainto Downtown Denton Transit Center and board the free Mean Green Game Day Shuttle from the DDTC.
Home Game Schedule:
Sept. 6 – SMU
Sept. 11 – Louisiana Tech
Sept. 20 – Nicholls State
Oct. 18 – Southern Miss
Nov. 8 – Florida Atlantic
Nov. 22 – Florida International

Cotton Bowl at Fair Park
Ride the DART Rail Green Line to MLK Jr. Station or Fair Park Station.
Game Schedule:
Sept. 27 – Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic (Grambling State vs Prairie View A&M)
Oct. 11 – AT&T Red River Showdown (University of Oklahoma vs University of Texas)

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DART to DFW: Win a trip almost anywhere in the world!

Now that DART connects you directly to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, we’ve teamed up with Fox 4 and American Airlines to give you a chance to take a trip almost anywhere in the world.

Two grand prize winners will receive round-trip travel vouchers for two and a $500 gift card. Twenty-five secondary prize winners will receive headphones from Life n Soul and a DART monthly pass.

Enter the DART to your Dream Trip sweepstakes here! The contest ends on September 7, 2014. Good luck!

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Watch for surveyors on DART buses, trains and the TRE

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Don’t be alarmed if you’re handed a card with a barcode on your morning bus trip or asked some question when entering a DART or TRE train. It’s a part of a regional transit survey being conducted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

Passengers of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), jointly operated by DART and The T, will be asked to participate in two types of surveys over the next several months. DART and TRE passengers participated in these studies earlier this year, but more input is needed to meet the goal of capturing responses from 10 percent of riders.

Please note that participation in the surveys is completely voluntary and they are being done to paint a picture on how the transit system is used so we can better plan for future services.

Find more details about the survey from the NCTCOG over yonder.

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Destination DART: The Plaza Theatre in Garland

PlazaTheatreGarlandThe Plaza Theatre is one of three theatres associated with the Granville Arts Center of Garland. The original building, located at 521 W. State Street in Downtown Garland, dates back to 1918 and served as the Cole & Davis Drygood Store. The Plaza Theatre officially opened on April 4, 1941. The opening show starred Robert Young, Randolph Scott, Dean Jagger, and Virginia Gilmore in “Western Union.” The Plaza was the third theatre on the downtown square, all of which were owned and operated by H.R. (Bis) and Jennie Bisby.

The Plaza opened as a cornerstone location on the downtown square and was the most modern complex available in the suburb area. In 1950, the current façade was designed by Dallas architect Jack Grogan. Following the advent of television, the success of local area theatres suffered.

In the mid to late 1970s, the facility was utilized as a performance center for local country-western groups. After Mrs. Bisby’s death, John Skelton, trustee of the estate, donated the Plaza Theatre to the City of Garland in December 1991.

The Plaza presents a movie program that takes place throughout the year. Click here for more info.

Ticket info and event info can be found here.

Visitors can take DART’s Blue Line to Downtown Garland Rail Station and the theatre is located a couple blocks southwest of the station. For driving directions please click here.

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Quiz: How millennial are your transit habits?

Do you travel like a millennial or are your local travel habits a generation behind today’s travel trends? The American Public Transportation Association has created a new online quiz based on recent research on how the millennial generation gets around town. The “How Millennial are Your Local Travel Habits” online quiz compares the quiz participant’s local travel habits to this tech-savvy 18-34 year old generation.

Take the quiz over here to find out. Hint: If you’re taking DART more than to and from work, you’re off to a great start!

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Rider Insider: Find things to do this weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth

• Ride the DART Rail Green Line to MLK, Jr. Station Friday evening for an evening of music, poetry and comedy when Smooth Jazz and Soul in the Park gets under way from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 2901 Pennsylvania Ave. at Meyers St. This free outdoor performance features the melodic sounds of saxophonists Herbie Johnson and his quartet and David Carr Jr. Among the other entertainment is a performance by comedian KC Mack and spoken word recitations by several local poets and writers. Radio personality KJ of KRNB 105.7 is the stage emcee. Other event attractions are a children’s area featuring fitness games, face painting and prizes and an information expo presented by Capital One Bank, Wellcare, Frazier Court Revitalization and the National Bone Marrow Group Registry. Food trucks providing concessions will be Samson’s and Gourmet Hot Dogs and Texas Snow Cones. Smooth Jazz and Soul is presented by the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department. Information: www.dallasparks.org.

• Ride the DART Rail Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station for the Garland Civic Theatre’s production of The Wiz! Winner of seven Tony Awards, this beloved Broadway musical sets Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of jazz, gospel, and soul! The Wiz is the musical version of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by Charlie Smalls and William F. Brown. Performances are at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. Information:www.garlandcivictheatre.org.

Find more events like Gala of The Royal Horses or The Phantom of the Opera on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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Video: The most exciting new bus unveiling you’ll see all day

German soccer club FC Bayern Munich unveiled a new team bus in the most dramatic of ways. Magician-like presenter? Check. Fireworks? Check. Digital projections? Check. See for yourself in the video below.

[Via Sports Illustrated]

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Sponsored Post: Bank of America Merrill Lynch is a proud sponsor of the DART orange line direct to DFW Airport

Bank_of_America_Merrill_Lynch_RGB_300Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving large corporations, small- and middle-market businesses and individual consumers in more than 150 countries with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. The company provides, through various banking and broker-dealer affiliates, M&A advice, equity and debt capital raising solutions, lending, risk management, treasury, liquidity, and payments management. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. For additional information regarding Bank of America Merrill Lynch, please see http://www.bankofamerica.com/disclaimer.

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Ask DART: Can I enter security in Terminal A near the DART station if I’m not flying AA?

On Twitter, Justin W. asks if he takes DART to the new DFW Airport Station at Terminal A, can he enter security and take Skylink to another terminal if he’s not flying American Airlines?

The quick answer is YES, as long as you are not checking bags.

The entry point closest to DFW Airport Station is served by American Airlines, but on the lower level near the elevators, travelers can use one of the multi-airline check-in computers to print another carrier’s boarding pass to gain access through the security checkpoint. This will allow travelers to use Skylink to transfer to another terminal instead of the Terminal Link shuttles.

If you are checking bags, or need to speak with a customer service representative from your airline, you’ll need to board a green Terminal Link shuttle bus to get to your designated terminal.

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