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Thanks Instagram user @jasontphoto for sharing this photo of a DART train in motion on a night in Dallas.

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Hop on Board. Your Summer Staycation Awaits.

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This summer, get your family time on track with a DARTable staycation. Find fun on board and off as you discover North Texas. Getting there is half the adventure! So, stay local, hop on board and let’s go on a summer staycation!

 

DART to Arts & Culture

If a cultural experience is what you’re after, ride any DART Rail Line into downtown Dallas and enjoy all the Dallas Arts District has to offer, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Holocaust Museum, the JFK Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and more.

There also are museums beyond downtown that offer a unique experience.

Paintings at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art in Uptown Dallas can add a little culture to your summer break. From St. Paul Station, catch Bus Route 39 from the San Jacinto @ Harwood stop to the Bowen @ Carlisle stop, and the museum lies a short walk away.

Aviation buffs can get up close with aircraft at Frontiers of Flight Museum on the corner of Dallas Love Field Airport. The 100,000-square foot facility is home to over 30 aircraft and space vehicles. Take the Green or Orange Line to Inwood/Love Field Station, then Bus Route 529 to Lemmon @ University.

If doing rather than viewing is more your style, you can enjoy a painting class with a glass of wine at Sip-n-Doodle in Plano. Hop on Bus Route 452 from Parker Road Station and ride to the Parker at Premier stop. Sip-n-Doodle lies a minute walk away.

Other options for an art-day-out include a trip to Las Colinas Mustang Museum. Located in the East Tower of Williams Square Plaza, it’s a short walk from Las Colinas Urban Center Station,  or the  Nasher Sculpture Center, just a 7-minute walk from St. Paul Station.

DART to Family Fun

Give the kiddos a wild summer in town at the Dallas Zoo, right off the Red Line, where you can get up close with a lion or make friends with a giraffe.

The whole family can get its game on at NickelRama Arcade in Garland that, yes, takes real nickels with its vintage and modern arcade games. Take Bus Route 400 from Downtown Garland Station to the Belt Line at Brand stop and the arcade is a short walk away.

For a little more adventure, take the gang to Summit Climbing in Carrollton, which offers beginner classes for the future rock climbing expert. Take Bus Route 536 from the Addison Transit Center to the Midway at Keller Springs stop and the location is a 7-minute walk away.

Learn something new this summer and check out a rare local film at the Angelika Film Center & Cafe in Dallas, a 2-minute walk from Mockingbird Station.

You also can visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, next to the Museum Express Bus Route 743 Bush at Brinkley stop.

DART to the Outdoors

Soak up the sun this summer and ride DART to outdoor adventures. Enjoy a picnic at Klyde Warren Park, a 6-minute walk from St. Paul Station.

Take in the sights and sounds of summer at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, steps away from the Bus Route 60 Garland at Whittier stop.

There are other DARTable spots perfect for joggers, picnic-lovers and Ultimate Frisbee fanatics like Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in Plano, a 14-minute walk from the Bus Route 350 Jupiter at CCCC South Entrance stop.

We also recommend a trip to the Trinity River Audubon Center to explore their 5 miles of trails through three eco-systems: wetland, forest and prairie. Take Bus Route 466 from Buckner Station to the Great Trinity at Long Acre stop and the center sits a 12-minute walk away.

Top Golf provides all the fun of golf with some added flair. Earn brownie points among your friends with point-scoring golf games, all with the comfort of a food and drink menu and covered sitting areas. To venture to the location at Park Lane in Dallas, hop on Bus Route 502 to the Larmanda at Park stop and the venue is a 3-minute walk away.

DART to Relaxation

Life can be stressful as work, school and chores pile up. Unwind and ride DART to treat yourself this summer.

Renew your body at Spa Castle in Carrollton with body scrubs, massages, spa pools and hand and foot reflexology. Hop on Route 534 from the Addison Transit Center to the Dickerson at MacArthur stop and the spa lies a 16-minute walk away.

Try a day of shopping at NorthPark Center and make sure to visit the Lush store to find a variety of products like fizzing bath bombs and foot soaks, suitable for a day of pampering. From Park Lane Station, take the NorthPark Center Shuttle Route 702.

At the end of the day, enjoy dinner at Eno’s Pizza Tavern and grab dessert at Dude Sweet. Hop on the Dallas Streetcar and you can find both locations at the Bishop Arts District.

Top off the perfect day with a night cap at the Midnight Rambler, a cocktail lounge in Downtown Dallas. After all, calories don’t count on vacation, right? Ride any DART Rail line to Akard Station and the lounge is a 3-minute walk away.

DART to Denton, Fort Worth

A summer staycation doesn’t have to mean your own backyard. It’s okay to hop a city or two and branch out a little.

Known for its eclectic shops and interesting eateries, the city of Denton offers a variety of locations for an eventful summer.

Spots worthy of a visit include the infamous Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream (we recommend the Bees Knees on a sugar cone). The retro diner-style interior will give you a blast from the past just in time to stop into Mad World for some oldies vinyl. After your quick stroll around Denton’s Downtown Square, you can stop in for music at a live show at Dan’s Silverleaf.

To visit Denton, ride DART’s Green Line to Trinity Mills Station and transfer to the Denton County Transportation Authority.

If Fort Worth looks more like your style, DART can help you reach the city’s many attractions.

Whether you’re exploring the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Downtown Fort Worth’s architecture at Sundance Square or masterpieces at the Amon Carter Museum of Art, there are plenty of locations to enjoy on your summer staycation.

The city also plays hosts to other world-class museums that are a good addition to any staycation.

To visit to Fort Worth, ride DART’s Red or Blue Line to Union Station or Green or Orange Line to Victory Station and transfer to the Trinity Railway Express.

Plan your DARTable experience using the enhanced travel tools available in DART’s upgraded GoPass app. Learn more about the new features on the app at GoPass.org. Discover more DARTable destinations, visit DART.org/specialevents. Questions? Call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

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Discover North Texas on DART

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Whether your summer vacation takes you out of town or brings family and friends to you, DART is your ride to adventure.

DART to/from Airports

If you are flying in or out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, DART’s DFW Airport Station is located outside of Gate A-10 and is served by the Orange Line. Both the Green and Orange Line, combined with Love Link Bus Route 542, get you to Dallas Love Field.

Taking luggage on DART is easy – the center car of every DART Rail vehicle has a low-floor section that offers level boarding with the rail platform. DART’s buses also have low-floor sections equipped with ramps that deploy for level boarding from the curb.

DART to Arts & Culture

If a cultural experience is what you’re after, ride any DART Rail Line into downtown Dallas and enjoy all the Dallas Arts District has to offer, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Holocaust Museum, the JFK Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and more.

There also are museums beyond downtown that offer a unique experience, including the Las Colinas Mustang Museum in Irving; the African American Museum in Dallas, and the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison.

DART to Historical Downtowns

What’s old is new again in the quaint downtown areas of Carrollton, Garland and Plano. All three towns can point to a history in rail – beginning in the 1870s for Carrollton and Plano, and the 1880s for Garland – and each has experienced a downtown resurgence thanks in part to DART.

Downtown Carrollton features locally owned restaurants and shops. Towering above them is the North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center, where you can rock climb inside a former grain silo. In downtown Garland, early 20th-century storefronts mingle with newer additions to create an atmosphere that’s both nostalgic and modern. Downtown Plano is a vibrant community featuring art galleries, restaurants, unique shops and the performing arts.

For more exploration, transfer from DART Rail to the Trinity Railway Express to discover Fort Worth or DCTA’s A-train to visit Denton’s funky downtown square.

Plan your DARTable experience using the enhanced travel tools available in DART’s upgraded GoPass app. Learn more about the new features on the app at GoPass.org. Discover more DARTable destinations, visit DART.org/specialevents. Questions? Call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

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In Pictures: Bike to Work Day

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Happy Bike to Work Day! Thanks for participating in our Bike to Work Day event this morning.

Congratulations to Luke Wallace for winning DART’s Bike to Work Selfie Challenge and a $150 gift card from Richardson Bike Mart .

In case you missed it, here are a few more scenes from DART’s Bike to Work event this morning:

 

Special thanks to our partners for helping us put on such a great event:

NCTCOG, Bike DFW, Richardson Bike Mart, Hubert’s Lemonades, KIND Bar, Neighborhood Credit Union, Lofts at Mockingbird Station, Velofix, Taco Deli, REI, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Bike Friendly Downtown Dallas, City of Plano, City of Farmers Branch, Performance Bicycle, Essentia Water, Bike Friendly Richardson
Top Pot and High Brew Coffee.

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Faces of DART: Judy’s Story

Faces of DART highlights the stories of everyday North Texans who benefit from a strong transit system.

Today we’re introducing Judy Jolley, a commuter who uses DART daily to get to her job in downtown Dallas.  Judy uses her commute time to help prepare for the day and enjoys the added benefit of making new friends on her bus.

Check out the video below to hear what transit means to Judy – and how it’s helping riders in our region enjoy a commuter’s stress-free way of life while saving money.

Stay tuned for our next Faces of DART story highlighting the benefits of a strong transit network for North Texas.

Do you have a story about how transit benefits you, your family, or your community? Visit the Faces of DART page and you could be one of the many Faces of DART.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

It’s a great weekend for foodies and art lovers, and an even better one if you’re both. There’s also a multicultural Sunday in store. DART gets you to all of it.

Friday, May 18

Starting Friday and running all weekend, Taste Addison pairs food from dozens of restaurants with great music. Tonight, North Texas’ very own Casey Donahew headlines; Saturday, it’s the Eli Young Band; and on Sunday, numerous tribute bands will be on hand to add to the family fun. It all adds up to a three-day menu of fun at Addison Circle Park, a very short walk from Addison Transit Center.

Another solid three days of fun awaits at Galatyn Park Urban Center, served by Galatyn Park Station. Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival kicks off Friday night, and by the time it’s over, more than 80 acts will have performed – including Kool & the Gang, Goo Goo Dolls, Spoon, Jimmy Eat World, Gin Blossoms, Trout Fishing in America and Reckless Kelly. There’s also a children’s area, plenty of food and – of course – the one-of-a-kind, artsy vendors the festival is known for.

It’ the third Friday of the month, which always means a pair of late-night events in the Dallas Arts District. ’til Midnight at the Nasher is free – and tonight, Julie Byrne and Vagabon will be bringing the tunes, while the classic Harold and Maude provides the viewing. There’s a cash bar, grab-and-go snacks and street tacos, and all-natural popsicles from Steel City Pops.

Just around the corner, Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art is throwing a garden party, ringing in the spring with tours of floral still lifes, outdoor activities and other artsy, seasonal delights.

Get to either venue by taking a short walk from Pearl/Arts District Station or hopping the D-Link (Route 722). If you’re coming from Uptown, the M-Line Trolley is the way to go.

For a quirkier art experience, fueled by a sugar rush, check out Sweet Tooth Hotel, which starts today and runs through the end of June. This one-off is part art installation, part retail pop-up. There are five sweets-themed interactive rooms; fantastical desserts and surprises behind every door; and, of course, some amazing sweets for sale. The 1200-square-foot project brings together some of Dallas’ most innovative artists, including Jeremy Biggers, Shamsy Roomiani, Jojo Chuang and more. If you’re an art lover with a sweet tooth, you’re in for a treat at 2316 Victory Park Lane, near the intersection of High Market Street. It’s a short walk from Victory Station.

Saturday, May 19

Feel the need to redeem yourself after that sugar binge? No worries, The Marketplace Garland has you covered. With fresh produce, wholesome baked goods, and unique culinary items from local artisans, you’ll be back on that health kick in no time. Of course, there are also jams, jellies, sweetbreads and the like. Go ahead and indulge. If you’re interested, the Good Samaritans of Garland will be accepting donations of canned and boxed food items. There: redeemed again. This event takes place in the heart of Garland’s historic downtown square, a short walk from Downtown Garland Station.

The great food just keeps on coming this weekend. Taste of Irving is a culinary and music celebration at Cimarron Park Recreation Center. In addition to culinary stage demonstrations, sample a variety of music genres on multiple small stages – jazz, blues and Latin. To get there, take Bus Route 401 from North Lake College Station, and get off at Valley Ranch Parkway East and Cimarron Trail.

Sunday, May 20

“Multicultural” is the word of the day. The DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival is a free, vibrant event celebrating the diversity of Asia, and of North Texas. Cultural performances, an international costume parade, interactive activities and carnival-like games round out an awesome afternoon on the shores of Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas. Take a short walk from Las Colinas Urban Center Station, or hop the Las Colinas APT System to get right to the colorful action.

Univision’s Festival de Mayo also is free, with nationally recognized artists performing in a celebratory atmosphere. This year’s go-around features Los Ángeles Azules, Conjunto Primavera, Los Rieleros Del Norte, Banda Rancho Viejo, Virlán García and more. The festival happens in Fair Park, accessible by Fair Park or MLK, Jr. stations.

 

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Supercharge Your Travel with the Newest Version of DART’s GoPass® App

The wait is over.

Download or update the newest version of DART’s GoPass® app today and experience what it means to connect to the places you want to go.

The new version enhances your travel with a variety of features, including cash to mobile capabilities, real-time trip planning, security options, and events and offers.

At hundreds of retail locations, load cash onto the GoPass® Wallet in your app account, which you can use to purchase tickets on DART, Trinity Railway Express, Trinity Metro and the Denton County Transportation Authority.

Use the app to know the location of your bus or train in real-time. Other new GoPass® options allow you to use “Touch ID” for quicker security acceptance, send receipts to an email address, view various events and offers and save your favorite stations, stops and passes — making viewing vehicle arrivals and departures quicker.

You can download or update the new version of GoPass® for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

For more information about the latest version, visit GoPass.org.

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Expect Rail and Streetcar Service Disruptions Memorial Day Weekend

If you ride Red or Blue Line trains or the Dallas Streetcar, expect delays this Memorial Day weekend.

City of Dallas repairs to the Houston Street Viaduct Bridge, directly above the DART Rail tracks between Union Station and Convention Center Station will take place from 5 a.m., Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28.

Disruption will not impact roadway traffic. Normal rail operations are expected to resume with start of service Tuesday, May 29.

DART customers should expect the following changes from 5 a.m., Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28:

    • Northbound Red and Blue Line passengers will exit their trains at Convention Center and take shuttle buses to Union Station to board Blue Line trains; transfers to northbound Red Line trains will be available at West End Station.
    • Southbound Blue Line passengers will exit their train at Union Station and take shuttle buses to Convention Center to re-board Blue Line trains to UNT Dallas Station.
    • Southbound Red Line passengers will exit their train at West End Station, board Blue Line trains to Union Station, then take shuttle buses to Convention Center to board the Red Line to Westmoreland Station.
    • Bus shuttles are to replace the Dallas Streetcar at all stops on all three days.

Other holiday weekend Changes Include:

    • DART buses and trains will follow a Sunday schedule Monday, May 28. GoLink and the TRE will not operate that day.
    • DART’s Paratransit services will run a Saturday schedule and the Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed. Customers should call Friday, May 25, to book their trips through Tuesday, May 29. Next day weekend voice mail booking and X-Press Booking will also be available.
    • On-Call and Flex Service will not run on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Service will resume May 29.
  • DART’s Customer Information Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 214-979-1111 for trip-planning needs and the administrative offices and the Customer Care Center, which handles complaints, commendations, suggestions and Lost and Found, will be closed.

Route and schedule information for DART and the Dallas Streetcar is available at dart.org. TRE schedule information can be found at trinityrailwayexpress.org.

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Bittersweet: GoPass Man Retires, DART Welcomes New Version

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DART held a retirement party today for its original GoPass man. The agency first introduced its mobile ticketing app more than four years ago. While the app has served riders well, DART will roll out a more robust version of its GoPass mobile ticketing application next week.

The enhanced app offers more features, including cash to mobile. At hundreds of retail locations, customers will be able to load value onto the GoPass Wallet in their app account using cash, which can be used to purchase tickets on DART, Trinity Railway Express, Trinity Metro and the Denton County Transportation Authority.

The enhanced app offers real-time trip planning, so you will know exactly where your bus or train is on a route in real-time, allowing you to better plan your trip. Other new GoPass options allow customers to use “Touch ID” for quicker security acceptance, send receipts to an email address, view various events and offers, and save their favorite stations, stops and passes – making viewing vehicle arrivals and departures quicker.

GoPass is free to download or update from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

To learn more, visit GoPass.org.

 

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In Pictures: DART’s 2018 Older American’s Month Information and Health Fair

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Thank you for attending DART’s 2018 Older Americans Month Information and Health Fair at Fair Park Thursday. Here are a few scenes from the event:

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