DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Whether you’re in the mood for a Polynesian party or pop stylings from Stockholm, you can hop on DART this weekend to get there. There are theater opening and lots of other DARTable stuff going on, too.

Friday, July 19

Mockingbird Music Festival is a cool way to kick off your weekend. The performances take place from 4-7 p.m. just off the mezzanine of Mockingbird Station on the Red, Blue and Orange lines. Stop by to catch the sounds of singer-songwriter Ryan Berg, who in recent years has risen through the ranks in the local music scene. You can grab a bite while you’re there, too – there’s even free cotton candy.

There’s also a trio of DARTable theater openings tonight.

Boeing, Boeing is set in the 1960s. A swinging bachelor living the jet-set life in Paris has three lovely stewardesses in his life – none of whom know of the others. But a sleek new Boeing jet brings all three to Paris at the same time. Ladies and gentlemen, we will be experiencing some turbulence at the Irving Arts Center. The venue is accessible by Bus Route 401, which departs from North Lake College Station on the Orange Line. The play runs through Aug. 3.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is the classic story of Adam, the eldest of seven backwoods brothers. Having taken a wife himself, Adam sets out to help his brothers find wives for themselves. Garland Summer Musicals puts on this time-tested piece of Americana through July 28 at the Granville Arts Center right next to the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station. DART Rail station.

Mamma Mia! opened Wednesday, but this is the first weekend of its run. The story concerns a young woman in search of her birth father. The play has it all – or at least it has a sunny Greek island, a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and a trip down the aisle. And, of course, the timeless, infectious songs of the Swedish pop phenoms known as ABBA. Catch the hit musical at The Firehouse Theatre, right across the street from the Green Line’s Farmers Branch Station. It runs through Aug. 11.

Saturday, July 20

Addison After Dark is an evening of live music, food trucks and other fun stuff that happens every third Saturday. The free event has a different theme each go-around. This month it’s “Luau on the Lawn,” and there will be a hula show, a steel drum band and more. Wear your loudest Hawaiian shirt to Addison Circle Park, a short walk from Addison Transit Center, served by numerous bus routes. The fun starts at 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 21

Basically Beethoven Festival is an amazing concert series that’s put on for free by the Fine Arts Chamber Players. The events happen Sunday afternoons through July. Today’s concert features a Rising Star Recital at 2:30 p.m. with Ishan Loomba, a 2019 Junior Cliburn competitor. The Feature Performance at 3 p.m. is a string quartet with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra connections. It happens at the Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District; to get there, catch any DART rail line to Pearl/Arts District Station and take about an 8- or 9-minute walk.

Summer Survivor Speaker Series features the testimonies of holocaust survivors, refugees and children. The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance hosts the series. Today, Bert Romberg speaks at 12:30 p.m. Romberg is a German who was on a Kindertransport that rescued Jewish children and brought them to the United Kingdom. There he learned a new language and way of life before being reunited with his family and moving to the United States. The venue is a short walk from West End Station on all fur DART Rail lines.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Cotton Belt Community Meetings

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Join DART for a series of community meetings in July and August to review the progress of the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project. At each meeting, the design-build contractor will be on hand to outline the latest developments and answer your questions.

The Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project will provide rail service along the 26-mile Cotton Belt Corridor from DFW International Airport to Plano.

Presentations during these meetings include:

  • Updated project drawings showing track configurations and station layout.
  • Status of track grade separations (bridges).
  • Station art and design progress.
  • Design-builder’s early design and construction schedule.
  • General summary of project information.
  • Identification of contacts for frequently asked questions and community concerns.

Community Meetings Schedule:

Monday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.
Courtyard Theater
1509 H Ave.
Plano TX 75074

Wednesday, July 31, 6:30 p.m.
Crosby Recreation Center – Elm Fork Room
1610 E. Crosby Rd. Carrollton TX 75006

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m.
The Sound at Cypress Waters – Town Hall (second floor)
3111 Olympus Blvd., Dallas TX 75019

Thursday, Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Shelton School & Evaluation Center
15720 Hillcrest Rd. Dallas, TX 75248

Learn more about the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project at DART.org/plus.

 

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View DART’s 2019 Student Art Contest Exhibition at the Courtyard Theater in Plano Through Aug. 5

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Gain inspiration for your next DARTable journey when you view the 32 pieces of art from DART’s 2019 Student Art Contest at the Courtyard Theater in Plano through Aug. 5.

With the theme, “My next stop is _______,” each piece interprets a forthcoming DARTable adventure.

Discover what your future could hold in former Dallas ISD ninth grader, Sarah Thigpen’s, Best of Show winning piece. Or, set your sights on out-of-this-world scenes, like in former Highland Park ISD sixth grader, Yincheng Qian‘s piece.

You could even take a visual dive into ocean life adventures when you see former Addison private school ninth grader, Christine Yan’s work. Or, plan where you can travel with friends when you view former Plano ISD ninth grader, Saher Kamal’s piece.

For the second year in a row, you can find the works of art on display at the theater’s Gallery @ Courtyard, an exhibition space for North Texas artists.

Ride the Red or Orange Line to Downtown Plano Station and the Courtyard Theater sits a short walk away, across Haggard Park.

Can’t make it out to the theatre in person? Visit DART.org/StudentArtContest to view the artwork online and to learn more about DART’s Student Art Contest.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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Grant Agreement Means More Room for You to Hop on Board

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Earlier this summer, the Federal Transit Administration announced a $60.76 million grant agreement with DART for the construction of DART’s Red and Blue Line platform extension project.

That means more room for you to hop on board and get to work, school, dinner or that concert you’ve been waiting to attend.

The project will allow for more riders and longer trains by lengthening platforms at 28 stations along Red and Blue light rail lines that currently hold two-car trains. When the project is done, all stations on these lines will be able to hold three-car trains.

Learn more about the grant and how DART is making more room for you at transit.dot.gov.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

The stars are out this weekend: concerts under the stars, sports stars in the flesh and a reimagined version of “The Starry Night” made of LEGO bricks. These are some of the DARTable experiences happening in North Texas, and they’re only a start. Read on to find out more.

Friday, July 12

SportsCon is a one-of-a-kind interactive sports convention that puts you face-to-face with your favorite pro athletes – more than 150 of them in all, from every major sport. This DARTable expo (think ComicCon for sports fans) starts today and runs all weekend long in the Automobile Building at Fair Park – a short walk from the Green Line’s Fair Park Station.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series is a free event in Downtown Garland, and tonight is the last concert of the season. Latin music couldn’t be more fitting for a warm summer’s evening, and Havana NRG is bringin’ it with a full-on horn section and Cuban roots. The band has been together 16 years, so you know they’re tight. They take the stage at 7 p.m. There will be vendors and food, and the evening will be capped off with a fireworks display. Take the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station and follow the sounds of rumba, mambo and chachachá to get to the fun.

Saturday, July 13

Klyde Warren Park’s Summer Movie Series is a laid-back way to take in a free movie under the stars, with the spectacular Dallas skyline as a backdrop. Tonight’s film is a family favorite: The Little Mermaid, Disney’s crowd-pleasing take on the classic fairy tale. The screening begins about 8:30 p.m. Of course, it wouldn’t be Klyde Warren Park without food trucks, and there should be enough options to suit everyone in your party. You can get there by walking 8 or 9 minutes from St. Paul Station. Or the M-Line Trolley will drop you off right at the park.

The Urban Flea is Garland’s market of stylish vintage finds and re-purposed goods. Dozens of vendors showcase unique antiques and handmade items in the city’s charming downtown, a neighborhood full of mom-and-pop shops and restaurants. Live music completes the experience a short walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station.

Sunday, July 14

The Art of the Brick is the latest of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s always-cool exhibitions. The traveling show features works of art constructed entirely of LEGOs. It’s the largest display of its kind, with both original pieces and LEGO versions of famous masterpieces, such as “Starry Night.” It being the Perot Museum, there are also lots of hands-on experiences to engage with. Get there by walking about five (short) blocks north from West End Station.  After you cross under the bridge, the museum is a few hundred feet to your right. The exhibition runs through Aug. 18.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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DART to Some Serious Sports Action

Would you like to throw around a pigskin with real NFL players? Shoot hoops with NBA stars? How about get batting lessons from major-league legends? From July 12-14, you’ll get your chance. SportsCon is a one-of-a-kind interactive sports convention that puts you face-to-face with your favorite pro athletes – more than 150 of them in all, from every major sport. All weekend long, there will be live games, sports challenges, exhibits, parties and more. It’s kind of like a ComicCon for sports fanatics, and it happens in the Automobile Building at Fair Park – a short stroll from Fair Park Station on the Green Line. Purchase your tickets, register and find out more at the event’s website. Get ready for three action-packed days!

 

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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July Capital Planning Projects Periodical

The Deal on D2

Did you catch our DART Daily on how safety is informing the design of the D2 Subway? Safety is our top priority at DART, and we’re excited to share some of the innovative safety features that the future D2 platforms will have, including:

  • special access to emergency services, so incidents are managed quickly and efficiently;
  • consideration of the use of platform edge doors, which improve station and passenger safety and reduce the risk of accidents; and
  • intuitive signage and lighting, to ensure people know where they are going and how to get there safely.

Cotton Belt Chatter

Work to construct the 26-mile rail line between Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and Shiloh Road in Plano continues apace. In June, the DART Board of Directors approved a resolution to name the future service running along the Cotton Belt corridor the Silver Line. Everything else about the project will continue as planned, with operations commencing in 2022. Once complete, the Silver Line will provide passenger rail connections and system linkages to major employment, population and activity centers in the northern part of the DART Service Area, offering 30-minute peak and 60-minute off-peak service to commuters.

New Mobility Mentions

Have you heard? The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) just announced a $60.76 million grant agreement with DART for the construction of the Red and Blue Line Platform Extensions. This project will lengthen platforms at 28 stations along the existing Red and Blue light rail lines that can currently only accommodate two-car trains. Once the project is complete, all stations on these lines will be able to accommodate three-car trains – meaning greater capacity and greater comfort for riders. Funding for this grant agreement is provided through the FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program, which provides funding for major transit projects nationwide.

The DART Download

From the Silver Line to a Gold Award: DART is proud to share that the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has awarded DART its 2019 Gold Award for Security for light rail and streetcar systems at the annual APTA Rail Conference in Toronto, Ontario. The award recognizes DART’s ongoing commitment to improving safety and security as a model of excellence for the rest of the public transit industry. DART won the award for creating the largest on-going security endeavor in the agency’s history by addressing customer perceptions of crime and security.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

The fireworks may be over, but there’s still fun in store this weekend – a block party, outdoorsy concerts and more are on the itinerary. Check out the following DARTable events on this sunny July weekend.

Friday, July 5

R&B Summer Block Party features Jill Scott, Faith Evans, and Tweet. It happens at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, about a 9-minute walk from Irving Convention Center Station on the Orange Line. There will be pre and post-show parties with Lady Diamond & the Ruff Rubies on the Texas Lottery® Plaza.

Saturday, July 6

Klyde Warren Park’s Summer Movie Series continues this evening with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the third installment of the popular film franchise. Set 21 years after the original, it follows four teenagers who are transported into the video-game world of Jumanji. There will be food trucks on site; showtime is 8:30 p.m. The park is about an 8-minute walk from St. Paul Station.

Dallas Zoo Safari Nights is going strong, with some of North Texas’ best musical acts performing on the shady Cat Green. Tonight, the Coppertones take the stage, playing their blend of soulful hits from the classic days of Motown and Memphis.

Courtyard Texas Music Series is also bringing great live music. Tonight, country artist William Michael Morgan comes all the way from Mississippi to perform at the Courtyard Theater. That’s right across Haggard Park from the Red Line’s Downtown Plano Station.

Sunday, July 7

Summer Survivor Speaker Series features the testimonies of holocaust survivors, refugees and children. Today’s speaker at 12:30 p.m. is Rosian Zerner, who lived through World War II as a young girl separated from her parents, living on a farm in Lithuania. The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is just a couple of blocks from West End Station.

The Fine Arts Chambers Players’ Basically Beethoven Festival  features an amazing concert series that happens every Sunday all July at the Moody Performance Hall. Each concert features a Rising Star Recital at 2:30 p.m. highlighting gifted local musicians. The feature performances start at 3 p.m. The venue is about an 8-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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DART to Basically Beethoven

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A little chamber music makes for a peaceful Sunday afternoon. And the Fine Arts Chambers Players’ Basically Beethoven Festival fits the bill. The amazing concert series happens every Sunday all July at the Moody Performance Hall. Each concert features a Rising Star Recital at 2:30 p.m. highlighting gifted local musicians. The feature performances start at 3 p.m. You’ll be treated to a diverse range of music.

The exciting lineup this year includes lots of Dallas-based musicians; the grand prize winner of the SMU Institute for Young Pianists concerto competition; members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra; a “piano four hands” performance (that’s two pianists sharing one instrument); a 2019 Junior Cliburn competitor; and much more. All performances are free!

The venue is about an 8-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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DART to the Fourth

North Texas cities go all-out when it comes to celebrating Independence Day. Avoid traffic and parking by riding DART to these Fourth of July events.

June 29

Klyde Warren Park Independence Day Celebration will feature cold treats from more than a dozen vendors, contests, live music, games and lots of family fun. To cap off the evening, the U.S. Army’s 36th Infantry Division Band will perform to the backdrop of a spectacular pyrotechnic display. The event takes place from 5-9 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park. The park is about an 8-minute walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines; you can also get there on the M-Line Trolley.

July 3

Addison Kaboom Town is one of the big yearly events in these parts, with live music and a spectacular air show. That’s not to mention an award-winning fireworks show at Addison Circle Park, a short walk from Addison Transit Center. The event takes place from 4 p.m.-midnight.

Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration features a spectacular low-level fireworks show accompanied by a high-energy dance band, a kids’ zone, vendors, festival food and more. The event happens from 6:30-10 p.m. at Farmers Branch Historical Park, right next to Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line.

July 4

Five on the 4th is a family-friendly running event that will help you start your Independence Day off on the right foot. There are four races: a 5-mile, a 5K, a 2-mile walk and a kid’s race. It all begins at Klyde Warren Park at 8 a.m. The park is about an 8-minute walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines; you can also get there on the M-Line Trolley.

Fair Park Fourth on the Midway celebrates Independence Day with live music, rides, games, fireworks and your favorite fair foods. In addition, the State Fair of Texas Midway will be open all day. Take the Green Line to Fair Park or MLK, Jr. stations to enjoy this taste of the State Fair in July.

Irving Independence Day Fireworks Show presents dazzling pyrotechnics on the shores of scenic Lake Carolyn. Join thousands of people in Las Colinas for the festivities, which include music and other fun stuff in addition to fireworks. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. The celebration happens from 6-10 p.m. at Lake Carolyn a short walk from the Orange Line’s Las Colinas Urban Center Station.

Rowlett Fireworks on Main is a fun-filled night for the whole family that will feature live music, children’s activities, teen activities such as Outdoor Laser Tag, a wide variety of food vendors and – of course – fireworks. The event takes place from 6-10 p.m. at Pecan Grove Park, just under a mile from Downtown Rowlett Station on the Blue Line 5300 Main St.

Note: Bus, light rail and Dallas Streetcar services will follow a Sunday schedule on Thursday, July 4, 2019.Trinity Railway Express trains will not operate.

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