Celebrate National Drive Electric Week Sept. 14-22

Want to make the switch to a cleaner and efficient commute with an electric vehicle but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered.

When you ride DART Rail, you are traveling on one of our 163 electric-powered light rail vehicles. DART operates seven battery-electric Proterra buses on Route 749, which serves the Stemmons Corridor and Design District. And DART operates and maintains four battery-electric Dallas Streetcar vehicles for the city of Dallas, connecting Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station to the Bishop Arts District with several stop in between.

But you thought we meant electric cars? We have you covered there, too. Next week, DART is participating in National Drive Electric Week in conjunction with the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition.

National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 14-22, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles and more.

Throughout the week, we’ll be sharing more information about DART’s electric trains and buses and how riding public transportation helps reduce fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

The week caps off with a Drive Electric Week event on from Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at DART’s own North Irving Transit Center at Irving Convention Center Station. Touted as the largest gathering of electric vehicles in Texas, this is an opportunity to get an up-close view of electric vehicles and talk to owners who have made the switch from gasoline-powered cars. DART will be there, too, with free tours of our Proterra battery-electric bus. Visit www.DriveElectricDFW.org for more information.

#NDEW2019

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Silver Line Q&A: Next Stop… Collaboration

The Silver Line project is moving forward, and DART is working to keep you updated every step of the way.

Today, we want to take a closer look at how DART is collaborating with the community to keep you informed and get feedback and insights from you that will be instrumental in shaping the project.

Where can I get more information?

The Silver Line is now in the pre-construction phase. There are multiple ways for you to find more information about what that means for you and your community:

We also recently launched our Silver Line Q&A to answer questions we frequently receive about the project, its timeline, how we are mitigating community impacts,  and other considerations.  We’ll be answering questions on a rolling basis, so tune into the DART Daily regularly to see the latest from the Silver Line Q&A.

Can I attend a community meeting?

The short answer is, yes.  You’re more than welcome to attend.  We will be hosting these meetings regularly throughout North Texas, giving you a chance to learn more about different aspects of the project and ask questions directly of our DART experts. Check out our webpage for details on upcoming meetings.

I have a question; who can I ask?

We understand you might have a question you can’t find on the website or that is specific to your local area. Good news! There are so many ways to stay in touch:

  • Sign-up for project alerts at DART.org/CottonBelt
  • Email us at [email protected]
  • Connect with us on facebook.com/DARTDallas
  • Tweet us your question using #SilverLineQandA
  • Call the DART hotline at 972‐833‐2856
  • Reach out to one of our Community Engagement Representatives:
    • Chris Walters: 214‐749‐3280 (North Dallas, Richardson and Plano)
    • Carlos Huerta: 214‐749‐2721 (DFW International Airport, Cypress Waters and Coppell)
    • Rosa Rosteet: 214‐749‐2522 (Addison and Carrollton)

Keeping the community involved in the process is of paramount importance to DART. We want to ensure the North Texans who will benefit from the newest addition to public transit in our area have as much input as possible to ensure a system that works for everyone.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

This weekend, you have a double opportunity to walk for a good cause as well as a chance to experience comedy, vintage shopping or an evening of Indian theater. Pull up your GoPass app or whip out your GoPass Tap card and head to these DARTable events.

Friday, Sept. 13

Plano Comedy Festival started Thursday night runs through Sunday. The laugh fest features 85 up-and-coming local stand-up comedians plus national headliners, improv troupes and other funny business. It’s a jam-packed schedule, and that’s not even counting the after-parties. Tomorrow, that is, Saturday, Sept. 14, you can even catch some free, family-friendly entertainment at McCall Plaza in Downtown Plano. The rest of the festival takes place at Hub Streat, a lively bar and grill located on 14th St. It’s all just around the corner from Downtown Plano Station.

The Royal Dilemma opens tonight at Irving Arts Center. The musical is set in India and was created by Indians, but it’s performed in English. It’s an exotic fantasia with distant lands, bygone times, paupers, kings, priests and thieves. It’s full of Indian music, dance and drama, and you can get there by catching Bus Route 401 from the Orange Line’s North Lake College Station. The play runs through Sept. 28.

Saturday, Sept. 14

The 2019 Dallas Heart Walk happens today, with check-in starting at 6:30 a.m. near the base of Reunion Tower. The American Heart Association’s annual event is popular; DART has added additional Red Line service from Plano to get you there quickly and comfortably. Get off at EBJ Union Station. There’s an underground walkway to Reunion Tower. Of course, you can also get there on the Blue Line or the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). If you’re on the Green or Orange line, just transfer downtown. Opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m.

The Urban Flea is Garland’s market of vintage finds, antiques and artfully repurposed goods. You’ll find dozens of vendors in the city’s historic downtown square, a short stroll from Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line. There’s also live music. And while you’re there, check out the neighborhood’s mom-and-pop shops and restaurants.

Sunday, Sept. 15

The Anti-Defamation League Walk Against Hate is a two-mile walk that brings the diverse communities of Dallas together to fight discrimination. The ADL has hosted walks in several cities, but this is the first in Dallas. Walkers raise funds for the organization, which for champions civil rights and confronts inequality. The event happens in Victory Plaza and the surrounding streets. That’s right on the other side of American Airlines Center from Victory Station on the Green and Orange line. The walk commences at 9:30 a.m., with check-in at 8 a.m.; from 8-11 a.m., there’s a Walk Against Hate Main Stage Entertainment and Diversity Expo, with local non-profits sharing the good work they do. Visit the ADL website to find out more.

Greater Tuna is a much-beloved take on small-town Texas life. Two actors create the entire population of Tuna – Texas’ third-smallest town. Two actors and 20 characters (we told you it was small) add up to lots of laughs in this crowd-pleaser. It’s presented by Pocket Sandwich Theatre, right across the street from Mockingbird Station on the Red, Blue and Orange lines. The show is at 7 p.m., not a matinee. The production runs through Sept. 21.

#YourRideThisWeekend

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Tips for Traveling on DART During the State Fair of Texas

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It’s almost time for the State Fair of Texas® to return to Fair Park in Dallas. This year, the Fair will run Sept. 27-Oct. 20.

Since Fair Park is DARTable, our regular DART riders should expect to see more people than usual on trains, rail platforms and some bus routes. Customers should anticipate large crowds on college football game days (Sept. 28, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19), Columbus Day (Oct. 14), student Fair days, and on days where there is a big Main Stage musical act.

To have a more enjoyable commute, here are a few things DART wants its customer to know:

Check DART.org for special schedules
DART’s normal hours of rail service are roughly 5 a.m. to midnight. However, during the Fair, DART will offer more frequent and extended service, including special game-day service for the Texas/OU game on Oct. 12. Visit DART.org/StateFair to view special DART Rail schedules.

Use your GoPass app®
The GoPass app is a great travel tool year-round, but particularly during the Fair. You can buy DART transit passes, purchase discounted State Fair entrance tickets, and plan trips – all from your smartphone. Check for updates to ensure you have the latest version of GoPass.

Head to a farther door when boarding
It’s natural to get on at the closest train entrance – that’s why some sections are often more crowded. Stretch out a little! Look for the doors without a line. And inside the train, take a seat if you can or move to the center of the vehicle if you are standing.

Sign up for DART Alerts
Staying “in the know” while traveling to your destination isn’t always easy. Fortunately, DART makes it easier with My DART Updates, a free service that allows subscribers to receive rider alerts and service notifications by SMS/text message or email. Sign up at DART.org/email and be sure to select “DART State Fair Service Information” along with other topics like “All DART Rider Alerts.”

Please help the Special Event riders
Customers who ride DART infrequently, or are trying transit for the first time, may need a little assistance from the regular riders. Offer to show people how to use the ticket vending machines. Tell others about the GoPass app. Press the button if the train doors don’t open automatically. Share the best stops to switch trains to get to the Green Line. A little kindness will make for a smoother trip for everyone.

Find more at DART.org/StateFair or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

#DART2StateFair

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The World Food Championships Are DARTable

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Watch up-and-coming culinary stars compete for thousands of dollars in prize money at the eighth annual World Food Championships. Victory never tasted so good! It’s all happening Oct.16 – 20 on the Reunion Tower Lawn in downtown Dallas. Deliciousness is only a DART ride away.

First held in 2012, the World Food Championships has launched the careers of 30 television food stars and given away more than $1.8 million in prize money. It also has transformed food into a sport by building a creative culinary festival that gives the best of the best an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of judges.

The World Food Championships is the largest competition in the sport, where past grand champions come together for a chance to win the ultimate food crown and share hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money. As a foodie fan, this is a chance to see today’s home chefs turn into tomorrow’s food stars. The 2018 edition of this competition featured more than 30,000 fans watching nearly 500 teams and more than 1,500 contestants from 42 states and 12 countries compete.

Order your tickets at worldfoodchampionships.com to witness the most creative food champions or enter for a chance to show off your own culinary skills. Fancy yourself a foodie? The World Food Championships could also be your chance to be a judge or volunteer.

No matter how you attend — as a fan, volunteer, judge or chef — DART is the best way to get there. Take your taste buds on an adventure at this fun and DARTable festival.

Getting to the World Food Championships on DART is simple. Just ride the Red or Blue Line or Trinity Railway Express to EBJ Union Station. Then, take a short walk to the Reunion Tower Lawn. Free parking is available at many DART facilities. For a complete list, visit the parking locations map on DART.org.

See you on board for the World Food Championships!

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Take A Step in the Right Direction

Break out your walkin’ shoes! Dallas’ first Walk Against Hate takes place this Sunday, Sept. 15, in and around Victory Plaza. And DART is the best way to get there.

The two-mile walk, hosed by Anti-Defamation League (ADL), is a fundraiser for that organization. For more than 100 years, the ADL has championed civil rights, fought anti-Semitism and confronted inequality. Anybody who wants to participate is invited, but you must register. To find out more, visit https://support.adl.org/event/adl-walk-against-hate/e229234

In addition to the walk, there’s an Entertainment and Diversity Expo in Victory Plaza. Local non-profits will be on hand to share the good works they do. The expo takes place from 8-11 a.m.; the walk starts at 9:30 a.m., with check-in at 8 a.m.

Walk Against Hate is a great way to stretch your legs on a Sunday morning, meet like-minded folks from our richly diverse region, and take a stand against injustice. The plaza is just on the other side of American Airlines Center from Victory Station on the Green and Orange lines.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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Football, music, theater and a chocolate festival — they’re all happening this weekend and they’re all DARTable.

Friday, Sept. 6

Cats is one of the most beloved musicals of all time, having been performed eleventy-zillion times (our estimate). The Firehouse Theatre’s production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic runs through Sept. 22. Set in a larger-than-life junkyard playground, the play is based on the work of T.S. Eliot and includes the hit “Memory.” See this spectacular by catching the Green Line to Farmers Branch Station. The theater is right across the street.

The Sleeping Beauty is an enchanting ballet performed by Texas Ballet Theater and the Dallas Opera Orchestra. The lavish production has elaborate costumes and sets; it’s choreographed by famous dancer Ben Stevenson. Performances are from tonight through Sunday at the Winspear Opera House, about a 7-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station on all four DART Rail lines.

Saturday, Sept. 7

SMU Mustangs and UNT Mean Green square off on the gridiron. Both are three and two in their last five games, and both are coming off wins in the regular season opener. The game takes place at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the SMU campus. To get there, take the Red, Blue or Orange lines to the newly renamed SMU/Mockingbird Station. From there, follow the crowds – the stadium is on the other side of the freeway.

Free First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center is going on today, with fun kids’ programming from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is free until 5 p.m. The Nasher Sculpture Center is about a 5-minute walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines.

Celestial Celebration is a multimedia experience featuring the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and students from the University of Texas at Dallas. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the RSO performs a star-studded program: Josef Strauss’ “Music of the Spheres,” Claude Debussy’s “Claire de Lune” and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” The performance is accompanied by nine video pieces created by the students. It’s at the Eisemann Center, right across the plaza from the Red Line’s Galatyn Park Station.

The Dallas Chocolate Festival is two days dedicated to everyone’s favorite confection. Today and Sunday, check out more than 60 chocolatiers (sounds fancy). The family-friendly expo features samples, demonstrations, food trucks and such. You can even take chocolate-making classes, and call yourself a fancy chocolatier. We won’t accuse you of putting on airs. The event takes place at the Fashion Industry Gallery, on Ross Avenue between Akard and St. Paul streets. That’s about a 2-minute walk from St. Paul Station.

Sunday, Sept. 8

Latinidades concludes today. The unique festival is all solo shows; Latino performers from throughout the United States share their stories and experiences. The event takes place at the Latino Cultural Center, just down the street from Deep Ellum Station on the Green Line.

 

#Your Ride This Weekend

#DART2Nasher

#DART2SMU

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Dallas Love Field Showcases 2019 DART Student Art Contest Winning Pieces Through Sept. 30

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Glass cases display the 2019 DART Student Art Contest winning pieces near baggage claim at Dallas Love Field through Sept. 30. Photo credit: Dallas Love Field.

Gain inspiration for your next stop when you view the winning pieces of art from the 2019 DART Student Art Contest at Dallas Love Field through Sept. 30.

Glass display cases between security and baggage claim at the airport showcase 100 original pieces of artwork from K-12 North Texas students. Participants artistically captured the 2019 theme, “My next stop is ___,” and the artwork reflects the artists’ perspective on DART.

Sarah Thigpen, as a 9th grader from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, won the Best of Show award in the competition. In addition to a $1,000 cash prize, Thigpen received the honor of seeing her artwork on the exterior of a DART bus.

The display is part of Dallas Love Field’s Art Travelers Exhibition, which promotes diversity in the visual arts as well as displays of culture to the traveling public.

Learn more about DART’s Student Art Contest at DART.org.

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DART Renames Mockingbird Station SMU/Mockingbird Station

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DART has renamed Mockingbird Station SMU/Mockingbird Station after the DART Board approved a naming rights agreement with Southern Methodist University. The name change makes it easier for visitors to find the campus and cements the rail station’s role as a gateway to the university.

The DART Board authorized the 10-year agreement last November and the name change took place this summer. Mockingbird Station opened in 1997, quickly becoming an important transportation resource for the Southern Methodist University’s students, faculty, staff and visitors. A shuttle service, the Mustang Express, connects the DART station to the university campus a short distance away.

“We have so many activities on our campus we want to share with our neighbors, including SMU’s first home football game against the University of North Texas on Saturday, Sept. 7,” SMU President, R. Gerald Turner, said. “Taking DART to SMU/Mockingbird Station is an easy way to get to a wide variety of SMU events – from Division I sporting events, to lectures and artistic performances, as well as to the George W. Bush Presidential Center.”

Entering its second century, Southern Methodist University is a nationally ranked global research and teaching institution.  The university’s alumni, faculty and nearly 12,000 students in seven degree-granting schools deliver economic impact and intellectual capital to the Dallas area. Approximately 2,800 riders travel through SMU/Mockingbird Station on an average weekday, and DART’s Mustang Express provides service to the campus for approximately 500 riders each weekday.

SMU/Mockingbird Station is located in Dallas on Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway (US 75). It is served by the North Central segment of DART’s Red, Orange and Blue Rail lines and several bus routes including the SMU Express (Route 768).

Join DART and Southern Methodist University for a pep rally Saturday, Sept. 7, from 2-2:30 p.m. at SMU/Mockingbird Station. Bring your school spirit in preparation for the football game later that night between Southern Methodist University’s Mustangs and the University of North Texas’ Mean Green at SMU Ford Stadium at 6 p.m.

#DART2SMU

 

Media Contacts:

Gordon Shattles, DART
214-749-3010

Mark A. Ball, DART
214-749-3295

Kim Cobb, SMU
214-768-7654

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DART to Walk Against Hate

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DART to Walk Against Hate Sept. 15 at Victory Plaza and the surrounding streets and join the Anti-Defamation League in a two-mile walk designed to bring the diverse communities of Dallas together to fight discrimination and injustice.

The event takes place Sept. 15 in Victory Plaza and the surrounding streets. The plaza is just on the other side of American Airlines Center, a short walk from Victory Station on the Green and Orange lines.

When you walk, you’ll be raising funds for the Anti-Defamation League, which supports school programs, training sessions with law enforcement and other outreach efforts that educate the public about bigotry and what can be done to counter it. For more than 100 years, the Anti-Defamation League has championed civil rights, fought anti-Semitism and confronted inequality.

The organization hosted walks in several cities, but this is the first in Dallas. Typically, walkers form teams, ranging from a group of friends to law firms, companies, faith communities and the like. Families and individual “teams of one” also are common.

In addition to the walk, there’s a Walk Against Hate Main Stage Entertainment and Diversity Expo in Victory Plaza. Local non-profits will be on hand to share the work they do in and around Dallas. The expo takes place from 8-11 a.m.; the walk commences at 9:30 a.m., with check-in at 8 a.m.

To find out more, get fundraising tips and register for the event, visit https://support.adl.org/event/adl-walk-against-hate/e229234.

Walk for unity. Walk for inclusion. Walk against hate!

#DART2WalkAgainstHate

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