Did You Know: MLK, Jr. Station

The design elements at DART’s MLK, Jr. Station communicate a theme of passing ideas from one generation to the next. The station’s artwork features African sculptures and symbols and depicts events of Southern Dallas during the civil rights era.


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DART: Your Ride This Weekend


Happy Valentine’s Day! If you haven’t bought flowers or chocolate by the time you read this, we can’t guarantee they’ll be easy to come by. We can guarantee that DART will get you to a pair of Valentine’s-themed performances on Valentine’s Day – plus lots of other cool stuff that fits the bill whether you’re single, hitched, betrothed or somewhere in between. Get on board, get out into a weekend of spring-like weather, and get into these performances, exhibits and other events.

Thursday, Feb. 14

I Do! I Do! is a nostalgic work about the ins and outs of romance. We follow Michael and Agnes from their wedding day all the way through a midlife crisis and beyond. The story is set to a tuneful, charming score. Performances open tonight and run through Monday at the Majestic Theatre. It’s only about a three-block walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines. 

My Funny Valentine is another performance that’s tailor-made for this day. The show features the standup duo of Pat Hazell and Dena Blizzard riffing on relationships and dating. There’s even a Q&A where you can ask relationship advice (pro tip: don’t forget to buy flowers or chocolate). Performances happen tonight through Saturday night, plus a Saturday matinee. Catch it at the Eisemann Center – just steps from Galatyn Park Station on the Red Line.

Friday, Feb. 15

Bless Me, Ultima is the tale of a 6-year-old boy who meets a curandera – one who heals with herbs and magic. She comes to live with the boy’s family and helps him face the challenges of childhood. Along the way, he discovers the magic of his ancestors and himself. The story of healing and Mexican-American culture is performed in English through March 3. It’s at the Latino Cultural Center, two blocks from the Green Line’s Deep Ellum Station.  

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art rolls around again, with its trove of experiences and performances. From 6 p.m. to midnight, explore the Keir Collection of Islamic Art. There also will be world music, Arabic calligraphy, a Late Night Talk about contemporary Muslim fashion, and lots more. While you’re there, be sure to check out An Enduring Legacy: The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Collection of Impressionist and Modern Art, which closes after Sunday. The exhibition has pieces by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Henry Moore, among others.

’til Midnight at the Nasher will be going on right across Olive Street, with musical performances by Matthew Ryan, Brandon Koro and Rhett Miller. Yep, that’s right: The frontman and main songwriter of the Old 97’s will give an intimate performance right in the Dallas Arts District. There also will be a screening of the film Black Panther.

Both the Nasher and the DMA are about a three-block walk from St. Paul Station, served by all DART Rail lines.

Cultural Awareness offers you an opportunity to enjoy African American arts and culture this Black History Month. The performance is the Dallas Black Dance Theater’s salute to Odetta Homes and Nina Simone. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater artist Matthew Rushing created ODETTA; choreographer Dianne McIntyre evokes the incomparable High Priestess of Soul with Nina Simone Project. Performances are for three nights only – tonight through Sunday – at the Wyly Theater. It’s about a nine-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station on all four rail lines.   

Saturday, Feb. 16

Bells Are Ringing is a romantic musical comedy at the Granville Arts Center in Downtown Garland. The play follows an eavesdropping answering-service operator (are you old enough to remember those?) who meddles in her clients’ private lives using a variety of voices and characters. Along the way, she falls in love with a struggling playwright. Performances run Friday and Saturday nights, with a Sunday matinee. The Granville is right next to Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.

Sunday, Feb. 17

Rainbow Vomit is at the end of its run; after Monday, it will be gone. The interactive art experience immerses you in technicolor art, light and sound. A 2,600-square foot space in Exposition Park is packed with everything from superheroes to unicorns, with colors that seem to have been “vomited” from a comic book. The pop-up art adventure is at 3609 Parry Ave., catty-corner from Fair Park Station on the Green Line.



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Community Meetings Begin Feb. 19 About the August 2019 DART Bus Service Change Proposals

New Bus with bikes

Major Bus Service Additions Proposed for August 2019

DART is proposing a series of bus service improvements for implementation in August 2019.

A public hearing, preceded by a series of community meetings, has been scheduled to receive comments on the proposed changes. These changes also represent a major step in the creation of a new long-range Transit System Plan for the DART Service Area.

The community meetings will seek input on near-term DART projects and long-range opportunities. Each meeting will include an open house to view displays and discuss DART’s 2045 Transit System Plan, followed by a formal presentation of the August 2019 bus service change proposals.

Basic components of the service change proposals include:

  • Establishment of a core frequent route network
  • Continuation of the route restructuring project
  • Express bus re-routing in downtown Dallas
  • Miscellaneous schedule adjustments

View more information about the August 2019 DART bus service change proposals.

For the complete list of upcoming meetings, visit DART.org/meetings.

Public Hearing
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
DART Headquarters – Board Room
1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202

DART Community Meetings Next Week:

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
(Open House at 6 p.m.) *
Plano Municipal Center
1520 K Avenue #300 Room A, Plano, TX 75074

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
(Open House at 6 p.m.)*
Grauwyler Recreation Center
7780 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75235

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
(Open House at 6 p.m.)*
Irving City Hall (Council Chambers)
825 West Irving Boulevard, Irving, TX 75060



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Did You Know: Chief James D. Spiller


As DART’s first African American Chief of Police and Emergency Management, James D. Spiller leads DART’s Police and Emergency Management Operations.


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DART: Your Ride to the Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs hit their hometown court eight times over the next month, promising plenty of thrills. See Luka Doncic, the teenage phenom from Slovenia (the highest-scoring NBA rookie), in action right before your eyes. And did you know Nowitzki needs just over 100 points to surpass Wilt Chamberlain as the sixth-highest scorer ever? When that happens, you’ll want to be there to see it.

There’s no penalty for traveling on DART. To the contrary – we’re the official ride of the Dallas Mavericks. And, with Victory Station right across the parking lot from the American Airlines Center’s entrance, it’s easy to see why. No parking costs, no bumper-to-bumper traffic snarls. The station is served by DART Rail’s Green and Orange lines, as well as the Trinity Railway Express (TRE).

Here are some tips to ensure a smooth trip:

  • Park your car at one of DART Rail’s many rail stations with ample parking. Then get your ticket at the ticket vending machine and hop on the next train. Good to go! Visit org’s location list page to find the park-and-ride nearest you.
  • If you’re not near a Green or Orange line station, you’ll need to catch a transfer. You can do so conveniently in DART’s Downtown Transitway Mall – that’s Pearl/Arts District, Paul, Akard and West End stations. All DART Rail lines run through this segment. And since either the Green or Orange Line will get you to the American Airlines Center, you won’t have to wait long.
  • DART Rail trains depart at 20-minute intervals during off-peak times, and generally run at 15-minute intervals during weekday rush hours, until about 6:30 p.m. For specific departure times, visit the schedules page on DART.org.
  • Get GoPass®. The latest version of DART’s mobile ticketing app is ready for download. You can track buses and trains in real time, easily access transit system maps, and much more. Get it for free at the App Store or Google Play. The GoPass® Tap transit card is a reloadable, stored-balance “smart card” that allows you to simply tap your card to an electronic reader and go; it’s available at 7-11, Ace Cash Express, Tom Thumb and other retailers. Both products make taking transit a snap. You’ll never need cash again!
  • Stay in the loop with DART’s mobile travel tools:
    • DART.org – our mobile site – has a trip planner, bus and train locators, rider alerts and point-to-point schedules.
    • Our Twitter feed gives you real-time information. Check us out at @DARTmedia and @DARTalerts.
    • You can always call Customer Service at 214-979-1111 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
  • Trains have lots of space – use it. It’s natural to get on at the closest door. But if the platform is crowded, stretch out a little and find the car with the most elbow room. And remember, the center section of each vehicle has low floors that are level with the platform. Roll right on with your stroller, mobility device, bicycle or anything else with wheels.

Now that you know the score, get on board for some thrilling hoops. See you at the game!

Dallas Mavericks regular season home games

Feb. 13. Vs. Miami Heat
Feb. 22 vs. Denver Nuggets
Feb. 27 vs. Indiana Pacers
March 2 vs. Memphis Grizzlies
March 10 vs. Houston Rockets
March 12 vs. San Antonio Spurs
March 16 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
March 18 vs. New Orleans Pelicans

American Airlines Center

Green or Orange Line to Victory Station

Full Mavericks schedule/more info



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Did You Know: Rosa Parks Plaza


A transfer point for more than a dozen bus routes, DART’s Rosa Parks Plaza recognizes the civil rights pioneer who helped integrate public transportation.


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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Happy New Year! Chinese New Year, that is – and you can celebrate the Year of the Pig this weekend at a colorful event. There are also lots of performances, an early Mardi Gras party and a Valentine’s-themed outing for you and your significant other. You also can recognize Black History Month by attending a play that examines the legacy of the civil rights movement, and how it impacts one couple’s lives.

Thursday, Feb. 7

Bourbon at the Border opens tonight at the South Dallas Cultural Center and runs through Feb. 16. The play is set in Detroit in the ’90s. An activist couple whose lives were changed by the civil rights movement contemplates moving to Canada – but it turns out the residual effects of their 30-year-old battle still require their attention. Can love truly conquer all? Check out the compelling story and dynamic cast at the South Dallas Cultural Center, accessible by Bus Route 26. The bus departs from the West Transfer Center, just across from West End Station. The venue also is accessible by Bus Route 12. Get off at Fitzhugh and 2nd avenues.

Friday, Feb. 8

Jim Jefferies is always thought-provoking and a little bit edgy. Sure, he addresses some benign topics like single fatherhood. But Jefferies isn’t afraid to take on stuff like gun control, politics and religion. The popular comedian comes to the Majestic Theatre tonight. It’s only about a three-block walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Chinese New Year is the Crow Museum of Asian Art’s 20th annual celebration. Help ring in the Year of the Pig at NorthPark Center. Did you know the pig is a symbol of wealth in China? This free, family-friendly festival features dragon dances, martial arts demos, calligraphy, cultural performances and lots more. Plus plenty of pig-related stuff! Some retailers will offer specials, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Ensemble will perform. The event happens from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. To get there, take the Red or Orange lines to Park Lane Station, then catch the NorthPark Center Shuttle (Route 702).

Saturdays on the Square is an almost-new recurring event in Downtown Carrollton. This evening is Date Night – the Valentine’s installment of the series. Celebrate true love, or even partially true love, with a screening of Crazy Rich Asians. Indulge in chocolates and other treats. Bring your sweetheart and a blanket or lawn chair to the Downtown Carrollton Square, a short walk from the Green Line’s Downtown Carrollton Station.  The event begins at sunset.

The Shreveport-Bossier Mardi Gras Pop-Up Party brings the spirit of Mardi Gras to Downtown Plano. The free party will celebrate Shreveport-Bossier-style, with live music, free gumbo, king cakes, Mardi Gras beads and a cash bar. It’s a fun, free taste of Carnival season, and it happens from 7-10 p.m. at event1013 – the venue is on 15th Street, a short walk from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Paul Taylor Dance Company performs at the Eisemann Center for the ninth time, bringing the gold standard of modern dance to Richardson. The program features four original dances: Aureole, 3 Epitaphs, Piazzolla Caldera and Promethean Fire. The Eisemann is right across the plaza from the Red Line’s Galatyn Park Station. DART Rail station.

Sunday, Feb. 10

The Buddy Holly Story gets its last performance tonight at Granville Arts Center. The presentation by Garland Civic Theatre follows the legendary, influential rocker through his meteoric rise to fame. Along the way, you’ll be treated to more than 20 classic songs. The venue is right next to Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.



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African American Transit Innovators


Katherine Johnson sits at her desk with a globe, or “Celestial Training Device.” Credits: NASA

We’re continuing our celebration of Black History Month by highlighting a few innovators who helped pave the way for safer and more efficient transit.

Granville T. Woods

There’s a lot that happens behind the scenes to make a DART train run smoothly. For example, rail operators constantly communicate with controllers who help them know when to stop, slow down or proceed.

We can thank Granville T. Woods for that. In 1887, he patented the Synchronous Multiplex Railway Telegraph, which allowed engineers and dispatchers to communicate with moving trains. This invention made train travel safer by reducing collisions.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation:

Katherine Johnson

This innovator understood that with transit, the sky’s the limit. An expert mathematician, Katherine Johnson began working for NASA in 1953. As a NASA computer, she calculated the trajectory for the first American in space.

Her achievements didn’t not stop there. In 1962, Johnson performed the critical calculations for Friendship 7, the mission where astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

Source: NASA

Garrett A. Morgan

A few things are worse than stop-and-go traffic. This innovator understood that sometimes you need something between stopping and going.

In 1923, Garrett A. Morgan received a patent for his three-position traffic signal, which included a stop command for all directions. Morgan’s signal allowed for safer pedestrian travel as well as safer travel through intersections.

Source: Federal Highway Administration

Elijah McCoy

After difficulties finding a job as an engineer, Elijah McCoy took an oilman job at Michigan Central Railroad. There he would walk the length of trains, oiling their moving parts.

After realizing the task could occur more efficiently, McCoy developed a cup that would add oil to the trains automatically. His lubricating cup helped trains extend their travel time without stopping for oil.

Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

Continue to join us this Black History Month as we celebrate the history and cultural significance of African Americans and spotlight their value in our community.


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Join Us as We Celebrate Black History Month


DART understands there is strength in diversity, and that examining our past strengthens our present and progresses our future.

This month, we’re celebrating the cultural history of African Americans and their contributions to society and culture.

Because whether you live in Addison, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Garland, Glen Heights, Highland Park, Irving, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett or University Park, your heritage and experiences bring value to DART’s service and create a vibrant North Texas.

Black History Month spans Feb. 1-28. Join us during this time as we recognize the sights, sounds, history and cultural significance of African Americans and spotlight their value in our community.

Learn more about Black History Month from the Library of Congress at loc.gov.


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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Lots of cultural stuff going on this weekend – dance, theater, exhibits. All DARTable. There’s also a big boat show for the maritime-inclined, and it runs all weekend. (Note: You can’t take a boat on DART, but you’re welcome to try.) Dive into the weekend and enjoy the following events.

Friday, Feb. 1

Dorrance Dance is New York-based tap dance company – but it’s probably unlike any tap-dance routine you’ve seen. The company’s work pushes the form’s limits in terms of rhythm and technique, and expands it conceptually. Presented by TITAS, the one-night-only show is at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., about an 8-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station.

The Dallas Winter Boat Expo is a great place to dream big – or small. The event features more than 600 new boats, and they range from fishing boats to family cruisers, from ski boats to sail boats. And if you already have a boat, you can get in touch with your inner gearhead and check out all the latest accessories and doo-dads. The expo happens Friday through Sunday at Dallas Market Hall. It will be back next weekend, as well. Take the Green or Orange line to Market Center Station; from there it’s less than a half-mile walk. Bus Route 749 will get you there, too, and it departs from Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station.

Ravenscroft is a fast-paced murder mystery that gets its last performance tomorrow night.  The premise: On a snowy night, Inspector Ruffing is called to a remote house to investigate a suspicious death. He gets conflicting accounts from five alluring women. So who done it? Find out at the Dupree Theatre at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. You can get there on Bus Route 401, which departs from North Lake College Station and runs until 10:15 p.m. on weekdays.

Saturday, Feb. 2

Benton Downs Photography Exhibition at the ArtCentre of Plano closes after today. You’ll find fascinating photos from around the world – both landscapes and urban architecture shots. The photographers, David Downs and Barry Benton, are both award-winning, and photographs are available for purchase. The venue is just across Haggard Park from the Red Line’s Downtown Plano Station. It closes at 5 p.m.

Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story tells the true story of Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from “That’ll Be the Day” until “The Day the Music Died.” The show features more than 20 classic songs, including “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” and the rest. The show runs through Feb. 10 at the Granville Arts Center in Garland, right next to Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line. Tonight would be a great time to catch it.

Sunday, Feb. 3

The Book of Mormon is a wildly popular musical comedy. The merry romp concerns two mismatched missionaries who have crazy adventures halfway around the world from home. Today is your last chance to catch Dallas Summer Musicals’ production of it. Or your last two chances: There will be a 1:30 p.m. and a 7:30 p.m. show at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Take the Green Line to Fair Park Station and you’re practically there.

Spring Awakening also gets its final performance today; there’s only a 2 p.m. matinee with this one.  The Tony Awards-winning musical, presented by Uptown Players, is a coming-of-age story set in late 19th-century Germany as they come of age. Expect to go home with an earworm or three. The show is at Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District – about an 8-minute stroll from Pearl/Arts District Station, accessible from all four DART Rail lines.


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