DART Rail interruption between Pearl/Arts District, Mockingbird scheduled for Sunday

Red, Blue and Orange Line trains going to or through Cityplace/Uptown Station will be stopped starting at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, February 1 during a building implosion near Central Expressway near Haskell.

Passengers on those trains will be delayed and will transfer to shuttle buses serving Mockingbird, Cityplace/Uptown and Pearl/Arts District stations. Because of road closures in the area, there will be no bus service and shuttles will not stop at Cityplace/Uptown at approximately 8 a.m. during the implosion and clearing.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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

• Ride the DART Rail Green Line to Fair Park Station or MLK, Jr. Station for the final days of The Marvel Experience. You will be able to put on a super-power wristband and join forces with Marvel Comics’ superheroes to help save the universe. The 90-minute-plus interactive experience brings its domes, activity areas, technology, and 4-D ride to Dallas as the second stop on its debut tour. Ticket prices can vary depending upon the ticket holder age, day of week, and any extras you might want to add to your experience. Plus, you will want to have some cash in your pocket for the gift shop … because saving the universe deserves a souvenir. The Experience will be set up in the parking lot next to Fair Park Coliseum, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. (main entrance). Information: themarvelexperiencetour.com.

• Ride the DART Rail Red Line to Dallas Zoo Station for Penguin Days at the Dallas Zoo, 650 South R.L. Thornton Frwy. The temperature is dropping and so is the price of admission to the Dallas Zoo. Throughout January and February, guests can visit the African penguins (and all the other animals) for just $5 per person. The Dallas Zoo is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Information: www.dallaszoo.com.

Find more events like Tierra Firme or Drawn to Action: The Life and Work of Arthur Szyk on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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Ask DART: Is there really a ‘hidden’ Knox-Henderson rail station?

DART employees and contractors stand on the site of what would become Mockingbird Station at the opening to the North Central tunnel.

DART employees and contractors stand on the site of what would become Mockingbird Station at the opening to the North Central tunnel.

From time to time we’re asked why there isn’t a station near Knox/Henderson. Eighteen years ago, the neighborhood didn’t want one. Today, while the neighborhood has changed in a lot of ways, and there are occasional requests for a station, there’s simply no funding to build one. It’s not in our long-term plans either. We’re focusing on expanding capacity in Downtown Dallas and building a second light rail corridor through downtown.

Yes, we did some excavation for a possible station under North Central Expressway when we were tunneling to connect downtown with north Dallas. If you look to the west, just after you leave Mockingbird Station headed to Downtown Dallas, you can see where we did the digging. It’s behind a concrete block wall. We thought it was a good idea to do the excavation while we were working underground in case funding became available for a station near Knox and if community opposition to a station subsided.

As side note, Cityplace Station is 120 feet under North Central. It was originally planned at about 140 feet but the distance shrank when the road was rebuilt and lowered.

DART Board Chair Kathy Ingle congratulates Deputy Executive Director Victor Burke after the tunnel boring machine behind them completes the initial excavation of the tunnel.

DART Board Chair Kathy Ingle congratulates Deputy Executive Director Victor Burke after the tunnel boring machine behind them completes the initial excavation of the tunnel.

Looking south from Mockingbird Station, the tunnel boring machine is used to drill the twin tunnels under North Central Expressway. Mockingbird Station opened for customer service in January 1997. Cityplace Station, between Pearl/Arts District and Mockingbird, opened in December 2000.

Looking south from Mockingbird Station, the tunnel boring machine is used to drill the twin tunnels under North Central Expressway. Mockingbird Station opened for customer service in January 1997. Cityplace Station, between Pearl/Arts District and Mockingbird, opened in December 2000.

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News bits: DART helping Downtown Plano’s resurgence

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The Plano Star Courier and Community Impact Newspaper both took a look at the current state of Downtown Plano and came to a similar conclusion: Things are going really well and DART is partially to credit for that.

From the Community Impact:

But more businesses and restaurants began moving to downtown in response to the development and the DART line. The apartment complex was such a success that developer Amicus Partners wanted to do another downtown project, which led to Eastside Village II opening in 2002, Turner said.

From the Plano Star Courier:

“Since DART’s arrival in Plano, the city has been focused on revitalizing its historic downtown with numerous public improvements and new community developments like Junction 15,” said Plano Deputy City Manager Frank Turner in a press release. “These transit-oriented developments are breathing life back into the city center.”

Click below to read the complete reports.

Downtown Plano experiences ‘regenesis’[Community Impact]
Plano’s downtown redevelopment in full-swing: Mixed-use apartments open [Plano Star Courier]

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Featured Photo: DART makes Dallas a ‘different city’ for first-time rider

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Thanks for the kind words, Sabrina!

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Quiz: Name the city from the subway map

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Can you name a city ONLY by looking at its subway or light rail maps? Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog is posing that question.

We weren’t included in the mix, so take a look above to see how DART looks without any identifying markers. Otherwise, click through to try for yourself. I managed to get seven out of the 10 correct.

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Quiz: Can you name these cities just by looking at their subway maps? [Washington Post]

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Discuss DART’s future bus service at community meetings

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DART is reviewing bus services to make DART work better for you, and we want you along for the ride. The study, called a Comprehensive Operations Analysis (COA), will support development of the “Moving You Forward” 10-Year Service Plan.

Attend one of the upcoming meetings to review the latest information and provide input to help guide improvements between 2015 and 2025.

• Wednesday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Addison Conference Center

• Thursday, January 29 at 12 p.m. at the DART Board Room

• Monday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hampton-Illinois Branch Library

Can’t attend a meeting? Provide your input at dart.org/movingyouforward. Visit dart.org/2040 for more information.

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

• Ride the DART Rail Orange Line to Irving Convention Center Station this weekend for ZestFest. Indulge in a fiery food experience as ZestFest brings together the spiciest exhibitors and products from around the country for one sizzling weekend. ZestFest is the ultimate party for bold and flavorful food enthusiasts. Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and thousands of bold food samples will make January 23-25 the zestiest weekend of the year. It all happens at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Information: www.zestfest.net.

• Ride the DART Rail and TRE to Victory Station this weekend for The Harlem Globetrotters. The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. for their biggest and wildest tour yet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability). Information: www.americanairlinescenter.com.

Find more events like The Garland Civic Theatre presents Bad Seed or the Hypnotic Donut Dash 5k on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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Featured Photo: A stormy night at Bachman Station

Thanks to friend-of-DART photographer Julia Cartwright for this great shot of a stormy Bachman Station. Keep them coming!

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Ask Gary: How has DART evaluated bus service and why is the current analysis different?

DART President and Executive Director Gary Thomas

DART President and Executive Director Gary Thomas

Quarterly, we use a Route Performance Index (see below) to determine if a route meets our standards. Then we recommend to the DART Board adjusting, eliminating or preserving routes based on the best interests of our customers and stakeholders.

Some bus service changes were based on the light rail expansion. We also have performed sector analyses and made changes to improve service. Financial factors prompted some bus and rail adjustments. But what we have not done is look at the bus system from a holistic perspective, including a review of our coverage philosophy as it relates to other metrics. The Comprehensive Operations Analysis is one of the tools we’re using as we update our near- and long-term plans for the entire DART System.

 


A Route Performance Index averages three ratios: subsidy per passenger, passengers per trip, and passengers per revenue mile. RPI measures the financial efficiency and operational effectiveness of an existing bus route. DART has seven categories of bus routes; each route is evaluated against the target score for its type.

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