DART: Your Ride to a Staycation

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School’s in session, but summer’s still going strong. Enjoy a DARTable staycation. Here are a few of places you can get to easily on DART and experience North Texas with the fresh eyes of a tourist. Spend a day exploring, or just pick one or two destinations and while away an afternoon.

Nothing says Dallas like Reunion Tower. And the one-of-a-kind local landmark offers a panoramic view of the city from more than 500 feet up. There’s also a great bar and restaurant – Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck – where you can take in the view with some nibbles or a beverage. Catch the Red or Blue line (or the Trinity Railway Express) to Union Station. There’s an underground walkway directly to the tower.

Afterwards, you could catch the Red or Blue line to West End Station – one station away – and walk a few blocks to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Over the Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 1) check out Dino Fest, a celebration of all things dinosaur. All five levels of the museum will be teeming with dinosaur stuff. The rest of the museum is pretty cool, too.

For another day of dinosaurs, head to the Dallas Zoo, located at its namesake station on the Red Line. “Dinos at the Zoo” is a recreated, prehistoric jungle with more than two dozen larger-than life dinosaurs. This spectacle ends soon, too; the dinos will stick around through Sept. 2. The zoo hosts some fun fall adult events, as well, such as Brew at the Zoo, where you can sample craft beers from 30 breweries in the Wilds of Africa. Mark your calendar for Sept. 13!

If you want to put shopping on your itinerary, you’re in the right place. Take the Red Line to Downtown Plano Station, in the Downtown Plano Arts District, a neighborhood full of small shops, restaurants and bars. The district also is bursting with cultural venues: the Courtyard Theater, Cox Playhouse, ArtCentre of Plano and Interurban Railway Museum all call the neighborhood home.

And the West Village has an impressive concentration of shops a short walk from Cityplace/Uptown Station on the Red, Orange and Blue lines. Next to the station’s street-level West Portal, you’ll also find The Rustic, bastion of laid-back, outdoor partying and Texas-style country music. The M-Line Trolley is right there, too and it will take you through the happenin’ heart of Uptown, with its urban vibe and awesome patios. Of course, these suggestions are only a start in shopping- and dining-crazy North Texas.

If a staycation to you means a break from the fast pace of the city, you’re in luck. Downtown Garland shows the city’s rustic, rural roots. Local specialty shops and eateries like Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery  ply their trade in a historical neighborhood with a small-town vibe. Shopping ranges from ceramics to vintage clothing, and there’s even an old-fashioned feed store. Keep the Granville Arts Center and the Plaza Theatre on your radar, as well – they both stage frequent plays and musicals, and the latter sometimes even screens free movies. Afterwards, dinner or a drink are definite options. Get to it all by taking the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station.

There’s a whole lot more where these came from. To check out DARTable destinations, itineraries and other cool stuff, visit DART.org/dartable.

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DART Announces Labor Day Schedule

For many, Labor Day means an extra day off to enjoy spending time with family and friends. If your outing includes DART, remember that rail replacement work in downtown Dallas will occur Saturday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 1. Several bus routes will operate to replace interrupted rail service. On Monday, rail service will resume. However, DART will operate a modified schedule in observance of Labor Day.

Modified Labor Day Schedule:

  • DART bus, light rail and Dallas streetcar services will follow a Sunday schedule.
  • The Trinity Railway Express commuter rail will not operate.
  • DART’s administrative offices, Customer Care Center and Lost and Found will be closed.
  • Customers with questions about schedules can contact DART’s Customer Information Center at 214-979-1111 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • DART Paratransit services for customers with disabilities will operate on a Saturday schedule. The Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed on Labor Day. Customers may call Thursday, Aug.29, to book their trips through Monday, Sept.2, and Friday, Aug. 30, to book their trips through Wednesday, Sept. 4. Customers may call Tuesday, Sept. 3, to book trips through Thursday, Sept. 5. X-Press Booking, Web Booking and voicemail will also be available.

DART route and schedule information can be found at www.DART.org.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Magic, vampires and a fur-lined bedroom are all on the menu this weekend if you ride DART. There’s more, too, including anime characters, Texas royalty and a lady they call Deadeye. Read on to find out more.

Friday, Aug. 16

AnimeFest kicks off today for its all-weekend run at the Sheraton Dallas, catty-corner from Pearl/Arts District Station. The convention is a paradise for fans of Japanese pop culture. It’s one of the longest-running events of its kind, and you can get there on all four DART Rail lines.

Anomaly: The Magic of Robby Bennett and Other Curiosities” features the witty magician’s spellbinding routines and comical stories. The performance mixes fantasy and audience participation to create a unique evening of entertainment. Catch it at Richardson’s Eisemann Center, just across the plaza from Galatyn Park Station on the Red Line.

As You Like It” is a dreamy tale of friends, family feuds and disguised lovers. Orlando and Duke Senior – along with his daughter and niece – escape to the fantastical Forest of Arden. Featuring an original folk-pop score, the play was named one of best shows of 2017 by the New York Times. It opens tonight and runs through Sunday at the Wyly Theatre. That’s about an 8-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station on all four DART Rail lines.

Latinidades is a unique festival of solo shows. Featuring spoken word, theater and music, it runs through Sept. 8. This weekend’s program is “Evolution of a Sonero,” a performance by Flaco Navaja. The Puerto Rican poet, singer, and actor calls it a love letter to his many muses – from Janis Joplin to Menudo, the Doors to Héctor Lavoe, and Rubén Blades to Jimi Hendrix. Performances take place at the Latino Cultural Center, just down the street from the Green Line’s Deep Ellum Station.

Saturday, Aug. 17

The Legend of Deadeye Mary: A Western Melodrama” gets its last performance tonight at the Pocket Sandwich Theater. The play follows the title character as she hunts down the man who shot her father. It’s got all the elements of a true Western: outlaws, bounty hunters, a crooked lawman and gold. The fun evening of theater is one of the local institution’s famous “popcorn-tossers.” Get ready to pelt some colorful characters right across the street from Mockingbird Station on the Red or Orange Line.

Sunday, Aug. 18

29Rooms: Expand Your Reality closes after today. The creative, immersive experience features several bold, thought-provoking spaces. Among these multisensory environments, you’ll find a technicolor fur bedroom. Intrigued? Get to South Side Ballroom, a short walk from Cedars Station on the Red or Blue Line.

Vampire Weekend has been making smart, eclectic rock music for more than 10 years, earning them tons of awards and a loyal following. They perform tonight at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, about a 9-minute walk from Irving Convention Center Station.

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band bring a different kind of musical evening to the Winspear Opera House. Lovett is true Texas royalty, with diverse influences and decades of road testing. Combining Americana, jazz, folk, gospel and blues, the performer also tells captivating stories between songs. The Winspear is about a 6-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station.

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REGULAR RAIL SERVICE THIS WEEKEND!

Although track improvements are under way in downtown Dallas and will continue until September, this weekend DART Rail will operate under a normal schedule.

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Ask DART: How Do the New Bus Service Changes Impact My Commute?

You spoke. We listened.

DART’s new bus service changes took place Aug. 12 as a direct result of feedback from riders like you. The agency reworked almost half of its bus routes to make your commute faster and easier. Read on to see how the new changes transform the way you move.

Better Cross-Town Service

Better Frequency

More On-Time Service

  • DART added 41 new buses to its schedule to provide more on-time service.
  • New bus-to-bus and bus-to-rail connections make transferring easier.

To view new timetables and schedules online and to learn more about these new bus service changes, visit DART.org/zoom or transporteDART.org or call DART Customer Service at 214.979.1111.

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Kick Off Back-to-School Season with DART’s Safety Review


With students of all ages heading back to school the DART system is likely to start getting a little busier in the coming weeks and months as more people rely on it for their daily commutes or even just special occasions.

For DART, safety has long been priority number one. That’s why we take keeping riders, community members and the public informed about our safety awareness efforts seriously.

DART takes proactive measures to help keep the entire system as safe and secure as possible, including performing periodic checks on DART’s light rail and commuter trains, increasing the police presence at high-volume stations during rush hour or special events, as well as closely collaborating and constantly communicating with local police departments regarding any suspicious persons, packages, or activity.

Taking Steps to Make Your Ride Safer

More people on the train or bus can mean a greater chance of running into safety risks. While DART works as hard as possible to prevent major safety and security mishaps, there are steps riders and non-riders alike can take to help stay safer on and around the DART system. Here are some important personal safety tips to keep in mind to help make your experience with DART as safe and enjoyable as possible:

  1. Look up and stay alert.
    Phones and mobile devices may be good ways to stay entertained when you’re using DART, but they can also be distracting. Be sure to always pay attention to your surroundings and keep your eyes up, especially when you’re waiting for a train or bus.
  2. Turn down for what?
    If you do use your phone or mobile device to listen to music, stream video, or keep up with social media, make sure you turn the volume down—or better yet, take out an earbud—so you can hear approaching vehicles.
  3. Walk this way.
    Around the DART system, only cross at designated crosswalks and always be sure to look both ways before you proceed.
  4. Stand back!
    We know everyone is eager to get on the train or bus in order to get a good seat, but always stand back from buses and trains at stations, platforms, and stops, especially when they’re arriving or departing.
  5. Wait your turn.
    Wait for other passengers to exit DART vehicles before trying to board—it’s not just the polite thing to do, but it also helps keeps things running smoothly while making sure everyone stays safe. Remember: people off before people on.
  6. Watch your step.
    Bus riders should watch their step when existing from the bus to the curb.
  7. Keep it clear.
    Stand clear of the doors on all DART vehicles—that means don’t crowd them before the bus or train stops and certainly don’t ever lean on them—and be sure not to stand or sit on stairwells to keep those passageways clear for emergencies.
  8. Have a seat.
    Take a seat after you board if there are any available. If there aren’t—or if you prefer to stand—make sure you are holding onto one of the handrails or other supports. DART vehicles may need to make sudden, abrupt stops.
  9. Know when to yield.
    When it comes to DART trains and buses, the right time to yield is every time.
  10. Again, keep it clear.
    Steer clear from railroad tracks and crossings—never walk, ride, jog, drive along, or hang out on or near them.

By keeping these safety tips in mind, you can help ensure a safer experience on DART as schools welcome back students across the North Texas region. For more information, be sure to review our full Passenger Guide to Safety and Security.

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See How Your Bus Route May Change Aug. 12

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Major bus service changes are coming Monday, Aug. 12. The route modifications are designed to give you better connections, more direct bus routes and improved on-time service. Read on to see how your route may change.

A New Kind of Bus Service
Bus routes 404, 409, 466, 467 and 583 will be the first of a new kind of bus route at DART. Following recently adopted service standards, the routes will have the same service frequency as DART Rail. That means 15-minute service during peak times, 20 minutes midday, 20-30 minutes other times, and expanded service hours – from about 4 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Additionally, a new Parkland shuttle, Route 706, will connect remote UT Southwestern Medical Center employees with other medical district facilities as well as the train system. It will operate weekdays, every 20 minutes, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Simplified Routes
Several routes will be straightened, simplified, or improved with regards to access. These routes serve West Dallas, Oak Cliff, the Medical District, Northeast Dallas and South Dallas. They include 52, 59, 161, 404, 409, 426, 428, 453, 466, 502, 547 and 583.

More Efficient Express Routes
Following extensive customer feedback, DART will implement several changes on Express routes that run through downtown Dallas. The routes will be more efficient, since they will no longer have the downtown “loops” that have hindered schedule reliability. Express service also will be extended into new employment areas such as Uptown and Cedars. The routes affected are 205, 206, 208, 210, 278 and 283. Expect slight schedule adjustments, as well.

Schedule Changes
Modifications are being made to improve on-time arrivals and departures to routes 11, 81/82, 111, 350, 428, 504, 513, 536, 541, 571 and 841. Minor schedule changes will be seen on routes 110, 161, 410, 372, 451, 452, 486 and 502.

Some routes have new schedules and slight changes to make connections quicker and more convenient. Those routes include 52206, 208, 210, 278, 283 and 426.

GoLink Expanded Service
Paul Quinn College will be added to the current Inland Port zone and Collin College-Spring Creek Campus will be added to the current North Central Plano/Chase Oaks zone for both GoLink and UberPool services.

Look for new timetables and schedules online and learn more about these changes at DART.org/zoom or transporteDART.org, or by calling DART Customer Service at 214.979.1111.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Triple digits are on the way, but that’s no problem: When the summer gets hot, we get indoors. Hop on board. There are lots of DARTable theater and concerts in store this weekend.

Friday, Aug. 9

The Cake is a regional premiere that opens tonight and runs through Aug. 25. Della owns a famous bakery in the South. When her best friend’s daughter asks her to make her wedding cake, she’s happy to oblige. When she realizes the wedding doesn’t have a bride (rather, it has two), she re-examines her long-held belief system. The play is a comedy created by the writer of the popular TV show This is Us. Presented by the Uptown Players, it plays at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kalita Humphreys Theater on Turtle Creek. To get there, take one of two bus routes – 36 or 409 – that depart from CityPlace/Uptown Station on the Red, Blue and Orange Lines.

Fiddler on the Roof is in its first weekend of a run that extends through Aug. 18. To call it a classic is almost an understatement; the play is one of the most-performed in all of musical theater. The songs are an indelible part of the American songbook, with familiar tunes like “Tradition,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.” You’ll recognize them even if the titles don’t ring a bell. Dallas Summer Musicals brings the warm, intergenerational saga to the Music Hall at Fair Park, just a block from Fair Park Station on the Green Line.

Saturday, Aug. 10

Moe. and Blues Traveler are elder statesmen of the jam-band world, with careers going back 30 years. Expect plenty of improvisation, musical surprises and a hippie vibe when they take the stage tonight for a double bill at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Put on some patchouli and catch the Orange Line to Irving Convention Center Station, which is about a 9-minute walk from the venue. (But please: not too much patchouli. They don’t need to smell you from Terminal A at DFW Airport.)

Sheila Hicks is the Nasher Sculpture Center’s exhibition of new and recent work by the American-born, Paris-based artist. Working almost exclusively with fiber and textiles, Hicks pushes the material to a monumental scale, transforming thread and fiber into compelling environments. Her work draws from traditions of weaving, architecture and fashion; for this exhibition, she has created a site-specific installation in the garden. The Nasher, about a 6-minute walk from St. Paul Station, is also accessible by the M-Line Trolley. The exhibition runs through Aug. 18.

Decoding the Myth of the American West is a great reason to take the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to Fort Worth today. The program is part of the Second Saturday series at the Sid Richardson museum. Even while it was still going on, the Wild West was romanticized by artists, writers and musicians. But what’s true and what’s just myth? From 2-2:30 p.m., this docent-guided tour will help you connect the dots between legend and the history. To get there, get off the TRE at Fort Worth Central Station and hop Trinity Metro’s Molly the Trolley. It’s a short ride to the museum in the Sundance Square district. Remember, there’s no TRE service on Sundays. The last returning train on Saturdays is at 10:51 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 11

Mamma Mia! Gets its last performance tonight at The Firehouse Theatre. The entertaining story follows a young woman searching for her birth father. Love, laughter, Greece, a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and a trip down the aisle – it’s all told through the songs of ABBA. The Firehouse Theatre is right across the street from Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line.

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Building a Better Experience for You!

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. Learn more at DART.org/plus.

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In Pictures: DARTzoom Bus Service Change Event at Rosa Parks Plaza

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DART’s new bus service changes will take place Aug. 12 and give you better connections, more direct bus routes and improved on-time arrivals and departures.

Thank you for spending time with us this morning at Rosa Parks Plaza as we talked about the new changes.

Learn more about how we’re transforming the way you move at: DART.org/zoom.

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Collaboration is the Name of the Game

Planning, designing, and constructing any public transit project requires plenty of time, effort, and most importantly, collaboration. Turning the vision of the D2 Subway into reality is no exception. There are a lot of players and even more moving parts at work to bring Dallas’s forthcoming D2 Subway to life — and keeping the process on track requires everyone working together to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Working Together to Move North Texas Forward

Throughout the D2 Subway project planning process, DART has been working with a diverse mix of stakeholders and other interested parties in order to ensure the future of transit in the downtown Dallas area works for everyone — and that it is as accessible, reliable, and safe as possible.

From federal and state agencies like the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to the Dallas City Council, city departments, and local utilities to community-based organizations, historical preservation groups and the public — each group has and will continue to play a vital role in helping to plan and execute on DART’s vision of a more connected, mobile Dallas and North Texas.

Finding the Unity in Community

The D2 Subway Project relies on the participation of the public – including not just riders, but everyone living or working in the neighborhoods and communities the D2 will run through – as well as local economic development groups, city of Dallas staff, historic preservation and parks and recreation departments, and many more.

As the project progresses, DART will hold a series of public meetings as well as a public hearing to allow local community members to provide input on the project, hear important updates, and review project-related information including the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS). Additionally, DART will be keeping the public informed through newsletters, media updates, and the D2 page on the DART website, and through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Local Planning Meets Federal Funding

Many of the logistics and planning for traffic and pedestrian considerations, community and environmental impacts, noise mitigation, tunnel design, and more take place on the local or state level. However, the successful completion of the D2 Subway Project will also rely on the support of federal agencies like the FTA as well as state agencies like TxDOT.

Among making other recommendations and decisions, the FTA plays a critical role in the preparing, reviewing, and finalizing the environmental impact statement. Even more importantly, DART is seeking about 50% of the project’s $1.4 Billion cost from the FTA capital investment grant program.

A Refresher on how the D2 Subway is funded.

Meanwhile, for its part, TxDOT is responsible for approving permits that allow the D2 Subway to cross TxDOT facilities — both at Woodall Rodgers Freeway on the west and IH-345 on the east.  DART and TxDOT meet regularly to discuss the D2 Subway’s transition from below- to above-ground when the train comes back up to street level after passing under IH 345. Since TxDOT is just starting a feasibility study on IH-345’s future, there are many unknowns.  Both agencies continue to work towards a solution to keep the D2 moving forward while preserving options for IH-345.

The Journey Ahead

With 10 percent of the conceptual design for the D2 Subway complete, DART is looking ahead to the future of a more connected, more mobile Dallas metro region as this project progresses. With a project this complex, there will be unexpected curves along the way, but the road ahead is still looking wide open as local communities, state and federal agencies, city of Dallas officials, and an array of other public and private stakeholders work together to make the D2 Subway possible.

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Improved Service on DART Bus System Begins Aug. 12

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The North Texas region has evolved, and DART has too – to better meet customer needs! DART riders will have a faster, easier commute with an array of bus service improvements that begin Aug. 12. More than half of DART’s bus routes will be adjusted to get you to your destination quicker and easier.

You will see routes that are straighter, more direct and easier to understand, which will improve connections to other bus and train services. You’ll have expanded service hours on weekdays and weekends for some routes and better on-time arrivals with new adjusted schedules. Revised Express Bus routes through the Uptown, Downtown and Cedars districts will increase schedule reliability for both your inbound and outbound trips.

DART also is adding 41 new buses to help implement the improved schedules and increased frequency. These vehicles will have USB chargers at every vinyl-covered seat.

Learn more at DART.org/zoom.

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