Video: DART honors civil rights anniversary

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DART to ‘Stuff a Bus’ at Mockingbird Station with donations Friday

DART's Stuff A Bus in December, 2013.

DART’s Stuff A Bus in December, 2013.

DART employees will be collecting donations of adult socks, blankets, canned food and unwrapped toys for children with their annual “Stuff a Bus” campaign. The event benefits the elderly, children and area neighbors in need.

Help DART stuff a bus at the Mockingbird Station parking lot, 5465 E. Mockingbird Lane, Friday, Dec. 4, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A 40-foot long DART bus will be used to collect donations in support of two DART-employee campaigns, “Santa Cops” and “Comforting of the Souls.” The Northwest Bus Division’s “Comforting of the Souls” donates the new adult socks and blankets to area nursing homes while toys and food help families in need through the DART Police Department’s “Santa Cops.”

KKDA-FM “K-104” and KRNB “Smooth R&B 105.7” are proud sponsors of DART’s “Stuff a Bus” campaign and will be doing a live broadcast at the Mockingbird Station event. Other “Stuff a Bus” sponsors include El Hispano News, The Dallas Weekly, The Senior Source and The Second II None Motorcycle Club.

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DART service information for Thanksgiving weekend


Find everything you need know about riding DART over Thanksgiving weekend below.

  • DART buses and light rail trains will operate on a Sunday schedule Thursday, Nov. 26 and a Saturday schedule Friday, Nov. 27.
  • The TRE will not operate on Thanksgiving Day and it will follow a modified schedule on Friday. Details are available at
  • DART On-Call will not operate on Thanksgiving Day or the day after. Normal operations will resume on Monday, Nov. 30.
  • DART’s Customer Information Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, open Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at 214-979-1111.
  • DART administrative offices, Customer Care Center, and Lost and Found will be closed both Thanksgiving Day and Friday.
  • DART Paratransit will operate on a holiday schedule Thanksgiving Day and the day after. The Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed both days. Regular subscription trips are canceled Thursday and Friday. Customers may call on Wednesday, Nov. 25 to schedule service for Thursday, Nov. 26 through Tuesday, Dec. 1. Customers should call 214-515-7272 and choose Option 3 to schedule their trip. Next day scheduling is also available each day using DART’s voice mail booking application and automated X-Press Booking feature.

Wednesday, November 25 is Dollar Day at the Dallas Zoo and attendees are encouraged to take DART. Hop on a Red Line to be dropped off at the zoo’s front gates!

The 2015 Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot will briefly place bus routes 1, 2, 11, 12, 19, 21, 26, 29, 35, 42, 49, 52, 59, 60, 76, 110, 111, 161 and 164 on detour in Downtown Dallas. The race begins at 9 a.m. and detours continue through the conclusion of the races. More information about bus detours is available at

Whether commuting to work, exploring what your city has to offer or traveling to visit loved ones, we here at DART are thankful for each and every one of you. Happy Thanksgiving!

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DARTing around with out-of-towners

In addition to shopping, eating and other activities of the season, the holidays are prime time for entertaining out-of-town guests. Luckily, North Texas has tons of options, so don’t let traffic ruin your goodwill toward others. DART’s got you covered.

The following destinations are easily accessible by transit, and DART is a quintessential part of the experience.

Bishop Arts District (D-Link)

The latest jewel in Dallas’ nightlife crown is bursting with historic charm. Boutiques, bistros and taverns are housed in quaint 1920s-era buildings that originally were along a streetcar line. Today, the area is served by DART’s popular D-Link shuttle. The Wild Detectives, a DARTable Gem, is a one-of-a-kind bookstore and tavern that features local craft beer, tapas and wine. It has become the heart of Dallas’ literary scene. The DARTable historic Kessler Theater is regarded by many as the place to catch a musical performance.

Downtown Carrollton (Downtown Carrollton Station)

Downtown CarrolltonThe station abuts a classic old-fashioned square that packs a lot shopping per block, and also plays host to restaurants and more. It wouldn’t be a real town square without an honest-to-goodness soda fountain, and Downtown Carrollton’s got the goods:DARTable Sid’s Rainbow Grilldelivers on nostalgia and wholesomeness while serving up a mighty good burger. Fried chicken, plus a pretty mean chicken-fried steak, is front and center at DARTable Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, a beloved local institution reputed to have one of the best versions in the area.

Downtown Garland (Downtown Garland Station)

A small town in the city – that’s Downtown Garland, a collection of shops and restaurants that’s so laid-back and down-home-friendly, you could swear you’re near open farmland. The square itself dates to the 19th century, and today it houses craft shops and cafes. Located in a former dry goods store right on the square, the DARTable Plaza Theatre has offered family-friendly films since 1941. Now, after a thorough restoration, the venue hosts stage productions, concerts and special events. The best part is that movies are now free.

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Rider Insider: Find fun activities this weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth


• Ride the DART Rail Green Line to Baylor University Medical Center Station for the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market. This monthly event features handmade crafts, vintage stuff and food from local vendors. It’s a family-friendly experience with live music and an array of rare, uncommon and peculiar goods – and people to match. It takes place from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Crowdus Street between Main and Elm.

• Ride D-Link (Route 722) to The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is located at 2201 N. Field Street to meet the museum’s newest addition at Meet Your Mammoth Day on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In May 2014, a nearly intact and pristine Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi) was discovered in an Ellis County sand pit. Making headlines across the world, the beloved mammoth – affectionately named “Ellie May” – was excavated, prepped and pampered and is now ready for her new home at the Perot Museum. The Museum is celebrating her arrival with “make a mammoth” activities, bookworm readings, mammoth masks, science trivia, mammoth toothpaste demos, Q&A with Perot Museum paleontologist Dr. Ron Tykoski and more for a super-sized day of fun for all ages and interests. Information:

Find more events like the 50th Annual Dallas Invitational Judo Championships or Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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DART celebrates the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ brave act



Sixty years ago, a seamstress from Montgomery, Ala. took a stand by sitting down. Rosa Parks’ simple act of defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and ultimately ignited the modern civil rights movement.

On December 1, 1955, after a long day of work at a department store, Parks boarded the Cleveland Avenue bus for the commute home. With several white passengers left standing in the aisle, the operator stopped the bus and asked four black passengers to give up their seats. Three complied, but Parks refused and remained in her seat.

Her quiet strength is permanently remembered in Dallas at DART’s Rosa Parks Plaza, which opened in July 2009. The plaza is highlighted with a life-size bronze statue of Parks sitting on a bus bench. San Francisco artist Erik Blome said he designed the statue to “invoke a feeling of determination and a presence that has solidity to it and a beauty that transcends time.” Visitors to the plaza can actually sit next to Parks’ likeness to reflect on the courage she displayed decades ago.

Rosa Parks Plaza serves as a transfer point for more than a dozen bus routes and is distinct from any other transit facility in DART’s service area because of its park-like setting. The plaza was designed as an urban oasis that includes a water wall, landscaping, green space and ample shelter from the elements.

Small acts of courage can change everything. DART honors the courage of Rosa Parks.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson sits with the Rosa Parks statue at the Rosa Parks Plaza unveiling in July 2009.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson sits with the Rosa Parks statue at the Rosa Parks Plaza unveiling in July 2009.

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Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce to host transportation summit


DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas and other North Texas transportation leaders will speak at the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce’s 4th Annual Transportation Summit at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Hitt Auditorium of Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

“Our Transportation Future” is the theme, and speakers and topics include:

  • Jared White, bicycle transportation manager for the city of Dallas, speaking about the Bikeway System Plan that will expands bike trails through Dallas
  • Gary Thomas speaking about DART’s 2040 Transit System Plan
  • Bill Meadows, chairman of the North Texas High Speed Rail Commission, speaking about the public effort to add a high-speed rail connection to Dallas

Oak Cliff Chamber members can attend for $15 and non-members can attend for $20. A hot breakfast is included.

Celebrate the theme of the day and take DART to the event. The Dallas Streetcarbus route 21 or bus route 42 provide service to Methodist Dallas Medical Center for the breakfast.

Learn more and register at

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Featured Photos: Missing the sun on a dreary morning

Thanks to Instagram users @threeeightfour and @happyvitality for reminding us that the sun is out there behind all of the clouds on this dreary, rainy Tuesday.

#viewfromhere #dart #dallas #liveitloveit #healing #railrider #beautifulsunset

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DART your way to the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

The crowds pack the streets for the 2014 Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot. (Credit: Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot Facebook page)

The crowds pack the streets for the 2014 Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot. (Credit: Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot Facebook page)

Some people like to walk, while others like to run. Whatever your preference, the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is an event the whole family can enjoy together. It’s one of the largest multi-event races in the country and is being held in downtown Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. Well over 28,000 people turned out for last year’s event. More are expected this year. If you and your family are participating, volunteering, or enjoying the festivities as a spectator, avoid the hassle of getting around road closures and finding a parking space by taking DART.

The Turkey Trot is stroller friendly, and so is DART. The center car of every DART Rail vehicle is a low-floor section that offers level boarding with the rail platform. DART’s new fleet of buses also has low-floor sections and is equipped with ramps that deploy for level boarding from the curb.

DART buses and light rail trains will operate on a Sunday schedule Thursday, Nov. 26. The Trinity Railway Express will not operate on Thanksgiving Day. Some bus routes will be placed on detour for the race. Those routes include: 1, 2, 11, 12, 19, 21, 26, 29, 35, 42, 49, 52, 59, 60, 76, 110, 111, 161 and 164. Visit to learn more about DART’s special service throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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Photo: See Deep Ellum Station’s The Traveling Man decked out in Mavs gear


Did you know The Traveling Man at DART’s Deep Ellum Station is an MFFL (Mavs Fan For Life)? For a limited time he’s showing his basketball allegiance with a supersized Dirk Nowitzki jersey. Spy the statue for yourself by taking the Green Line to Deep Ellum Station.

Curious about where else you can go in Deep Ellum? Check out our DARTable Guide to Deep Ellum for more suggestions.


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