In Pictures: Stuff a Bus 2018


Thanks for attending DART’s Stuff a Bus event at Mockingbird Station and donating adult socks, blankets, canned food and unwrapped toys to help North Texas families in need.

Here are a few scenes from event:



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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

There’s a diverse offering of events this weekend: a farewell performance by a pop giant, the screening of a campy goth classic, theater performances and even a chance to sample local craft brews.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15

Elton John takes the stage at American Airlines Center for two nights, in what he is calling his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour. You can expect plenty of classics from the Rocket Man’s deep trove of hits spanning decades. Get to the AAC by taking the Green Line to Victory Station. Tickets for both nights were still available at press time.

Friday through Sunday, Dec. 14-16

Dashing through the Snow is Garland Civic Theater’s colorful, comedic take on Christmas at the Snowflake Inn in fictitious Tinsel, Texas. Join the parade of lively characters at Granville Arts Center, right next to the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station. The Sunday matinee on Dec. 16 is the play’s final performance.

Friday, Dec. 14

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was a rite of passage if you attended high school in the late ’70s or early ’80s, and it remains a classic. You can spend the evening with Brad, Janet, Dr. Frank N. Furter and the rest at Angelika Film Center Dallas, at Mockingbird Station on the Red, Blue and Orange lines. It’s part of the theater’s fun 80s Rewind series.

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16

12 Days of Holiday Beer is an event at the Dallas Arboretum featuring a dozen breweries, each of which sets up shop from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for a day. On Saturday, Community Beer Company will be there with their popular roster of beers. Pegasus City Brewery, known for creatively named concoctions such as Nine Volt and Cannoneer, will be the featured brewer on Sunday. There’s a whole bunch of other holiday stuff going on at the Arboretum, too. You can get there by taking Bus Route 60 and getting off at Garland Road and Lakeland Drive. Catch the bus at Union Station, served by the Red and Blue lines, or Fair Park Station on the Green Line.

Sunday, Dec. 16

The Great Distance Home gets its last performance at b2 p.m. today at the WaterTower Theatre. The play tells the story – nearly wordlessly – of a boy with a fertile imagination who sets out on a journey of discovery. The theatre is a short walk from Addison Transit Center, served by numerous bus routes.

Where are you going on DART this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

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Freeze the Keys on New Year’s Eve with Coors Light Free Rides


Coors Light and DART encourage you to “freeze the keys” on New Year’s Eve and ride DART instead. Thanks to this partnership, now in its fourth year, Coors Light Free Rides® will be available on all DART buses, trains, Paratransit Services and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) between Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station on Monday, Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. until end of service. Starting at 6 p.m., customers do not need passes to ride. Celebrate the new year responsibly with a FREE DART ride — and get home safely!

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Artifact Feature: Portrait of Isaac Granger Jefferson

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Isaac Granger Jefferson (1775-c. 1850) was an enslaved tinsmith and blacksmith at Monticello.

Hop on board and DART to the “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” exhibit at the African American Museum through Dec. 31 and explore artifacts highlighting the issue of slavery and the lives of enslaved families and their descendants.

The African American Museum stays open Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Go to to buy your tickets and learn more about the “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” exhibit.


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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

With Christmas approaching and the weather getting chilly, it’s hardly surprising that the weekend has lots of holiday events in store. There are also some cool museum exhibits. And, if you throw Monday into the mix, you can take a fun, holiday-themed trolley ride through the heart of Dallas.

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Ultimate Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a must-see exhibition entering the last month of its run. Did you know a whole new breed of dinosaurs has been discovered? Discover them for yourself with 15 casts, more than a dozen prehistoric specimens, lifelike recreations, touchable fossils and more.

While you’re there, head over to the Gems and Minerals Hall to check out Illuminate, an amazing exhibit exploring the stunning colors of minerals. See your friends and family lit up by a giant kaleidoscope. Check out the illuminated T. rex in the Life Then and Now Hall. Any DART Rail line will get you to Akard or West End stations. The Perot Museum is a short walk from either.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty is another fascinating exhibit you have a limited time left to catch. The African American Museum displays 300 artifacts, works of art and documents from Jefferson’s plantation. Since its popular run at the Smithsonian in 2012, the program has been updated with new content. The African American Museum is the first to show it. Take the Green Line to Fair Park Station to see it for yourself.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Santa on the Square is a yearly event in Historic Downtown Carrollton featuring a “Kids’ Santa Dash,” which lets little ones chase Santa through the streets. (Parents can participate, too; you can even bring along your stroller or wagon.) You’ll get a chance to take photos with Santa after the run. There will even be a live reindeer! You also can whittle your shopping list down to size at the surrounding shops and boutiques. The event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Downtown Carrollton Square, a short walk from the Green Line’s Downtown Carrollton Station.

CityLine Merry Market & Festival puts you in the holiday spirit with 25 local artists and vendors. From 12-7 p.m. in the plaza, there will be live music, hot cocoa and cookies, kids’ activities and an outdoor artisan market. You’ll also get discounts and special offers at participating stores and restaurants. Take the Red Line to CityLine/Bush Station.

Hometown Celebration Holiday Parade sees the Village of Rowlett Downtown come to life with music, dance and festive floats. The event is from 5-8 p.m. If you can’t make it, stop by between now and Dec. 15 for “Shop Small Through the Holidays.” Main Street boutiques are hosting local pop-up shops selling handmade goods and sustainably sourced items. The Village of Downtown Rowlett is a very short walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Rowlett Station.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Bishop Arts District’s Poinsettia Walk shows off the historic neighborhood’s creative flair with awesome lights lining the streets; usually there are some surprises in store. A poinsettia in this case is champagne with cranberry juice. Participating stores provide the beverage, and the Dallas Streetcar puts you a few blocks from the merrymaking. Get off at the Bishop Arts stop.

The Nutcracker gets its last performance today by the Dallas Ballet Company. The show features guest artists from the New York City Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet. The matinee is at 2 p.m. at the Granville Arts Center in Garland – right next to the Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.

Monday, Dec. 10

The M-Line Trolley Holiday Express takes you on a vintage trolley through the heart of Uptown Dallas and into the Arts District. There’s holiday music, as well as hot chocolate and cookies, to go along with the neighborhood’s holiday lights. Kids can participate in a scavenger hunt and receive a small holiday gift. The ride starts and ends at Cityplace/Uptown Station, on the Red, Blue and Orange lines. Check out the M-Line’s website for times and ticket info.

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Raising the Bar: Platform Extensions – Getting ready for three-car trains

DART will be raising and extending the platforms of 28 stations along the Red and Blue lines. But what does that actually involve? In Part Two of our series Raising the Bar: Platform Extensions, we will be looking at the specific work that will be done to get DART’s light rail system ready for three-car trains.

What work is being done?

Construction is being done at both aerial and at-grade stations along the Red and Blue lines. The work has two phases: phase one involves raising platforms, and phase two involves extending the raised platforms.

Phase One: Raise

The first part of the project raises platforms at aerial, at-grade and below grade stations by 7.5 inches so the entire platform is able to accommodate level boarding. The new platforms will measure 15.5 inches from the top of the rail to the top of the warning strip. Other features of the platform, like windscreens, tree grates, and light poles will also be raised. Aerial stations will need a little more work to raise standpipes, water valve boxes, stairways, and elevator landings.

Phase Two: Extend

Once platforms are level, work can begin on extending the now-raised platforms. This work is only required for at-grade and below-grade stations because aerial stations are already long enough to support three-car trains. Once the extension work is complete, platforms at these stations will be 450 feet long, made up of:

  • a 385 foot minimum boarding area
  • a 27.5 foot end-ramp on one end
  • a 16.5 foot end-ramp on the other end
  • a 10 foot crossing at each end

What’s next?

Now that you know what work is being done, look out for Part Three of this series, where we will discuss how platform extensions will be of value to commuters and non-commuters alike.

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Tell Us What You Like About Riding the TRE for a Chance to Win

What’s wild, rowdy and as big as Texas? Your chance of winning three tickets to western shows in Fort Worth.

Celebrate 100 years of indoor rodeo and ride the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to the Stockyards Championship Rodeo, every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., or the Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show, every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., at the Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth.

Ride the Trinity Railway Express to Fort Worth to visit the Cowtown Coliseum.

We have three tickets good for one-time admission to either show, which run through December 31, 2018.

Tell us in the comment section below why you enjoy riding the TRE for your chance to win the three tickets.

Winner chosen this Thursday by 10 a.m.


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A DARTmas Story

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
And we’re full of such seasonal cheer.
To celebrate DART’s role in the community
We’re taking up this opportunity

To tell you a holiday tale
About buses and streetcars and rail.
So, gather around for an allegory
And let us share with you A DARTmas Story!

Now that we’ve set up the stage
To Twitter and our Facebook page
You should visit if you wish to seek
A new story posted each week!

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The Revolution Begins with Just a Tap

Experience GoPass Tap, the new reloadable transit card that gives you the best fare every time you ride. With GoPass Tap, you save without upfront cost or commitment.

Like a prepaid card, you load value onto your GoPass Tap account in advance of riding. Then, you simply tap your card to a reader any time you board or transfer on a DART bus or train, and your fare is deducted automatically. However, you do not need to tap when you exit a bus or train. Play the video to learn more about how it works.

There is no activation or reload fee, and you can reload your card at hundreds of participating retailers, online at or by calling DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

Also, you can recover your account balance if your card is ever lost or stolen, so long as your card is registered. To register, simply visit

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Even better, by registering, GoPass Tap helps you get the best deal with every trip through fare capping. That means you’ll never pay more than the total cost of a Day Pass (Local or Reduced) in a single day; or a Monthly Pass (Local or Reduced) in a calendar month.

Here’s one example of how fare capping works with the new GoPass Tap card: At 10 a.m., you tap your way aboard a bus, and the system automatically charges you $2 for a Midday Pass. When you board another bus at 1 p.m., there’s no charge — you’re still covered by your Midday Pass. When you tap aboard a third bus at 3 p.m., the system charges you an additional $3 for a PM Pass. Your total trip cost $5 — still less than a Day Pass!

GoPass Tap is the revolutionary new way to ride and save. Uncash your commute by picking up a card today. For a list of participating retailers, click here. (link to

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Photo Feature: Dallas Streets

Thank you, Instagram user @kevinhannphoto for sharing this photo of a DART train passing downtown Dallas as night.

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