Video: Dr. Oz takes to DART to share tips for a healthy commute

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Destination DART: Dallas Zoo

The Dallas Zoo is a great destination all year round.  Visitors can see lions, tigers and koalas – you didn’t think that’s what we were going to say did you? The Koala Walkabout by Kimberly-Clark Corporation features the only koalas in Texas. They’re part of the new “Outback”. Once you’re finished with your koalalty time, guests can see animals from Africa, South America and others from Australia while learning more about their habitats. Guests can also feed the giraffes, watch the birds in SOAR (Wednesday-Sunday), take a Simmons Family Pony Trek and feed the birds in the Travis & Zach’s Birds Landing.

Founded in 1888, The Dallas Zoo is the oldest and largest zoo in Texas. There are 106 acres and thousands of animals for visitors to enjoy.  If you come with little ones, be sure to check out the Children’s Zoo. Tickets are $15 for adults (12-64), $12 Children (3-11), $12 Seniors (65 and older), and Children age 2 and under are free. Get $2 off general admission on Mondays and Tuesdays with by riding DART! Just show your same-day DART pass at the ticket booth.

The Dallas Zoo is located along the Red Line.  Riders exit Dallas Zoo Station, just look for the giant giraffe…seriously, it’s 67 and a ½ feet tall (the tallest in Texas!) and stands outside the zoo!

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Surveys coming to Red, Orange line passengers this week

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The Volpe National Transportation Systems Center and the U.S. Department of Transportation are working with DART this week to survey riders on the Red and Orange lines. The purpose of the surveying, which begins today at Parker Road Station, is to better understand the travel behavior and preferences along the US-75 corridor. Users will be asked to share their travel and transit experiences on DART’s Red and Orange lines.

On September 17, surveys will be administered at Bush Turnpike Station and Arapaho Station. The surveying will conclude Thursday, September 18 at Spring Valley, LBJ/Central and Park Lane stations.

Thank you for your contributions to the survey.

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Photo: Ride on the DART to DFW inaugural train

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We’re nearly a month removed from the beginning of service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, but did you know the train that carried some of the area’s VIPs to the station is out-and-about serving DART customers every day? Keep your eyes peeled for car number 216, which has a special DART to DFW advertisements and broke the ribbon on DART’s inaugural trip to DFW Airport Station last month.

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

Ride the DART Rail Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station for Garland Civic Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s Appointment With Death. Kyle McClaran has directed “Appointment With Death” which is based on the novel of the same name and adapted by Agatha Christie herself. Performances are at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. Information: www.garlandcivictheatre.org.

 

Ride the DART Rail Red Line or Blue Line to Union Station Saturday morning for the Dallas Heart Walk. The three-mile non-competitive event that promotes exercise, raises awareness of heart disease and stroke, and supports the research of the American Heart Association. The Dallas Heart Walk event will be held on September 13th at 9:00 a.m. at the Base of Reunion Tower (300 Reunion Blvd. East). The Heart Walk starts at the base of Reunion Tower and goes through downtown Dallas, ending back at the base of Reunion Tower. Registration is free and all participants raising at least $100 get a t-shirt. Information: www.heartwalk.kintera.org/dallastx

  • Note: In addition to scheduled Saturday service, three additional Red Line trains will operate from Parker Road Station. Departure times are 6:13 a.m., 6:43 a.m. and 7:13 a.m. from Parker Road Station. Arrival times at Union Station are 6:58 a.m., 7:28 a.m. and 7:58 a.m. These three trains will stop at all Red Line stations between Parker Road and Cedars stations.

Find more events like the Downtown Carrollton Chocolate Walk or Dallas Observer BrewFest on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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Service Alert: Track work to disrupt Trinity Railway Express service Saturday, Sept. 13

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Work on the rail track between Bell and CentrePort stations will cause disruptions in service Saturday, September 13. Trains will be operating, but a bus connection will be required between the two stations and there will be a special train schedule to ensure timely connections with the bus bridge. See that special schedule here.

Thank you for your patience and continued support. Regular service will resume on Monday, September 15.

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Destination DART: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Entrance to the George W. Bush Presidential Center

Entrance to the George W. Bush Presidential Center

Opened in 2013 with great excitement in Dallas, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is one of only 13 presidential libraries across the country. The center is located on a 23-acre site at Southern Methodist University and boasts the second largest presidential library to date.

Operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, it includes 80 terabytes of digital information, over 200 million emails and more than 43,000 artifacts from the George W. Bush administration. The museum contains interactive exhibits examining multiple key events throughout George W. Bush’s time in office including the September 11th attacks. And, of course, no presidential library would be complete without a replica of the Oval Office.

First Ladies gowns from the  Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style Exhibit

First Ladies gowns from the Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style Exhibit

One exciting element of the center is the temporary exhibition gallery. Through October 5, 2014 the gallery will host an exhibit titled Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style. The exhibit debuted at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Arkansas but you know what they say: everything is bigger in Texas, so the exhibit has more than doubled the original size to 64 creations exclusively for the Dallas audience. Pieces include Laura Bush’s white inaugural suit, Jenna Bush’s wedding gown, as well as pieces worn by celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway and Anna Wintour.

Tickets vary by age with special discounts for servicemen and women.

Visitors can take the DART Rail to Mockingbird Station and walk about 10 minutes to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University.

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Recycle a bottle, ride the train with new recycling service in Beijing

Credit: Incom Recycling

Credit: Incom Recycling

Beijing is giving its commuters the ability to keep their transit system clean and pay for the ride all in one swift motion.

The city has installed 34 “reverse vending machines” at high-traffic subway stations. Insert an empty bottle and the machine will analyze its value and give you a credit on your transportation pass or alternatively via cellphone minutes.

The idea is catching on. In Sydney, where TakePart reports that “beverage containers now outstrip cigarette butts as the most littered item,” the city officials placed Envirobank reverse vending machines throughout the city. Unlike traditional recycling bins, where people would throw regular garbage and contaminate the recycling, making it hard or impossible to process, this machine only fits plastic bottles and soda cans.

Pay for your subway ride in Beijing by recycling a plastic bottle [Treehugger]

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Save money, hassle: Buy your 2014 State Fair of Texas tickets on DART’s GoPass app

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DART and the State Fair of Texas are making it easier than ever to buy your general admission fair tickets. In addition to buying your transit passes, this year you can also use DART’s GoPass app for Android and iOS smartphones to buy your State Fair of Texas general admission tickets.

How do I buy tickets?

photoIf you don’t already have GoPass, download it from your app store. Follow the instructions setting up your account and visit gopass.biz for any questions or for more information about how it works.

Open up the app and select Buy Tickets. Select Special Events (it should be at the bottom of the list). Finally, select State Fair and you’ll reach the screen to select how many and what types of State Fair and transit tickets you’d like to buy.

This page (right) gives you the chance to buy as many Adult and Child/Senior State Fair tickets and Adult and Child/Senior transit passes as you need. You can buy all of your family’s State Fair and transit tickets with one smartphone.

How do I use the tickets?

photo 1On the day you plan on going to the State Fair, activate your State Fair tickets by sliding the activate bar to the right. Your ticket should turn from grey to green and be pulsing. Show the green State Fair ticket at the gate and the ticket-taker will scan it admitting you to a day full of fried food and fun.

A State Fair ticket is valid to be scanned only once. Those that want to leave and re-enter the State Fair need to get a hand-stamp by a State Fair ticket-taker.

Important Note: ACTIVATED GoPass State Fair tickets are only valid for the day they are activated. Please do not activate your ticket until you are ready to enter the gates.

Questions? Give us a call at (214) 749-3333 for help buying tickets or using GoPass. And click here for more information about riding DART to the State Fair of Texas.

Enjoy the fair and thanks for riding DART!

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

• Ride the DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to Pearl/Arts District Station through Saturday for Buyer & Cellar. Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., Alex takes a job working in the Malibu basement of Barbra Streisand. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Best known for his role in the TV series Ugly Betty, Dallas native Michael Urie has already received a long list of awards for his role as Alex More in Buyer & Cellar, including the Drama Desk Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and nominations for the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle awards. The production, now on its way to Flora Street, also earned the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show. Performances are at the Dallas City Performance Hall located at the intersection of Routh and Flora in the Dallas Arts District. Information: www.attpac.org.

• Ride the DART Rail Green Line to Fair Park Station or MLK, Jr. Station Sunday for The Central American Cup Tigo 2014. The games, which will be played on U.S. soil for the first time in its 13 editions, will provide berths to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2016 Centennial Cup America. The Central American Cup Tigo 2014 USA comes to the Cotton Bowl with three games on one day. The first game at 4:00 p.m. features Costa Rica vs Panama, followed by Guatemala vs Belize at 6:00 p.m. and then by Honduras vs El Salvador at 8:00 p.m. The champion of the Central American Cup Tigo 2014 will earn a direct ticket to the Centennial Cup America 2016. Information: www.concacaf.com.

Find more events like the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb or Target First Saturdays on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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