Rider Insider: DART your way to fun this weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth

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• Ride the DART Rail Red Line or Blue Line to Union Station Saturday for the Reunion Lawn Party. What better way to celebrate the end of summer than with this backyard party in the heart of downtown Dallas, Texas? The Reunion Lawn Party will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Lawn Party hosts local and regional bands on stage, food trucks and local brewers on the lawn, as well as leaving plenty of lawn space for activities and games! Free entry for all ages (just bring some money for food and beverages). No coolers or outside food allowed. Come one, come all! Information: www.reunionlawnparty.com.

• Ride the DART Rail Green Line to Baylor University Medical Center Station Sunday for Deep Ellum Water Balloon Wars beginning at at noon at 274 N. Crowdus St. Entry fee is $12 which includes access to all event features and water balloons. Additional expenses include food, drinks and t-shirts. All proceeds to benefit the for Suicide Prevention and Awareness (45 fund). Attractions include a 35′ Slip N Slide, Dunk Tanks, a Dumpster Pool, and Water Balloon Wars! Bring your lawn chairs to hang out in the sprinkler section and people watch. 18+ and over only. Information: www.facebook.com/DeepEllum.

Find more events like the Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair and Arts Festival on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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Video: See DART, Dallas from high in the sky

This fantastic video from Texas Media Consulting of Dallas is shot from high in the sky and includes cameos from DART bus and rail. Deep Ellum Station is the first DART property to appear followed almost immediately by our Central Business District East Transfer Center.

Visit DART.org to learn more about filming on DART property.

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Spy the Dallas Streetcar in the InstaGallery at the Hyatt Regency

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The Hyatt Regency Dallas last week unveiled a new permanent art installation in its lobby that gives a nice nod to the Dallas Streetcar.

Celebrating the convergence of art and social media, this collection features work from the next generation of photographers and proves that art can truly be found anywhere-even on a palm-sized screen. Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion has brought the digital world back to analog with the curation of this gallery, which features Instagram posts that showcases what makes Dallas the best place to live, work, visit and play.

Spotted in the middle of the gallery is a photo by C. Troy Mathis, of the first day of service for the Dallas Streetcar. Thanks for featuring our work, Hyatt Regency Dallas and keep up the great shots of DART and #DARTable places on Instagram! See the gallery for yourself in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Dallas (Red or Blue line to Union Station).

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Photos: See the smiling faces from MegaFest 2015

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Check out all of the smiling faces in town for MegaFest 2015. Thanks for riding and we’ll see you next time around.

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Ask DART: Does my student qualify for a reduced DART fare?

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Welcome back to school North Texas high school and college students! Most schools are back in session and one of the most frequent questions we receive during this time of the year is about our discounted high school and college student passes. Here’s the answer:

Are you a full-time college or trade school student? You may qualify for a reduced fare if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. You attend a college, university, trade school or technical school physically located in the DART Service Area on a full-time, undergraduate basis.
  2. Your school does not participate in DART’s Higher Education Pass Program.
  3. You have already obtained a DART-issued student ID.

If not, you do not qualify for a Reduced Fare. You must pay the full fare to ride.


Reduced Fares for Individual High School Students

High school students (including public, private and charter schools) may purchase Reduced Fares on an individual basis. Conditions include:

  1. Must be a current full-time student attending classes at a high school

Students may purchase a reduced fare by either:
• Presenting a valid school photo ID issued by a high school; or obtaining a DART High School Student ID
• Present a valid school photo ID issued by a high school and, a $2.00 fee at the DART Store located at 1401 Pacific Ave, Dallas, TX 75202, Monday – Friday between the hours of 9-11 a.m. or 2-4 p.m.

Students who have qualified in the above manner may purchase the following pass types at Reduced Fares: 2-Hour, Day Pass and 31-Day Pass. Passes are valid on all DART, TRE, The T and DCTA buses and trains and may be purchased for use Monday – Friday only. Regular fares are required to ride on weekends.

Have a great 2015-16 school year and find out where else DART can take you at DART.org/dartable.

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Photos: See the big crowds, packed buses from MegaFest day one

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Learn everything about taking DART to MegaFest at DART.org/megafest. Thanks for riding and have a great weekend!

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Featured photo: DART Rail in a blur

One more day till I'm on vacation for a week!

A photo posted by Branden Yackevicz (@byackevicz) on

Thanks to Instagram user byackevicz for this great shot of the DART Rail traveling by the Hyatt and Reunion Tower on the west side of downtown Dallas. Keep sharing your photos and tagging them with #DARTable!

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Let DART be your transportation to MegaFest 2015 in downtown Dallas

Welcome to Dallas, MegaFest 2015 attendees! The festival celebrating entertainment, inspiration and empowerment takes over downtown Dallas and DART is your best bet to get between venues.

First:

Download GoPass and pick up your four-day GoPass ticket to make sure you always have your fare ready when traveling between the American Airlines Center and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Second:

Pick your method for transportation.

Rail:
• Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (Convention Center Station) – Served by the Blue Line and the Red Line. (If you are riding TRE to Union Station, transfer to the Red or Blue Line.)
• American Airlines Center (Victory Station) – Served by the Green Line, the Orange Line and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE).
• Customers traveling by DART Rail between Convention Center Station and Victory Station will need to transfer trains at West End Station.

Bus:
• DART bus service between American Airlines Center and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center will be available to MegaFest attendees. Board buses outside the west entrance of American Airlines Center. At Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, board buses on Ceremonial Drive outside of Hall C.
• For more efficient boarding of buses, please purchase your DART pass prior to getting in the bus line. GoPass will be your best option for purchasing your transit pass.
• The bus service schedule is as follows:

Aug. 20: 5:30 p.m. to midnight
Aug. 21: 7 a.m. to midnight
Aug. 22: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aug. 23: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Third:

Have fun and let us know if you have questions. You can reach us on Twitter or Facebook.

Get more information at DART.org/megafest.

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Whole Foods Uptown deli gives nod to M-Line trolleys

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A brand new Whole Foods opened in Uptown last week and inside they give special recognition to the McKinney Avenue Trolley Authority in its deli.

Do the name Matilda, Betty, Green Dragon and others sound familiar? They should if you’re a regular M-Line rider. These are some of the names of the famed trolley cars used on the M-Line and now they are sandwiches available for order at Whole Foods Uptown. See details about the sandwiches below:

Rosie: Eye of Round, Chimichurri, Roasted Garlic, Roasted Tomatoes & Blue Cheese on a toasted Baguette

Crescent Rose “French Dip”: Bison, Caramelized Onions, Provolone & Au Jus

Betty: Peanut Butter, Berry Jam, Strawberries, Honey, Mint & Peanuts on Seduction Bread

Matilda: Pan-friend Chicken Mayo, Pepperoncini Peppers, Dill Pickles, Iceberg Lettuce & Tomato on a Buttermilk Bun

Petunia: Pimento Cheese & Garlic Pickles on Seduction Bread

Green Dragon: Hazelnut Field Roast, Vegan Chipotle Mayo, Grilled Asparagus, Artichoke Hearts & Friseeon Frocaccia

*Rosie and the Crescent Rose refer to the same vehicle (Car 122), which has two different nicknames and therefore two different sandwiches.

Which would you choose? Hop on the M-Line and head to Whole Foods Uptown to try for yourself. It’s located at McKinney Avenue and Fairmount Street in Uptown Dallas. It has northbound and southbound stops for the M-Line right outside its front door.

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Ride the rails and learn storytelling with North Lake College

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North Lake College is offering a mobile continuing education course later this month in cooperation with DART and the Trinity Railway Expres. Spend a day riding the TRE and learn about storytelling on a deadline with this one-day course offered on August 29th.

North Lake College invites local writers to take the TRE from Dallas to Fort Worth and back while learning the basics of storytelling under deadline, in the all-new Writers In Training Continuing Education course. The one-day, five-hour course with online and onboard components includes a train ticket, course materials, and a designated travel theme. It also comes with the opportunity to have your piece published online.

Class meets on Saturday, August 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $125

To enroll in CRWZ 1000 Writers in Training, contact Prof. Joanna Cattanach at jcattanach@dcccd.edu

North Lake College is located in Irving and is served by the DART Rail Orange Line at the attached North Lake College Station.

Ride the Rails and Write with NLC [North Lake Now]

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