DARTable Destination: Meat-free eats on Lenten Fridays

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Whether your’re observing the Lenten season and avoiding meat on Fridays or trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle in 2016, check out some of these DARTable destinations to enjoy some vegetarian, vegan or seafood eats.

Spiral Diner

Don’t let the vegan label deter you from Spiral Diner in Oak Cliff. This restaurant serves up healthy, affordable and delicious food to all types of eaters. Don’t miss the nachos. The “cheese” is actually a cashew-based sauce that gives the nachos a nutty flavor.

Spiral Diner is located at 1101 N. Beckley Avenue. Head two blocks south from the Dallas Streetcar’s Beckley Stop.

Shell Shack

Don’t be ashamed to strap on a bib at Shell Shack. This Uptown Dallas restaurant offers four types of crab, crawfish, oysters and more. The fun comes when the servers dump your crab legs directly on the paper-lined table for consumption.

Shell Shack is located at 2916 McKinney Ave. Hop on the M-Line trolley from St. Paul Station for door-to-door service.

Deep Sushi

Start out your Friday night in Deep Ellum with a stop at Deep Sushi. This laid-back venue has seafood and meat options for all members of your party. If you’re feeling adventurous, try one of the sushi boats that includes a range of raw fish options served on a miniature boat.

Deep Sushi is located at 2624 Elm Street, which is a few blocks away from Baylor University Medical Center Station on DART’s Green Line.

Dallas Fish Market

A list of seafood eats in North Texas wouldn’t be complete without mentioning fish and chips. Head to Dallas Fish Market to try one of the best rated fish and chips in the area.

Find Dallas Fish Market at 1501 Main St. Suite 100 in Downtown Dallas. Hop on any train to Akard Station and walk two block south.

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

Ride the DART Rail Green Line to Fair Park Station this weekend for Jurassic Quest in the Fair Park Automobile Building. Check out a dinosaur adventure for the whole family featuring over 50 ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs, a Dino Bounce area, face painting, fossil digs, Dino crafts and more! Hours are Friday from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Information: www.jurassicquest.com.

Ride the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to Fort Worth ITC Station this weekend for the Texas Home & Garden Show at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston Street and see the ultimate front yard/back yard experience presented by the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association (TNLA). Visit face-to-face with local landscapers to have your lawn and garden questions answered. Visit aisle upon aisle of products and services to improve, inspire or innovate your home and garden areas. Participate in one of the hands-on workshops. Bring the whole family and enjoy the FREE KidsZone which includes inflatables and so much more! There’s something for everyone at the Texas Home and Garden Show in Fort Worth. Information: texashomeandgarden.com.

Find more events like the Klyde Warren Park’s Valentine’s Day festival or Chinese New Year Festival on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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Featured Tweet: Sunset on the way to a Stars game

Thanks to Twitter user @AlexOptiMaldona for riding DART to the February 6 Stars-Blackhawks game. He and his fiancé shot this great sunset photo at Irving Convention Center Station.

Did you know?: DART offers a special Red Line and Blue Line trains heading towards Plano and Rowlett from Victory Station 15 minutes after every Stars or Mavs game. Learn more on our DART to the American Airlines Center page.

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DART project highlighted in President Obama’s 2017 budget

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A project that will positively impact many DART passengers was awarded $49 million as part of President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget that was unveiled this week.

The $49 million is awarded to DART for the Red and Blue Line platform extension project. This project will expand the length of 28 stations along the Red and Blue lines so they can accommodate three-car trains and greatly increase the capacity of DART’s system (Green Line, Orange Line and Downtown Dallas stations have already been extended or built to accommodate three-car trains).

“Since 2009, the Obama Administration has funded nearly 100 new and expanded mass transit projects in Texas and across the country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These projects transform communities, improving mobility and access to jobs, education and other important opportunities for millions of residents. Public transit is an important ally in the effort to ensure that hard-working Americans are offered a chance to succeed in the 21st century economy.”

You can see what goes into a platform extension for yourself at Ledbetter Station. As part of the SOC3 Blue Line extension to South Oak Cliff, the platforms at Ledbetter Station are being extended and renovated.

“FTA is proud to partner with communities in Dallas and across the country to bring more transportation options to residents and help accommodate our nation’s growing population,” said FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan. “This investment in Dallas’s public transportation network will improve the mobility and quality of life for thousands of residents, provide an alternative to traffic congestion, and spur more economically vibrant communities.”

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Station to Vacation: DART to the airport for your next trip

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Save money and skip the hassle of traffic. DART has convenient and economical ways to travel to both Love Field and DFW Airport. Download the GoPass app for mobile tickets, schedules, travel tips, and more.

Dallas Love Field

8008 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas
Inwood/Love Field StationDART’s Love Link 524 operates between Dallas Love Field and Inwood/Love Field Station, providing an airport connection to the DART Rail Green Line and Orange Line. The Green Line and Orange Line provide service to downtown Dallas. Transfer to the Red Line or Blue Line at any one of these four downtown stations – West End, Akard, St. Paul or Pearl/Arts District. Victory Station on the Green Line and Orange Line provides a connection between DART Rail and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) commuter rail.
» View more airport information at dallas-lovefield.com
» Traveling to and from Dallas Love Field Airport.
Trip Planner Tip: Use Dallas Love Field as your destination.
Nearest DART Rail station: Inwood/Love Field Station

DFW International Airport

3200 East Airfield Drive, DFW Airport
DFW Airport StationDFW Airport Station provides convenient access to DFW International Airport’s Terminal A. A scenic walkway connects the station to the terminal (Terminal A, Lower Level Curb, Entry A-10). DFW Airport Station is served by DART Rail Orange Line trains.
» View more airport information at dfwairport.com
» Traveling to and from DFW Airport on DART and TRE.
Trip Planner Tip: Use DFW Airport Station as your destination for trips using the Orange Line. Use CentrePort/DFW Airport Station as your destination for trips using TRE.
Nearest DART Rail station: DFW Airport Station
Nearest TRE station: CentrePort/DFW Airport Station

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Destination DART: Dallas Comic Con Fan Days

Comic ConCelebrate love this Valentine’s Day weekend at Dallas Comic Con Fan Days. You can celebrate your love of sci-fi and find the love of your life. That’s right! An additional feature to Comic Con Fan Days is speed dating. Speed dating is open all types of people looking for love. Whether you’re a member of the LGBTPQ community or straight and single, there’s a speed dating session for you.
If you’re not looking for love, there’s still plenty to do. Classic meets contemporary during this Comic Con. The cast of the Dukes of Hazard will be there. They’ll be joined by cast members from Arrow, The Flash, Gotham and more. Fans can get autographs, sit in on questions and answer sessions and even get their pictures taken with the stars.

There’s also a red carpet for people who are into cosplay. If you’re not into cosplay, stand back and appreciate those who are! There are separate contests for kids and adults. There’s also a special question and answer session with some cosplaying experts for those looking for tips!

You can get to Dallas Comic Con Fan Days at the Irving Convention Center on the Orange Line. Ticket prices to the event vary.

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

• Ride the DART Rail Green Line to Deep Ellum Station Friday for Apollo’s Flight, the live multi-media show, featuring an electronic spectacle of light, music and dance, at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak Street. Apollo’s Flight is a concept that will blend original electronic music by key composer, Mr. Marek Eneti, Jonathan Jones, Radu Cernat, and Francine Thirteen, magnificent media projection by Joao Beira, electronic progressive live instrumentation by all the composers, contemporary dance presented by Contemporary Ballet Dallas, vivid costume design by Jesse Thaxton, and spacey film footage. It is a concept that will take an audience member on a journey using most of the senses and even inspire the imagination, memory, and beyond. Tickets are $30. Information:www.dallasculture.org.

• Ride the DART Rail Green Line to Fair Park Station and MLK, Jr. Station Saturday for the Hot Chocolate 15/5K Run. Enjoy a beautiful run through Dallas’ most scenic spots, then celebrate your victory with fellow chocolatiers at the most scrumptious post-race party in the nation complete with Kid Zone, live DJ, and much more! Recommended race day arrival time for the 15k and 5k is 6:00 a.m. in Fair Park. The Hot Chocolate Expo takes place in the Automobile Building on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Information: www.hotchocolate15k.com/dallas.

Find more events like the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo or Her Stories on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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Video: Learn more about DART’s Student Art Contest

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Visit DART.org/artcontest for complete rules and find out how to enter.

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Carrollton traffic signal boxes get an artistic DART treatment

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As part of a new pilot program, traffic signal boxes in Carrollton are getting some artistic treatment highlighting the best that the city has to offer, including its connection to DART.

In September 2015, the Carrollton City Council approved the pilot program to incorporate artwork into the traffic signal boxes that exist at almost every intersection.

“These cabinets take advantage of an opportunity to carry our city branding into additional public spaces while creatively developing our corridors with designs that feature Carrollton’s assets,” said Marketing Director Kelli Lewis.

The city’s first wrapped signal box carries a familiar image: a DART Light Rail vehicle. This signal box is located at Hebron Parkway and SH 121 adjacent to the Burger King parking lot. A total of 36 more signal boxes will be wrapped as part of the project.

Thanks for making us a part of your art program, Carrollton!

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Dallas Streetcar to get weekend service, later hours

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The Dallas Streetcar is moving to late nights and weekends. It’s in anticipation of the expansion to the Bishop Arts District later this year.

On Monday, Feb. 15, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, in partnership with the City of Dallas, will begin seven-day a week streetcar service at 9:30 a.m. The cars will run until midnight making connections with the final DART Rail trains at Union Station. The current operation is weekdays only, 5 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.

These expanded hours will allow passengers to explore some of the Dallas Streetcar’s DARTable destinations like the new Roger W. Lytle Disc Golf Course at Founders Park, Jonathon’s Oak Cliff (can’t miss chicken & waffles), El Fenix, Spiral Diner (just in time for Lenten season) and more!

The free streetcar operates along the 1.6 mile route every 30 minutes at all times. Later in 2016, frequency will improve to every 20 minutes at all times with completion of the southern extension to Bishop Arts.

Customers needing earlier trips into Downtown Dallas should consider Route 21 which parallels the Dallas Streetcar as it travels over the Houston and Jefferson Viaducts.

More information is available at DallasCityNews.net, DART.org/DallasStreetcar or by calling 214.979.1111.

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