Community Meetings March 4-11 About August 2019 DART Bus Service Change Proposals

DART invites riders to attend one of the remaining community meetings to learn about and give comments on major bus service improvements proposed for implementation in August 2019.

Please see DART.org/meetings to view the service change proposals and all meeting dates and times.

Community Meetings before the public hearing:

Monday, March 4, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
(Open House at 6 p.m.)
Oak Cliff Family YMCA
6701 S. Hampton Road, Dallas, TX 75232

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
(Open House at 6 p.m.)
Dallas West Branch Library
2332 Singleton Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75212

Thursday, March 7, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
(Open House at 6 p.m.)
Lenore Kirk Hall Elementary School – Library
2120 Keats Drive, Dallas, TX 75211

Saturday, March 9, 2019 • 12 p.m. (noon)
(Open House at 11:30 a.m.)
DART Headquarters – Board Room
1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202

Monday, March 11, 2019 • 12 p.m. (noon)
(Open House at 11:30 a.m.)
DART Headquarters – Board Room
1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202


Notice of Public Hearing
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
DART Headquarters – Board Room
1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202

Process for Receiving Comments
The DART Board of Directors encourages public comments on the night of the public hearing or in writing beforehand. Those desiring to speak should contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543 to register. Advance registration will be accepted until 1 p.m. on the day of the hearing. Those who have not pre-registered may sign up immediately before the hearing begins and will be scheduled to speak after those who have pre-registered. In addition, written comments received any time before the hearing is adjourned will become a part of the official hearing record.

Written comments may be submitted the night of the hearing, or they can be mailed in advance to:

DART Service Changes Proposals – August 2019
P.O. Box 660163 – 1401 Pacific Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75266-7232

Those sending comments should include their name, address and telephone number.

Notice for the Hearing and Visually Impaired
If you wish to attend the Public Hearing and need sign language interpretation, please notify DART at least 24 hours in advance by calling the Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) number: 214-749-3628. A Braille version of materials will also be made available upon request.

For additional information, contact:
DART Community Engagement
214-749-2543

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Sunny skies and warmer temps are probably all the enticement you need to get out of the house this weekend. But there are some great events to sweeten the pot. Among others, you’ll find an enriching way to observe Black History Month, an incredible profusion of springtime flowers and a brand-new exhibition at the Perot Museum. All DARTable, of course. Read on to find out more.

Friday, Feb. 22

15th Annual Weekend Festival of Black Dance – Rhythm & Soul of a People showcases the splendor of African dance. Both tonight and Saturday night, you can celebrate Black History Month by catching the Dallas Black Academy of Arts and Letters’ (DBAAL) annual event. The Washington, D.C.-based Kankouran West African Dance Company shares the spotlight with Atlanta Dance Connection for a stirring mix of traditional, contemporary and modern dance. Performances are at DBAAL’s Naomi Bruton Main Stage – near the corner of Akard and Canton streets in downtown Dallas. It’s a five-minute walk from Convention Center Station on the Red and Blue line.

Patton Oswalt is one of the funniest stand-up comedians around. Over a decades-long career, he’s racked up a lengthy list of film and television credits. Tonight, he comes to the Majestic Theatre to deliver his powerful, emotionally charged brand of comedy. The Majestic is only three blocks from St. Paul Station, served by all four DART Rail lines.

Guadalupe in the Guest Room is a funny and heartfelt story about new beginnings – and the healing power of telenovelas. The title character lives in the guest room of her son-in-law, while overcoming her grief over her daughter’s death. The two bond despite a language barrier. The play opens tonight and runs through March 17 at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre, about a seven-minute walk from Addison Transit Center.

Saturday, Feb. 23

The Art of the Brick is the latest traveling exhibition at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Featuring works of art constructed using only LEGO® bricks, it’s the world’s largest display of its kind. It opens today. You’ll see both original pieces and reimagined versions of art “celebrities” like Starry Night. You can also build stuff yourself. The exhibition runs through Aug. 18. The Perot Museum a six-minute walk from West End Station on all four DART Rail lines.

DFW Kid’s Directory Summer Camp & Activities Expo makes it easy to find the summer camp that’s right for you and your child. More than 40 of the area’s top summer camps will be on hand to provide information. You might not have even known about many of them. Avoid being wait-listed, secure your child’s spot and receive discounts. You may even win a free summer camp. The expo takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus. To get there, take the Red, Blue or Orange lines to Mockingbird Station, then catch the SMU Express (Route 768) or Museum Express (Route 743).

Dallas Blooms is one of the Dallas Arboretum’s most popular – and colorful – displays. Opening today, it has more than 100 varieties of spring flowers, including 500,000 tulips. This year’s theme: “Life’s A Picnic.” Among other variations on the theme, you’ll see an incredible topiary depicting a picnic. Also, the festival screens the “Best Picnic Scenes throughout Film” each day. You can sample picnic wines at Wine Down Wednesdays, check out live music every weekend, and much more. The flower festival runs through April 7. Dallas Arboretum is accessible via Bus Route 60; get off at Garland Road and Lakeland Drive.

Sunday, Feb. 24

Avatars and Incarnations: Buddhist and Hindu Art from the Collection at the Crow Museum of Asian Art explores divine avatars in Hindu and Buddhist art. An avatar is the physical incarnation of a deity; artistic representations of them vary quite a bit. This is your last chance to check out the fascinating Hindu and Buddhist figures. The exhibition closes after today. The Crow Museum is in the Downtown Arts District, a five- or six-minute walk from St. Paul Station, served by all four DART Rail lines.

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In Pictures: DART’s Black History Month Celebration at HQ

img_0251_edit-4From an oratory performance of “What Would King Say?” from 2019 MLK Oratory Competition winner, Toshia Kimball, to a parade of African fashion to a presentation by former Texas State Representative, Helen Giddings, DART recognized the contributions African Americans have made to society and culture with its annual Black History Month Celebration at its headquarters Feb. 19.

Here are a few scenes from the event:

 

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Get Festive – DART to Spring Events

The spring festival season soon will bloom, and most of the fun is right along the DART System. Get ready to break out the shades and your favorite sandals, and hop on board to these favorite springtime shindigs.

From March 8-10, North Texas shows its Irish streak with three days of fun and shenanigans at Fair Park. The North Texas Irish Festival has become a local rite of spring. With great music, dance, food, vendors and storytellers, it’s easy to see why. The festival is known far and wide as a premier venue for traditional Celtic music. And this year, the inaugural NTIF Fun Run will take place March 9 – registration starts outside the Magnolia Lounge at 7 a.m. To get your Irish on, catch the Green Line (of course) to Fair Park Station.

Still didn’t get the Irish out of your system? You’re in luck. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival – the largest in the Southwest – happens the very following weekend, on March 16. With around 90 floats and more than 125,000 attendees, the all-day blowout is a beloved tradition. As always, DART is the best way to the festivities. Lovers Lane and Mockingbird stations both put you right on the parade route; each is served by the Red, Blue and Orange lines.  The parade begins at 11 a.m. and travels along Greenville Avenue. Find out more at

The free Deep Ellum Arts Festival is proof positive that North Texas rocks. On the weekend of April 5-7, six blocks of Main Street (2900-3400) will be lined with more than 200 juried artists selling and commissioning original works. Some of them will be creating art right before your eyes. And of course, it wouldn’t be Deep Ellum without music; something like 100 acts will perform on several stages. There are also lots of fun diversions, and plenty of food and drink. All in all, it’s an enormous, three-day street festival, packed with sculptors, muralists, jewelers, painters, leather and wood crafters, and more. To get there, take the Green Line to Deep Ellum or Baylor University Medical Center, and follow the music.

Spring is the time to appreciate Mother Earth. For a down-home Earth Day with great food and vendors, hit Oak Cliff Earth Day on April 14 at scenic Lake Cliff Park. Artists will display and sell their wares in the beautiful, historic setting, near both the Oakenwald Street and Sixth Street stops of the Dallas Streetcar. You can catch the streetcar just across the street from Union Station.

For a larger Earth Day experience, head to EarthX. The free, three-day festival in Fair Park is the biggest of its kind. On the weekend of April 26-28, springtime fun will be in the air, with live music, food and beer. You’ll also find environmental organizations, academic institutions and other subject-matter experts on hand to educate and enlighten. To get to the celebration of all things green, take (you guessed it) the Green Line to Fair Park Station.

On May 4, Haggard Park comes alive with the food, colors and culture of the East. At Plano AsiaFest, you can learn more about Asian languages, medicine, music and fashion. It’s a rich exposition of the various, distinct cultures of Asia – from Japan and Korea, to China, Vietnam and Nepal – and that’s just getting started. The Earth’s biggest continent is yours to explore, with cultural demonstrations, performances, and vendors. It’s all right next to Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Every year, Homegrown Music and Arts Festival turns Main Street Garden into a vibrant hub bursting with music, art, vendors, food and beverages. On April 13, the tradition continues with 10 acts – and as in the past, the emphasis is on “local”: The Toadies, Tripping Daisy and Seryn perform, along with many more. Kids under 10 attend for free. The park is just three blocks from St. Paul Station in downtown Dallas. It’s served by all four DART Rail lines.

Wildflowers are the sure sign that spring’s arrived, and Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is a three-day celebration where fun and frolic flourishes. From May 17-19, check out a bouquet of musical acts, as well as a profusion of exhibitors, vendors, kid’s activities and other stuff. This year’s headliners are Good Charlotte, Neon Trees, Quiet Riot and RATT. It all happens at Galatyn Park Urban Center, directly adjacent to the Red Line’s Galatyn Park Station.

DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival features spectacular kite flying, exciting dragon boat races, beautiful Asian dance performances, lion and dragon dances, plus food, arts & crafts, and educational activities. The event happens May 19 at Irving’s Lake Carolyn, near Las Colinas Urban Center Station.

A food lover’s paradise, Taste Addison features scores of restaurants there to tempt you – and with reduced prices, no less. There are also chef demonstrations, wine tastings and more. Music is also on the menu at Addison Circle Park from May 31-June 2. To get there, take one of numerous buses to Addison Transit Center.

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DART to Happy Camping

It’s already time to think about summer camp! There are lots of options, but every year, they book up fast.

The DFW Kid’s Directory Summer Camp & Activities Expo simplifies the whole process and even makes it fun. On. Feb. 23, representatives from more than 40 summer camps will gather under one roof, making it easy to browse and select the camp that’s the best fit for your child. Both day camps and overnight camps will be on hand. You can check out camps specializing in the arts, sports, music, computers, you name it. You’ll probably discover options you didn’t even know existed.

Since you can speak with staff, directors and campers from numerous camps, you’ll be able to get a real feel for each one.  Best of all, your child will be part of the decision-making process. While you’re there, secure your child’s spot, receive discounts, and – maybe! – win a free summer camp.

There will be activities, crafts and games to keep both younger kids and teens entertained. And parents can learn relevant info such as what to budget for camp costs.

The expo takes place at Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus. Get there by taking DART’s Red, Blue or Orange lines to Mockingbird Station, then getting on the Museum Express (Route 743) or SMU Express (Route 768).

This is a great chance to make sure that both you and your child are happy campers this summer.

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Did You Know: MLK, Jr. Station

The design elements at DART’s MLK, Jr. Station communicate a theme of passing ideas from one generation to the next. The station’s artwork features African sculptures and symbols and depicts events of Southern Dallas during the civil rights era.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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Happy Valentine’s Day! If you haven’t bought flowers or chocolate by the time you read this, we can’t guarantee they’ll be easy to come by. We can guarantee that DART will get you to a pair of Valentine’s-themed performances on Valentine’s Day – plus lots of other cool stuff that fits the bill whether you’re single, hitched, betrothed or somewhere in between. Get on board, get out into a weekend of spring-like weather, and get into these performances, exhibits and other events.

Thursday, Feb. 14

I Do! I Do! is a nostalgic work about the ins and outs of romance. We follow Michael and Agnes from their wedding day all the way through a midlife crisis and beyond. The story is set to a tuneful, charming score. Performances open tonight and run through Monday at the Majestic Theatre. It’s only about a three-block walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines. 

My Funny Valentine is another performance that’s tailor-made for this day. The show features the standup duo of Pat Hazell and Dena Blizzard riffing on relationships and dating. There’s even a Q&A where you can ask relationship advice (pro tip: don’t forget to buy flowers or chocolate). Performances happen tonight through Saturday night, plus a Saturday matinee. Catch it at the Eisemann Center – just steps from Galatyn Park Station on the Red Line.

Friday, Feb. 15

Bless Me, Ultima is the tale of a 6-year-old boy who meets a curandera – one who heals with herbs and magic. She comes to live with the boy’s family and helps him face the challenges of childhood. Along the way, he discovers the magic of his ancestors and himself. The story of healing and Mexican-American culture is performed in English through March 3. It’s at the Latino Cultural Center, two blocks from the Green Line’s Deep Ellum Station.  

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art rolls around again, with its trove of experiences and performances. From 6 p.m. to midnight, explore the Keir Collection of Islamic Art. There also will be world music, Arabic calligraphy, a Late Night Talk about contemporary Muslim fashion, and lots more. While you’re there, be sure to check out An Enduring Legacy: The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Collection of Impressionist and Modern Art, which closes after Sunday. The exhibition has pieces by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Henry Moore, among others.

’til Midnight at the Nasher will be going on right across Olive Street, with musical performances by Matthew Ryan, Brandon Koro and Rhett Miller. Yep, that’s right: The frontman and main songwriter of the Old 97’s will give an intimate performance right in the Dallas Arts District. There also will be a screening of the film Black Panther.

Both the Nasher and the DMA are about a three-block walk from St. Paul Station, served by all DART Rail lines.

Cultural Awareness offers you an opportunity to enjoy African American arts and culture this Black History Month. The performance is the Dallas Black Dance Theater’s salute to Odetta Homes and Nina Simone. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater artist Matthew Rushing created ODETTA; choreographer Dianne McIntyre evokes the incomparable High Priestess of Soul with Nina Simone Project. Performances are for three nights only – tonight through Sunday – at the Wyly Theater. It’s about a nine-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station on all four rail lines.   

Saturday, Feb. 16

Bells Are Ringing is a romantic musical comedy at the Granville Arts Center in Downtown Garland. The play follows an eavesdropping answering-service operator (are you old enough to remember those?) who meddles in her clients’ private lives using a variety of voices and characters. Along the way, she falls in love with a struggling playwright. Performances run Friday and Saturday nights, with a Sunday matinee. The Granville is right next to Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.

Sunday, Feb. 17

Rainbow Vomit is at the end of its run; after Monday, it will be gone. The interactive art experience immerses you in technicolor art, light and sound. A 2,600-square foot space in Exposition Park is packed with everything from superheroes to unicorns, with colors that seem to have been “vomited” from a comic book. The pop-up art adventure is at 3609 Parry Ave., catty-corner from Fair Park Station on the Green Line.

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Community Meetings Begin Feb. 19 About the August 2019 DART Bus Service Change Proposals

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Major Bus Service Changes Proposed for August 2019

DART is proposing a series of bus service improvements for implementation in August 2019.

A public hearing, preceded by a series of community meetings, has been scheduled to receive comments on the proposed changes. These changes also represent a major step in the creation of a new long-range Transit System Plan for the DART Service Area.

The community meetings will seek input on near-term DART projects and long-range opportunities. Each meeting will include an open house to view displays and discuss DART’s 2045 Transit System Plan, followed by a formal presentation of the August 2019 bus service change proposals.

Basic components of the service change proposals include:

  • Establishment of a core frequent route network
  • Continuation of the route restructuring project
  • Express bus re-routing in downtown Dallas
  • Miscellaneous schedule adjustments

View more information about the August 2019 DART bus service change proposals.

For the complete list of upcoming meetings, visit DART.org/meetings.

Public Hearing
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
DART Headquarters – Board Room
1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202

DART Community Meetings Next Week:

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
(Open House at 6 p.m.) *
Plano Municipal Center
1520 K Avenue #300 Room A, Plano, TX 75074

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
(Open House at 6 p.m.)*
Grauwyler Recreation Center
7780 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75235

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
(Open House at 6 p.m.)*
Irving City Hall (Council Chambers)
825 West Irving Boulevard, Irving, TX 75060

 

 

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Did You Know: Chief James D. Spiller

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As DART’s first African American Chief of Police and Emergency Management, James D. Spiller leads DART’s Police and Emergency Management Operations.

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DART: Your Ride to the Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs hit their hometown court eight times over the next month, promising plenty of thrills. See Luka Doncic, the teenage phenom from Slovenia (the highest-scoring NBA rookie), in action right before your eyes. And did you know Nowitzki needs just over 100 points to surpass Wilt Chamberlain as the sixth-highest scorer ever? When that happens, you’ll want to be there to see it.

There’s no penalty for traveling on DART. To the contrary – we’re the official ride of the Dallas Mavericks. And, with Victory Station right across the parking lot from the American Airlines Center’s entrance, it’s easy to see why. No parking costs, no bumper-to-bumper traffic snarls. The station is served by DART Rail’s Green and Orange lines, as well as the Trinity Railway Express (TRE).

Here are some tips to ensure a smooth trip:

  • Park your car at one of DART Rail’s many rail stations with ample parking. Then get your ticket at the ticket vending machine and hop on the next train. Good to go! Visit org’s location list page to find the park-and-ride nearest you.
  • If you’re not near a Green or Orange line station, you’ll need to catch a transfer. You can do so conveniently in DART’s Downtown Transitway Mall – that’s Pearl/Arts District, Paul, Akard and West End stations. All DART Rail lines run through this segment. And since either the Green or Orange Line will get you to the American Airlines Center, you won’t have to wait long.
  • DART Rail trains depart at 20-minute intervals during off-peak times, and generally run at 15-minute intervals during weekday rush hours, until about 6:30 p.m. For specific departure times, visit the schedules page on DART.org.
  • Get GoPass®. The latest version of DART’s mobile ticketing app is ready for download. You can track buses and trains in real time, easily access transit system maps, and much more. Get it for free at the App Store or Google Play. The GoPass® Tap transit card is a reloadable, stored-balance “smart card” that allows you to simply tap your card to an electronic reader and go; it’s available at 7-11, Ace Cash Express, Tom Thumb and other retailers. Both products make taking transit a snap. You’ll never need cash again!
  • Stay in the loop with DART’s mobile travel tools:
    • DART.org – our mobile site – has a trip planner, bus and train locators, rider alerts and point-to-point schedules.
    • Our Twitter feed gives you real-time information. Check us out at @DARTmedia and @DARTalerts.
    • You can always call Customer Service at 214-979-1111 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
  • Trains have lots of space – use it. It’s natural to get on at the closest door. But if the platform is crowded, stretch out a little and find the car with the most elbow room. And remember, the center section of each vehicle has low floors that are level with the platform. Roll right on with your stroller, mobility device, bicycle or anything else with wheels.

Now that you know the score, get on board for some thrilling hoops. See you at the game!

What
Dallas Mavericks regular season home games

When
Feb. 13. Vs. Miami Heat
Feb. 22 vs. Denver Nuggets
Feb. 27 vs. Indiana Pacers
March 2 vs. Memphis Grizzlies
March 10 vs. Houston Rockets
March 12 vs. San Antonio Spurs
March 16 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
March 18 vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Where
American Airlines Center

How
Green or Orange Line to Victory Station

Full Mavericks schedule/more info
https://www.mavs.com/

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