Experience Dining Under the Stars in Plano

Downtown Plano’s fine dining event of the year, “Night Out on 15th,” is May 22, and advanced tickets have already gone on sale. The event features a 300-foot-long table down the middlePlano Dining of 15th Street. Take DART’s Red or Orange Line to the Downtown Plano Station and enjoy live music and an elegant plated dinner paired with craft cocktails, beer, and wine.

Helping plate up the event this year is the nonprofit restaurant and training program, Café Momentum. Students from Café Momentum will work alongside Downtown Plano Arts District chefs to prepare and serve a five-course meal in heart of the historic neighborhood. Partial proceeds from the event will go to benefit Café Momentum’s internship training.

Set against the backdrop of downtown’s historic architecture, the Night Out on 15th event will feature live music from the Plano Symphony Orchestra, craft cocktails from TX Whiskey and Deep Eddy Vodka, while dessert will be served in a whiskey-cigar lounge sponsored by Woodford Reserve and Lone Star Cigar.

For more information on Night Out on 15th, visit http://www.visitplano.com/.

The best way to get your DART transit pass is through the agency’s free GoPass℠ app, which is available in the App Store and the Google Play store. On GoPass, you can buy and store your tickets on your phone, access travel tools and rider alerts, and look up events and offers. Learn more at DART.org/GoPass.

Learn what else is happening around North Texas at DART.org/specialevents.

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Top 3 Reasons to Attend DART’s Older Americans Month Information and Health Fair on May 5

health screeningFrom giveaways to live entertainment, there are so many reasons to attend DART’s annual Older Americans Month Information and Health Fair. But you don’t have to take it from us!

We asked Josephine Albert – who has come to the event every year since it started more than 20 years ago – what she likes best. Here are her three top reasons to come:

1. Health screenings: A lot of seniors either have no insurance or are under-insured, so the free screenings are wonderful.

2. Fellowship and fun: Many seniors are lonely, so coming to fair is a chance to be with friends and make new ones. She loves the dancing!

3. Easy access via DART: You can take either the train or bus to Fair Park Station, and then it’s a short, easy walk to Centennial Hall.

The 22nd Annual Older Americans Information and Health Fair will be held Thursday, May 5, at Centennial Hall in Fair Park, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry to the fair is free.

To learn more, visit: DART.org/seniors

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Irving City Source: DART Hosts Bike to Work Challenge

DART is hosting a Bike to Work Challenge to help encourage riders to use bicycles as an alternative to driving during the month of May, and Irving’s City Source tells residents how they can participate.

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Explore National Preservation Month at these DARTable events

Fair-Park DCVBPhoto from Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau

In celebration of National Preservation Month during the month of May, Preservation Dallas and its partners present a slate of free and ticketed public events, exhibits, talks, and tours will celebrate the unique historic places that make Dallas special, give it character, and distinguish it from other cities across the nation.

Below are the events that are accessible by DART. See the entire schedule of events here.

May 1, 1-3 p.m.
Fair Park Art + Architecture Scavenger Hunt
Fair Park
Hall of State, 3939 Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
Discover the exciting art and architecture of historic Fair Park through a scavenger hunt for children and adult teams of up to 6 hosted by Preservation Dallas and Friends of Fair Park. You can register onsite the day of event at the blue tent in front of the Hall of State.
           Via DART Rail Green Line to Fair Park Station, then walk 0.4 mile

May 2-31, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Architectural Styles of Dallas Exhibit
Dallas City Hall, first floor lobby
1500 Marilla St., Dallas, TX 75201
Experience an engaging exhibit which highlights 27 unique architectural styles found in Dallas. The hallmarks of each style are explained through text and photographs of local examples that showcase the styles and bring the exhibit to life.
           Via DART Rail Red Line or Blue Line to Convention Center Station, then walk 0.5 mile

May 4, 6:15-8 p.m.
Dallas Architecture Forum Lecture – Fred Kent
Magnolia Theatre
3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
$20, must preregister
        Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line or Orange Line to CityPlace/Uptown Station, then M-Line Trolley or walk 0.3 mile.

May 10, 6:15-8 p.m.
Dallas Architecture Forum Panel – Economics and Architecture
Dallas Center for Architecture
1909 Woodall Rodgers Frwy, Suite 100 Dallas, TX 75201
          Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to St. Paul Station, then M-Line Trolley or walk 0.5 mile down N. St. Paul Street.

May 14, 10 a.m.
Lost Dallas Walking Tour
Start at Main Street Garden
1902 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201
$20, must preregister
          Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to St. Paul Station, then walk 0.3 mile.

May 17, 6-8 p.m.
Pour Yourself Into History
Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75226
           Via DART Rail Green Line to Baylor University Medical Center Station, then walk 0.4 mile.

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Make plans to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Garland cinco de mayo pic 1Photo courtesy of city of Garland, 2015 Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Keep reading for great DARTable options.

May 1, 6-8 p.m. – Fiesta TecalISO at Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas
Experience Mexico through its most traditional music performed by world-class musicians. The United States-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation is presenting Fiesta TecalISO, a Cinco de Mayo concert with the renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán and the Irving Symphony Orchestra.

Take the Orange Line to Irving Convention Center Station.

May 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m. – Tequila Dinner at Urban Crust

Urban Crust – an Italian pizza restaurant – marks the historic day by offering five tequilas paired together with five courses.

Take the Red Line to Downtown Plano Station.

May 4, 4:30-8:30 p.m. – Cinco de Mayo for a Cure a Primo’s Bar & Grill

Primo’s is hosting a pre-Cinco de Mayo party and drink for a good cause. All funds from ticket sales go to Huntington’s Disease Society of America Greater North Texas Affiliate. Tickets are $25, and you receive one free blue (for HD) margarita, taco buffet and $4 discounted blue margaritas all night.

Take the M-Line Trolley to McKinney Avenue

May 7, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. – Cinco de Mayo Festival in Garland

NBC 5 and the Garland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce host the 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in historic downtown Garland. Fun for the whole family, there will be bounce houses for the children, Ballet Folklorico performances and great food!

Take the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station.

May 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Cinco de Mayo Parade, Festival & Tailgating

The Cinco de Mayo celebration put on by Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts is the biggest and longest running (29 years) one around. It has a parade, festival and car show. It is held on historic Jefferson Boulevard, which is considered the epicenter of one of the most important commercial and cultural zones of the Mexican-American community.

Take D-Link Route 722 to Jefferson Boulevard.

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Dallas City Council names long-time DART VP to board

Sue bauman.jpgFormer DART Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and current Richland College faculty member Sue Bauman has been appointed to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) board of directors by the Dallas City Council.

Bauman joined DART in 1984 and served as an agency vice president until her retirement in 2011. She joined Richland as adjunct instructor in government in 2011.

Long active in the community, she has served on the boards of the Dallas Zoological Society, North Texas Crime Commission, Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau and the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority.

Bauman is a graduate of The University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Urban Studies, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Southern Methodist University.

She replaces Robert Strauss of Dallas who was appointed to the DART Board in 2006.



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It’s Festival Season and DART can get you there!

Asia Fest

                                                                                                                        Photo provided by city of Plano

Spring is in the air and festival season has arrived. From art to music to food, there are lots of things to discover in North Texas. Best of all, many festivals are easily accessible on DART, so leave your car behind and avoid the stress of parking.

The Evolution of Hip-Hop unfolds at the BOOM 94.5 Music Festival April 30, at Fair Park. Over 20 artists are scheduled to perform at this year’s event, including Master P, Mystikal, Silkk the Shocker, Big Daddy Kane, YoYo, and many others. Take DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station or MLK, Jr. Station.

On May 7, take DART’s Blue Line to the Downtown Garland Station and celebrate history, culture and fun at the 4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Downtown Festival. There will be live music and a special performance by Garland ISD’s Mariachi Estrellas.

Also on May 7, Plano is celebrating the 13th anniversary of AsiaFest at Haggard Park, a DARTable gem. This community-wide festival is sponsored and produced by Plano’s Asian communities, and showcases the rich cultures of Asia: Japan and Korea in the north; China, Taiwan, and the Philippines to the east; Vietnam and Malaysia in the south; and Bangladesh, India, and Nepal in the southeast. The numerous cultural demonstrations, performances, and vendors will provide a fun and engaging time for your entire family. Take DART’s Red Line to the Downtown Plano Station.

Learn what else is happening around North Texas at DART.org/specialevents.

Discover other places DART can take you, by visiting DART.org/DARTable. And be sure to download DART’s free GoPassSM app. It has every travel tool you need! Download it from the App Store or the Google Play store.

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Dallas Police Chief Headlines 22nd Annual Older Americans Information and Health Fair

Chief_Brown_-_Dallas_PDDallas Police Chief David Brown is a special guest at the 22nd Annual Older Americans Information and Health Fair sponsored by DART. The event will be held May 5, at Centennial Hall in Fair Park, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A 30-year veteran, Chief Brown commands a department of more than 4,000 employees. At the May event, he will visit with and talk to senior citizens as they celebrate the theme “Blaze a Trail: May 2016.”

Seniors will have entertainment, health screenings, prizes, giveaways and information available to them thanks to event partners City of Dallas, Community Council of Greater Dallas, Dallas Police Department, Telemundo-39 (KXTX) and NBCDFW-5 (KXAS).

DART Senior Citizen Photo ID cards also will be available at the health fair. Just bring proof of age, such as a driver’s license, passport or other substantiating documentation. There is a $2 fee to cover the cost of the photo.

DART’s Green Line is the quickest way to Fair Park Station where it’s a short walk to Centennial Hall. Attendees are encouraged to park for free at any DART bus or train facility and ride transit to the health fair. Passengers who show their valid pass at the event will receive a special prize and the center or organization that brings the most seniors on DART will receive special recognition.

For more information, visit DART.org/seniors.

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Masters of Transportation: Transit helps reduce commuting costs


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Now that acceptance letters are arriving, it’s time for the college-bound to start thinking about their transportation options. If you’re going to college within the DART Service Area, a transit pass is almost as valuable as your student ID.

DART has a bus stop or rail station within walking distance of more than 30 trade schools,colleges and universities, making it possible to progress from community college to a doctoral degree without owning a car.

“Education is the most important variable for upward social mobility, and DART helps remove the transportation barrier,” said Dr. Joe May, chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District.

DART offers reduced fares to full-time college or trade school students who possess the proper DART-issued student ID, making travel to and from campus more affordable.

If the college or university participates in the DART Higher Education Pass Program, students must obtain a semester DART Pass from the school – usually the parking office. If the institution does not participate, those students may take advantage of DART’s Reduced College/Trade School fares. In both cases, enrollment must be verified at the beginning of every academic semester and your pass updated at the DART Store in Downtown Dallas.

Discover how to reach campus with DART’s Travel Agent.

Learn more about how to get your DART-issued student ID:



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Earth Day Texas Brings Best of Texas Together and DART is Your Ride to Festivities

RGL_2942The world’s largest annual green exhibition – Earth Day Texas (EDTx) – kicks off today at 10 a.m. at Dallas’ Fair Park. The free celebration runs through Sunday and is open each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDTx has something for everyone and DART is the best way to get there.

New to EDTx this year, the Savor Sustainable Food Market and Untapped Sustainable Beer Pavilion, will offer visitors the best tastes and beers from locally sourced restaurants and responsible breweries. Other highlights include exhibits, speakers, live local music, a KERA Family Zone and an eco-film series. Weekend highlights include talks by leaders and luminaries such as Ted Roosevelt IV, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Karenna Gore and Space Architect Constance Adams.

Local Texas artists will take the stage today from 2:15 to 5:45 p.m. and will provide hours of entertaining music all weekend. The live music will continue daily on Saturday and Sunday, with acts running back-to-back from 12:15 to 5:45 p.m. This year’s lineup will feature Michael Martin Murphey, Kinky Friedman, Mountain Natives, Telegraph Canyon, The O’s, The Tontons and more.

With more than 1,600 exhibit spaces at this year’s event, friends and families can experience fun, easy-to-navigate, interactive and educational events and activities.

To reach Fair Park, take DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds, or MLK, Jr. Station, located south of R.B. Cullum Boulevard and a block from Gate 6, which is near the Cotton Bowl.

You can purchase a DART transit pass from the agency’s free GoPass℠ app, which is available in the App Store and the Google Play store. On GoPass, you can buy and store your tickets on your phone, access travel tools and rider alerts, and look up events and offers. Learn more at DART.org/GoPass.

For more information on EDTx, visit earthdaytx.org.

Learn what else is happening around North Texas at DART.org/specialevents.

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