Respect the Ride: Keep Your Volume Low

Remember, our safety blitz takes place Tuesday, June 26, from 7-9 a.m.

From the Blue Line at Illinois Station to the Red Line at Parker Road Station, DART employees will be out and about sharing tips on how you can enjoy a safe ride.

Show you respect the ride by obeying the following 10 safety tips:

  1. Look up, stay alert – phones can be distracting.
  2. Remove an earbud or turn down the volume. Headphones can keep you from hearing approaching vehicles.
  3. Look both ways, cross only at designated crosswalks. Trains and buses cannot stop on a dime!
  4. Stand back from buses and trains at stations and stops. Be especially careful as vehicles arrive or depart.
  5. Wait for people to exit DART vehicles before you try to board. People off before people on.
  6. Watch your step as you get on and off DART vehicles. Always pay attention to the gap between the station platform and the train door.
  7. Keep the doors clear on DART vehicles and do not sit or stand on stairwells.
  8. Take a seat or hold on tight when you board. DART vehicles may stop abruptly.
  9. Yield to trains and buses. They weigh more, so you never win in an accident.
  10. Keep away from railroad tracks — never walk, ride, jog or hang out on or near them.
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Dallas Love Field Displays DART Student Art Contest Pieces

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Trains in outer space! Hot-air balloons carrying buses! Aliens in downtown Dallas!

There’s about a week left to view scenes like these at Dallas Love Field, which is displaying the winning artworks from DART’s 2018 Student Art Contest through the end of June.

Glass display cases between security and baggage claim showcase 100 original pieces of artwork from K-12 students from throughout North Texas. Students artistically captured the 2018 theme, “Oh, the Places DART Goes,” and the artwork reflects the artists’ perspective on DART.

Doreen Chen, a 10th grader from Jasper High School in Plano ISD, won the “Best of Show” award in the competition. In addition to a $1,000 cash prize, Chen received the honor of seeing her artwork on the exterior of select DART buses.

The Love Field exhibit will have run for six weeks, and the airport estimates about 450,000 visitors will pass by the display.

DART next will showcase select artworks in the lobby of the Courtyard Theater, near Downtown Plano Station. The exhibit runs July 9-Aug. 6 and the lobby is free to visit.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

DART: Your Ride This Weekend

From hot-rods to music, foodie delights to prehistoric predators, this weekend offers a wide array of entertainment. Check out these fun happenings, and of course, take DART to get there. If you do, feel free to share your experience in the comments.

Friday, June 22

You know it’s summer when Taste of Dallas arrives. The popular summertime food festival has something for everyone – more than 200 vendors, exhibitors, chefs, restaurants and exhibitors, plus live music and other attractions. It kicks off Friday and runs all weekend, indoors and out, at Gas Monkey Live. To get there, take the Green Line or Orange Line to Bachman Station, then catch Bus Route 528.

In the mood for a cool summer concert in the park? Every Friday night throughout the summer, the Addison Summer Series has one. Tonight, Warehouse, a Dave Matthews tribute band, takes the stage at Addison Circle Park – a short walk from Addison Transit Center, served by numerous bus routes.

Friday through Sunday, see some great theater in Garland. In the classic My Fair Lady, Professor Henry Higgins bets a colleague that in six months he can transform the low-born Eliza Doolittle into a proper lady. Packed with musical standards, the show is at the Granville Arts Center, right next to Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.

Get your fresh veggies for the weekend and mix it up with local ranchers, farmers and artisans at the Farmer’s Market at CityLine, happening in the development’s main square. Pick up some honey, desserts, bread, jams and salsa, as well as jewelry, candles, and other stuff; afterwards, check out one of the many restaurants at CityLine. Take the Red Line to CityLine/Bush Station to get there.

Friday is Clean Air Action Day. Air North Texas, a regional partnership that advocates for improving air quality in North Texas, encourages you to do at least one thing to help achieve that goal. If you ride DART today, you can check that off your list!

You also can check out DART’s new electric buses, which are a definite win in the clean-air department, at the city of Dallas’ event. A bus will be on display at City Hall from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. City Hall is near Convention Center Station.

Saturday, June 23

Ultimate Dinosaurs opens today! The highly anticipated exhibit at the Perot Museum of Nature unveils a newly discovered breed of dinosaurs. It’s fascinating stuff, for sure; highlights include 15 dinosaur casts, more than a dozen prehistoric specimens, and lifelike recreations of the dinosaurs in the flesh. Take any DART Rail line to Akard Station and take a short walk to get there.

Sunday, June 24

Want to check out some hot rods and motorcycles for a good cause? The Headrush HotRod & Motorcycle Show at the Bomb Factory benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. It’s only a $1 donation at the door, but you can be more generous if you like. The Bomb Factory is near Deep Ellum Station on the Green Line.

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Respect the Ride: Look and Listen

Paying attention to your surroundings can save your life. This National Safety Month, Show you respect your ride and the ride of fellow commuters when you obey the following 10 safety rules:

  1. Look up, stay alert – phones can be distracting.
  2. Remove an earbud or turn down the volume. Headphones can keep you from hearing approaching vehicles.
  3. Look both ways, cross only at designated crosswalks. Trains and buses cannot stop on a dime!
  4. Stand back from buses and trains at stations and stops. Be especially careful as vehicles arrive or depart.
  5. Wait for people to exit DART vehicles before you try to board. People off before people on.
  6. Watch your step as you get on and off DART vehicles. Always pay attention to the gap between the station platform and the train door.
  7. Keep the doors clear on DART vehicles and do not sit or stand on stairwells.
  8. Take a seat or hold on tight when you board. DART vehicles may stop abruptly.
  9. Yield to trains and buses. They weigh more, so you never win in an accident.
  10. Keep away from railroad tracks — never walk, ride, jog or hang out on or near them.

Remember, on June 26, from 7-9 a.m., DART will host a system-wide safety blitz. From the Blue Line at Illinois Station to the Red Line at Parker Road Station. DART employees will be out and about sharing tips on how riders can enjoy a safer commute.

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A Brand-New Behind the Tracks: Cotton Belt Refresher


We know it’s been awhile since we gave you an update on the Cotton Belt. That’s why we wanted to go over where you can find information on how the Cotton Belt will be engineered, where the stations will be located, and how DART is working with the community to make sure the Cotton Belt is the best regional rail for North Texas! Check out our Behind the Tracks series below to get the latest on the Cotton Belt.

How North Texas’ Geography Impacts the Cotton Belt

Building a regional rail line like the Cotton Belt is a huge undertaking; especially since the train’s tracks will span over 26 miles, traveling through six different cities. That means DART will have to account for different geological features and soil types. Check out this post to learn how our region’s geography impacts how DART will build the Cotton Belt. Read more>>

Safety First for the Cotton Belt

DART conducts intense impact analyses that include measuring the current noise levels and potential levels after the Cotton Belt is running. We’ve found that the majority of noise impacts occur at street crossings due to train horns. The blow of a whistle or the toot of a horn is one most people associate with trains. DART must follow the rules of the FRA, but can implement measures to ensure that the Cotton Belt’s horn doesn’t impact residents as much as its freight relative. Read more>>

Aesthetics are Important for the Cotton Belt

Impacts on the visual and aesthetic character of an area may occur during construction of the Cotton Belt. DART can take many steps to mitigate potential visual impacts in order to be the best neighbor possible for all North Texans. Learn more about potential visual impacts and what DART is doing to make sure the Cotton Belt fits in with North Texas’ visual landscape. Read more>>

How We Make Trains Good Neighbors

DART takes the following steps to identify areas where noise from the Cotton Belt could be an issue. First, we identify locations of sensitive uses (including places of worship, homes, parks, etc.). Then we measure existing noise levels and estimate the new potential noise level with the transit project. Finally, we propose mitigation measures to lessen the new noise level. Read more>>

Feel the rumble of the train? Not so much with the Cotton Belt!

Have you ever stopped on the side of freeway and had a large-semi truck pass you by? Do freight trains passing by rattle your dishes?  You don’t just hear it, you feel it too. DART wants to make sure that the Cotton Belt doesn’t feel like a freeway or those old freight trains! Read more>>

Want More Info?

Check out the Cotton Belt web page.  You can find information about potential stations, mitigation impacts, engineering boards, and design updates.

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Respect the Ride: Stand Back

When it comes to riding public transit, actions speak volumes.

On June 26, from 7-9 a.m., DART will host a system-wide safety blitz. From the Blue Line at Illinois Station to the Red Line at Parker Road Station. DART employees will be out and about sharing tips on how riders can enjoy a safer commute.

Show you respect your ride and the ride of fellow commuters when you obey the following 10 safety rules:

  1. Look up, stay alert – phones can be distracting.
  2. Remove an earbud or turn down the volume. Headphones can keep you from hearing approaching vehicles.
  3. Look both ways, cross only at designated crosswalks. Trains and buses cannot stop on a dime!
  4. Stand back from buses and trains at stations and stops. Be especially careful as vehicles arrive or depart.
  5. Wait for people to exit DART vehicles before you try to board. People off before people on.
  6. Watch your step as you get on and off DART vehicles. Always pay attention to the gap between the station platform and the train door.
  7. Keep the doors clear on DART vehicles and do not sit or stand on stairwells.
  8. Take a seat or hold on tight when you board. DART vehicles may stop abruptly.
  9. Yield to trains and buses. They weigh more, so you never win in an accident.
  10. Keep away from railroad tracks — never walk, ride, jog or hang out on or near them.

Happy National Safety Month. Stay tuned as we continue to help you Respect the Ride.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Time to dig into another great, DARTable weekend – plenty of cultural offerings, a marketplace and, of course, Juneteenth celebrations. These suggestions are only a start. Where are you going this weekend on DART? Let us know in the comments.

Friday, June 15

It’s the third Friday of the month, which always brings a pair of late-night events to the Dallas Arts District. ’til Midnight at the Nasher presents a performance by the band This Will Destroy You, as well as a screening of the film Love, Simon.

Just across Harwood Street, Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art is another fun cultural shindig with performances, concerts, readings, film screenings and tours.

Any DART Rail line will get you to St. Paul Station, from which both venues are a three-block walk. The D-Link and the M-Line Trolley are good ways to go, too.

Happening both Friday and Saturday, the annual Rodeo Hoedown at the African American Museum is as fun as it sounds. The hoedown is tonight and features food, Zydeco music, dancing and a host of other activities.

On Saturday, June 16, the 30th Annual Texas Black Invitational Rodeo takes place, with more than 300 African American cowboys and cowgirls competing for $25,000 in prize money. Take the Green Line to Fair Park or MLK, Jr, stations to get there.

Saturday, June 16

Check out The Marketplace Garland, which offers fresh produce, baked goods, jams and more. It also is a great place to buy culinary items and browse the wares of local artisans and craftsmen.

The marketplace supports Good Samaritans of Garland. Feel free to donate canned or boxed food items, if you like. The twice-monthly event is held in the heart of Garland’s historic square, a short walk from Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.

Today also brings a couple of DARTable Juneteenth celebrations. The Juneteenth Arts & Music Festival in Plano is free, and will include games, bounce houses, vendors, and more. There will be live entertainment from Lady Wa “Nessa” B Monk, Ron Bultongez, Tyree Byndom, and the Helbing Jazz Initiative.

The festival is at the Douglass Community Boys & Girls Club (1111 H Ave.), which is about a half-mile walk from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

In the other side of the Dallas area, a Juneteenth celebration is going down a short walk from West Irving Station on the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). Against the backdrop of a Texas Native Plant Garden, there will be an outdoor art exhibit featuring Dallas artist Guinn Powell.

The festivities also include free concerts, a community picnic sponsored by In-N-Out Burger, outdoor games and children’s activities. The event is at the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center, 3925 Jackson Street.

Sunday, June 17

It’s your last chance to catch The Firehouse Theatre’s production of the great American classic, Gypsy.  The story follows Rose, a gregarious stage mom determined to get her two daughters into show business. You know some of the songs, even if you don’t know you know them – “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” for starters. The theater is a short walk from Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line.

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Photo Feature: Faraway Train

Thank you Instagram user @foto.eng for sharing this photo of a DART train moving near Union Station at dusk.

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A Look at the TRE Bridge Slide

The Trinity Railway Express replaced an aging railway bridge in April, sliding a new structure into place, just west of the West Irving Station.

The effort, named the TRE Bridge Slide, is one part of a larger Valley View Project. Check out our latest issue of Inmotion to learn more.

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DART Safety Blitz to Encourage Public to ‘Respect the Ride’

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June is National Safety Month, the perfect time to highlight why it’s important to “Respect the Ride.” On June 26, from 7-9 a.m., DART will host a system-wide safety blitz. From the Blue Line at Illinois Station to the Red Line at Parker Road Station, and in between, DART employees will be out and about sharing tips on how riders can enjoy a safer commute.

What can you do to “Respect the Ride”? Consider these:

  1. Look up, stay alert – phones can be distracting.
  2. Remove an earbud or turn down the volume. Headphones can keep you from hearing approaching vehicles.
  3. Look both ways, cross only at designated crosswalks. Trains and buses cannot stop on a dime!
  4. Stand back from buses and trains at stations and stops. Be especially careful as vehicles arrive or depart.
  5. Wait for people to exit DART vehicles before you try to board. People off before people on.
  6. Watch your step as you get on and off DART vehicles. Always pay attention to the gap between the station platform and the train door.
  7. Keep the doors clear on DART vehicles and do not sit or stand on stairwells.
  8. Take a seat or hold on tight when you board. DART vehicles may stop abruptly.
  9. Yield to trains and buses. They weigh more, so you never win in an accident.
  10. Keep away from railroad tracks — never walk, ride, jog or hang out on or near them.

Stay tuned for more information about the June 26 safety blitz.

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