DART welcomes Dallas Startup Week to Downtown Dallas!

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DART would like to formally welcome all attendees to Dallas Startup Week, which kicks off today at various venues around downtown Dallas. Dallas Startup Week is a free, five-day celebration of our community that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship.

Join your community in a new type of conference that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship, led by entrepreneurs and hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces you love. Dallas Startup Week is a reflection of your hard work and your community’s unique entrepreneurial identity.

DART is the official transportation provider of Dallas’ startup community and sponsor for events scheduled throughout the week. Learn more at dallas.startupweek.co.

Startup Week to showcase Dallas’ entrepreneurial scene [The Dallas Morning News]

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DART monitoring winter weather conditions

Status update: Friday, 1:30 p.m.:

Some DART Rail trips are experiencing minor delays due to local conditions and many bus routes are delayed due to traffic and local conditions.

Status update: 11:45 a.m.:

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DART and the TRE are currently operating normal schedules and we continue to monitor the weather conditions.

Buses are subject to local road conditions and may experience some delays. Sign up for service alerts at dart.org/rideralerts and follow @dartalerts on Twitter for the latest updates about your commute.

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Rider Insider: Stay warm with indoor activities this weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth

• Ride the DART Rail Green Line and Orange Line and TRE to Victory Station for Dallas Stars games and save money on your tickets with GoPass! Choose Terrace tickets for just $15 (savings of $13 per ticket) or Plaza tickets for $50 (savings of $19 per ticket) for any Value game on the Stars home schedule. DART provides Stars fans with unmatched convenience on game nights, with a rail stop just yards from American Airlines Center.Download the GoPass app and visit the special GoPass offer page in the Events & Offers section to learn more.

• Ride the DART Rail Green Line to Fair Park Station for Kinky Boots presented by Dallas Summer Musicals at Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Ave. Kinky Boots is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Content Warning: Suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards. Information: www.dallassummermusicals.org.

Find more events like the Dallas Theater Center presents The School of Wives on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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Save the date: Dallas Streetcar safety, information open house March 5

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Representatives from DART, the City of Dallas and other stakeholders will be available Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Methodist Dallas Medical Center’s Hitt Auditorium (1441 N. Beckley Ave., Dallas) to answer questions and share general information about the Dallas Streetcar, which is scheduled to begin service on April 13.

Residents, businesses and stakeholders near the project area are invited to meet Dallas Streetcar project representatives to discuss the following:

• Start of service
• Hours of operation
• Route and stops
• Streetcar safety education

DART Bus routes 722 (D-Link), 21, 42 and 522 serve the area, or free parking is available at the surface lot in front of Hitt Auditorium, off of Colorado Boulevard. To enter, turn in at the traffic light at the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Bishop Avenue. If the surface lot becomes full, additional free parking will be available in the garage directly below the surface lot. The garage is accessible from Colorado Boulevard, just before Haines Avenue. Designated event signage will direct traffic to the garage. For more information, please call the project hotline at 214-256-4045.

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Photos: See the start of construction of the Blue Line extension to UNT Dallas

Construction officially began on the South Oak Cliff Blue Line Extension. The Blue Line will be extended 2.6 miles from Ledbetter Station toward the University of North Texas at Dallas and add two new stations. Passengers and patrons are encouraged to exercise caution around the Ledbetter Station parking lot where some construction equipment will be stored.

See some photos from the beginning stages of construction below. The extension will open in 2016.

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Featured Tweet: Kind words in tough conditions

Thanks for the kind words about a DART supervisor helping customers during trying times for the entire area. (Small correction to the tweet: the supervisor’s name is Robert Boguski. Great work Robert!)

DART Rail and Bus routes resume normal operations Tuesday, February 24. Our number one priority is your safety while providing the best most efficient service. We thank you for your understanding and patience during this interruption.

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DART Rail modified beginning 7 p.m. Sunday due to forecasted winter weather

Update:

DART has resumed normal bus and rail operation. Thank you for your patience.

Original entry:

DART is implementing Winter Weather Operating Scenario One for DART Rail as of 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 22 due to the expected inclement winter weather moving into the service area during the evening.

In Operating Scenario One, DART Rail operates within the approximate boundaries of the LBJ loop using a combination of rail and shuttle bus when limited rail service is permitted. Customers using stations outside of those limits will ride shuttle buses to those stations.

Trains will operate between these stations:
* Red Line: LBJ/Central – 8th & Corinth
* Blue Line: LBJ/Skillman – 8th & Corinth
* Green Line: Farmers Branch – Lawnview
* Orange Line: Irving Convention Center – LBJ/Central

Passengers should look for the red “Rail Disruption” bus stop sign located near each station to board a shuttle bus.

Starting at the beginning of service on Monday, February 23, trains operate between these stations:
* Red Line: LBJ/Central – 8th & Corinth
* Blue Line: LBJ/Skillman – 8th & Corinth
* Green Line: Farmers Branch – Lawnview
* Orange Line: Irving Convention Center – LBJ/Central

Customers using stations outside of these limits will ride shuttle buses to those stations. Passengers should look for the red “Rail Disruption” bus stop sign located near each station to board a shuttle bus.

On Monday, DART bus routes will operate on normal Saturday schedules with limited service added on express routes 206, 208, 210, 221, 234, 278, 282, 283, and local routes 63, 362 and 509.

More information is available at http://www.DART.org/winterweather.

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Rider Insider: Find things to do this weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth

• Ride the DART Rail Red Line to Galatyn Park Station this weekend for The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville presented at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr. It’s the end of the world as we know it. A flood of biblical proportions leaves us with only two people on Earth, who discover their common language is song and dance. Together they chronicle the rise and fall and hopeful rise again of humankind, through music that runs the gamut from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim, R.E.M. and Queen. This is the Texas premiere of that show that stars Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac, with direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. Information: www.eisemanncenter.com.

• Ride the DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line toPearl/Arts District Station or St. Paul Station tonight for Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Each Late Night offers hundreds of experiences for visitors of all ages with performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours, family programs, and more! This Friday, go global as the DMA explores the collection through times of war and peace. Start the evening with a Happy Hour performance featuring Obscure Dignitaries, then enjoy a first look at the new exhibit “Frank Bowling: Map Paintings” and the Late Night Talk “Stealing History: Tomb Raiders, Smugglers, and the Looting of the Ancient World” presented by the Boshell Family Lecture Series on Archaeology and featuring renowned journalist and author Roger Atwood. Admission is free (some exhibitions require an admission ticket). The Dallas Museum of Art is at 1717 N. Harwood. Information: dallasmuseumofart.org.

Find more events like the Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Cultural Awareness or the Form Follows Fitness 5K  on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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News bits: Ashley Stanley share her story of car-free life

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As the AIA Dallas car-free week rolls into its fourth day, downtown resident and business-owner Ashley Stanley wants the world to know that a car-free LIFE is definitely possible.

Stanley shared her story on CandysDirt.com.

No car week? Try no car life! I have not owned a car in the last 3-plus years and I do just fine. We do just fine. I am the proud mother of an 11-month-old who I affectionately term the #officialDARTbaby. We have saved thousands of dollars in car payments, insurance, maintenance, registration, inspection, and gas. Our primary mode of transportation is the DART rail, bus, D-Link, M-Line Trolley, and now Uber when in a pinch for time.

Thanks for the kind words and keep on riding!

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Prizes, cash up for grabs in 2015 DART Student Art Contest

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The submission deadline for DART’s 2015 Student Art Contest is rapidly approaching. North Texas students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade have the chance to win cash and prizes from The Dallas Zoo, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and Half Price Books. Winners will also have their artwork displayed on DART buses.

The theme for this year’s contest is “Explore Your World with DART.” Students are asked to share some of the unique places they’ve discovered riding DART — or the destinations yet to be explored. Contest submissions are due by February 27 (Update: Due to the inclement weather, the deadline has been extended to March 5) and all winners’ artwork will be exhibited beginning Thursday, April 16 at the DMA.

Get more details about the contest here.

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