Celebrate Responsibly and DART Free New Year’s Eve

DART is your free ride to all things festive this New Year’s Eve. That’s because Coors Light Free Rides are back, giving you free rides on DART from 6 p.m. until the end of service Dec. 31.

Ride free on all DART buses, trains, paratransit services and the Trinity Railway Express between Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. You don’t need a pass to ride. DART will also extend rail service, too, with all four lines running until at least 2 a.m.

Need inspiration to help you count down the clock? Check out these DARTable New Year’s Eve events:

NYE Party on the Plaza (Dallas City Hall). Head to Dallas’ signature NYE event to enjoy food trucks, drinks, live entertainment, and “Over the Top” fireworks at Reunion Tower. To get there, take any DART Rail line to Akard Station and walk a few blocks south.

Dallas NYE Ball (Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Dallas). This party features three ballrooms, each with its own musical genre, countdown and entrance. Take any DART Rail line to West End Station.

NYE on Cloud Nine (Five Sixty at Reunion Tower). Ring in the New Year by feasting on an assortment of appetizers and desserts, dancing to the upbeat tunes of a DJ, enjoying extensive cocktail offerings, and watching fireworks from the best seats in town. Take the Red or Blue line to Union Station.

Trinity Hall Irish Pub (Mockingbird Station). This is two parties in one. The family-friendly afternoon celebration starts at 2:30 p.m., with Irish singalongs, party favors, and a countdown at 6 p.m. (that’s midnight in Dublin). The late-night celebration starts at 7:30 p.m. and includes dinner, live music and a traditional countdown. Take the Red, Blue or Orange lines to Mockingbird Station. (Note: Coors Light Free Rides begin at 6 p.m. Before that, you’ll need a ticket.)

The Color of Death! is an intriguing way to pre-game for the midnight countdown. The play’s first act is in Living Black & White and its second is in living color. Harry Hunsacker is a wannabe actor turned private detective. He and his assistant Nigel Grouse are enlisted by the Army to go undercover and infiltrate a top-secret Nazi research lab in Bavaria. They quickly discover the Nazis have a game-changing weapon they are about to unleash. Catch the campy thriller at the Eisemann Center, just across the plaza from the Red Line’s Galatyn Park Station.

These are only a few DARTable New Year’s Eve events around town. Letting DART be your ride is the best way to celebrate responsibly as you bid farewell to 2019 and welcome 2020 on board.


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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Over the next few days, the holidays kick off in proper fashion with tree lightings, parades, performances and other DARTable events. Get in the spirit, get on DART and get to these festive happenings.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Christmas on the Square kicks off today at the Downtown Garland Square with a tree lighting from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy carolers, hot chocolate and a visit with Santa. – plus thousands of lights festooning the quaint neighborhood. The family fun is about a 4-minute walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station. The lights and other festive touches will be there through the end of the month.

The Wizard of Oz: The Holiday Family Concert opens tonight at The Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch. You know the story: Dorothy dreams of escaping her mundane life in rural Kansas. Along comes a twister to transport her and her little dog Toto to the land of Oz. There, she encounters plentiful perils and a familiar cast of characters. The play/concert runs through Dec. 22. The venue is right across the street from Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line.

Cirque Holidays is another enchanting entertainment that opens tonight. Through a blend of theater and circus, the unique performance celebrates holidays around the world. You’ll see death-defying stunts, amazing feats, entertaining clowns and lots more. The performance by Lone Star Circus plays through Dec. 22 at the WaterTower Theatre – that’s around the corner from Addison Transit Center.

Friday, Dec. 6

Stuff a Bus is happening all day at SMU/Mockingbird Station. DART’s annual event benefits North Texans in need. The event compliments two separate DART employee-sponsored drives – Santa Cops and Comforting of the Souls. Each year, DART Police and operators ask the public to help them fill a bus full of donations. Stop by from 6 a.m.-5 p.m. with donations of new adult socks, blankets, canned foods and unwrapped toys.

The socks and blankets go to area nursing homes, while toys and food help families in need. Just look for the 40-foot long DART Stuff-a-Bus in the parking lot of SMU/Mockingbird Station. KKDA K104 and KRNB Smooth R&B 105.7 are DART’s partners in the event, and both will broadcast their morning shows live. DART employees will be there all day, too.

The Red, Blue and Orange lines, as well as numerous bus routes, serve SMU/Mockingbird Station. The station also offers available parking. Find the station at 5465 E. Mockingbird Lane, just east of the intersection with North Central Expressway.

Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano is like stepping into a Christmas card. The neighborhood becomes a wonderland with carolers, a visit from Santa and a tree lighting in Haggard Park. This trip back in time takes place at Haggard Park, right next to Downtown Plano Station.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Toyota Dallas Holiday Parade returns to downtown Dallas! Rumored to be in attendance: marching bands, costumed characters, clowns, dancers, Mrs. Claus, floats and giant balloons. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Commerce and Houston streets and finishes at Dallas City Hall Plaza. The parade is free; guaranteed bleacher seats are available for purchase. Take any DART Rail line to St. Paul, Akard or West End stations, and walk three blocks south.

Free First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center is here for another month, with kid-friendly programming from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and free admission for all until 5 p.m. Create, discover and make memories. You can even head on over to the museum after the Toyota Dallas Holiday Parade! The Nasher is about a 4-minute walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines.

Klyde Warren Park Holiday Show & Tree Lighting is an annual tradition featuring photos with Santa, face painting, crafts, games, live holiday entertainment and other family-friendly activities. The holiday extravaganza is even more spectacular with downtown Dallas as a backdrop. The celebration happens from 2-6 p.m. The park is about a 9-minute walk from St. Paul Station or you can catch the M-Line Trolley there.

Sunday, Dec. 8

The Nutcracker closes after today’s performance by Texas Ballet Theatre. Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle an army of mice led by the evil Rat King, and travel through a winter wonderland to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Kingdom of Sweets. It’s a holiday tradition like no other at the Winspear Opera House, about a 6-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station — all four lines serve the station.


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Collaborating with the Community

From planning where a new light rail, subway, commuter train, or bus line will run to what measure we will take to reduce the impact on surrounding neighborhoods to the design features of new stations — DART seeks to involve the community in making the major decisions that will shape the North Texas region’s transit future for years and generations to come. DART is proud to work closely with North Texas communities to help make some of the major decisions that make transportation planning a collaborative effort.

Collaborative Planning

Particularly during the planning phases of any transit project, DART seeks to involve the public—including riders, non-riders, residents, business owners, and anyone else who might be impacted by a new transit project—every step of the way. That helps ensure a new project meets the needs of as many different stakeholders as possible while mitigating any questions or concerns local communities might have.

The way we involve local communities varies from project to project, but we look to engage with the public in a number of ways, including:

  • Public meetings and hearings. These forums give local community members an opportunity to hear directly from DART and other agencies involved in planning a specific transit project. At these public meetings and hearings, local community members are able to review project-related information, ask questions, provide input, and have their concerns heard by the decision makers bringing a transit project to life.
  • Email updates. Through regular email updates, we are able to keep the community informed on the latest news or updates while also enabling those with questions or concerns to write, call, or email us for additional information.
  • Our website and blog. We keep our website and blog updated with the latest transit-related news and project updates to give the public an easy way to check in and see the progress we’re making, while also allowing community members to contact us with any questions or concerns they may have.
  • Social media. On Facebook and Twitter, we engage the public in an ongoing dialogue around not just specific projects, but DART’s overall efforts to move North Texas forward. We have also held virtual Q&A sessions to allow social media followers to have their questions answered directly by DART officials.

 Collaboration in Action

On any given transportation development—especially new ones—DART not only works with the general public and local communities to solicit their input, but also coordinates with a broad cross-section of organizations and federal and state agencies, including the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), the Regional Transportation Council (RTC), service area city councils, municipal departments, local utilities, community-based organizations, historical preservation groups, and more.

When it comes to collaboration, we don’t just talk the talk—we walk the walk. That includes projects that are currently in the planning or pre-construction phase.

See how collaboration plays a critical role in the upcoming D2 Subway.

See how we’re collaborating with the community on the Cotton Belt “Silver Line.

 Moving North Texas forward is a big job—one we can’t do alone. That’s why DART is so focused on involving the public and collaborating with local community members every step of the way. Together, we can build the transportation network North Texas deserves.

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Help DART Stuff a Bus for Charity


DART employees will hold their annual holiday Stuff a Bus campaign to assist those in need Fri., Dec. 6.

You are invited to stuff a 40-foot long DART bus by donating unwrapped toys, canned food, socks and blankets at the SMU/Mockingbird Station parking lot, 5465 E. Mockingbird Lane, just east of the intersection with North Central Expressway (US 75), from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Your donation supports two DART-employee initiated campaigns, Santa Cops and Comforting of the Souls.

Just look for the specially marked bus when making your donation.

The toys and food will assist DART Police Santa Cops as they provide meals and gifts for area families in need discovered by officers while on duty in the community.

New adult socks and blankets will help DART Northwest Bus Division’s Comforting of the Souls aimed at Dallas area nursing homes.

Stop by SMU/Mockingbird Station and contribute to a great cause on Dec. 6.

The station is served by DART’s Red, Blue and Orange Lines, and bus routes 24, 76, 81/82, 84, 521, SMU Express (768), GoLink for Lakewood and Park Cities, and the Bush Center/Meadows Museum Express (743).

KKDA-FM K-104 and KRNB Smooth R&B 105.7 are sponsoring this year’s Stuff a Bus campaign. Both stations plan to broadcast live from SMU/Mockingbird Station at the event.


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DART: Your Ride This Thanksgiving Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! With a little luck, it’s a four-day affair for you, but even if not, there’s plenty to do that’s DARTable – both before and after the feast.

Thursday, Nov, 28

The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is a tradition for many North Texans. It’s been around something like a half-century. The event offers an 8-mile run and a 5K run/walk in a celebratory, family-friendly atmosphere. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. at Dallas City Hall Plaza, and the main run starts at 9 a.m. City Hall is only about a 6-minute walk south from Akard Station on all four DART Rail lines. Proceeds support the YMCA. #DART2Trot

Friday, Nov. 29

The Dallas Stars hit the ice to take on the St. Louis Blues tonight at American Airlines Center. Face-off is at 7:30 p.m. Take the Green Line to Victory Station, and you’re right at the arena.

The Nutcracker opens tonight at the Eisemann Center for a three-day run. The Chamberlain Performing Arts’ version of the seasonal classic features two New York City Ballet principal dancers and choreography by the legendary George Balanchine. To visit the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse King, take the Red Line to Galatyn Park Station. The venue is just across the plaza.

Saturday, Nov. 30

Cirque Holidays is a marriage of circus and theater arts. There are death-defying feats, high-flying acrobatics, clowns and more. The show celebrates holiday traditions throughout the world, making it a perfect way to ring in the season. And since cirque means circus in French, it’s probably super artsy, too. Performances run through Dec. 22 at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre, near Addison Transit Center.

Sunday, Dec. 1

Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind is the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s current, awesome exhibit. See fossils of two recently discovered ancient human relatives that were the biggest news since Lucy. The team that unearthed the fossils in South Africa included the Perot Museum’s own Becca Peixotto. The exhibit is a pretty big deal. Get there by taking any DART Rail line to Akard Station and walking a few blocks north. Origins runs through March 22.

The Thanksgiving Play is a satire about a troupe of woke teaching artists struggling to create a pageant that celebrates both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month. The wickedly funny take on a modern American culture closes after today’s matinee. Catch it at the Undermain Theatre, a short walk from Baylor University Medical Center Station.


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Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot: 10 Things to Know Before You Go

Stay fit this Thanksgiving and DART to the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot, which takes place Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning at Dallas City Hall Plaza.

With an 8-mile run, a 5K run/walk and a 1K Junior Trot for kids between 6 and 11 years old, the event offers activities for any fitness level.

Here are 10 things you should know before you go:

1. Register for the Race
Online registration continues until 6p.m. Wednesday, Nov.27.  After that, race-day registration will be available at the event from 7-8:50 a.m.

2. Arrive Early
Dallas City Hall Plaza opens at 7 a.m. Expect to arrive no later than 8:00 a.m. to allow for visiting concessions and vendors and walking to the race start area.

3. Dress for the Weather
Rain or shine, the Turkey Trot must go on. Dress in layers so you can be comfortable all morning.

4. Park for Free at a DART Station
Skip the hassle and expense of parking downtown and park for free at DART transit centers or rail stations with parking lots. View a list of available parking at DART.org/parking.

5. Ride Any Line to Downtown Dallas
Ride the Blue, Green, Orange or Red Line to Akard Station and Dallas City Hall Plaza is a short walk from there.

6. Buy Your Transit Passes with the GoPass App
Use DART’s GoPass app to buy your transit passes in advance. But, don’t activate your pass until the day you attend the Turkey Trot. Download the app for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

7. Bring the Whole Family
Bring the whole family and enjoy vendor booths, face paintings, bounce houses and balloon artists.

8. Bring Non-Aggressive Dogs on Leashes
Non-aggressive dogs that can socialize well may attend the Turkey Trot.  Dogs may come as spectators with their owners or they may participate in the Trot by completing a Dog Registration. See the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot’s Dog/Stroller Policy for more details.

Non-service animals are allowed on DART vehicles when carried in an appropriate, securely latched cage or container. See DART’s policy at dart.org/riding/serviceanimals.

9. Roll onto the Low-Floor Center Rail Cars
The center car of every DART Rail vehicle has a low-floor section that offers level boarding with the rail platform – perfect for Turkey Trot goers with strollers and wheelchairs. DART’s new buses also have low-floor sections and are equipped with ramps that deploy for level boarding from the curb.

10. Proceeds Benefit YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
Proceeds from the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot benefit the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, which provides more than $300,000 in after school programs and scholarships.

For more information about the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot, visit ymcadallas.org/turkeytrot.


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Now’s Your Chance to Stuff a Bus

Join DART for its annual Stuff a Bus event Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 a.m.-5 p.m. at SMU/Mockingbird Station and donate new adult socks, blankets, canned foods and unwrapped toys to North Texas families and individuals in need.

Look for the 40-foot long DART Stuff-a-Bus in the parking lot of SMU/Mockingbird Station. K104 will be broadcasting live from the event until 10 a.m., and DART employees will be there all day.

The Red, Blue and Orange lines serve SMU/Mockingbird Station, as well as do numerous bus routes. Find parking at the station, which sits on 5465 E. Mockingbird Lane, just east of the intersection with North Central Expressway.

Stuff A Bus is a DART employee initiative that compliments two separate DART employee-sponsored drives – Santa Cops and Comforting of the Souls. Each year, DART Police and operators ask the public to help them fill a bus full of donations.



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Ready. Set. Register for the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

You still have time to register for the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot, which takes place Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon in downtown Dallas. Don’t miss your chance to get fit this Thanksgiving and DART to one of the largest multi-event races in the country.

No matter your pace, the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot offers activities to suit your fitness level with an 8-mile run, a 5K run/walk and a 1K Junior Trot for kids between 6 and 11 years old. Bring the whole family and enjoy vendor booths, face paintings, bounce houses and balloon artists.

Remember the following key points to make your trip to the Turkey Trot a breeze:

  1. The 5k run/walk and 8-mile run begin at 9 a.m. from Dallas City Hall Plaza. The Plaza opens at 7 a.m.
  2. The 1K Junior Trot Tort begins at 8:45 a.m. There is a reduced fee for a Tot Trot add-on for children under 6 years of age.
  3. Don’t stress about parking downtown and Ride DART to the race. Ride the Blue, Green, Orange or Red Line to Akard Station and City Hall Plaza is a short walk from there.
  4. Use DART’s GoPass app to buy your transit passes in advance, but don’t activate your pass until the day you attend the Turkey Trot. Download the app for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.
  5. All proceeds from the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot benefit the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, which provides more than $300,000 in after school programs and scholarships.

Learn more about the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot at ymcadallas.org/turkeytrot.


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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

The holidays are coming, and this weekend is full of seasonal events. Enjoy performances, one-stop-shopping, alt-rock and a life-size replica of Mount Rushmore — maybe not life-size, but probably pretty big! Get on board for these DARTable happenings.

Friday, Nov. 22

Chi Omega Christmas Market is a chance to check some people off your holiday shopping list and contribute to a good cause. Well over 200 vendors have holiday decorations, clothing, toys, gift-y food items and a bunch more. Proceeds go to local charities. The market opened on Thursday and runs through Sunday at Centennial Hall in Fair Park, a short walk from the Green line’s Fair Park Station.

Holiday in the National Parks: Christmas in the White House 2007 just opened at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. It features lots of greenery and flowers, plus a replica of the official White House Christmas tree. Models of the Alamo, the Frederic Douglass House, Mount Rushmore and Spanish missions also make an appearance at this seasonal exhibit., which runs through Jan. 5. The venue is on the SMU campus; to get there, take the Red, Blue or Orange lines to Mockingbird Station. The Museum Express (Route 743) or SMU Express (Route 768) will take you the rest of the way.

A Christmas Carol, the Dallas Theater Center’s annual extravaganza, opens tonight at the Wyly Theatre. The spectacular production delivers the expected ingredients – holiday spirit, rousing music, an inspiring tale of redemption – with the bold twist that Scrooge is reimagined as a woman. The play runs through Dec. 29. The Wyly is about a 7-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station on all four DART rail lines.

Incubus, the California alt-rock band that became huge in the late ’90s, comes to Irving tonight in support of their latest mega-selling album. They play both tonight and tomorrow night at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Contrary to their biggest hit “Drive,” we suggest you avoid parking hassles by riding the Orange Line to Irving Convention Center Station. The venue is about a 9-minute walk, but a one-stop entertainment mecca awaits, along with the music.

Projapoti – The Matchmaker is Bangla Theater’s take on a Thornton Wilder play. The story concerns a wealthy but miserly merchant and – yes – a matchmaker who become embroiled in romantic follies. This sort-of farce, written by one of America’s great playwrights and performed in Bengali, plays at the Irving Arts Center tonight only. Get there by catching Bus Route 401 from the Orange Line’s North Lake Station.

Saturday, Nov. 23

I Can Do All Things is the story of Ray, a man who goes from unemployed to having more jobs than he can handle. Can he really do all things? Like as in, be a pastor and a phone psychic? Find out at one of two shows (2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) at Granville Arts Center, right next to the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station.

Sunday, Nov. 24

Pete the Cat is a family-friendly musical about, well, a cat named Pete. He’s a rocker, and like all rockers, Pete lives a life of leisure, jam sessions, and hanging out in other people’s yards. This all changes after the bust, when a cat-catcher sends him to spend a week as a house cat. His host family’s second-grade son turns out to be an ace rule-follower, but not so hot at letting loose creatively. Pete takes the boy to the moon (what did his parents expect when they let a musician in the house), and the two teach one another some lessons.  Based on the popular series of children’s books, the musical is performed tonight only at the Eisemann Center. That’s right across the plaza from Galatyn Park Station on the Red Line.

CJ Johnson is a magician, hypnotist and overall entertainer who brings his kid-oriented show to Downtown Garland’s Plaza Theatre today at 3 p.m. If you can get him hypnotize your little one and “suggest” that she clean her room, bonus points. The theater is a short walk from Downtown Garland Station.


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Meeting North Texas’ Growing Transit Needs

Meeting North Texas' Growing Transit Needs

As we look forward to What’s Next in North Texas, we want to take a closer look at how DART is bringing together a range of different types of transit to form a flexible, multi-modal system that will support the region’s ongoing growth. DART’s new, more fluid approach to transit means that North Texans no longer have to try to fit their lives into the confines of a limited and rigid schedule. Instead, DART is giving you more options and putting you in control of your mobility choices.

A New Approach to Transit

This new approach starts with the idea of making transit work for all North Texans—even those who do not ride. This means bringing together:

  • DART’s traditional public transit services (such as buses, trains and light rail)
  • Ridesharing
  • Carsharing
  • Bike-sharing
  • Electric scooters
  • Taxis

As well as ways to get around in the future. Air taxis, anyone? And in today’s on-demand culture, we’re seamlessly integrating mobility into your daily life, with tools like the GoPass app, which helps you get where you’re going in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.

The Best Part? It’s Already Happening

DART recently announced that it has expanded its partnership with Uber, providing North Texans even more options for their transportation needs. You can now book an UberPool shared ride in any of DART’s 13 GoLink zones using the DART GoPass app, or use a GoLink shuttle, a personalized, on-demand, curb-to-curb service, getting you where you need to go, when you need to get there – whether you’re running errands, heading to the office or connecting to DART trains and buses.

More Options, More Flexibility

These and other offerings play a critical role in first or last-mile transportation, linking public transit users who may not live within walking distance of a station or stop, to their final destinations.

With these additions, DART can reach more people and provide more flexibility than ever before. Incorporating these additional modes of transit into the broader DART network also allows us to deliver a solution that works for North Texas now and into the future.

North Texas continues to grow at a rapid pace and shows no signs of slowing down. But while the region continues to grow, DART remains as committed as ever to driving economic development, expanding opportunity, supporting future growth and providing cultural benefits to the region’s residents, visitors and commuters alike.

For more information on What’s Next for our region as DART evolves how it moves North Texas forward, check out DART.org/whatsnext or subscribe to My DART Updates for information and regular updates.

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