Destination DART: Gilley’s Dallas

Gilley's Dallas

What’s a visit to Dallas without a good ole’ honky-tonk?

As you’ve probably figured out by now Dallas isn’t all cowboy hats and horses. In fact, most of us don’t even own cowboy boots.

Just about the only stereotype that is true about all Dallasites is that all of us know how to have a good time – thus the popularity of a good honky-tonk. Local workers back in the early 1900s frequented honky-tonks. They were bars that offered a cold drink and great, foot-stomping music after a long, hard day which quickly gave rise to the genre of music by the same name that lives on today.

The Mechanical Bull at Gilley's

The Mechanical Bull at Gilley’s

Today when most of us think of honky-tonks we probably think about the 1980s movie, Urban Cowboy (you know, the one with John Travolta). With good reason too! The bar featured in the film is actually Gilley’s built by country music legend, Mickey Gilley.
Sadly, the original Gilley’s is no longer around. The new location which can be found right here in Dallas and boasts 4 music venues, 2 private party spaces, The Jack Daniel’s Saloon and yes, even a mechanical bull.

Cowboys and girls can take DART’s Red or Blue lines to Cedars Station and walk about 7 minutes west of the station.

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Germinator jacket helps fight the spread of disease on public transit

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Consultancy group gravitytank has teamed up with San Francisco-based clothing manufacturer Betabrand to develop and sell a jacket that helps transit riders fight the spread of disease.

The jacket, called the Germinator, includes antimicrobial fabric that helps the wearer fight the germs that linger around public transportation trains and buses. It also has convenient external pockets for transit passes and electronics and a hood that can cinch around the head.

The jacket is available through the Betabrand website for $248. Check out the video below to learn more about the product and why it was developed.

A Jacket That Protects You From Germs on Public Transit [Gizmodo]

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Photos: See DART’s busy weekend with the State Fair of Texas and Science Day at the Dallas Zoo

Thousands opted to save some money and hassle by taking DART to the State Fair of Texas and Science Day at the Dallas Zoo this past Saturday. Check out some photos from the events below.

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

You’ve read about Science Day at the Dallas Zoo and the State Fair of Texas, but there are even more events and activities to DART to this weekend.

• Ride the DART Rail Green Line to Deep Ellum Station or Baylor University Medical Center Station this weekend for INDEX Fest, the ‘day-party style’ indoor/outdoor event that takes place in the historic Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas. The event features two outdoor stages and utilizes all of the premier venues located on legendary Elm Street – including Trees, Club Dada, Three Links & the Prophet Bar – for a total of nine stages. Over the weekend the two outdoor stages will feature more than 22 acts with over 60 additional acts performing at the various indoor venues. There will also be food trucks, beer gardens, craft vendors and several featured restaurants participating in ways that provide the event with additional vibrancy and texture. Information: index-festival.com.

• Ride the DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to St. Paul Station Sunday for the 8th Annual Fiesta Latinoamericana presented by the DFW International Community Alliance. This free, family-friendly cultural celebration features two stages of music and dance, children’s workshops, a parade of nations, and a host of interactive activities. The festival will be held 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy. Information: www.dfwinternational.org/FiestaLatinoamericana.

Find more events like the SMU-TCU football game or Lewisville’s Western Days on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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FAQ: Learn more about riding DART to the State Fair of Texas

sfot2014boxThe State Fair of Texas begins September 26 and visitors can ride DART directly to the front door.

How do I get there?

The State Fair of Texas is so big it’s accessible from two different DART stations: Fair Park Station and MLK, Jr. Station. Both of these stations are on the Green Line.

Red, Blue and Orange line passengers coming from the northeast can transfer to the Green Line at Pearl/Arts District Station. Red and Blue line passengers coming from the south can transfer to the Green Line at West End, Akard, St. Paul or Pearl/Arts District stations in downtown Dallas. Orange Line passengers coming from the northwest can transfer anywhere from Bachman Station to Pearl/Arts District Station.

How do I get home?

If you’re at least able to waddle after the fried food consumption, please board a Green Line train at Fair Park or MLK, Jr. stations. DART will be running extra Green Line service during the entirety of the State Fair of Texas. The fair closes at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The last DART train leaves the State Fair of Texas shortly after midnight.

Can I bring a gigantic stuffed reggae banana on the train?

Yes, but please keep it on your lap and out of the aisle. Giant stuffed animals that require a seat will need to have their own ticket to ride.

What about those coming from the west via the Trinity Railway Express?

Welcome to the east side! Those riding in or out on the TRE can transfer to a Green Line train at Victory Station. The TRE will be running special service, (including Sunday) for the duration of the fair. Please note the last train heading west will leave Victory Station at 11:11 p.m. nightly. Find more information about the TRE schedule here.

How much does DART cost?

A day pass for adults if $5.00 and $2.50 for children or seniors. Learn more about our fares here. You can also pre-purchase your transit passes with our GoPass smartphone app. Please note that your phone will need to have enough charge to show your GoPass ticket to a fare enforcement officer, so please keep a close eye on your battery life as you take pictures of every fried food item.

Most importantly: Have fun! Find more about DART service to the State Fair of Texas here.

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Video: Dr. Oz shares more tips for healthy commuting on DART

See Dr. Oz’s previous commuting tips here.

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Use GoPass, save money on travel and admission to Dallas Zoo’s Science Day

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This Saturday, September 27 is the ExxonMobil Science Day at the Dallas Zoo. The festival-style event gives local teachers and all zoo guests the opportunity to participate in real, hands-on science and research. Workshop attendees can meet and talk to scientists, attend special workshops and enjoy the zoo.

Those that plan on attending can save some money and a lot of hassle by buying your DART transit pass and Dallas Zoo admission on the GoPass app! Buy your adult day pass and general admission zoo ticket for $13, which is a 35-percent discount versus buying the tickets individually! The Zoo ticket is valid for September 27 only and can be redeemed any time that day. Zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here to learn more about GoPass. Discounted combo tickets will also be available for children and seniors.

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News bits: DART makes DFW Airport one of the nation’s best for long layovers

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National lifestyle news site Thrillist came out with a new list of the best airports for long layovers and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport made the cut thanks to the new direct rail service from DART.

Here’s what they say:

What you’re taking: DART Orange Line to Parker Road/LBJ Central
Where it goes: University of Dallas, Downtown Dallas (West End, Akard, St. Paul, Pearl/Arts District) Cityplace/Uptown
Where to catch it: Take the walkway from Terminal A to the DART station between International Parkway and the North Service Road.
Average time to downtown: 50-60 minutes
What it’ll cost you: $2.50 for a two-hour pass. $5 for a day pass.

Click over here to see what other cities made the cut as good places for the unfortunate long layover.

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

• Ride DART to the Addison Transit Center, then take a short walk this weekend to the most authentic Oktoberfest outside of Munich! Join more than 70,000 fans of polka, German food, and Paulaner Bier, in Addison’s spectacular Addison Circle Park, 4970 Addison Circle Dr. for four days of music, schnitzel, folk dancing, sing-alongs, children’s entertainment, and more! Information: www.addisontexas.net.

• Ride the DART Rail Red Line to Parker Road Station, then take the special event shuttle bus to the 2014 Plano Balloon Festival at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. Sponsored by InTouch Credit Union, the three-day festival attracts more than 95,000 visitors annually to witness the colorful splendor across the Plano sky. The 35th Annual Plano Balloon Festival features five balloon launches at 6 p.m. Friday (Sept. 19), and 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 20) and Sunday (Sept. 21). Visitors can experience breathtaking views of the illuminated balloons against the dark sky during morning and evening balloon glows. Information: www.planoballoonfest.org.

Find more events like the Dallas Arts District’s annual Fall Block Party or Dallas Salsa Fest on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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Video: Dr. Oz takes to DART to share tips for a healthy commute

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