EarthxTransportation Explores Efficiency Solutions for Fleets Serving Our Communities

Public transportation is eco-friendly by nature. Buses, trains, streetcars and vanpools take single-occupancy vehicles off our congested roadways. Fewer vehicles and faster commutes lower the emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollution. What other ways can we reduce harmful emissions? Register for EarthxTransportation and find out!

EarthxTransportation is being held April 26 at Fair Park in Dallas, in conjunction with a bigger EarthX event that features three days of exhibitions, a film festival, music, entertainment, learning experiences, discussions, forums and conferences. Earthx2019 event brings together concerned environmental citizens, educators, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and thought leaders to spur conversations on how we call can play a part in creating solutions for a sustainable future.

At EarthxTransportation, transportation experts will share their knowledge and insight on new vehicle technologies in the school bus, and emergency response and delivery sectors will provide hands-on information on the benefits of transitioning their fleets to more efficient, cleaner vehicles.

Registration is required for EarthxTransportation and you can learn more at earthx.org/conference/earthxtransportation/

“Water for All” is the theme for Earthx2019 taking place April 26-28 at Fair Park. To attend Earthx2019, ride DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station and the entrance gates to Fair Park lie steps away.

For more information about EarthX, visit earthx.org. And, to learn more about riding DART to the activities, use your GoPass® app, visit DART.org or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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McCall Plaza. Photo via tx-plano2.civicplus.com.

Get on board for some fun this Easter weekend! Yep, we’re plugging National Get on Board Day, which happens April 25. Surprised? From musical mash-ups, to a LEGO® rendering of “Starry Night,” to a real-life Dreamgirl in the flesh, you don’t have to hunt too hard to find cool happenings on the DART System. But will you find Easter eggs hidden on your DART train? (Spoiler alert: No. You won’t.)

Friday, April 19

Party on the Plaza is a recurring event every Friday and Saturday from 8-11 p.m. at Irving’s Toyota Music Factory. Tonight, DJSC brings his genre-defying mix of electro, rock, country and hip-hop to the Texas Lottery Plaza. Does he pull it off? Well, we’re sure he’s not the official DJ of the Dallas Cowboys for nothing. Afterwards, there are plenty of diversions inside the venue to keep your groove going – bars, restaurants, etc. It’s unlikely any of them play both electro and country music. But it’s possible! The Music Factory is a short walk from the Orange Line’s Irving Convention Center Station.

Saturday, April 20

Jennifer Hudson will appear with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a special, one-night only event at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer and actress puts her soul – and considerable pipes – into a powerhouse program that will include hits from the film “Dreamgirls”, as well as some of her well-known originals. The Meyerson is about a 6-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station, served by all four DART Rail lines.

Downtown Sessions provides an evening of jazz under the springtime stars this evening when Thaddeus Ford headlines this cool series in Plano’s McCall Plaza. Ford is an accomplished trumpet player who gigs all over the world – he’s fresh off a three-month residency in Shanghai – and he’s served as a side man for some pretty big names. Fillmore Pub will be on hand with tasty beverages. The event takes place from 7:30-10:30 p.m. about a block away from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line. If you want to sit down, you should bring a lawn chair; the surrounding Downtown Plano Arts District has plenty of taverns and eateries where you can take a load off after the show.

Bharat Natyam and Bollywood Dance Show is sure to grab (and hold) your attention: the colorful costumes, exuberant energy and intricate hand gestures of Bollywood will be on vibrant display. You’ve probably seen at least snippets of this modern, cinematic variety of Indian dance. You may not have known that the form is grounded in centuries of classical Indian dance. Prepare to be wowed at Garland’s Plaza Theatre, only about a 4- or 5-minute walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station.

Sunday, April 21

The Art of the Brick is not to be missed if you happen to have a LEGO® enthusiast your house. Or even if you don’t. The exhibition at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is full of fascinating constructions made exclusively from the brightly-colored childhood favorite. Artist Nathan Sawaya has created both original pieces and reimagined versions of famous masterpieces, such as Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” There are also plenty of building challenges, games and the other interactive stuff we’ve come to expect from the awesome Perot Museum. Take any DART Rail line to West End Station and walk north just a few blocks until you pass under the bridge. To your right, you’ll see the museum – a fascinating construction in its own right. The exhibition runs through Aug. 18.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements and rail replacement will begin March 30 and last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District Station and West End Station. Separate shuttle routes will be in operation. Thanks for bearing with us as we build a better future for North Texas. DART.org/Plus.

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DART to the Older Americans Month Information and Health Fair May 16

 

DART’s Older Americans Month Information and Health Fair takes place May 16, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Centennial Hall in Fair Park. Seniors can ride DART to the event and enjoy free health screenings, valuable information, games, giveaways, entertainment and social activity. Learn more about the fair at DART.org/seniors.

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A Streetcar Named Delish

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Get ready to nosh in the ’Cliff!

Nowhere is Oak Cliff’s rich cultural diversity more evident than in its inspired, eclectic eateries. From haute cuisine to hash houses, the area is crackling with culinary energy, and for one day, you can sample it all on one corner (more or less). That corner is only about a 6-minute walk south of the Dallas Streetcar’s Bishop Arts stop.

On May 4, Taste of Oak Cliff brings the neighborhood’s varied culinary scene to the blocks surrounding 10th Street and South Beckley for a family-friendly foodie festival sure to satisfy any palate.

There will be more than 80 vendors in all. Expect food trucks and vendors, of course, but also novelty shops, bookstores and other one-of-a-kind establishments that make Oak Cliff what it is: a place where food, art, entertainment, cultures and generations intermingle to create a vibrant, eclectic district.

Bring your appetite and sense of adventure to this community-oriented scene dedicated to the great eats of the ’Cliff. You’ll find chefs and merchants from other North Texas neighborhoods, too, of course. The event happens from noon to 7 p.m. Entry is $5 per person.

You can catch the Dallas Streetcar at Union Station, served by the Red and Blue lines as well as the Trinity Railway Express (TRE).

Be sure to come hungry!

 

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements and rail replacement began March 30 and will last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District Station and West End Station. Separate shuttle routes will be in operation. Thanks for bearing with us as we build a better future for North Texas. DART.org/Plus.

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DART to Hosts 25th Annual Older Americans Month Information and Health Fair May 16

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Seniors are invited to “Connect, Create, Contribute” at the Older Americans Information and Health Fair, which will be held on Thursday, May 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Centennial Hall in Dallas’ Fair Park.

This year, DART celebrates the 25th anniversary of what has become the one of the largest senior events in North Texas.

Free health screenings, valuable information, games, giveaways, entertainment and social activity are just a few of the reasons to attend. Attendees are encouraged to ride DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station. Centennial Hall is located just inside the Fair Park gate.

This free, annual event is hosted by DART in partnership with the city of Dallas, Dallas Police Department, Community Council of Greater Dallas/Dallas Area Agency on Aging, Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center, and The Senior Source. Media partners include NBC 5, Telemundo 39, The Dallas Morning News, Al Día, FYI 50+, Seniors Blue Book and Seniorific News.

DART Fares and Passes

A Local Midday Pass (9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) – at $2 each – is the best value for taking DART to the event. Reduced fares also are available for senior citizens ages 65 or older (with a valid DART photo ID), non-paratransit certified persons with disabilities (with valid DART photo ID) and Medicare card holders. Reduced Local Day Passes are only $3 each. Everyone age 15-64 pays regular fare and a Local Adult Day Pass is $6.

Enjoy Level Boarding

The center car of every DART Rail vehicle has a low-floor section for level boarding with the rail platform. DART’s buses have low-floor sections and ramps that deploy for level boarding from the curb.

Learn More

Every May, the U.S. Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation’s observance of Older American’s Month, which celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities. The 2019 theme – Connect, Create, Contribute – encourages older adults and their communities to:

  • Connect with friends, family and services that support participation.
  • Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health and personal enrichment.
  • Contribute time, talent and life experience to benefit others.

To learn more about the Older Americans Information and Health Fair, please visit DART.org/seniors or call DART Community/Education Outreach at 214-749-2582.

Visit DART.org or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111 for information on riding DART.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements and rail replacement began March 30 and will last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District Station and West End Station. Separate shuttle routes will be in operation. Thanks for bearing with us as we build a better future for North Texas. DART.org/Plus.

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EarthxHack: Using Technology to Solve Environmental Issues

Now in its ninth year, Earthx2019 is coming to Dallas April 26-28 at Fair Park. In addition to three days of exhibitions, learning experiences and discussions, this year’s event will offer tech-savvy participants a special treat: the opportunity to show off their skills in using technology to solve real world issues that can be implemented on a global scale.

EarthxHack, which debuted two years ago, is a 24-hour event that will be held April 27-28. Participants will work to create environmentally impactful programs and mobile applications, combining technical programming with sustainable solutions.

All creators are welcome, including high schoolers, undergraduate students, graduate students and professionals. Creators will work in teams of two to five people, and there will be scheduled time for participants to form teams. There is no cost to participate in EarxhxHack. Participants will need to bring their own laptops and chargers. Learn more at earthx.org/hack.

“Water for All” is the theme for Earthx2019. To attend Earthx2019, ride DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station and the entrance gates to Fair Park lie steps away.

For more information about EarthX, visit earthx.org. And, to learn more about riding DART to the activities, use your GoPass® app, visit DART.org or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements and rail replacement began March 30 and will last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District Station and West End Station. Separate shuttle routes will be in operation. Thanks for bearing with us as we build a better future for North Texas. DART.org/Plus.

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DART to Dallas Arts Month

Dallas’ dynamic art scene really makes the city hum. From the nation’s largest contiguous arts district, to neighborhoods dotted with galleries and cultural institutions, there’s a lot going on in our region. That’s why April is Dallas Arts Month – to celebrate the city’s vibrant, creative side that Forbes called a “cultural explosion.”

You can find much of that burst of creative energy within steps of the DART Rail System. Whether your taste runs to folk art or more avant garde fare, an artistic adventure on DART is guaranteed to be a trip. Here are some favorite local venues.

When it comes to the Dallas arts scene, Deep Ellum is the first word. This established enclave is enjoying a renaissance, with new galleries popping up and old stalwarts going stronger than ever. Get off the Green Line at Deep Ellum Station and check out the offerings at the artist owned-and-operated Kettle Art Gallery, where up-and-coming local talent sell their works of art. Other notable venues include Kirk Hopper Fine Art. Or hit Fair Park Station and stroll up Exposition Avenue to the bohemian institution 500X Gallery, a space that’s shown contemporary work by local artists since the 1980s.

Two blocks from Cedars Station the South Side on Lamar is a mixed-use loft community that has always been a haven for artists. The Janette Kennedy Gallery displays the works of these artists, as well as other local and national artists working in a broad range of media. It’s a great way to get a bead on the local talent, and there are plenty of cafes and other funky finds in the area as well.

Dallas isn’t the only one getting its art groove on. Located in a pair of historic buildings near the Red Line’s Downtown Plano Station, the ArtCentre of Plano is a community arts center with high-quality, diverse programming in a charming setting. Near Downtown Carrollton Station on the Green Line, check out the Plaza Arts Center, where fine art, jewelry, gifts and stones are on display for viewing and purchase.

Colleges are incubators of artistic talent, as a stop at University of Dallas Station will confirm. The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is an integral component of the university’s art department. Its exhibitions include not only student art, but an array of contemporary artists.

Learn more about Dallas Arts Month at dallasartsmonth.com.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements and rail replacement began March 30 and will last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District Station and West End Station. Separate shuttle routes will be in operation. Thanks for bearing with us as we build a better future for North Texas. DART.org/Plus.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

So much to choose from this weekend, especially on Saturday. It’s that time of year – there are festivals, outdoor events and a variety of ways to get your spring groove on. Get a jump on National Get on Board Day (that’s April 25, for those of you keeping score at home), and get on board for some April fun.

Friday, April 12

DBDT: Encore! – Rising Excellence is a dance performance that mixes hip-hop, Shakespearian narrative, rock’ n ’roll, and classical ballet. Eclectic enough? It should be: The work is a collaboration between two choreographers known for pushing the boundaries of dance – Dr. Lorenzo “Rennie” Harris and Juilliard-trained My’kal J. Stromile of the Boston Ballet. (Stromile also happens to be an alum of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.) They created the piece especially for Dallas Black Dance Theater to perform at the SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival happening (mostly) in the Dallas Arts District this month. You can catch it tonight or Saturday at Moody Performance Hall, about an 8- or 9-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station on all four DART Rail lines.

Saturday, April 13

Get KidzFit Fest is a fun way to approach healthy lifestyle changes. The free event brings hundreds of organizations together in the Centennial Building at Fair Park, in the name of fighting childhood obesity and promoting fitness. This year’s event is themed “Run, Learn & Play @ Fair Park.” Take them up on that offer, and get the whole family on the Green Line to Fair Park Station. At the event, you’ll find 67,000 square feet of interactive fitness activities, hands-on nutrition lessons, fun games, a kids’ race, obstacle courses and various sorts of entertainment. There are even prizes. The Oncor Kids’ Race begins at 10 a.m.; the festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Impulse is an art installation of 12 interactive LED seesaws. What does that mean exactly? We can’t say for sure, but it’s a safe bet you’ve never seen anything like it. The free, open-air exhibit is an experimentation with light and sound, and can be activated by the public. Sounds too cool to miss. The exhibit opens today at Sammons Park and runs through April 22, after which it will have a second run at Main Street Garden. Sammons Park is part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, about an 8-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station.

Garland Heritage Celebration has food, music, entertainment, mechanical bull rides, a historical walking tour and more on the historic downtown square. The festival will also highlight the Landmark Museum’s newest exhibit, “Garland Arts & Entertainment,” which traces Garland’s rich arts history back to the 1800s. The event takes place from 4-9 p.m.; the square is about a 5-minute walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station.

HomeGrown Festival is an annual celebration of music – especially music with a Texas provenance. This year’s headliners: The Toadies and Tripping Daisy. Featuring eight additional acts covering many genres on two stages, the festival in Main Street Garden also has art demonstrations, a dog park and local vendors selling art, wares, and food and beverages. Kids under 10 get in free. The park is only a 4-minute walk from St. Paul station on all four DART Rail lines.

Second Annual Smooth Spring Groove brings R&B/hip-hop artist Tamar Braxton to the Toyota Music Factory. The music and media star is sure to bring her A-game to hits such as “Love and War” and “My Man.” Other performers include Jagged Edge, Stokley and Dru Hill. The venue is a 10-minute walk from the Orange Line’s Las Colinas Urban Center Station.

Sunday, April 14

Once on This Island gets its last performance tonight at The Firehouse Theatre. The musical took Broadway by storm and racked up a Tony Award just last year. The Firehouse’s production of the life-affirming fairytale, with its Caribbean-tinged score, features a multiracial cast. The theater is near Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements and rail replacement began March 30 and will last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District Station and West End Station. Separate shuttle routes will be in operation. Thanks for bearing with us as we build a better future for North Texas. DART.org/plus.

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In Pictures: DART’s 2019 Student Art Contest Reception at the DMA

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Sarah Thigpen, a ninth grader from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, in Dallas ISD, took home Best of Show at DART’s 2019 Student Art Contest reception at the Dallas Museum of Art April 4.

With the theme “My Next Stop Is ___,” 894 kindergarten through twelfth-grade students from 133 schools and organizations participated in DART’s 2019 Student Art Contest to help promote the use of public transportation.

DART held a reception at the Dallas Museum of Art April 4 to honor the student winners. You can find the winners’ artwork on display at the museum through April 28.

Sarah Thigpen, a ninth grader from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, in Dallas ISD, took home Best of Show and received a $1,000 cash prize from Dallas Contemporary.

Over the next year, a DART bus will display Thigpen’s winning piece as it travels throughout the agency’s 13-city service area. The bus is the first ever to be wrapped completely highlighting the art competition.

Check out a few scenes from the reception:

See more winning pieces from this year and learn more about DART’s Student Art Contest at DART.org/studentart.

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Get on Board for Public Transit April 25

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April 25 is National Get on Board Day and DART is encouraging North Texans to leave their cars at home and ride DART instead.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2019 National Get on Board Day is an event that encourages people to support public transportation and showcases the benefits transit brings to communities. Each weekday in the U.S., 34 million people board public transportation.

Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban and rural communities. In fact, transit helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.

Every year, 62.2 million people get on board a DART bus or train. On April 25, National Get on Board Day, why not join them and find out why?

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