DART Aims to Improve Bus Service with March 26 Change

To improve the customer experience, DART will implement significant bus service enhancements March 26. Some of the changes DART riders will see include:

  • Off-peak frequency improvements on 10 routes. On affected routes, this means buses arrive every 30 minutes instead of 40 or 60. Midday frequency on Bus Route 592, which serves Lake June, will go from 40 minutes to 20 minutes.
  • Service restructuring to improve on time performance for five routes. Bus Route 400, for example, will be split into two routes: 402 and 403. Riders can take Bus Route 402 from Downtown Carrollton to Downtown Garland. Bus Route 403 will go from Irving Convention Center Station to Spring Valley Station. The two routes overlap between Downtown Carrollton and Spring Valley, resulting in double the frequency of service for riders in this area.
  • Introducing new routes to provide additional coverage. In North East Dallas, for example, Capitol Avenue is served by Bus Route 24. Beginning March 26, this area will be served by a new route, Bus Route 84. The new bus route will offer extended service on Greenville Avenue north of Mockingbird Lane.
  • OnDemand bus service. GoLink is a new service that combines the low cost of public transportation with the convenience and technology of ride-sourcing. Service began Feb. 26 in Rylie, Kleberg and the International Inland Port of Dallas, a huge freight trucking and rail hub in southern Dallas County. Service started March 12 in North Central Plano. Service will expand in the Legacy area of Plano March 26. DART riders who previously took Bus Route 346 will begin using GoLink instead. Far North Plano will see the new GoLink service in August.

Click here to learn more about the March 26 service changes.

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Faces of DART: Bob’s Story

Faces of DART is highlighting the stories of everyday North Texans who benefit from a strong transit system. Just take a look at Oliver Aguilar, an insurance adjuster who says transit helps make his daily commute to the office less stressful and his days more productive.

Today, we’re pleased to introduce another of the many Faces of DART—local business owner Bob Sambol.

Check out the video below to hear what transit means to Bob – and how it’s helping drive employment and entertainment opportunities in our region.


Bob is president of a property management company that oversees the more than a dozen local restaurants that make up the first phase of the Trinity Groves development, just across the river from downtown Dallas. Together, these businesses employ roughly 500 North Texans—with more development opportunities planned for the future.

As Bob mentions, DART plays an important role in this innovative project—not only by providing customers and visitors greater convenience, but also by attracting a stronger, more diverse workforce to help these North Texas businesses succeed. No matter how you use it—or even if you use it at all—public transit is helping power a stronger, more vibrant economy across our entire region.

We’ll be back with another one of our Faces of DART profiles soon—in the meantime, do you have a story to tell about how transit impacts your life? Share it on the Faces of DART page today!


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DART: Your Ride This Weekend


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A very musical weekend is in store, with tributes, free outdoor shows, and at least one big-ticket act hitting North Texas at DARTable venues. There’s other stuff, too, of course, all accessible by transit. Enjoy the weather and leave the driving to DART!

Friday, March 23

Rhymin N Stealin bill themselves as “the original Beastie Boys tribute band,” and they’re known for their high-energy performances. Tonight, they bring their act to the Granada Theater – expect a meticulously recreated experience of the platinum-selling band from New York City. The Granada is a short walk from Mockingbird Station; Bus routes 1 and 24 both depart from there, and will get you within a block.

If classic country music is more your style, there’s a very different kind of tribute going on at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. In Sweet Dreams, recording artist Mandy Barnett takes audiences on a musical journey through the Patsy Cline songbook. Any fan of the great countrypolitan singer’s work would be “Crazy” to miss it. The Eisemann is next to Galatyn Park Station.

And what can you say about Beck? The groundbreaking musician is both influential and popular, and tonight he’ll be at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, the new(ish) venue known for its great acoustics and sightlines. It’s a brief stroll from Irving Convention Center Station.

Saturday, March 24

JUNTXS: A Border Arts Symposium at the Latino Cultural Center explores the borderlands through film, comics, printmaking and textiles. Artists Analise Minjarez and Sarita Westrup headline the exhibition with multimedia art that portrays their home on the Texas-Mexico border. Several other artists are represented, as well. The venue is a block away from Deep Ellum Station.

For a hilarious crash course in classic literature, check out The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, across the street from Mockingbird Station. Three comedians in tights cover all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in less than two hours. The rollicking performance is not for children!

And Carrollton’s Concerts on the Square is kicking into gear for the season, with a concert by Dallas singer/songwriter Justin Philip Brooks. His approach to folk, country and gospel will have you swearing you’re on a front porch in the deep woods of East Texas. The square is accessible by Downtown Carrollton Station.

Sunday, March 25
Today would be a great day to check out First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone at the Nasher Sculpture Center. This is the first museum exhibition that explores the artistic aspects of ancient handaxes and figure stones. It turns out that the longest-used tool in human history is more than a crude tool – it can be a fascinating work of art, too, with some examples dating back two million years. Take any DART Rail line to St. Paul Station, and you’re a three-block walk away from the Nasher. The M-Line Trolley or the D-Link (Route 722) – now running on Sundays! – are good ways to get there, as well.



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ICYMI: 5 Takeaways from our Cotton Belt Facebook Live

Last week, Chad Edwards, Kay Shelton, and Carlos Huerta provided an update on the Cotton Belt project, where it currently stands, and what comes next during a special Cotton Belt Facebook Live. Chad and Kay also answered questions from the viewers about just how the Cotton Belt will impact their communities.

In case you missed it, watch the Cotton Belt Facebook Live here. Today we’re leaving you with five key things you should know about North Texas’ latest regional rail line.

  1. Current status and public comment period.

DART is currently wrapping up the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Cotton Belt project, which is being led by the the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA), and in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Once published in the next several weeks, there will be a 45-day public comment period during which DART will be hosting public comment hearings, giving each speaker three minutes to provide their comments. All information gathered during these hearings will be recorded and addressed in the final EIS. You can also send your comments electronically by emailing [email protected].

  1. Timeline and history.

Iterations of the Cotton Belt project have been included in DART’s transit plan since 1983. The project has evolved over the years in response to the massive population growth in our region—which makes sense since the region has grown by more than 1 million people! To prepare for more growth and maintain flexibility in our region in the future, DART reinitiated the project in late 2016 and spent the next year holding numerous meetings, collecting data, conducting analyses, and identifying potential issues along the corridor where mitigation may be needed. Construction of the project is expected to begin in 2019 with completion expected in December 2022.

  1. Proposed mitigation efforts.

The draft EIS will cover many ways DART will mitigate potential issues, including traffic, noise, vibration, safety, and preserving historic landmarks. The draft EIS not only addresses the potential impacts the project could have on local communities, but also includes what DART is doing to prevent or minimize these impacts. For example, in the case of sound or noise impacts, DART is proposing noise barrier walls as well as the establishment of 36 new “quiet zones” along the corridor. A quiet zone eliminates the need to blow the train horn when passing through street crossings, reducing a major source of noise issues in residential communities.

  1. Vehicle selection.

Along with corridor design and mitigation efforts, the actual vehicles planned for use in the Cotton Belt help ensure the project fits seamlessly into the communities it will serve. In this case, the vehicles will be very similar (although not exact replicas) to the vehicles TEXRail will be using for their project. At 267 feet long, they are comparable in size to two light rail vehicles already in service. The vehicles the Cotton Belt will be using will have new, self-propelled technology so there is no overhead wire system, resulting in a cleaner look without a lot of poles and wires.

  1. Corridor adjustments.

DART owns the entire 26-mile stretch of railroad corridor from Plano to DFW. In a few key locations along the route, however, the Cotton Belt corridor will deviate from the existing line to better connect the communities to the services, destinations, and opportunities they seek. This includes Cypress Waters, a mixed-use development in Dallas; downtown Carrollton, a hub for different railways that requires a separate track to ensure the Cotton Belt schedule is not impacted; and the CityLine development in Richardson, which is a dynamic new area that is opening employment, entertainment, and economic opportunities. 

Thanks for tuning in to our Cotton Belt Facebook Live or catching up with what you missed here.  If you have any other questions about the project, visit www.DART.org/cottonbelt or email us at [email protected].

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St. Patrick’s Day Recap


Thanks for riding DART to the Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival. Here are a few scenes from the event:

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Have You Downloaded the DART Say Something App?


Report incidents to DART Police more discreetly than making a phone call with the new DART Say Something Safety and Security App.

The app gives you the assurance that someone is attending to your request with its two-way communication capabilities that allow police dispatchers to request further details.

When you’re in the app, you can select the type of activity you want to report, as well as the location. You also can submit photos, videos and additional notes before hitting send report.

“Many people are afraid to call the police during a situation, but no one pays attention if you are typing on your smartphone,” DART Police Chief James Spiller said. “The DART Say Something app allows customers to send updates to dispatchers on what’s happening without being noticed. Having instant, detailed information from witnesses on the scene will help us resolve incidents faster.”

Visit the App Store or the Google Play store and download the free DART Say Something app on your iPhone or Android device.

Don’t have a smartphone? Don’t worry. Non-smartphone users can call the system’s text-a-tip service at 214-256-1819.

For more information about the new DART Say Something app, visit: http://www.dart.org/riding/dartpoliceelerts.asp.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend


It’s that time again – time to celebrate Dallas’ St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival. But that’s not all. There are cool cultural events, ways to cap off spring break, and even a food festival… all accessible by DART. If you’re DARTing to St. Paddy’s (and even if you’re not!), skip the lines at the ticket machine by downloading GoPass, DART’s app that lets you buy and store tickets (plus a lot of other neat features) right on your phone.

Friday, March 16

Make the last day of spring break memorable at Spring to the Top at Reunion Tower. The GeO-Deck’s breathtaking 360-degree views are the star of the show; the supporting cast includes Dallas Zoo Animal Adventures. This is the last day of this spectacular, kid-centric event. You can get to Reunion Tower by a pedestrian tunnel from Union Station, served by the Red and Blue lines, as well as the Trinity Railway Express (TRE).

’til Midnight at the Nasher – the free monthly event with live outdoor concerts paired with film screenings in the Nasher Garden – happens tonight. This month, Psychic Ills takes the stage, and 1975’s Cooley High will be on the screen. There’s a cash bar and food, as well. Just across the street, Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art will feature its usual awesome assortment of performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, family programs, and more. You can get to either venue by taking any DART Rail line to St. Paul Station and walking a few blocks. The D-Link (Bus Route 722) and the M-Line Trolley are good bets, too.

It’s the opening night of Witness for the Prosecution, an Agatha Christie courtroom thriller presented by the Irving Arts Center. Leonard Vole is on trial for a grisly murder. His wife is a witness for the prosecution. Will she defend him or get him hanged? Fact and fiction are hard to tease apart in this masterfully paced drama. To get to the arts center, take Bus Route 401 from the TRE’s Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station, and get off at MacArthur and Finley.

Saturday, March 17

Feeling lucky? You will – or at least you’ll feel Irish – at the 39th Annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival, the beloved local celebration that, for many, is the party of the year. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Greenville Avenue and Blackwell Street, and ends at SMU Boulevard. There will be the usual outrageous floats, colorful costumes and all-around rambunctiousness – not to mention food trucks, plenty of green beer (including craft brews), and fun vendors and exhibitors. Enjoy the festivities safely by taking the Red or Orange lines to Lovers Lane Station; both those lines plus the Blue Line will get you to Mockingbird Station, also a great starting point. There will be some bus detours to accommodate the fun – click here for details.

If something a little less rowdy is more your pace, Taste of Garland is serving up the fun at the Granville Arts Center. Eat to your heart’s content – tons of local restaurants and other culinary establishment will be dishing their best, and there will be silent and live auctions, as well. It all benefits Garland Crime Stoppers. This homey, family-friendly event is a delicious way to celebrate St. Paddy’s, and it’s right next to Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line. For advance tickets, call 972-485-4859 or 214-402-6492.

Sunday, March 18

It’s last call for Honeymoon at Graveside Manor, the Amateur Community Theatre of Rowlett’s farcical horror story playing at Main Street Events – right next to the Downtown Rowlett Station. Marian is looking forward to her honeymoon, envisioning a romantic, secluded getaway. It turns out that Graveside Manor is a haunted former mortuary full of secret passageways. A cast of memorable characters, including a hatchet-wielding ghost, an absent-minded cop and an escaped lunatic, rounds out this fun production accessible by the Blue Line.


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A St. Patrick’s Day Piem on Pi Day


Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival attendees pose at Lovers Lane Station on their way to the parade and festival Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Happy Pi Day.

Today we join the world in celebrating the famous numerical constant pi, also known as 3.14, but with a literary twist.

What do you get when you combine pi (the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter), a poem and St. Patrick’s Day?

A piem about riding DART to the Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival.

What is a piem? I’m glad you asked — thanks for that.

A piem is a poem where the number of letters in each word mimic the figures in the pi sequence. For our sake, we’ll round pi eight places after the decimal: 3.14159265.

Ladies and gentlemen, riders and pedestrians, I present to you “A Piem as Inspiration for a DARTable St. Patrick’s Day”:










There you have it. Now, give it a try.

For more information about riding DART to the Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival, visit DART.org/SPD or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

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DART: North Texas’ Mobility Manager


From Dallas’ Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station, travelers now can catch a DART bus; hop on a DART Light Rail, Trinity Railway Express or Amtrak train; board the Dallas Streetcar; rent a bike from one of several bike-share companies; get picked up by an Uber or Lyft driver; or walk to one of three Zipcars stationed downtown.

DART’s core business is moving people efficiently, effectively and safely. To expand its reach as the region’s mobility manager, the agency coordinates with other transportation providers to move beyond conventional fixed-route bus and rail service.

2040 Plan adjusts to changing mobility needs

Whether traveling to work, school, entertainment or the airport, residents and visitors in North Texas have access to more than 140 bus routes, 93 miles of light rail, 35 miles of commuter rail, modern streetcars, vanpools and paratransit services in the DART Service Area.

Building and maintaining the largest multimodal transit system in North Texas requires detailed short- and long-term planning.

DART is updating its long-range Transit System Plan to address the changing mobility needs of the region through 2040. Since adoption of the 2030 Transit System Plan in 2006, the region has continued to experience rapid growth.

The agency is using the most up-to-date information on land use, demographic growth and travel patterns in the region. The new 2040 Plan outlines projects, programs and services that maintain and improve the DART System for current and future North Texans.

DART’s transit system has grown rapidly because the agency has leveraged nearly every federal grant and financing program available, including full-funding grant agreements, Recovery Act grants, TIGER grants, TIFIA loans and Build America Bonds. Executing the 2040 Plan requires the continuation of such predictable, long-term federal funding tools.

Learn more about how DART keeps you moving in our latest progress report.

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Make Sure You’re Tuned in to the Cotton Belt Updates… This Thursday!

The Cotton Belt will be a game changer for our region, providing greater accessibility, opening up more flexible transit options, and creating new opportunities for seven North Texas cities and the entire region.

Join us for a special Facebook Live to learn more about this exciting project this Thursday at 12:00 pm CDT. During the event, we’ll be answering questions and addressing concerns from North Texans – send us your questions today and one of the experts working on the Cotton Belt could answer them – live!

More than simply increasing mobility, the Cotton Belt will:

  • Support growth. The Cotton Belt will provide more flexibility and transit options as North Texas communities and businesses continue to grow. This is especially critical if we want to support the expected population growth of 36 percent our region will experience by 2040.
  • Create the optimal regional rail experience. DART is working collaboratively within the communities along the Cotton Belt corridor to ensure everyone’s voice is heard in the process. We have been performing in-depth analyses and research—on everything from safety and design to traffic and environmental concerns—to create a transit project that benefits our entire region while considering the unique needs and perspectives of individual communities.
  • Plan for the future. The Cotton Belt helps ensure we have the capacity we need to continue attracting people and businesses to North Texas. Not only will it relieve congestion and offer a more sustainable transit solution, but it will help spur and support economic, cultural, and social opportunities residents and visitors alike while strengthening our transit infrastructure overall.
  • Foster economic development. The Cotton Belt will help open the flow of commerce and drive economic investment in and around the communities and cities it connects. That could mean higher property and housing values, new business opportunities, and increased growth and moving opportunities for local residents. It will also make our region more attractive for visitors, new residents, and businesses, driving a strong economy across North Texas.
Still wondering what the Cotton Belt means for North Texans? Send us your questions and tune into our Facebook page at noon CDT on Thursday to learn more!
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