Destination DART: Dallas Comic Con

Doctor Who, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the original Batman and Robin and legendary comic book writer Stan Lee will all be in the Big D for Dallas Comic Con! Sci-fi fans rejoice and enjoy as actors and comic book writers and illustrators come together at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center May 29-31.


Comic Con 2015Fans can get can original art, autographs and photo-ops. There will also be Question and Answer sessions throughout the weekend for a chance for guests to interact with their favorite stars. If cosplay is your thing, there will be a Red Carpet for Cosplayers to show off their skills. The Alamo Drafthouse is going to be on hand will free screenings of classic sci-fi flicks. In addition, visitors can look for love with speed dating, check out a sketch duel or participate in the costume contest. In other words, there really is something for everyone.

Ticket prices vary. You can get to Convention Center Station on the Red or Blue lines or on the D-Link, bus route 722.

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

Service Alert: DART will follow a Sunday schedule Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and the new Dallas Streetcar will not operate. Visit DART.org for more about Memorial Day service.

• Ride the DART Rail Green Line to Farmers Branch Station, then an approximate 1/2 mile walk Saturday to Liberty Fest Presents Stars & Strings at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. Activities leading to the firework fun include tours within historical structures, bounce houses, face paintings and more free activities in the Kidzone, and a photo station to document all the fun! Select concessionaires will be onsite selling a variety of festival fare, beer, wine, and snacks. You can also pre-order one of the many picnic baskets prepared by Central Market. The Park will open its gates on May 23 at 6:30 p.m. with activities for the young and the young at heart including the all-time favorite low level fireworks show. Farmers Branch Historical Park is located at 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Information: fblibertyfest.com.

• Ride the DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to St. Paul Station or D-Link (Route 722) to Klyde Warren Park Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Dallas City of Learning Summer Kickoff. Bring your family to enjoy free hands-on activities including: build a tin box sculpture with Fossil Group designers; join Best Buy’s Geek Squad to invent with electronics and turn everyday objects into touchpads using the littleBits and Makey Makey invention kits; climb into the cockpit of a plane with the Frontiers Of Flight Museum; spot counterfeit money with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; join the Trinity River Audubon Center and learn some uncommon facts about your friendly neighborhood pigeon; and much more. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at on-site food trucks. During the event, kids ages 6 to 18 will be able to register for Dallas City of Learning and earn a digital badge for activities they participate in. Information: www.klydewarrenpark.org and RSVP atwww.facebook.com/BigThoughtDallas.

Find more events like Rowlett’s Memorial Day Celebration featuring Touch-A-Truck or México 2000 Ballet Folklórico on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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Stay informed: GoPass push notifications deliver up-to-date DART information

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Stay up to date about DART service and our GoPass mobile ticketing application through notifications, which are now available on Android and Apple smartphones.

GoPass users can expect to receive important news and information about GoPass and major DART service alerts. Visit your respective app store to ensure you have the latest version of GoPass and make sure notifications are enabled in your device settings.

Not a GoPass user? Visit GoPass.biz to learn more about the app and thanks for your continued support.

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Update: DART Rail resumes normal service

Updated, 3:00 p.m.:

DART Rail repairs are complete. Red and Orange line trains are resuming normal operations. It will take some time for us to get back on schedule. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Original entry:

Customers using the Red and Orange lines should anticipate delays through mid-afternoon while we continue making repairs to the overhead power lines near Arapaho Center Station. More than two miles of overhead power lines between Spring Valley and Arapaho Center stations were damaged Tuesday afternoon and are being replaced.

Red Line: Single-tracking between Galatyn Park and LBJ/Central stations on the Red Line. Anticipate delays.
Orange Line: Only operating between DFW Airport and Pearl/Arts District stations. Customers going to DFW Airport should connect with the Orange Line at Pearl Station. Anticipate delays and possible required transfers.
Green and Blue lines: Not affected and operating as normal.

Thank you for your patience.

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Featured Photo: An intimate moment at Fair Park Station

Dallas-area photographer Zach Ashcraft deserves a very special shout out for this engagement photo taken at Fair Park Station. According to the caption, it took about 60 attempts to get this one right.

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DART diorama helps celebrate Stonewall Jackson Elementary history

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It was a natural fit when Stonewall Jackson Elementary School first-grader Nigel was assigned a project about the DART Rail opening as part of Stonewall Jackson Elementary School’s 75th anniversary celebration. Nigel, who rides DART regularly with his family, chose to create a diorama about DART Rail showcasing passes, maps, pictures, facts and more. After initially posting the photos on Twitter, we caught up with Nigel’s mother, Sarah McDonald, to learn more about the project and the family’s interest in DART.

To mark the school’s 75th anniversary, each grade level was assigned a decade and a specific thing from that decade on which to do a project. First grade was assigned the 90s, and Nigel was specifically assigned the opening of the DART trains! This was a PERFECT fit for our family given that we use DART on a daily basis to get to and from work and fun activities. He has been enamored with the trains since we moved to Texas in 2010. He knows pretty much all of the stops on each line in order. In fact, when my mom stayed with him for two weeks over the summer, he was her tour guide!

Stonewall Jackson formally celebrated their 75th anniversary last week where all of the projects were on display. Thanks Nigel and Sarah for being such big fans!

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Photos: DART ‘energizes’ Bike to Work Day participants in downtown Dallas

Photo credit: Lupe Hernandez

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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 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. The event is an award-winning, multi-day eclectic arts and music festival featuring six performance stages, the Wild! Marketplace, the Taste of Texas Food Garden, the family friendly Kidz Korner, and a whole lot more! North Texas’ largest music event will bring a distinctive lineup of Grammy award-winning artists, American rock legends, prolific singer-song writers performing the best in classic rock, country, pop, alt-rock, folk and Americana. The official lineup of performers include: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Kansas, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Blue October, 38 Special, Everclear, Fuel, Leon Russell, The Smithereens, Tonic, Minus The Bear, The Joe Ely Band, Gary P. Nunn, Max Stalling, Trout Fishing In America, The Zane Williams Band, Susan Werner, Zepparella – a tribute to Led Zeppelin and Le Freak.

The 2015 festival’s three-day pass goes on sale for $30 on April 13, at any Metroplex Tom Thumb store or online. The three-day pass will be available for sale until 5:30 p.m. May 15. Single-day adult tickets will be available at the gate for $20, as well as through the festival’s website beginning April 13. Kids age 5-12 will be admitted for $3, and admission for kids 4 and under is free. The festival hours are Friday, May 15 – 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, May 16 – 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, May 17 – 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. All events take place at Galatyn Park, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson. Information and tickets: wildflowerfestival.com.

• Ride the DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to Pearl/Arts District Station or St. Paul Station Sunday for Uptown Ciclovía. Hosted by Uptown Dallas, Inc. with the Metropolitan Dallas YMCA, Ciclovía is a one-mile, car-free route that turns major city streets into safe and open, car-free environments for families to run, bike, play and be well together. Originating in Bogota, Colombia over 30 years ago, ciclovías are now held in hundreds of cities worldwide. Dallas’ second annual Ciclovía will be held in Uptown from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The route will connect Katy Trail to Klyde Warren Park via Cedar Springs Road. There is no start or end, just join where you can! You do not need to register to attend and there is no fee to participate. Opening ceremonies will start at 10 a.m. at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy. Information: uptownciclovia.org.

Find more events like Spring Celebration or Fork and Cork on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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DART to ‘energize’ Bike to Work Day at eight locations

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit encourages commuters to grab their bike and ride to work as part of national Bike to Work Day, May 15. On your way to the office, stop by one of several energizer stations set up by DART, where volunteers are eager to provide information from local area bike shop partners, free bike tune-ups, treats, promotional items and tips on safety from 7 to 9:30 a.m.

Energizer stations will be set up at eight locations, including DART’s:
• Parker Road Station, 2600 Archerwood St. in Plano
• Downtown Garland Station, 430 W. Walnut St.
• St. Paul Station on Bryan Ave in downtown Dallas
• Arapaho Center Station, 1051 N. Greenville Ave. in Richardson
• Trinity Mills Station, 2525 Blanton Dr. in Carrollton
• Addison Transit Center, 4925 Arapaho Rd.
• Trinity Railway Express’ (TRE) Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station, 201 Rock Island Rd.
• Dallas Streetcar’s Oakenwald stop, 1501 N. Zang Blvd

Combining transit and your bike to help you get to work is good for the environment, good for your health, and makes more sense than ever considering DART’s more than 12,000 bus stops, 90 miles of light rail, 34 miles of commuter rail and 1.6 miles of streetcar connections. Bicycles are permitted on any DART vehicle, TRE train or Dallas streetcar. Visit DART.org or call 214-979-1111 for more information.

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From the Vault: DART goes to Olympic lengths

Editor’s note: In “From the Vault” we take a look back in time at historical DART stories. Today’s story originally appeared in the Spring 2002 publication “Connections.”

DART goes to Olympic lengths

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When Sarah Hughes skated for the gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, legions of her fans rode DART to the rink.

As the world’s greatest winter athletes converged on Utah’s capital, 30 buses and 29 light rail vehicles on loan from DART kept the crowds moving, doubling the capacity of the local transit system. And for a contingent of DART transit operators, maintenance workers and mechanics along for the ride, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

While transit agencies often loan buses to one another to support major events — we sent buses to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta — the brief marriage of convenience between DART Rail and Salt Lake’s TRAX system was an industry first.

Why DART trains? Technically, they were the most compatible with the TRAX system. And since DART had expanded its LRV fleet well ahead of this year’s planned extensions to Richardson, Garland and Plano, we were uniquely ready to go the extra mile for our newest customers.

Once on line in Salt Lake, DART’s vehicles were a sensation, whisking crowds to the various venues and surprising Dallas-area news reporters in town to cover the games. ALong with members of DART’s Olympic support team, our buses and trains were feature attractions in television and newspaper reports.

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