DART: Your Ride This Weekend

DART: Your Ride This Weekend

This weekend is packed with culture – from plays and music, to a celebration of Afrobeat, to the haute couture of fabulous fashion design. No worries if you’re more in the mood for lighter fare. You can tap your toe to one of our favorites, “Another One Rides the Bus.” Ride the bus or train to these DARTable events.

Thursday, June 13

Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walkis a chance to check out the shops and boutiques of the Downtown Plano Arts District. The event features live music, local art exhibitions and special discounts. You can also sample wines, of course, at about 20 participating shops. Start strollin’ as early as 5 p.m.; check-in is at 1013 E. 15th St. That’s right around the corner from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Rowlett Farmers Market is another great outdoor event, with plenty of Texas-grown produce and a community-centered feel. Go local from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Village of Rowlett Downtown, right around the corner from the Blue Line’s Downtown Rowlett Station.

Friday, June 14

Unveiled: A One-Woman Play portrays five Muslim women – all played by a single actress, Rohina Malik. The characters come from all around the world, and the play touches on universal themes like faith and culture. The uplifting play opened at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre on Wednesday and runs through the end of the month. The venue is a short walk from Addison Transit Center, served by numerous bus routes.

“Weird Al” Yankovic was a pop-culture mainstay in the ’80s, with his silly take on the hit songs of the day. Who can forget his good-natured lampoons of Joan Jett (“I Love Rocky Road”) or Queen (“Another One Rides the Bus”)? Tonight, he brings his Strings Attached tour to Irving. His energetic performance is further enlivened by costumes and props, as well as a video wall and even a full orchestra. The one-night performance takes place at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, about a 10-minute walk from Irving Convention Center Station on the Orange Line.

¡Felabration Dallas! kicks off tonight at the Winspear Opera House and continues through Sunday. The show is a spectacular celebration of Afrobeat star Fela Kuti. There will be three nights of that artist’s finest musical moments, reflecting through dance and music. The celebration takes place at Hamon Hall in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, about a 6-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series is a great way to spend a summer evening in laid-back Downtown Garland. In addition to live music, there are vendors and even a fireworks display to cap things off. Tonight, catch the rockabilly and surf stylings of The Vinyl Stripes, a trio that pays homage to those classic genres while still showing lots of originality. The free, family-friendly event starts at 7 p.m. on the town square; you might want to bring a blanket or lawn chair. The festivities are a 4-minute walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station.

Saturday, June 15

Addison After Dark is a new way to spend your evening every third Saturday of the month. It’s a free event with live music, movies, food trucks and a different theme each month. This go-around, it’s “Retro Night Out” in Addison Circle Park, located a few blocks from Addison Transit Center.

The 9th Annual North Texas Pride “Come as You Are” Festival is a community celebration of pride and the diversity of Plano. The festival includes vendors, food, beverages, giveaways, live music and DJs. The all-ages festival happens at the Art Centre of Plano, just across Haggard Park from the Red Line’s Downtown Plano Station.

Sunday, June 16

Dior: From Paris to the World is a must-see for fashionistas and fans of amazing design. The exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art surveys more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s lavish embroidery, luxurious fabrics, and elegant silhouettes. You’ll see more than 100 dresses, plus accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos and more. The retrospective of the great fashion designer’s work runs through Sept. 1. The museum is about a 6-minute walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

 

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DART’s GoPass® App Gives Rowlett Riders UberPool Access

Do you visit, work or live in Rowlett? DART is making it easier for you to reach your destination with the ability to book an UberPool ride, in addition to a GoLink trip, with the GoPass® app.

When you’re in DART’s Rowlett GoLink zone, you can choose between a GoLink shuttle or an UberPool vehicle to run errands, go to work or connect to DART trains and buses.

DART’s GoLink zones that have UberPool access include:

Far North Plano
Inland Port
Kleberg
Legacy West in Plano
North Central Plano/Chase Oaks
Rowlett
Rylie

So, what’s the cost?

DART’s GoLink service is included in any valid DART fare. When you use the UberPool ride-share feature inside the GoPass® app, you can:

  • Travel to or from any DART station or transit center within a zone for $1.
  • Travel to or from any destination within a DART GoLink zone for $3. The $1 fee is being waived during the introductory period.

Prices are per person — including children — and per trip, during the hours of 5:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Don’t have a smart phone? No problem. You can book your trips by calling 214-452-1827.

Find more information about UberPool access at DART.org/GoLink or by contacting DART Customer Service at 214-979-111

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Cotton Belt catch-up: Work is underway!

Work on the Cotton Belt project is finally underway, and we couldn’t be more excited! Although construction won’t begin for a little while yet, the necessary upfront work to get the project underway has begun, and we have all your information on what’s happening and how you’ll be affected.

The first step before construction begins is for the designers and builders to perform pre-design field activities along the length of the Cotton Belt corridor. This work, which began in February and will continue through June, will allow more of the detail of the design outlined in the Final Environmental Impacts Statement (FEIS) to be built out. It will also help to validate the engineering assumptions that inform the ongoing early project planning.

What kind of pre-construction activity?

This work will mainly occur in and along the railroad right of way and will occasionally require workers and small equipment to move on and off public grade crossings. The field work being performed will include:

  • Taking photos to understand the existing condition prior to construction;
  • Surveying and 3D scanning to get a 360-degree view of the existing corridor;
  • Investigation of existing utilities;
  • And geotechnical soil sampling.

What does it look like?

The contractor’s work will take place mainly during the day and will involve minor surveying and construction equipment, such as GPS instruments, tripods, service vehicles, pickup trucks, small tools and light duty drill rigs. Contractors are unlikely to require access to any private property; however, if this becomes necessary, we will be sure to first get permission from the property owner and coordinate access in advance of the work.

DART will continue to keep you in the loop on the progress of the Cotton Belt project. Subscribe to DART Daily for regular Cotton Belt updates, view our video or check out DART.org/CottonBelt for more information.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend  

It’s a good weekend to explore the many cultures that make up North Texas. From diverse cuisines and world dance traditions, to hip-hop and African-American art, the world is your oyster if you ride DART this weekend. Access your GoPass® app or pull out your GoPass Tap card, and don’t forget to bring your curiosity to these DARTable events.

Friday, June 

Taste of Dallas is one of the city’s signature events, with more than 200 chefs, restaurants, brand reps and exhibitors setting up shop at Dallas Market Hall. The food festival opens this evening and runs all weekend, and this year has a new feature: Taste of the Neighborhoods, which will highlight Dallas’ numerous culinary micro-cultures (Bishop Arts District, Trinity Groves, Deep Ellum, etc.). You can also hang out in the Beer and Wine Gardens, learn about the Whiskies of the World and check out the El Centro College Mentor Cooking Competition. You can get there on Bus Route 749, or take the Green or Orange Line to Market Center Station and walk about 9 minutes to the venue.

Urban Movement Festival brings hip-hop culture to McCall Plaza in Downtown Plano. From two-versus-two dance battles to dance team showcases, the entertainment is family friendly at this all-ages festival. The event is free; there is a $10 fee to compete. McCall Plaza only about a block from the DART Rail station.

Saturday, June 8

The Urban Flea is a must-go for fans of open-air markets. In the Downtown Garland Square, dozens of vendors showcase vintage finds and re-purposed goods. One-of-a-kind antiques and handmade items are plentiful, and the historic downtown neighborhood is full of mom-and-pop shops and restaurants. Live music completes the experience. The market takes place from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The square is about a 3-minute walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station.

Canal Fest is the city of Irving’s annual celebration of cultures from around the globe. Take a world tour in one day. Germany? Burundi? The Middle East? They’re all here in the form of music, dance, art and activities – and, of course, lots of food. Check out performers, vendors, artisans, and chefs representing the rich diversity of North Texas from 2-10 p.m. in the Las Colinas Urban Center. The free festival is about an 11- to 13-minute walk from Las Colinas Urban Center Station on the Orange Line.

Sunday, June 9

Bright Star gets the last performance of its run today at The Firehouse Theater in Farmers Branch. The play tells the story of a literary editor who meets a young soldier just home from World War II. He awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Set in the American South in the 1920s and ’40s, the story is propelled by an ensemble of dancers and musicians. Today’s matinee is at 2:30 p.m. The theater is right across the street from the Green Line’s Farmers Branch Station.

Phenomenal Women is an exhibition in its final weekend at the African American Museum. Featuring local emerging female African American artists working in a variety of media, the art show is a celebration of strength, empowerment and love. Its last day is Monday, Aug. 10. The museum is in Fair Park, a short walk from Fair Park 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 are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

 

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Round Up the Kids and Take a Day Trip on DART

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These kid-friendly, DARTable staycation destinations will turn a summer weekday morning or afternoon into an excursion.

Beat the kids at Skee-Ball®. At NickelMania in Carrollton, it’s all about the classic arcade games. Well over 100 games provide a blast from the past for parents, and – who knows – maybe a different kind of challenge for kids. Can you get the high score? Find out by taking Bus Route 534 departing from Addison Transit Center and getting off at Trinity Mills and Midway Road in Carrollton.

A walk-through history. The Farmers Branch Historical Park is a 27-acre outdoor gem that is both park and museum, and features numerous 19th-century buildings, including a train depot, school and old church. If you want to follow your visit with evening entertainment, just cross the street, where you’ll find a more than 60-year-old fire station converted into The Firehouse Theatre, a mainstay local performance venue. The park is a short walk from Farmers Branch Station.

Express yourself. For a creative experience, head to Downtown Garland Station. Only two blocks away, you’ll find Painting with a Twist, a kid-friendly paint-and-sip (juice, of course) studio. Get step-by-step instruction from talented local artists and leave with your own one-of-a-kind creation. Check the business’ calendar for frequent “all ages” events.

Head to Las Colinas. For the price of DART passes, you can explore the Mandalay Canals, inspired by the famous Italian city of Venice, but easier to reach. The canals wind through the Las Colinas Urban Center, and you might even catch sight of a gondola. Walk the trail around Lake Carolyn or Toyota Music Factory, which offers movies, music and more.

Time travel. Kids love trains. But even many adults don’t know that Texas was once linked by passenger rail. Spend your summer staycation learning about our railroad roots at the Interurban Railway Museum, located in Haggard Park adjacent to Downtown Plano Station. You’ll also learn about electricity and science and tour a historic rail car. Afterward, enjoy some outdoor time in the park, stroll the shops and restaurants around 15th Street, or check out the historic homes in the Haggard Park Heritage District.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements 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 and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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Photo Feature: Underground

Thank you Instagram user, @shot_by_picc, for sharing this photo of a train at Cityplace/Uptown Station.

Now, about that “ghost station” near Knox/Henderson, read this DART Daily article to learn more about it.

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Learn How Transit Can Grow a Community at Richardson’s Upcoming Block Party

Do you enjoy live music, tasty food and learning about your community?

The city of Richardson invites locals to a block party, June 13-14, to learn about transit-oriented development in the city’s Innovation District. The party take place at 1302 E. Collins Boulevard in Richardson.

Enjoy music, food trucks, testing out new park and trail ideas and sharing your ideas about new uses, restaurants and other spaces for the district.

The Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District Study served as a guide for the district’s development, which anticipates an approximate 1,200-acre area, generally within Central Expressway (US 75), Campbell Road, Plano Road and Apollo Road.

Block Party Dates and Times:
June 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
June 14 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

DART is your ride to the block party. Ride to Arapaho Center Station on the Red Line, then take Bus Route 551 towards LBJ/Skillman Station. Get off at the Collins at Prospect bus stop, and the festivities are a short walk away.

Visit the block party event page to register for the event. And, to learn more about transit’s impact on the Innovation District, visit the city of Richardson’s website at cor.net.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

It’s a great weekend for foodies and theater goers. And, of course, that means it’s a great weekend for DART riders. Check out this weekend’s offerings.

Friday, May 31

Taste Addison kicks off today and runs all weekend. The three-day culinary cornucopia at Addison Circle Park is a food lover’s paradise. There are scores of restaurants there to tempt you – and with reduced prices, no less. You’ll also find chef demonstrations, wine tastings, and other foodie kinds of things. Music is also on the menu. To get there, take one of numerous buses to Addison Transit Center.

Summer and Smoke is the play Tennessee Williams wrote right after “A Streetcar Named Desire.”  Despite their differences, a quiet preacher’s daughter and a wild, pleasure-seeking doctor are drawn to each other. They have an almost-romance that is engaging and heartbreaking. The play explores the conflict between hedonism and spirituality. This is the first weekend of the Classics Theatre Project’s production. Performances run through June 22 at the Margo Jones Theatre at Magnolia Lounge – a short walk from either Fair Park and MLK, Jr. stations on the Green Line.

Saturday, June 1

Free First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center presents child-friendly programming from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and free admission for all until 5 p.m. Each month, you and your child can create and discover.  Make art with guest artists, get creative with the Writer’s Garrett, and tap your toes to the sounds of DJ Sudie. The Nasher is about a 5-minute walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines. You can also get there on the M-Line Trolley.

Anjelah Johnson brings her singular brand of comedy – including a roster of hilarious characters – to The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. The early show has already sold out, but as of press time there were still tickets left for the 10 p.m. show.  The venue is a 10-minute walk from the Orange Line’s Irving Convention Center Station, and trains run until 1:26 a.m.

Sunday, June 2

Fortuny: Friends and Followers closes after today at The Meadows Museum. The exhibition of Mariano Fortuny y Marsal’s work shows the artist’s world explored through a variety of subjects. You’ll see representations of 19th century Paris and Venice, portraits of the artists’ friends and family, and many other scenes. You can get to the Meadows Museum by taking the Museum Express (Route 743), which departs from Mockingbird Station on the Red, Blue and Orange lines.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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New Traffic Signal Pilot Program to Speed Up Your Bus Commute

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Picture this: You arrive at a traffic signal on board your regular DART bus commute. Traffic is backed up as usual and you’ve stopped at an intersection. Now, imagine your bus driver having the ability to initiate an earlier green light.

For bus riders along certain Belt Line, Hampton, Buckner and Spring Creek Parkway routes, DART is making that vision a reality.

On March 15, DART Board approved a new 5-year traffic signal pilot program called Transit Signal Priority. The program will allow DART bus operators to trigger earlier and longer green lights along specific DART bus routes with congestion and efficiency issues.

That means goodbye traffic congestion and hello to a speedier commute.

The $2.9 million pilot program will take place at intersections in Dallas, Garland, Farmers Branch, Addison, Carrollton, Richardson and Plano. The program aims to reduce or remove unnecessary stops at signalized intersections beginning in 2020.

DART plans to install and maintain the Transit Signal Priority equipment along Belt Line, Hampton, Buckner and Spring Creek Parkway corridors, serving Bus Routes 211, 402, 403, 453 and 467.

Learn more about the new Transit Signal Priority pilot program at DART.org.

 

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Have a happy Memorial Day! There are some great events lined up to celebrate the occasion, plus a bunch of other stuff. Most of the weekend’s happenings are outdoors, which suits the season perfectly. Get on board for these DARTable events.

Thursday, May 23

Texas Lottery Live is a series featuring local, regional and national talent in the square adjacent to the Toyota Music Factory. There is an eclectic mix of musical styles – funk, blues, R&B, rock and pop. Tonight, you’ll get them all in one place, when singer-songwriter Marc Broussard takes to the stage with his “Bayou Soul.” He blends all of the above with a distinctly Southern feel. You can get there by taking the Orange Line to Irving Convention Center Station, then walking about nine or ten minutes. The performance begins at 7 p.m.

Friday, May 24

Bright Star keeps the Southern feeling going. The musical at The Firehouse Theater tells a sweeping tale that takes place in the American South of the 1920s and ’40s. Literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, and he awakens her longing for the child she lost. An ensemble of dancers and musicians propel this uplifting story. The play runs through June 9; the venue is across the street from Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line

Saturday, May 25

Memorial Day Ceremony Featuring Touch-a-Truck is the city of Rowlett’s way of honoring generations of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. The ceremony takes place at The Village of Rowlett Downtown, a short walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Rowlett Station. If there is inclement weather, the event will be moved to May 27.

CityLine Live is a music series in one of North Texas’ newest transit villages. This evening is the second-to-last show of the season. From 6-9 p.m., Kirk Holloway performs on the plaza. Take out a table on one of the many nearby restaurant patios from which you can hear his classic Texas twang. You can also enjoy the festivities and food in the plaza proper; you might want to bring a lawn chair. Just follow Holloway’s classic Texas twang from CityLine/Bush Station on the Red Line.

Sunday, May 26

Memorial Day Music Fest features multiple stages at Klyde Warren Park. There will be something for all music lovers – rock, jazz, country and more. Between performances, explore vendor booths, play in the family game zone, get your face painted – and, just as you would hope, avail yourself of the numerous food trucks the park is known for. Klyde Warren Park is accessible by the M-Line Trolley. You also can walk about 10 minutes from Pearl/Arts District Station on all four DART Rail lines.

Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist is an international exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art that closes after today. Dedicated to a founding French Impressionist, this reevaluation of Morisot’s legacy is the first American presentation of her work in more than 30 years. It features approximately 60 paintings from public and private collections from around the world. The Dallas Museum of Art is about a 6-minute walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines.

Miss Saigon is a perennial audience favorite that gets its last performance at today’s matinee. The story follows a young Vietnamese woman whose life is changed when she meets an American G.I.  Dallas Summer Musicals’ production is full of spectacle and features a cast of 42. Catch it at the Music Hall at Fair Park, just a few hundred feet from the Green Line’s Fair Park Station.

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Building a Better Experience for You!

DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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