Rider Insider: Ride DART to Fourth of July events this weekend

Celebrate the birth of our nation at any of several larger-than-life fireworks displays and Independence Day events throughout the DART Service Area. DART will get your family to and from the festivities in air-conditioned comfort. Here’s a sampling of the summer’s biggest parties.

July 3

Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration honors America’s independence with free live music and spectacular fireworks at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Tour the historic buildings, indulge in delicious concessions and enjoy kids’ activities. Park gates open at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. Information: farmersbranchtx.gov. (Via the DART Green Line to Farmers Branch Station)

July 4

Fair Park Fourth celebration starts with the Dallas 7/4 race in the morning and finishes with Dallas’ official fireworks display at night. In between, you and your family can enjoy all that Fair Park has to offer, including the Midway, an Esplanade Fountain show, music from Dixie Land Band, A Hard Night’s Day, and the Dallas Wind Symphony and much more. Information:fairpark.org. (Via the DART Green Line to Fair Park Station and MLK, Jr. Station)

Star-Spangled Spectacular! with the Dallas Wind Symphony will have you feeling red, white and blue from the top of your stovepipe hat to the tips of your star-spangled shoes. The show begins at 1 p.m. at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Information:www.dws.org. (Via any rail line to Pearl/Arts District Station)

Find more Independence Day events on the Rider Insider Online Calendar.

Note: DART buses and light rail will operate on a Saturday schedule Friday, July 3. A Sunday schedule will be observed on both Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5. Trinity Railway Express trains will be on a modified Saturday schedule July 3. There will be no TRE service Saturday or Sunday.

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News bits: Pope Francis talks importance of public transportation

Pope Francis, the Pope of the Catholic Church, last month released a 192-page paper discussing climate change and other environmental issue. One passage in the paper is notable to DART and its passengers:

The quality of life in cities has much to do with systems of transport, which are often a source of much suffering for those who use them. Many cars, used by one or more people, circulate in cities, causing traffic congestion, raising the level of pollution, and consuming enormous quantities of non-renewable energy. This makes it necessary to build more roads and parking areas which spoil the urban landscape. Many specialists agree on the need to give priority to public transportation. Yet some measures needed will not prove easily acceptable to society unless substantial improvements are made in the systems themselves, which in many cities force people to put up with undignified conditions due to crowding, inconvenience, infrequent service and lack of safety.

On the issues of crowding and infrequent service, we’re hoping our D2 Project will address some of these matters. Which alignment do you think the Pope would prefer?

The Pope’s wise advice on traffic, parking and public transit [Washington Post]

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Join KVIL personalities for Staycation Wednesdays on the TRE all summer

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Need help planning this summer’s staycation? DART has teamed up with KVIL for Staycation Wednesdays on the TRE. North Texas families are encouraged to join KVIL’s Leigh Ann and Courtney Kerr on select Wednesdays in July and August at 11 a.m. at the CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. The duo will help make the journey to exciting kid-friendly destinations like the Dallas Zoo and the Fort Worth Stockyards fun and entertaining. There will be prizes and giveaways on each Wednesday adventure.

To maximize the experience, plan on beginning your adventure at the CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. Leigh Ann and Courtney will travel with families to Union Station for Dallas Staycation destinations and to the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center for Fort Worth Staycation destinations.

The fun begins Wednesday, July 1 with an excursion to The Dallas Zoo. Keep your eyes peeled at Union Station, your zoo adventure may start a bit early with some critters on hand greetings TRE passengers.

To discover what other exciting destinations await you on Wednesday Staycations, visit trinityrailwayexpress.org.

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Spot a #DARTdino, win some Dallas Zoo tickets

Our friends at the Dallas Zoo are encouraging area residents to keep their eyes peeled for dinosaurs rolling down the roads to win some tickets to the Dallas Zoo and more. Learn more about the Giants of the Jurassic exhibit at DallasZoo.com.

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

Ride the D-Link (Route 722) or DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to Pearl/Arts District Station for Annie. Directed by original lyricist Martin Charnin, this new production of Annie will be a classic incarnation of the beloved original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” Performances are at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Information: www.attpac.org.

• Ride the DART Rail Green Line or Orange Line to Victory Station for Conciertos Originales, a music series showcasing an impressive lineup of Latin artists to Dallas. From June through September, legal drinking age residents in Texas will have a chance to experience live performances by internationally-known artists, all presented by the original light pilsner. Latin Grammy® Award-winning norteño group Intocable will be headlining the first concert on June 26 at 8:00 p.m. at the AT&T Plaza at American Airlines Center. Having earned the respect and admiration of fans in and beyond the U.S., Intocable will take the stage in Dallas, where they previously performed a history-making half-time show, with popular hits such as “Robarte un beso,” “Prometi,” and “Te Amo (Para Siempre).” Must be 21+ and a legal resident of Texas. Entry based on a first come, first served basis, up to venue capacity. Ticket does not guarantee entry. Information:www.americanairlinescenter.com.

Find more events like the ¡Taco Libre! on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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News bits: ‘DART hopping’ to kid-friendly stations

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What are your favorite kid-friendly DART stations? Dan Koller, writing for Texas Highways magazine, sought out the best places to take kids along the DART Rail for a magical time. In his write-up you’ll find the usual suspects like Dallas Zoo Station and St. Paul Station, but you’ll also discover some hidden kid-friendly gems like Cityplace/Uptown Station and Downtown Carrollton Station. Check out the feature on TexasHighways.com to see where you should be taking the kiddos this summer.

DART Hopping – Kid-friendly excursions on the Dallas light-rail system [TexasHighways]

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Featured Photo: Monsters attack (miniature) downtown Dallas

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The wayfinding cityscape at Akard Station in downtown Dallas is a great backdrop for a stop-motion movie about monsters attacking downtown Dallas. Great creativity!

Where have you found creative inspiration on or around DART?

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Photos: National Veterans Wheelchair Games rolls into Dallas

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DART lends hands, modified buses to National Veterans Wheelchair Games

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Destination DART: Two Words: Taco Festival!

taco-libre-festival-taco-headsTacos! Tacos! Tacos! For breakfast, lunch or dinner it’s always taco time, especially in Texas. Now North Texans have a place to celebrate the culinary blessing, “Taco Libre!” Dallas’ first ever taco festival.

Revolver Taco Lounge, El Tizoncito, and Chile Pepper Grill are among the 14 restaurants set to attend, and it’s not just about the food. Taco aficionados can eat and dance to the tunes of several local bands, and when the music isn’t pumping, Lucha libre wrestlers will entertain guests.

It’s all happening June 27, at the Main Street Garden in Downtown Dallas. Tickets start at $12. Click here for tickets.

DART riders can take the Red, Orange, Blue or Green lines to St. Paul Station. Once you’re there it’s a short walk to the park, and don’t forget your appetite.

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DART lends hands, modified buses to National Veterans Wheelchair Games

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The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are coming to the Dallas-area and DART is lending a hand, and a couple dozen buses to help the athletes travel to the different venues all across the greater Dallas area.

Twenty-five of DART’s longer, 40-foot buses have been modified to allow a greater number of wheelchairs on board. To do this, 11 passenger seats have been removed and wheelchair harnesses have been added for secure and safe travel. DART is also providing volunteer support at some of the venues.

Compare the photos below to see how the modified buses compare to the standard configuration.

More about the National Veterans Wheelchair Games:

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are presented each year by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America with additional support from numerous corporate and community sponsors. The North Texas Health Care Center and the National Paralyzed Veterans of America office are hosting the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The events take place in and around Dallas, TX, June 21-26, 2015.

At the Games, veterans compete in the following events: 9-Ball, air guns, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, handcycling, field events, motor rally,
power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting.

Learn more at wheelchairgames.org.

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