DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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Winter came early, but the holiday season is only beginning to ramp up, with light displays, shopping events and model trains. As usual, DART gets your adventure under way, taking you to these awesome happenings.

Thursday, Nov. 14

Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk is a great way to explore the neighborhood – an interesting mix of Ye Olde Towne Square and modern “new urban.” About 20 participating shops provide wine samples, and many offer special discounts. There’s a reason they call it the Downtown Plano Arts District: There’s a definite focus on artsy stuff, and there’s even live music. Check in as early as 5 p.m. at Event 1013 on 15th St. That’s right around the corner from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line (which is also served by the Orange Line during weekday rush hour).

Friday, Nov. 15

Dallas Zoo Lights is a pretty spectacular display, with a million points of light (literally) outlining the zoo grounds and forming giant “topiaries” in the shapes of various animals. The elephants are especially cool. You can see them on select evenings through Jan. 5, and tonight is when they make their debut. Dallas Zoo Station is on the Red Line.

That Golden Girls Show: A Puppet Parody opened last night for a three-day run this weekend only. Fans of the classic TV show will recognize the Miami house with the ’80s décor – but may be surprised to find the characters portrayed, or rather parodied, with puppets. The show was a hit in New York, and even if you didn’t watch the TV show, you’ll find yourself time traveling to 1985. Jazzercise, anyone? It’s here, along with shoulder pads, cheesecake and wit to spare. Catch it as the Eisemann Center, right across a plaza from the Red Line’s Galatyn Park Station.

Sarah Tucker is a well-known soprano, and she performs tonight in Garland. The program includes works by Puccini and Skalkotta, among others. See the latest installment of the Garland Symphony Orchestra’s “Music That Grows on You” at the Granville Arts Center, directly adjacent to Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line. You could make an evening of it with pre- or post-show dinner or drinks in the highly strollable neighborhood.

Saturday, Nov. 16

The Trains at North Park requires practically no introduction, but if you haven’t seen this seasonal delight, you’re in for a treat. Each year at NorthPark Center, more than 750 model railcars travel over something like a third of a mile of track. Their elaborate journey takes them through the Dallas skyline, New York City, Mount Rushmore, and a whole bunch of other iconic places. The spectacular display benefits Ronald McDonald House, and it opens today. You can see it through Jan. 5 by taking the Red Line to Park Lane Station and hopping on the NorthPark Shuttle (Bus Route 702).

Razz follows the life of legendary choreographer Bob Fosse as he fights for life after his third heart attack. Written by Ochre House Theater company member Mitchell Parrack and directed by Matthew Posey, the production is full of song, dance and vaudeville. Tonight’s the last night to see the creative, original theater company’s season opener. The Ochre House Theater is half a block up Exposition St. from the Green Line’s Fair Park Station. about at 825 Exposition Ave., half a block from the DART Rail station.

Illenium is an up-and-comer in the dance/electronica field. After several year of generating a buzz, he released a chart-topper this year, and his songs can likely be heard on a dance floor near you. See the Denver-based DJ at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. The venue is about a 10-minute walk from Irving Convention Center Station on the Orange Line.

Denton Holiday Open House is a chance to browse more than 40 eclectic store and restaurants on the funky college town’s courthouse square. The town square would be worth a visit by itself; knocking out some holiday shopping in a unique atmosphere is a great reason to take the A-train. And it almost goes without saying there will be live music at the event in this tuneful burg. Transfer to DCTA’s jazzily-named commuter rail service at Trinity Mills Station on the Green Line, and get off at the end of the line. That’s the Downtown Denton Transit Center. You’re basically there.

Sunday, Nov. 16

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is a family-friendly production with spectacular sets, intricate costumes, and the magic of Russian classical dance. At today’s 1 p.m. matinee, you’ll see soaring birds, giant puppets, and lots of other imaginative touches. The acclaimed ballet company performs at McFarlin Auditorium on the SMU campus. From Mockingbird Station, you can catch either the Museum Express (Route 743) or Bus Route 521 to get there.

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Feast on these DARTable Excursions

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Thanksgiving is the perfect time to disconnect from our hectic lives and reconnect with family and friends. And after the feast is over, it’s good to get out and explore. DART ties together the region’s best offerings.

Here are some fun things to check out over Thanksgiving weekend.

A downtown on the move. Every DART Rail line and most bus routes converge on downtown Dallas, a pulsating urban scene with high-caliber parks and the largest arts district in the country. The Nasher Sculpture Center is a world-class oasis of internationally known art, while the Crow Museum of Asian Art displays breathtaking, exotic pieces for free. The Dallas Museum of Art has a diverse permanent collection and some of the best touring exhibits in the country. And near the West End, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum has a stunning new facility in which to display its fascinating – if sobering – artifacts.

Suburbs with character. Spend some time in the “town square” areas of some North Texas cities, and you’d hardly know you’re in a sprawling metropolis. There’s nothing generic about the downtowns of Plano, Garland and Carrollton, or the Downtown/Heritage Crossing district of Irving. Whether it’s an old-fashioned gazebo, a sleek modern arts center or streets cobbled in red brick, each has its own special charm. And all have rail stations named after them. Now that’s DARTable!

World-class airports. The holidays are a time for family – but not all of us are staying home. For many, Thanksgiving means travel. If you’re taking to the skies this season, you’re in a great position. Nonstop flight to Beijing? DFW International Airport has it. Hourly departures to Austin or Houston? Dallas Love Field delivers. And DART’s got you covered. The Orange Line Service serves DFW’s Terminal A, and the Love Link (Bus Route 534) whisks you from the Green Line’s Inwood/Love Field Station straight to the airport.

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Personalize Your Travel with the Award-Winning GoPass App

Plan your trip in real-time, connect your commute’s first and last mile, get on-demand service. DART’s award-winning GoPass app puts mobility in your hands – literally.

The app is now the recipient of the American Public Transportation Association’s 2019 Innovation Award. With features like fare capping and real-time trip planning, GoPass offers riders like you a transit solution that makes mobility personal.

The innovation award honors public transportation agencies that pioneer effective, problem-solving techniques new to the public transportation industry.

The app launched in 2013 and touts more than 1.1 million downloads and more than 10 million ticket sales. Features you can experience include:

  • Fare capping
  • Real-time trip planning
  • Cash-to-mobile payment options
  • Inclusion of corporate annual and college semester passes
  • Apple Pay functionality
  • Inclusion of the GoPass Wallet
  • Ride-sharing services: such as scheduling DART’s GoLink service and UberPool.

Let’s call it a powerhouse, because it is. The GoPass app is the first public transit ticket-purchasing app in the nation that incorporates multiple transit agencies, as well as different modes of transportation. The all-in-one travel tool offers you mobile ticketing throughout North Texas, including on DART, the Trinity Railway Express, Trinity Metro and the Denton County Transportation Authority.

Want to see what the hype is all about? Download the app for free today from the Apple App Store or the Google Play store.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Russian rockabilly, vintage shopping and a million points of light are all on the DARTable itinerary this weekend. You’ll also discover a 51-story climb, 17 dancers and two conjoined twins who call Harry Houdini friend. Read on to find out where DART can take you.

Friday, Nov. 8

Igor & The Red Elvises probably aren’t like anything you’ve heard before. Funk, surf music, rockabilly and disco are all within the band’s eclectic reach. Why not throw in traditional Russian folk music for good measure? The L.A.-based outfit comprises both Russian and American members, who collude to make quirky and ingenious sounds at Poor David’s Pub, a couple of blocks from Cedars Station on the Red and Blue lines.

Saturday, Nov. 9

The Urban Flea is a must-go for aficionados of vintage stuff and handmade, artsy doo-dads. Garland’s market features dozens of vendors, plus live music to complete the experience. It happens in the city’s historic downtown square area, which is sort of a vintage find in itself; the neighborhood’s hundred-year-old buildings are full of mom-and-pop shops and restaurants. Take the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station to get there. The event is from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Fight for Air Climb is one of American Lung Association’s signature fundraising events. Raise money for the organization by climbing the stairs of one of Dallas’ coolest skyscrapers. Climb Fountain Place with friends, family, coworkers or solo. The51-floor climb begins at 8 a.m. The I.M Pei-designed icon is three blocks from Akard Station on all four DART Rail lines.

Holiday at the Arboretum is a classic holiday tradition that opens today. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden celebrates the 12 Days of Christmas by depicting each day with its own Victorian-style gazebo. More than one million lights light up the garden and a 30-foot-tall spruce tree. The magnificent DeGolyer House is transformed into a showcase of European-style Christmas markets. There’s a brand-new Christmas Village, too, featuring 12 old-world European-style shops and façades that measure nearly 20 feet tall. Choirs, local musicians, jugglers, dancers, and plate spinners – are we missing anything that would create a holiday mood? Ah, Santa, of course, and he’s on hand every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. DART Bus Route 60 departs from Union Station and drop you off at Garland Road & Lakeland Drive, right across the street from the front gate. The event goes on through the end of the year.

The City of Glenn Heights Veterans Day 5K Race and Fun Run is a great way to honor those who have served while getting a little exercise into the bargain. Both the run and the walk are free events; you can pre-register for $15 and receive a t-shirt. At the event, registration opens at 7 a.m.; the fun run begins at 8:15 a.m. with the 5K following at 8:30 a.m. After the runs, there will be an Appreciation Ceremony that is free to attend.

A Chorus Line is one of the best-known shows in all of musical theater, and its run at the Irving Arts Center ends after today. The play examines 17 dancers vying for a spot in a Broadway musical; the audience gets to know each as an individual. Catch the funny, moving play by taking Bus Route 401 from the Orange Line’s North Lake College Station.

Sunday, Nov. 10

Side Show is based on the lives of actual conjoined twins who became famous in the 1930s. Told through song, the story follows them from England to America, and ultimately to Hollywood, where they are cast in the movie Freaks. The musical at The Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch explores, among other things, the twins’ relationship with Harry Houdini. The venue is right across the street from Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line. Today’s matinee is the play’s last performance.

Monday, Nov. 11

The Greater Dallas Veterans Day Parade starts with the massing of the colors in front of Dallas City Hall at 11 a.m. After that, the parade begins on Houston Street near EBJ Union Station, then proceeds north on Houston Street, next east on Main Street, then south on Ervay Street, then west on Young Street and, finally, south on Akard Street. EBJ Union Station is served by the Red and Blue lines, as well as the Trinity Railway Express.

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Enjoy Student Art and Learn How DART Empowers Discovery at Harrington Library Nov. 9

Enjoy artwork from the 32 winners of the 2019 DART Student Art Contest while learning about mobility and connectivity at Harrington Library’s DART Empowers Discovery event in Plano from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 9.

Bring the whole family and hear DART representatives discuss how different modes of public transportation improves accessibility in communities. You can even test your knowledge in a DART Jeopardy game and hop on board a DART vehicle for a joy ride.

The event is part of the library’s Wonder Café series and offers you a chance to learn how DART empowers your discovery of North Texas.

Harrington Library will display the artwork of the 32 2019 DART Student Art winners throughout November and December this year. So, feel free to make a return visit.

Ride DART’s Red Line to Downtown Plano Station then ride Bus Route 870 to the library.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Sunny and 60 degrees is probably music to your ears if you’re a North Texan. Keep the tune going by catching a DARTable musical or an outdoor event. Elsewhere, you’ll find art, dead people and murder mysteries. Read on for more weekend adventures.

Fri., Nov. 1

Dia de los Muertos is a free celebration in Garland with mariachis, vendors and an art show. Watch dance performances from Los Matachines and Ballet Folklorico. Enjoy plenty of food options, bounce houses and lots more from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Garland City Square. That’s about a 4-minute walk from Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.

A Chorus Line is one of the best-known musicals of all time, and it opens tonight for a 9-day run at the Irving Arts Center. The story follows a day in the lives of 17 dancers vying for a spot in a Broadway musical. Over the course of the show, the audience comes to know each one personally. Get there by taking Bus Route 401 from the Orange Line’s North Lake College Station.

Bouchercon is a kind of MysteryCon for mystery and crime-fiction authors, fans, reviewers and the like. The four-day convention welcomes a distinguished lineup that includes Peter Lovesey, Hank Phillippi Ryan, James Patterson and many more. It started yesterday and runs through Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Catch the Red or Orange Line or the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to Union Station, then take the pedestrian tunnel to Reunion Tower, right next to the venue.

Saturday, Nov. 2

Festival at the Switchyard is Carrollton’s annual pull-out-the-stops event, and it’s happening all day long. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy food vendors, face painting, balloon art, arts & crafts, rides, a beer garden – and music, of course! This year’s main-stage performers include Tripping Daisy, Old 97’s, Shinyribs and Matchbook 20, among many other acts. And here’s the kicker: The festival is absolutely free. Since parking is limited, it’s a no-brainer to take the Green Line to Downtown Carrollton Station. Just follow the music a couple of blocks to the event.

Free First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center is here again, with unique programming that is both child- and parent-friendly. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., you and your little one can make art, sketch, learn more about the galleries and generally enjoy quality time for free. (General admission is free until 5 p.m.) Start your day of discovery by taking any DART Rail line to St. Paul Station, then walking about 5 minutes north.

Sunday, Nov. 3

Sister Act is the story of a disco diva who witnesses a murder. She’s put in protective custody in a convent. What could possibly happen besides lots of singing and dancing? The music is powerful, the dancing is lively, and the story is uplifting in this production at WaterTower Theatre, a short walk from Addison Transit Center. The musical runs through Nov. 10.

Monday, Nov. 4

90s Rewind is a fun program with a self-explanatory name at the Angelika Film Center. And no, it’s not the weekend anymore. But it’ll feel like it when you have popcorn in your lap and “Reservoir Dogs” is on the big screen. Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 bolt from the starting block screens at 7 p.m. The theater is just off the mezzanine of Mockingbird Station on the Red, Blue and Orange lines.

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Raising the Bar: Platform Extensions Logistics


As you may recall, DART’s Red and Blue Line Platform Extension project is underway. Once complete, all of DART’s light rail stations will be able to accommodate longer, three-car trains. The platform extension project is focused on modifying and extending the 28 stops that were built prior to 2004; all other stops were either built with three-car trains in mind or have already been updated.

Benefits for Riders and Non-Riders Alike

For regular riders, this project will mean:

  • An increased capacity on the Red and Blue lines, so there are more seats available and fewer passengers standing at any given time.
  • DART can operate three-care trains on any rail line during peak hours or special events when trains see the most crowding.
  • More level-boarding areas, making it easier to get on and off the train, especially for those with mobility issues.

For local residents who may not ride regularly, the completion of the platform extension project will mean more cars off the road, easing congestion during our morning and afternoon commutes and lessening our environmental impact.

The Changes Ahead

As work continues to move forward on the Red and Blue Line Platform Extension project, there may be some minor, temporary changes and other considerations that could impact your commute. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • While light rail stations should remain open throughout construction, all or part of the train platform may be closed to accommodate construction.
  • One or more train platform crosswalks may be closed, but at least one walkway should always remain open.
  • Some trains will be single-tracking at stations where platforms are in the process of being updated, meaning they may only utilize one side of the platform.
  • Clearly marked signs will help direct you where you need to go to reach your train or bus—keep an eye out for signs telling you where to board and access the platform.
  • Allow more time than you normally would to move through the station or transfer between trains and buses.
  • If train service is temporarily suspended, you may need to use a bus bridge during one leg of—or to start or complete—your journey. These buses will display a SHUTTLE destination sign and will be loading at the red bus stops located at each station.

Stay Informed

In case you missed it, be sure to check out our previous blog post on this project for an important update on federal funding. And you can keep up with the latest updates on the DART Red and Blue Line Platform Extension project here.

If you have any questions or concerns—or if you just want to stay in the loop—about this project, including estimated time frames for each phase of work—you can subscribe to DART Construction Alerts at DART.org/email, visit DART.org/plus or contact Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

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Three Things You Should Know to Make Voting Easy Nov. 5

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You’ve already familiarized yourself with the key issues and candidates. Now, we’re sharing three things you should remember to simplify your trip to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 5.

1. DART is Your Free Ride
That’s right: free. If you show a valid voter registration card between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., you can ride DART free to and from your polling location on Election Day.

2. Dallas County Voters Can Use the Whole County
Are you a registered voter in Dallas County? If you are, you can now vote at
any voting center in Dallas County from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., making it more convenient for you to make your voice heard.

3. New Technology Makes Voting Easy
Dallas County will feature new equipment to help make your voting experience a breeze. Check out this video to learn how to use the new technology:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORqi__pupE0&feature=youtu.be.

For more voting information on counties in DART’s service area, visit the following county websites:

Collin County: https://www.collincountytx.gov/elections.
Dallas County: https://www.dallascountyvotes.org.
Denton County: https://www.votedenton.com/.
Ellis County: https://co.ellis.tx.us/312/Elections.
Kaufman County: https://www.kaufmancounty.net/elections/about/.
Rockwall County: https://www.rockwallvotes.com/.
Tarrant County: https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections.html.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

This weekend, you have two choices: Celebrate the dead, or watch a famous (but sorta morose) author be tormented by them. Actually, you can do both. You also can get a fresh look at a charming guy who can’t die unless you drive a stake through his heart. Or do the polka. All depends on your mood. Read on to find out this weekend’s DARTable happenings.

Friday, Oct. 25

Side Show is based on the true story of conjoined twins who became famous in the 1930s. Told through song, the story follows them from England to America, and ultimately to Hollywood, where they are cast in the movie “Freaks.” The musical at The Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch also explores the twins’ past, including their relationship with Harry Houdini. The play’s opening night was Thursday, and it runs through Nov. 10. The venue is right across the street from Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line.

Steinfest is an Oktoberfest-style festival that happens both tonight and tomorrow in the Downtown Plano Arts District. Beer, German food and polka music? Count us in for this event on 15th St., just across the freeway from the Red Line’s Downtown Plano Station. There will also be vendors, a kids’ zone and a bunch of other family fun.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Dallas Dia de los Muertos is the first major Day of the Dead event in Dallas. The festival takes place from 4-11 p.m. with live music, fireworks and food. A parade makes its way from City Hall Plaza through downtown from 5-7 p.m. Honor the dead by donning your Day of the Dead get-up and participating in the parade – all attendees are welcome to do so. Dallas City Hall is about a 9-minute walk from Union Station, served by the Red and Blue Line as well as the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). It’s a shorter distance if you walk south from Akard Station, but you’ll have to detour around construction.

Sunday, Oct. 27

Dinos at the Dallas Zoo is an epic adventure that ends after today. ZooNorth has been transformed into a prehistoric jungle with more than two dozen larger-than-life dinosaurs, ranging from the ferocious T. rex to the feathered Citipati. Explore these giants that once roamed the earth, and learn how Dallas Zoo animals are related to them. It’s all included with general admission, and it’s only steps from Dallas Zoo Station on the Red Line.

Dior: From Paris to the World ends after today, as well. The exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art surveys more than 70 years of the legendary designer’s House of Dior’s lavish embroidery, luxurious fabrics and timeless elegance. You can check out more than 100 original dresses, plus accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos, and other archival material. If that sounds cool, you’d better get there today on any DART Rail line. Get off at St. Paul Station and walk about 5 or 6 minutes north.

The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe portrays the granddaddy of goth as a haunted man. His characters, his past and the dead all swirl about his life in this production at Addison Theatre Centre, on the other side of Addison Circle Park, near Addison Transit Center. Today’s matinee is your last chance to see the masterful writer’s stories come to life.

Dracula is an imaginative play that gets it last performance – you guessed it – today. This fresh take on the classic tale is told through the eyes of the vampire’s mistress. There are plot twists and Romanian folklore aplenty in this production at Theatre Three. The venue is in the Quadrangle, only a couple of blocks from the M-Line Trolley.

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Supporting Sustainable Growth


Within our rapidly growing state, North Texas stands out as one of the fastest-growing regions. Just earlier this year, population rates released by the U.S. Census “show the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington region had the nation’s largest numeric growth, gaining 131,767 people last year.” And it’s not slowing down anytime soon. Our region’s population is expected to climb by 50 percent by 2045.

While all this growth is good for the economy, without a strong transit infrastructure in place, it can quickly lead to congested roads, increased pollution, and longer, more frustrating commutes for locals. That’s what make DART’s multi-modal approach to public transit—including buses, light rail, streetcars, on-demand services, and regional rail—so critical.

Meeting the Needs of a Growing Region

With North Texas continuing to grow quickly, keeping up with this growth is a real challenge—one that DART is tackling head-on. DART not only helps connect people to the places they need to go, but our various transit options help alleviate the burdens that can come with population growth, while ensuring we can continue to grow in a smart, sustainable way.

That’s why we continue to invest in new projects, improvements, and additions to help ensure our system can handle the increased population growth our region is experiencing now and will continue to experience well into the future. This includes:

  • D2 Subway – With planning underway, the D2 Subway will help ensure the DART system is able to support the additional population of our region, especially when it comes to navigating the downtown region. Once complete, it will increase capacity, improve system reliability, and enhance the rider experience.
  • Cotton Belt “Silver Line – The upcoming Silver Line will run 26 miles and include 10 new stops, connecting seven different cities along the way from DFW Airport to Plano.
  • Dallas Streetcar – The Dallas Streetcar Central Link is a proposed streetcar project connecting from the Convention Center area through the central core of Downtown Dallas, linking the current Dallas Streetcar system to the M-Line trolley near Uptown and Klyde Warren Park.
  • Platform Extensions – With the influx of new residents and riders, crowding on the DART Red and Blue lines could become more of a problem, which is why we’re working to modify the platforms at 28 stations in order to enable them to accommodate three-car light rail vehicles. That will help improve access, increase capacity, and ensure a more pleasant experience for everyone.

Just like our state and the North Texas region, DART is continuing to grow and evolve. The more we can invest in our future now, the better prepared we will be to meet the demands of our riders, local residents, and the communities we serve in the future. That’s why for DART, moving North Texas forward means keeping up with—and ahead of—the population curve.

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