November Issue: Capital Planning Projects Periodical

The Deal on D2

The project development process for the  D2 Subway is steadily making progress. In fact, work is underway on the existing conditions documentation to support the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement. With the help of the public and stakeholders who have been involved in the process, DART has been able to reach a few notable milestones. For example, the project has:

We look forward to sharing more on these and future milestones in upcoming posts!

What’s Crackin’ On the Cotton Belt

The 26-mile Cotton Belt is on track to commence operations in 2022, with 10 regional rail stations across 7 cities. What does that mean for North Texans? Faster commuting for one thing. The Cotton Belt will get you to DFW Airport from Addison in just 30 mins and save 3,800 hours of daily congestion delay by 2040.

Want to know more about how the Cotton Belt will benefit you? Check out our DART Daily: Are You Ready for the Cotton Belt?

New Mobility Mentions

Did you know about DART’s partnership with Union Gospel Mission?

  • Since 1996, DART has hosted an annual food drive – the Friendly Food Fight – for Union Gospel Mission (UGM), collecting more than 230 tons of food and raising over $90,000 in an effort to help wipe out hunger in North Texas.
  • DART has also supported UGM’s job skills program and has helped its clients regain financial independence by providing employment opportunities – both with DART, and with Hallcon, a DART contractor.
  • Check out our Faces of DART spotlight to learn more about how DART and Union Gospel Mission work together to help North Texans who are homeless gain access to the support services they need.

The DART Download

With the holiday season almost upon us, check out these events that are sure to get you in the spirit to celebrate – and DART can get you there!

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DART for the Holidays

Turkey Trot 2018

North Texas goes all-out when it comes to spreading holiday cheer. Whether you’re with kids, friends, or solo, DART can help you get in the spirit – instead of in traffic.

DART’s free GoPass® app, available in the App Store or Google Play, makes it easier to discover these holiday festivities:

The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is a Thanksgiving tradition, and one of the largest multi-event runs in the country. Starting and ending at Dallas City Hall Plaza, the fun, family-friendly event includes both certified 5K and 8-mile races. You can register online or at the race from 7 to 8:50 a.m.; early registration ends after Nov. 16. City Hall is about a 10-minute walk from Union Station on the Red Line, Blue Line and Trinity Railway Express (TRE). The run begins at 9 a.m.

Dallas Zoo Lights presented by Reliant also has a satchel-full of creativity. From Nov. 16 through the end of the year, more than a million lights outline the trees, walkways and sculptural decorations. The 26 animal-shaped lanterns are especially cool. The spectacle is on display on select evenings; check the schedule before taking the Red Line to Dallas Zoo Station.

Presented by Reliant, The 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum is outdoor exhibit that features a collection of 12 illuminated Victorian gazebos filled with elaborate scenes, costumed characters, whimsical animals and holiday music. The event runs through Dec. 31. Take Red or Blue line to Union Station, then Bus Route 60 toward South Garland Transit Center. Get off at Garland @ Whittier – N – NS.

Downtown Garland also is big on nostalgic charm. At Christmas on the Square, 100,000 lights adorn the neighborhood – they even “dance” to music. The event kicks off with a Square Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 29 and runs throughout December. The first three Saturdays of the month, Santa will be there, along with carolers, hot chocolate and free movies at the Plaza Theatre. Take the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station to enjoy the family fun.

The Downtown Plano Arts District is rich in holiday tradition, starting with Dickens in Downtown Plano on Nov. 30, when the district transforms into a picture-book wonderland. There’s caroling, a visit from Santa and a tree lighting in Haggard Park. Take the Red or Orange line to Downtown Plano Station.

Santa’s Village in Richardson offers a variety of fun-filled activities for kids and kids at heart.  There is a miniature train, Santa photo ops and nightly performances by local choirs, singers, musicians and dance groups. And best of all, the entry is free! The fun begins Dec.1 and runs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through December 16, 2018. Take the Red or Orange line to Arapaho Center Station, then Bus Route 361 toward Addison Transit Center. Get off at Arapaho @ Civic Center.

Christmas in the Branch is where families can welcome in the yuletide with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 1, now at Liberty Plaza. There will be ice skating, fun activities for children, hot chocolate and cookies, festive holiday music and the lighting of the Christmas Tree that will include Santa Claus himself. There also will be local vendors selling unique handmade/homemade gifts at the Holiday Marketplace in the Grove. Take the Green Line to Farmers Branch Station.

Downtown Irving does a knockout job of dressing up Centennial Park with beautiful lights and a series of holiday-themed displays. The Holiday Extravaganza on Dec. 1 starts with a parade through the Irving Heritage District and finishes with a tree lighting at City Hall. The gorgeous display will be up through Dec. 26 – while you’re there, take in the vintage architecture and quaint restaurants of the neighborhood, served by Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station on the Trinity Railway Express (TRE).

Kick-off your family’s holiday season by attending the season’s most spectacular event — marching bands, festive floats, and fun family activities to carry into the new year. The 31st annual Dallas Holiday Parade will march down Commerce, Harwood and Young streets beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 1. Take the Red, Blue, Orange or Green lines to West End, Akard and St. Paul Stations, or the Red or Blue Lines to Convention Center Station. The parade route is a few blocks away.

Bishop Arts District is Dallas’ own small-town-in-the-city, and it does the holidays right. The historic neighborhood shows its creative flair in the awesome lights lining the streets; usually there are some surprises in store. On Dec. 2, ring in the season at the Poinsettia Walk – a poinsettia in this case being champagne with cranberry juice. Participating stores provide the beverage, and the Dallas Streetcar’s Bishop Arts stop puts you a few blocks from the merrymaking.

Historic Downtown Carrollton has a vibrant display of holiday lights, decorations and “snow”-flocked storefronts in the town square. Dec. 8 is the perfect time to catch St. Nick at the annual Santa on the Square event. For an unusual selfie, head to the square on Dec. 15, when you can snap yourself with a giant, inflatable snow globe. Stick around to browse the unique shops, or to eat at Babe’s Chicken Dinner House. It’s all a short walk from the Green Line’s Downtown Carrollton Station.

Downtown Rowlett gets you in the holiday spirit Dec. 8, when it comes to life with music, dance and festive floats at the Hometown Celebration Holiday Parade.  You also have a unique chance to go local with your gift-buying at “Shop Small Through the Holidays.” From Nov. 24 through Dec. 15, Main Street boutiques host a series of pop-up shops selling handmade goods and sustainably sourced items. Get there by taking the Blue Line to Downtown Rowlett Station.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Tons of stuff are happening around the DART System this weekend, with an especially rich roster of stage performances. There are also cultural happenings, the first day of a cool beer event and the official kickoff of the holiday season at one of the area’s first official tree lightings.

Friday, Nov. 16

’til Midnight at the Nasher is free, and this is the last one until March. There’s music from Chulita Vinyl Club (an all-female DJ group), plus a screening of the acclaimed film, “Hidden Figures.” Bring a picnic or nosh on street tacos from Wolfgang Puck Catering (along with other assorted snacks). There’s a bar, too, plus all-natural popsicles by foodie faves Steel City Pops. And, of course, you get the chance to take in the Nasher’s amazing collection by moonlight.

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art is happening right across Harwood Street from the Nasher. If you’re a late-night type and an art lover, you’re in luck. There’s a musical tribute to the great Billie Holiday, and a special talk about the upcoming exhibition, “Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow.” Become a museum member at the event, and you’ll get an exclusive preview of it before it opens on Nov. 18. Both the DMA and the Nasher are a 6-minute walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines; you can also get there on the D-Link (Route 722).

Friday, Nov. 16- Saturday, Nov. 17

The Sound of Music” was the last musical Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote together, and it remains one of their most popular. You probably know the story: A prospective nun is too lively for convent life, so they send her to be a nanny for a widowed captain’s seven children. She capture’s his heart and they marry. Later, they narrowly escape the Nazi occupation of Austria by trekking across the Alps. Plano’s Courtyard Theater brings the classic to life. The venue is right across Haggard Park from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

From Brooklyn to Broadway in ONLY 50 Years” is Steve Solomon’s new standup comedy show. The Broadway star impersonates more than 20 characters. An oddball assortment of TSA officers, doctors, family and friends makes this an entertaining evening at the Eisemann Center, mere steps from the Red Line’s Galatyn Park Station.

Dallas Comic Show is a family-friendly pop-culture convention that’s run by and for fans. The budget-friendly event still features comic book artists, media guests, costumed characters, gaming, anime – everything a comic-book geek could hope for. It happens at Richardson Civic Center. Take the Red Line to Arapaho Center Station, the catch Bus Route 361 just across Central Expressway to 411 W. Arapaho Road. It’s also only 9 or 10 minutes by foot, though you do have to cross under the freeway.

Sat., Nov. 17

Addison Circle Tree Lighting features a special performance by WaterTower Theatre, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, carriage rides, gift shopping and more. The kickoff to the holiday season takes place in Beckert Park, a 6-minute walk from Addison Transit Center.

Elwood, the Ochre House’s latest original production, gets its last performance on Saturday. The play is about a recluse living in the piney woods of Georgia. He finds himself in charge of a baby named Elvis, and he must protect the child from nefarious villains. The musical comedy has it all: spectacle, dance, and original music. The Ochre House is half a block from the Green Line’s Fair Park Station.

Sat. Nov 17-Sunday, November 18

12 Days of Holiday Beer kicks off on Saturday. The event features a dozen breweries joining the Dallas Arboretum on 12 different dates. All your local favorites will get their own chance to shine; on Saturday, it’s Petticolas Brewing, and on Sunday, it’s Steam Theory Brewing. There are 10 other dates in store, as well. You can get to the Arboretum by taking Bus Route 60 and getting off at Garland Road and Lakeland Drive.

Where are you going on DART this weekend and how was your experience? Let us know in the comments.

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Young Artist, it’s Time to Make Your Masterpiece

It’s time for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade to begin working on their entries for the 2019 DART Student Art Contest. Get started with these general guidelines. For a complete list or contest rules, visit DART.org/artcontest.

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DART to YMCA Turkey Trot

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Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

Whether you walk or run, the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is a fun holiday event for the entire family. There is an 8-mile run, 5K run/walk and new this year, a 1K Junior Trop for kids aged 6-11 years old. This annual event is one of the largest multi-event races in the country and it takes place Nov. 22 in downtown Dallas.

Planning to attend and/or participate? Here are some key things you need to know:

  1. The race begins at 9 a.m. from Dallas City Hall Plaza. The Plaza opens at 7 a.m.
  2. The best way to reach the race is on DART. Take the Red, Blue, Green or Orange to Akard Station and it’s a short walk from there.
  3. Use DART’s GoPass app to buy your transit pass in advance, but don’t activate your pass until the day of the Turkey Trot. You can buy your transit passes on DART’s free GoPass® app, available in the App Store or Google Play.
  4. There is a reduced fee for a Tot Trot add-on for children under 6 years of age.
  5. Through Nov. 17, the registration fee is $48 for the 1K and 5K/8-mile combo, or $25 for the 1K only.
  6. The registration fees will increase on Nov. 18 and again on race day.
  7. 100 percent of the proceeds from the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot benefit the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas; specifically providing over $300,000 in After School program scholarships.

To learn more about the Nov. 22 YMCA Turkey Trot, visit thetrot.org.

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Are you ready for the Cotton Belt?

As North Texas races forward with a rapidly growing population, increased economic development, and expanded employment opportunities, the Cotton Belt is on track to boost the region’s transit solutions. From increased mobility and greater flexibility to new economic, cultural, and social benefits, are you ready for how the Cotton Belt will transform North Texas?

On Your Mark: Getting North Texas Ready for Growth

The Cotton Belt will deliver improved mobility and accessibility to North Texas whether you’re a passenger or not.

Get Set: Gearing Up For More Flexibility

The Cotton Belt will help you get where you need to go, with system linkages to several other DART transit services.

  • The Cotton Belt will integrate with three DART lines: the Red/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton, and the Orange Line at DFW Airport, and a major bus transit hub in Addison.
  • It will also connect with the future TEXRail Project (currently under construction), extending to DFW Terminal B Station, and with the DFW Airport Skylink People Mover.

The result will be a more flexible transit system for North Texans, and transit options that will support the region’s expected 36 percent population growth by 2040.

GO: Preparing for New Development and New Opportunites

The benefits of the Cotton Belt will extend beyond those for commuters. Not only will the Cotton Belt relieve the crowded region and offer a more sustainable transit solution, it will help spur and support economic, cultural, and social opportunities for residents and visitors alike while strengthening our transit infrastructure overall.

The construction of the Cotton Belt is expected to coincide with Transit Oriented Development (TOD), which will help open the flow of commerce and drive economic investment in and around the communities and cities it connects. This will mean higher property and housing values, new business opportunities, and increased growth opportunities for residents. It will also make our region more attractive for visitors, new residents, and businesses, driving a strong economy across North Texas.

Construction on the Cotton Belt is expected to begin next year, so sign up for updates at http://www.DART.org/CottonBelt to keep up to date with the project as it moves forward.

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DART to Veterans Day

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Veterans Day is Nov. 11 and there are plenty of events happening across North Texas to honor those who sacrificed for your freedom.

Note: The 2018 Dallas Veterans Day Parade scheduled for Monday, Nov. 12 has been cancelled due to the weather and safety concerns.

Several Veterans Day events will be happening throughout the weekend. DART gets you to each of these.

Friday, Nov. 9

The Farmers Branch Veterans Day Celebration takes place at 10:30 a.m. at the Farmers Branch Senior Center, 14055 Dennis Lane. Following a patriotic ceremony, the Victory Belles will perform WWII-era songs, and a hot dog lunch will wrap things up American-style. The venue is a 7-minute walk from the Josey Lane and Valwood Parkway stop on Bus Route 531.

Saturday, Nov. 10

Aviation buffs won’t want to miss the 25th Anniversary Open House at Cavanaugh Flight Museum, 4572 Claire Chennault St. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can see, touch and even fly at a discounted rate in many of the museum’s planes. There will be open-cockpit tours of the aircraft, a Sherman tank demonstration and other cool stuff, plus free admission for veterans. Bus Route 534, which travels between Trinity Mills Station and Addison Transit Center, will drop you off an 8-minute walk from the museum – get off at Addison Road and Westgrove Drive.

The Rowlett Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. is a gathering to honor those who have served their country. Appropriately, it takes place at Veterans Park, 3900 Main St., just a few hundred feet south of Downtown Rowlett Station.

From Saturday through Monday, Veterans Day Weekend at Dallas Arboretum will offer patriotic entertainment and free admission to veterans and active military. In addition to the beauty of the Arboretum in fall, there will be live music at 2 p.m. each day, plus a special performance by the Carswell Air Force Base Choir at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The Garland Road at Lakeland Drive stop on Bus Route 60 is right at the main entrance.

Sunday, Nov. 11

Irving Veterans Day Program begins at 2:30 p.m. in the former Central Library auditorium at 801 W. Irving Blvd. There will be music, as well as remarks and reflections by military personnel and city officials. Afterwards, the gathering moves to adjacent Veterans Memorial Park to add a wreath to the Wall of Commemoration. To get there, take Bus Route 501 from Irving Convention Center Station.

Monday, Nov. 12

Veterans Day Dallas Symphony Orchestra Ensemble Performance takes place at NorthPark Center at 1 p.m.  A string quartet and woodwind quintet will perform rousing, patriotic music in the area between Nordstrom and Macy’s. The NorthPark Center Shuttle (Route 702) departs from Park Lane Station regularly.

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Help DART ‘Stuff a Bus’ with Donations

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DART’s “Stuff a Bus” event supports North Texans by providing socks and blankets to area nursing facilities – as well as unwrapped toys and canned food for children and families in need. But it’s not just DART that contributes to this yearly drive. You, our riders, are the biggest part of it.

On Dec. 14, we encourage you to drop off your donations from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mockingbird Station. There, you’ll find a hard-to-miss, 40-foot-long “Stuff a Bus” in the parking lot. The goal: to fill the bus with donations.

KKDA “K-104” and KRNB “Smooth R&B 105.7” are DART’s partners in the event, and both will broadcast their morning shows live from Mockingbird Station. Santa Claus also will be there.

DART police officers and bus operators created and oversee the drive, which combines two efforts: Santa Cops and Comforting of the Souls, sponsored by the two groups respectively.

Last year, DART Police helped nearly 100 families (this year, their goal is 200). DART bus operations provided 2,000 pairs of socks and 850 blankets to 27 nursing facilities.

Mockingbird Station is at 5465 E. Mockingbird Lane, near the intersection of North Central Expressway. It’s served by DART Rail’s Red, Blue and Orange lines. We hope to see you there!

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Downtown Garland Market

The weekend is bursting with DARTable events that cater to your mind, body and soul. Plays and exhibits, live dance battles, an artsy marketplace and a yoga festival will make you a well-rounded person.

Friday, Nov. 9

The Urban Movement Festival brings the culture of the hip-hop movement – with underground 2-VS-2 Dance Battles and Dance Team showcases – to Plano’s McCall Plaza. The festival is an all-ages event with some great local talent, including The Alliance, Ftroop Boys and Happy Meal. Dance contests and vendors add to the fun at this free festival happening from 5-9 p.m. McCall Plaza is a block south of the Red Line’s Downtown Plano Station.

The Lady from the Sea is a classic in its first weekend at Undermain Theater. Written by the great Henrik Ibsen, the play is about a lighthouse-keeper’s daughter. She’s trapped on an island, trapped in her marriage, and yearning for escape on the high seas. Wouldn’t you know it? Along comes an attractive stranger who happens to be a seafaring sort. Will she give in to convention, or to temptation? The Undermain is a short walk from Baylor University Medical Center Station on the Green Line.

Saturday, Nov. 10

The Urban Flea is a great way to enjoy the awesome fall weather forecast for Saturday. The market in Downtown Garland is full of stylish vintage finds, handmade items and artfully repurposed bric-a-brac. Enjoy live music and soak up the cool “Mom & Pop” atmosphere of Downtown Garland – a short stroll from (you guessed it) Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cosmic Yogi Festival helps you get your “om” on with tons of yoga and meditation classes –  plus gongs, drum circles and vendors. And it wouldn’t be as cosmic without a vegan food truck. The festival is open to everyone from beginners (including kids) to advanced practitioners of the ancient Indian art. The indoor-outdoor festival happens at the Addison Conference & Theatre Centre, a short walk from Addison Transit Center. Bus Route 534 will take you right there.

All Weekend

Ultimate Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science unveils a whole new breed of dinosaur. (Well, newly discovered.) Highlights include 15 casts, more than a dozen prehistoric specimens, lifelike recreations and touchable fossils. It truly is the ultimate in dinosaur exhibits. Take any DART Rail line to Akard or West End station and the Perot Museum is a short walk from either.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty is a major exhibition at the African American Museum. With more than 300 artifacts, works of art and documents unearthed at Jefferson’s famous plantation, it brings history to life. The acclaimed exhibition was popular during its Smithsonian run in 2012 – and since then, it’s been updated with new content. The African American Museum is the first to show it. Take the Green Line to Fair Park Station to see the exhibit.

Where are you going this weekend on DART? Send us a selfie of you and your friends en route, and we may make you world-famous by posting it here on the blog.

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Your Holiday Travel Guide

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From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, DART is your ride to friends and family this holiday season. Whether they’re near or far, we’re here to ensure your trips during the holidays are as simple as an autumn breeze, well wishes, family dinners or sparkling lights in the night sky.

Ride the Orange Line to DFW Airport

Start you travels at any DART light rail station to transfer to the Orange Line toward Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The Orange Line takes you straight to DFW Airport Station at the airport’s Terminal A. From there, you can connect to the airport’s other four terminals via the terminal bus shuttles outside of security or the SkyLink tram inside security. 

Link to Love on Love Link 524

We’re linking you to those you love with Love Link 524. The bus connects you to Dallas Love Field and circulates between the airport and Inwood/Love Field Station.

Signage at the rail station and airport and a second bus stop near baggage claim, makes riding Love Link easy.  Follow signs toward lower level ground transportation to get to the bus stop.

Interact at Dallas Love Field

If you’ll be flying into Dallas Love Field, you can plan ground travel before leaving the airport with a touchscreen kiosk. The interactive kiosk gives route information that users can easily read and understand.

The kiosk also offers trip-planning tools that include travel directions for public transportation, cars, bicycling and walking. The kiosks’ texting and email options allow you to easily transfer trip information to your mobile device.

Enjoy Level Boarding

Did you know the center car of every DART Rail vehicle offers a low-floor section for level boarding with the rail platform? These sections are perfect for bringing luggage with wheels, strollers and wheelchairs on board.

DART buses also have low-floor sections and ramps that make it easy to board. 

Supercharge Your Travel with GoPass®

The newest version of DART’s GoPass app connects you to the people and places you want to visit this season.

The app enhances your travel with cash-to-mobile capabilities, real-time trip planning, security options and events and offers.

Load cash onto your GoPass Wallet in the app and use it to buy tickets on DART, the Trinity Railway Express, the Trinity Metro and the Denton County Transportation Authority.

Download or update the new version of GoPass for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

You can find more information about the app at GoPass.org.

Know Your Fare

DART’s new fare structure and ticketing options arrived August 18, and features like fare capping can help you get the best deal with every ride this holiday season.

When you buy your transit passes with the GoPass app or register your GoPass Tap card for use, you get more rides for your money.

Learn more about DART’s fares at  DART.org/fares.

 

For more information about how DART can connect you to friends and family this holiday season, visit DART.org. And, for a list of fun events to attend during the holidays visit our Rider Insider online.

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