Featured Photo: Life on DART public transportation

As part of a “People of the Commute” photo series, photographer and Instagram user @wjnphotos has been capturing life on and around the DART public transportation system. The photos above and below are just two of dozens of well composed shots he’s captured of ordinary life on our system. Check out the rest of his profile to see more.

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Destination DART: Dallas Museum of Art

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The Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art has a long history of supporting our city’s visual arts. Originally, the Dallas Art Association was founded in 1903 and exhibitions were held at the Dallas Public Library on Saturdays.

The DAA moved into its first official facility, known as the Free Public Art Gallery of Dallas, at the state fairgrounds in 1909. Over the next 75 years the DAA moved to the Majestic Theatre for a brief period and the ninth floor of the Dallas Power and Light Company building for a short time before finally settling at its present location in 1984.

Late Night at the DMA

Late Night at the DMA

Today, the DMA’s collection features over 22,000 pieces of art from all around the world. Permanent exhibits include pieces from Asia, Europe, Africa, ancient American and modern American.

The museum has lots of great programs for all ages – yes, even toddlers! From Saturday Spotlight Tours, Late Nights at the DMA, gallery talks, and lectures, you’re bound to find an activity whenever you plan to go.

The best part, however, is that entry to the DMA is free for everyone!

Visitors can take any line to St. Paul Station and walk north to the DMA’s Ross Avenue entrance.

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New downtown Dallas outdoor venue, museum gives nod to former DART artist

508 Park was build in the late 1920s as a Warner Bros. Exchange Building where movies were screened and music was recorded on a third-floor recording studio. Many decades later the historic building is on its way back and includes heavy artistic involvement from a former DART-commissioned artist.

Those that ride the Green Line around Deep Ellum are very familiar with Brad Oldham, but they may not know it. Oldham is part of a team that designed and built “The Traveling Man” sculptures around Deep Ellum Station. Now, Oldham has a heavy hand in the revitalization of 508 Park.

From The Dallas Morning News:

[Last] Friday also marks the public debut of The Birth of a City, a work created by Dallas artists Christy Coltrin and Brad Oldham. (Oldham helped create the massive Traveling Man in Deep Ellum.) The work is installed at the Encore Park Sculpture Wall adjacent to 508 Amphitheater and is made up of 10 bronze sculpture panels telling the history of Dallas up to the 1930s.

Oldham and his wife will also be organizing a sculpting program called “Sculpting the Future” at an on-site studio and art gallery. Learn more about that program in the video above.

Historic 508 Park Makes Debut After Decades Of Quiet [KERA News]

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Photos: Work begins on downtown Dallas rail replacement project

Work officially began this weekend on DART’s project to replace the aging rail in downtown Dallas. As a reminder, this work will continue for six consecutive weekends, including the four-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend. During the construction, DART Rail will NOT operate in or through downtown Dallas. DART will have bus shuttles in place to get passengers to their destinations.

Please give yourself plenty of time if you’re planning on traveling on DART Rail on any of the next six weekends. More details about the projects and shuttles are available at DART.org/cbdrailreplacement.

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Parkland health center rises near Hatcher Station

Editor’s note: This item originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of Inmotion.

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Frazier Revitalization Inc. is constructing a new community health center for Parkland Health & Hospital System adjacent to Hatcher Station on the Green Line.

Development of the $19.8 million facility is a public-private partnership between the city of Dallas and Frazier, a community development organization. The clinic will anchor Frazier’s Hatcher Station Village.

The single-story, 44,378-square-foot outpatient center will serve geriatric patients, along with adults, women, children and infants, and provide behavioral health services, on-site diagnostic imaging and lab services. Parkland is replacing an aging facility in East Dallas and estimates the new, larger clinic will serve 70,000 patients annually.

Parkland will lease the building from Frazier Revitalization. It is slated to be ready for occupancy by the second quarter of 2015.

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

• Ride the DART Rail Red Line and Blue Line to Convention Center Station this weekend for the 5th Annual Dallas Travel & Adventure Show at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The show is where travel lovers come for travel inspiration, expert information and fun, cultural interaction. It’s where you’ll discover thousands of authentic travel experiences and speak directly to the travel experts who can get you there, give you the inside scoop, and save you money on exclusive travel deals. Be sure and check out these “can’t miss” celebrities: Dallas’ own legendary Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown, Pauline Frommer, a special appearance by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and dozens of travel seminars, culinary demos and cultural appearances! Ride DART to the biggest travel show in Texas. DART Riders Save $7*! Buy $8 tickets online with Promo Code: DART (*Off Regular Price of $15). Information and tickets: www.travelshows.com/dallas.

• Ride the DART Rail Red Line to Downtown Plano Station Saturday for Downtown Plano Feastival 2014. Enjoy a high-energy celebration of music, food and art. Events include the Great Pumpkin Race, the Special Olympics of Texas and the Fire Truck Pull. Enjoy all the fun from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Historic Downtown Plano. Information: visitdowntownplano.com.

Find more events like Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo or the Dallas Harambee Festival on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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Featured Photo: The sun sets at Downtown Rowlett Station

Thanks to Instagram user @crightphoto for posting this fantastic picture of the sunset at DART’s Downtown Rowlett Station. Keep sharing your photos and be sure to tag us with #dartbus or #darttrain.

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News bits: Officials make the case for Union Station as high-speed rail terminus

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Area residents and officials got a glimpse of the proposed routes for the long-discussed Dallas-to-Houston high speed rail Tuesday night. The project would be the first of its kind in the country and has a lot of Texans interested at the prospect of a 90-minute trip between the two Texas cities.

Where the line should terminate in North Texas created some discussion involving DART.

From The Dallas Morning News:

A public meeting about the project in Dallas also unveiled the potential sites for the line’s end points. Developer Texas Central Railway identified three in Dallas: around the intersection of Interstates 20 and 45, near the intersection of I-45 and Loop 12, and near the southwest corner of downtown Dallas.

That downtown station would make it easier for Texas Central to achieve a chief goal for the project: tying in to existing public transit at both end points. Dallas City Council members Lee Kleinman and Vonciel Jones Hill lobbied for Union Station to serve as the North Texas terminus. Union Station serves two Dallas Area Rapid Transit light-rail lines, an Amtrak line and the TRE passenger train that connects Dallas and Fort Worth.

Hill told the crowd: “We want the train speeding to Union Station,” and others are agreeing with her. DMN architecture critic Mark Lamster tweeted “putting a potential high speed rail station outside of downtown/not connected to transit network is foolish.”

Click below to read the full story from Tuesday night’s public meeting and share your thoughts about where high-speed rail should terminate in the Dallas-area.

Proposed routes for Dallas-Houston high-speed rail revealed [dallasnews.com]

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Ask DART: Where do I board shuttles downtown during rail service interruptions?

mediumbusroutemapOn Saturday, October 25, DART begins a six-weekend project to replace the aging light rail tracks through downtown Dallas. This project will require DART to discontinue rail service through downtown for the entirety of the weekends during that span. For planned or unplanned reasons, DART has to occasionally run shuttles in place of rail in downtown Dallas and one question we often receive is “Where do I actually find and board the shuttles?”

For the CBD Rail Replacement project, shuttles will be required at Union, Victory, West End, Akard, St. Paul, Pearl/Arts District and Deep Ellum stations. Take a look at the map below to find out where DART shuttles will stop to transport passengers between the seven stations and through downtown Dallas. Also, be sure to look for uniformed DART employees and signs pointing you to shuttle stop and informing you of which shuttle to board.

Click here to learn more about the CBD Rail Replacement project and thank you for riding and your patience through our construction.

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Destination DART: Reunion Tower

Reunion Tower

Reunion Tower

Last month Dallas was voted “Best International Skyline” and as a native Dallasite, I’d have to agree – just look at it! It’s beautiful. Okay, I’m biased. The most recognizable building in our skyline is what us Dallasites know as “The Ball” otherwise called Reunion Tower.

The 50 story tower first opened on April 15, 1978 and has become synonymous with Dallas – mostly thanks to the TV show, Dallas.

Reunion Tower GeO-Deck

Reunion Tower GeO-Deck

In 2013 the Reunion Tower observation deck reopened after going through a massive remodel. The newly named GeO-Deck now has powerful telescopes, high-definition zoom cameras and interactive digital displays. The tower includes two fantastic restaurants. Cloud Nine Café is great for visitors who stop by during the day to have lunch 470-feet above the city with a 360-degree view. Chef Wolfgang Puck opened the award winning, Asian Fusion restaurant, Five Sixty for evening guests.

General Admission is $16 for adults, $8 for ages 4-12 and $14 for ages 65+. Hours vary by month.

Visitors can take the Red or Blue lines to Union Station and follow signs through an underground pedestrian walkway to Reunion Tower.

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