Photos: Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary students stuff a DART bus with toys, books for charity

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DART is helping children in need this holiday season by working with Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School in Dallas to deliver a bus full of new and gently used toys and book to Jonathan’s Place in Garland. Jonathan’s Place provides a safe, loving home and specialized services to children who have been victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect.

Participants also included the Henry B. Gonzalez Library, Comstock Middle School Library, parent volunteers, Pleasant Grove Library, Ameri-Group, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and the Dallas Southeast Patrol Police Department.

See photos from the delivery below.

Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School students fill boxes with toys to be loaded onto a DART bus and delivered to Jonathan's Place.

Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School students fill boxes with toys to be loaded onto a DART bus and delivered to Jonathan’s Place.

DART Bus Operator Don Miles does some heavy lifting loading a bus full of toys and books.

DART Bus Operator Don Miles does some heavy lifting loading a bus full of toys and books.

Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School students help load up a DART bus with toys and books for Jonathan's Place.

Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School students help load up a DART bus with toys and books for Jonathan’s Place.

Representatives from Henry B Gonzalez Elementary School and DART present the toys and books to Jonathan's Place in Garland.

Representatives from Henry B Gonzalez Elementary School and DART present the toys and books to Jonathan’s Place in Garland.

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

Reminder for DART Rail: Through Sunday, November 30, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend to allow track replacement along Pacific Avenue and Bryan Street. DART shuttle buses will connect the affected stations. Visit www.DART.org/CBDRailReplacement for more information and to view bus shuttle route maps.

• Ride the DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to Pearl/Arts District Station this weekend for “Jangled.” Join the Turtle Creek Chorale for their traditional and beloved holiday concert as they rediscover the true spirit of the holidays and celebrate this truly magical season. Performances are at the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. Information: tickets.turtlecreekchorale.com.

• Ride the DART Rail Green Line to Fair Park Station or MLK, Jr. Station this weekend for Cotton Bowl Trade Days. Cotton Bowl Trade Days is a centralized and convenient venue to buy, sell, show and trade all kinds of merchandise and a showcase for local artists and talents. Hours are Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets for admission are $5 for adults (good for both days), children under 12 are free. Information: www.cottonbowltradedays.com.

Find more events like the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market or Trans-Siberian Orchestra on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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Reminder: Downtown Dallas DART Rail service disrupted this weekend for track replacement

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Due to inclement weather the weekend of Nov 22-23, rail replacement work near Houston Street could not be completed as planned. DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued this Saturday and Sunday, Dec 20-21 to allow track replacement along Pacific Avenue near Houston Street. DART shuttle buses will connect the affected stations. The D-Link will also experience a small detour due to the construction near Houston Street.

In place of the rail, DART will operate shuttle buses connecting the Downtown Dallas stations.

Please give yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination via DART, especially if you are planning on attending time-specific holiday events.

Click here to learn more about the project and plan your route. Thank you for your patience.

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DART receives ‘Built Award’ from the Greater Dallas Planning Council

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DART employees receive the award at the Urban Design Awards and Holiday Reception.

DART is honored to be the recipient of the “Built Award” from the Greater Dallas Planning Council for the Orange Line extension to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

According to GDPC, the Built Award recognizes built projects that contribute to the character, sense of place and fabric of a community. Past winners of the award include Klyde Warren Park, Austin Ranch and Main Street Garden. DART is honored to join these award recipients.

Thank you to the Greater Dallas Planning Council and thank you to every riding DART to DFW!

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DART ‘fights’ to help fill pantry of local food charity

Union Gospel Mission Executive Director William Thompson speaks at the 'Friendly Food Fight' event at DART headquarters. (Lupe Hernandez / Photographer)

Union Gospel Mission Executive Director William Thompson speaks at the ‘Friendly Food Fight’ event at DART headquarters. (Lupe Hernandez / Photographer)

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is delivering tons more food to the Union Gospel Mission as part of the agency’s 18th annual “Friendly Food Fight.”

The fun competition held the first two weeks in December saw employees and agency consultants collect more than seven tons of food along with cash donations totaling $8,800. The total contributed by DART’s annual food collection since 1996 now stands at 417,742 pounds or more than 208 tons along with $64,800 in cash. The combined weight of the food collected over the years equals eleven of DART’s 40-ft buses.

Since 1949 the Union Gospel Mission has addressed the needs of Dallas area homeless by providing food, beds, clothing and shelter to men, women and children.

The combined weight of the food collected over the years equals eleven of DART’s 40-ft buses.

The combined weight of the food collected over the years equals eleven of DART’s 40-ft buses.

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Featured photo: DART in black and white

Thanks to Instagram user outhousecreative for this great shot of the escalator at Mockingbird Station!

#dart #ChristmasInMyCity #dallas

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DART delivers Fighting Illini, Bulldogs to the Heart of Dallas Bowl

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Fighting Illini and Bulldog fans look no further than DART next Friday when the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl comes to the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park.

DART’s light rail provides direct service to fans traveling to the bowl pitting Conference USA versus the Big Ten.

Bulldogs and Fighting Illini can purchase a $5 Local Day Pass, good for both DART Rail and buses, by cash or credit card at ticket vending machines located at all DART stations. Make your trip even easier by purchasing a day pass in advance of your trip by using the GoPass℠ mobile ticketing application for Android and Apple smartphones available for free through Google Play or the App Store.

Fans have a choice of using two Green Line stations — Fair Park, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds, or MLK, Jr., located south of R.B. Cullum Blvd. and convenient to both the MLK fairground entrance (Gate 6) and the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

We will see you on Friday, December 26 at the Cotton Bowl!

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

• Ride the DART Rail Green Line to Fair Park Station this weekend for KwanzaaFest. The free event has family friendly activities and services include mini-concerts with local singers, dancers and performers; a variety of vendors; dedicated children’s activities; health screenings; and more. KwanzaaFest takes place Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Automobile Building, 1010 First Ave. Information: www.fairpark.org.

• Ride the DART Rail Red Line to Parker Road Station, then DART Bus Route 350 Saturday for Plano Lions Annual Christmas Parade. Celebrate the season with holiday floats, high school bands and cheerleaders, city mascots and more. The parade starts in the parking lot of the Plano ISD administration building. It will travel west on 15th St., then north on Independence and east on Parkhaven ending in the parking lot of Plano Senior High School. Parade The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m. Information: christmas.planolions.org.

Find more events like the A Christmas Story: The Musical on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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DART called upon to help displaced residents during an apartment fire

Occasionally, DART is called upon to help out local communities in very special circumstances. This week had once of those circumstances that was captured by local media and tweets.

Early Wednesday, a five-alarm fire killed two and injured six at an apartment complex for seniors in northeast Dallas. We’re deeply sorry for the losses and injuries, but glad we could help evacuated residents star warm and eventually be transported. DART provided two buses to be used during the rescue and evacuation of the apartment complex in Dallas.

Tim Newby, DART’s Vice President of Transportation, says DART is occasionally asked by local fire and police departments to provide buses during the cold-weather season to keep evacuated residents and firefighters out of the elements. It’s just another service DART provides to the communities it serves.

Residents at Dallas complex for seniors focus on recovery after fire [dallasnews]

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Ride DART to the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon

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This Sunday, Dec. 14, tens of thousands will descend upon downtown Dallas for the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon. No matter where you’re from and whether you’re running, volunteering or cheering, DART can help you get there.

The West End Station (served by Red, Blue, Orange and Green lines) is the key stop for anyone trying to get to the starting line. Plan your trip and buy your tickets in advance with the GoPass℠ app.

If you’re a spectator hoping to catch a runner along the route, Mockingbird Station (Red, Blue and Orange lines) will get you less than a mile away from mile 7 along the full and half marathon routes. White Rock Station (Blue Line) will put you a mile north of mile markers 13, which is a turn-around point for the full marathon runners.

For those looking to meet up with runners at the end of the race, the Convention Center Station (Red and Blue lines) is at the front door of the finisher’s expo.

For other DART riders trying to avoid the madness, please be advised that the 26.2-mile course is causing some disruptions in service. Between approximately 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Green Line rail service will be suspended between Baylor University Medical Center and Fair Park stations. Customers traveling in either direction between stations to use DART bus shuttles. A number of bus routes also will experience detours during the race. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Best of luck to everyone running or involved in the race.

Dallas Marathon to Cause Disruption in Green Line Service, Bus Detours [DART.org]

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