Author Archives: Karen Ptacek

About Karen Ptacek

Karen is a Communications Representative at Dallas Area Rapid Transit. She is the project manager and primary writer/editor of DART's Inmotion newsletter and the annual Progress Report publication. She also contributes to DART Daily, Rider Insider and other newsletter articles.

Ask DART: Why is DART Replacing the Light Rail Tracks in Downtown Dallas?

Why is DART replacing the light rail tracks in downtown Dallas? The original DART Rail starter system opened in June 1996. After more than 20 years of wear and tear, the tracks – also known as rail – are worn … Continue reading

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Downtown Dallas Rail Service Suspended for Track Improvements Beginning March 30

Buses will replace trains on weekends only starting March 30 when DART begins making track improvements and replacing rail in Downtown Dallas. The weekend construction will continue into September and normal weekend service is scheduled to resume in time for … Continue reading

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#DARTwithFinn to a St. Patrick’s Run, Parade and Concert this Saturday, March 16

If you’ve been following Finn the leprechaun as he travels to DARTable celebrations of Irish-American heritage, you may think he’s just a legend. But we promise, Finn is REAL, and he’ll be walking with the DART entry in the Dallas … Continue reading

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Let DART Be Your Sleigh Ride to the 2018 Dallas Holiday Parade

This Saturday, Dec. 1, there’s no better way to get downtown for the Dallas Holiday Parade than on DART for the magic that is the “Miracle on Commerce Street.” Come see floats, giant balloons, marching bands, costumed characters, clowns, dancers, … Continue reading

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State Fair of Texas Entrance Gates close at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 19-DISD Secondary School Night

Go early. Stay late. Ride DART. “Fair Day” is a long-held tradition in Dallas. The Dallas Independent School District closes its schools so that students and staff may attend the State Fair of Texas. This year, DISD Secondary School Fair … Continue reading

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Westmoreland Station Celebrates the Hispanic Heritage of West Oak Cliff

Since the beginning of DART’s rail system, the agency’s award-winning Station Art and Design Program has ensured its rail stations both reflect and serve as gateways to the surrounding community. For each station, engineers and architects worked closely with artists and … Continue reading

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DART Adds Service for AT&T Red River Showdown Oct. 6

This Saturday, The University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma clash at the Cotton Bowl in one of college football’s biggest rivalries. DART will be ready with additional service as thousands travel to the State Fair of Texas® to … Continue reading

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Discover New Ideas Today at PARK(ing) Day in Downtown Dallas

Last year at PARK(ing) Day, I learned how to make a bracelet from my old blue jeans. A local beekeeper taught me about honey bees and helped me plant wildflower seeds in a “pot” made from a toilet paper tube. … Continue reading

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DART Student Art Contest Works on Display at Plano’s Courtyard Theater Through Aug. 6

Thirty pieces of student artwork – all depicting the theme, “Oh the Places DART Goes” – are on display in the lobby of Plano’s Courtyard Theater through Aug. 6. The space, known as the Gallery @ Courtyard, serves as a … Continue reading

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Get Healthy: Reasons to Attend DART’s Older Americans Month Information and Health Fair

Have you marked your calendar and registered to attend the Older Americans Information and Health Fair? What are you waiting for?! We know you’ll have a great time! The event will be held Thursday, May 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at … Continue reading

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