DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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Antonin Fourneau: Waterlight Graffiti, PRELUDE 2016. Photo via dallasaurora.com 

It’s a weekend full of big events, with a huge festival, a one-of-a-kind bike ride and a creative multimedia event all taking place Saturday. There’s other DARTable stuff going on, too. Ride DART to these great happenings.

Friday, Nov. 2

Scarecrows on Main is a series of family-friendly scarecrows lining the main drag of the Village of Rowlett Downtown. Enjoy the autumn weather and check out the area – not only are there creative scarecrows, there are shops and restaurants along the 3800-4200 block of Main Street. But if you want to see the scarecrows, now’s the time. They’ll be taken down after Saturday.  The Village of Rowlett Downtown is a short walk from Downtown Rowlett Station on the Blue Line.

Saturday, Nov. 3

AURORA is a spectacular exhibition exploring the possibilities of light, video and sound art. This year’s theme, “Future World,” invites artists and visitors to imagine a series of possible futures. The thought-provoking event will engage your creativity as it challenges you to actively participate in the creation of our world’s future. The event takes place from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. in downtown Dallas. The focal point of the exhibition is Dallas City Hall, which is a 10-minute walk from Union Station. You can get there on the Red or Blue Line or the Trinity Railway Express (TRE).

Dallas Bike Ride pulls off a spectacle in its own right: Dallas without any motor vehicles. Along the cycling route, anyway, you can enjoy our fair city by bike, without a car in sight. The fun, neighborly ride welcomes cyclists of all ages and abilities. You can choose from a 20-mile or an 11-mile route, each of which has beautiful views of the skyline. And remember, bikes are welcome on all DART trains and buses! The ride starts and finishes at City Hall Plaza, about a half-mile from Union Station. In fact, it’s pretty close by bike from just about any downtown DART Rail Station. The event begins at 8 a.m.

Festival at the Switchyard is an all-day event, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy children’s entertainment, food vendors, face painting, balloon art, free arts and crafts, rides and games, a beer garden – and music, of course, including Vertical Horizon, Tonic and headliners Stone Temple Pilots. Believe it or not, the event is absolutely free. The Green Line drops you off right at the Downtown Carrollton Station, steps from all the fun.

Vintage Baseball Game is a chance to see how baseball the way they played it in the old days – as in the 1860s. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a casual, old-fashioned game of ball at Farmers Branch Historical Park, about a 7-minute walk from the Green Line’s Farmers Branch Station. See baseball the way your grandpa’s grandpa saw it! First pitch is at noon.

Target First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center presents child-friendly programming from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and free admission for all until 5 p.m. Each month, you and your family focus on a Big Idea that you explore through a hands-on craft, a take-home activity and a scavenger hunt. There are also storytellers from the Dallas Public Library, a NasherKids Live! Performance and more. This month’s Big Idea is “Expression,” and the related art project is “Alter Egos.” The Nasher is a 5-minute walk from St. Paul Station, served by all four DART Rail lines.

Sunday, Nov. 4

Elwood enters the second weekend of its run at the Ochre House; it will go on through Nov. 17. The original play tells the tale of a recluse who lives in the piney woods outside Canton, Georgia. He finds himself in charge of a baby named Elvis, which leads to numerous complications and changes. This musical comedy has lots of spectacle, dance and music. The theater is only about half a block from the Green Line’s Deep Ellum Station.

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High Five for North Texas

DART is proud to offer multi-modal mobility solutions for our unique region.  This week, we created a cheer that spells out the ways DART hopes to create value for North Texas!

Give me a D!

D is for destination. By investing in our transit infrastructure, we are investing in making North Texas a destination for tourists, businesses, conferences, culture, food, and more.  We know that when we invest in public transit, we can help exponentially increase local business sales. Providing mobility options can spur local investment and economic growth, support existing jobs, while helping create new ones. Together, we can make North Texas a destination for all.

Give me an A!

A is for accessibility. DART makes our region more mobile, even for those that don’t use public transit. We offer 93 miles of light rail, 650 buses, 11,000 bus stops, 14 bus transfer centers, 64 light rail stations, and 10 TRE stations. We want to make our region more mobile and accessible for all—that’s why we offer so many types of transportation, so folks can choose how they get to where they need to go.

Give me an R!

R is for respect. DART respects all North Texans. That’s why we value your feedback on new projects like the D2 Subway and the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor. We need to hear from people just like you! So join our conversation, DART hosts regular public involvement sessions and seeks to collaborate with riders and non-riders alike! We respect your opinion and know that when we work together we can develop transit solutions to meet local needs.

Give me a T!

T is for time. DART wants to save you time. More than 60 million passenger trips are taken on DART per year and about 200,000 people ride DART every day. That’s a lot of people off the roads and freeing up more space on the highways. Whether you’re running errands, getting to school, commuting to work, or connecting with culture and nightlife, DART wants to help you get there affordably and efficiently, so you can make the most out of your day.

What does that spell? DART!

Let’s high five and celebrate all the ways North Texas and DART work together to make our region great for all those who work, play, and visit! To learn more about DART, subscribe to DART Daily at http://dartdallas.dart.org/.

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Photo Feature: Early Bird

Sometimes, the best views happen at sunrise.

Thank you, Instagram user @dallaswestend for sharing this photo by Instagram user @dreambigstudio of a train entering the Dallas West End Historic District in the morning.

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Ride DART to the “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” Exhibit

African American Museum, Dallas - ph by Joseph G. Thomas and Jose Galvan, City of Dallas

African American Museum

DART to the “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” exhibit at the African American Museum through Dec. 31 and explore the issue of slavery and the lives of enslaved families and their descendants.

The route is simple:

Step 1: Ride DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station.

Step 2: Walk on over to the African American Museum.

Step 3: Experience artifacts like Jefferson’s Farm Book. In this book, Jefferson detailed entries about plantation accounts and recorded information about his farming and industrial operations, including references to the dozens of people who lived on Mulberry Row, what they did and how Mulberry Row changed over time.

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Jefferson’s Farm Book via “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” exhibit.

The African American Museum stays open Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. You can purchase your tickets and learn more about the “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” exhibit at visitdallas.com.

#DART2aamdallas

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Your Next Stop: Entering the 2019 DART Student Art Contest

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Doreen Chen, a Plano ISD student, won the “Best of Show” award for her artwork in the 2018 DART Student Art Contest.

DART is calling all young artists to share their next stop and how DART can take them there!

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.

1. Designs must be original work created by the student and should illustrate the theme: “My next stop is _______.” (You fill in the blank!)

2. The poster must measure 11″ high x 17″ wide. The design should be laid out horizontally and submitted on heavy paper such as poster, tag or illustration board.

3. All entries must include a completed copy of this entry form. Affix the completed form to the back of the artwork.

4. Early entry option: Students who submit their entries by Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, will receive a special prize!

5. All entries due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, and should be mailed or personally delivered to:

Jessica D. Lennon
DART’s Transit Education Program
2019 Student Art Contest
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
1401 Pacific Avenue
P.O. Box 660163
Dallas, TX 75266-0163

6. DART staff will notify the teachers or parents of the winners no later than Wednesday, February 20, 2019, via a phone call and/or email. All winners will be invited to a special recognition program and reception at the Dallas Museum of Art (details TBD).

7. All artwork becomes the property of DART and may be used with appropriate credit to the artist. By entering the contest, you consent to have your name and photograph appear as one of the winners.

8. For more information about the contest, please contact Jessica D. Lennon at [email protected] or 214-749-2582.

 

Community Partners:
Dallas Contemporary, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Zoo, Half Price Books, Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Media Partners:
Al Dia, Dallas Morning News, Familia DFW, NBC DFWPlano Profile, Suburban Parent Magazines, Telemundo 39

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Countdown to the D2 Subway

Excited about the D2 Subway? So are we! As we work towards the development of the D2 Subway, check out our countdown of the 5 numbers you should have in your back pocket when discussing how it will serve North Texas.

150,000 (Jobs within ¼ mile)
With 150,000 jobs currently within a quarter mile of D2 stations, the D2 Subway will be at the heart of North Texas’s economic growth, and a critical part of DART’s plans to take its mobility options to the next level. The D2 Subway will not only improve access to existing jobs but will also support the thousands of new jobs being created every year as new industries call North Texas home. Expanded transit services like the D2 Subway will help sustain this economic growth and open these emerging industries up to a larger workforce pool.

2024 (Service Starts)
The North Texas region’s economic and population growth shows no signs of slowing down before service starts in 2024. That’s why the D2 Subway is just one of DART’s capital planning projects aimed at building the infrastructure to support the region both now and in the future. In addition to building a stronger and more robust public transit system that will help the region continue to grow, the D2 Subway will let us operate more trains through downtown and increase flexibility to how people get around.

3 (Subway Stations)
Although the three new subway stations — Metro Center, Commerce, and CBD East – have been identified, the exact locations of access points to the stations are still being determined, with DART seeking input from local stakeholders and the public. These stations, along with the surface level Museum Way Station, will mean more people will be able to access all that the communities of Downtown Dallas have to offer, opening up residential and commercial districts to residents and visitors alike.

2 (Light Rail Lines)
Under the current system, all four of DART’s rail lines converge on the same track through downtown Dallas. The D2 Subway will allow DART to redistribute its rail lines between two downtown rail corridors, adding much needed capacity and operational flexibility. The D2 Subway will also connect to the existing Orange and Green rail lines and provide convenient transfers to the Red and Blue lines. Bringing the system underground as part of the D2 Subway will also ensure it is better able to avoid surface disruptions, meaning fewer interruptions to your journey, while helping to alleviate bottlenecks on existing lines.

$1.4 billion (Project Cost Estimate)
DART is working with Congress to obtain a federal grant to fund part of the $1.4 billion price tag for the D2 subway. However, even if federal funding is not available, we have developed approaches to pay for D2. Thanks to consistent and conservative financial management, DART has enough local debt capacity to build the D2 subway without federal support.

As more information becomes available about the D2 Subway, be assured that we will keep you in the loop. Make sure to sign up for updates and stay tuned to our DART Dailies for everything you need to know about the D2 Subway and the other DART infrastructure projects.

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Ride DART Free to Vote Nov. 6

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DART will offer voters a free ride to the polls on Election Day. Voters showing a valid voter registration card from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, can ride DART free to and from their polling locations.

#DART2Vote

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Sunny skies? Temperatures in the 70s? That’s the forecast for this weekend, and we North Texans have paid our dues for it. Soak up the perfect weather –  uh, maybe we should say bask in the perfect weather – at these DARTable, outdoor events. You can also catch an amazing exhibit and a comedy superstar.

Thursday, Oct. 25

Uptown Block Party takes place from 6-11 p.m. in Griggs Park, and features a free concert by Bowling for Soup. There are also food trucks, beverages, games and other fun things. The park is on Hugo Street in the State-Thomas neighborhood – just south of Hall and Central Expressway. Street parking is pretty tight around there, so transit is definitely the way to go. Bus Route 36 stops at the park shortly after departing southbound from Cityplace/Uptown Station. It’s also a short and pleasant walk from the M-Line Trolley’s stop at McKinney and Allen.

Friday, Oct. 26-Saturday, Oct. 27

Kevin Hart comes to town with his popular standup act. The Real Husbands of Hollywood and Night School star, known for his outsized personality, is performing a two-night run at the American Airlines Center. The big-time comedian calls this outing “The Irresponsible Tour.” You can get there responsibly by taking the Green Line to Victory Station, which is right at the venue.

Saturday, Oct. 27

Harambee Festival is the oldest African American event in North Texas. It’s been around since the early ’70s, and draws a crowd of around 15,000. The unusual word is Swahili for “unity,” and that’s what the festival is all about. In fact, this year’s theme is “Unity in the Community.” There are concerts, storytelling, African drumming and dancing, a balloon release, exhibits, food trucks, vendors and games for kids. The event happens at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, about three blocks from MLK, Jr. Station on the Green Line. Bus routes 11, 26 and 409 also will get you there.

Movies on the Square in Downtown Carrollton has a Halloween-themed evening lined up, with pumpkin painting and a pumpkin giveaway at 6:30, followed by an 8 p.m. screening of Hotel Transylvania 2. It’s all free, and it’s all a short walk from the Green Line’s Downtown Carrollton Station.

Halloween in the Park is a trick-or-treater’s delight, with trick-or-treat stations, carnival games, bounce houses, a haunted hedge and stage entertainment. The event takes place from 5-8 p.m. at Farmers Branch Historical Park, less than a half-mile walk from Farmers Branch Station.

Sunday, Oct.  28

Ultimate Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science lives up to its name. The exhibit unveils a newly discovered breed of dinosaurs. Highlights include 15 dinosaur casts, touchable fossils, and lifelike recreations of the fearsome creatures in the flesh. Adults will be just as amazed as kids. If you haven’t caught this yet, go today! To get there, catch any DART Rail line to Akard or West End station, and walk a few blocks north.

Where are you going on DART this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

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DART to the 9th Annual Festival at the Switchyard Nov. 3

With free rides and games, free live children’s entertainment, free face painting, and much more, the 9th Annual Festival at the Switchyard in Historic Downtown Carrollton offers something for every member of the family to enjoy!

The event is Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. With limited parking, the best way to get to all the fun, food and entertainment is on DART’s Green Line to Downtown Carrollton Station.

The children’s entertainment lineup will kick off at 12:30 p.m. inside the Plaza Arts Center with a performance by stunt juggler Matt Tardy.

Up next at 2:30 p.m., Landon Stark will put on a variety show for all ages that mixes his style of stand-up comedy with a fresh blend of unique wit, variety tricks, and astonishing magic.

Festival rides and games, including bungee trampolines, a zip line, a spin the apple ride, a giant fun slide, a kiddie high striker, a baseball toss, an all-star basketball free-throw game, a video game truck, and much more will line the streets.

Families riding DART to the event will find that the easiest way to purchase your transit pass is on DART’s GoPass® app. It’s free on Google Play and the App Store.

Kids ages 5-14 are eligible for a reduced fare and kids under 5 years old ride free with an adult.

High school students with a valid DART Service Area high school ID, or a valid DART-issued student ID may also ride on a reduced fare.

Fare options are available in the app and on DART.org/fares.

The real-time trip planning tool in the app will make getting to the festival easy.

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Faces of DART: The Operators

We’ve showcased a lot of Faces of DART whose daily lives are impacted by transit. Today, we’re taking a closer look at how DART and the Union Gospel Mission are helping North Texans establish new careers and improve their lives.

Learn how two men — in conjunction with DART and Union Gospel Mission — had the opportunity to find careers that allow them to make a living and serve their fellow North Texans.

 

The Union Gospel Mission has helped thousands of North Texans find new lives since it opened in 1949. While they provide people with physical and emotional support, one of the most transformative services they provide is job training. The two men featured in today’s Faces of DART took advantage of that training and are now working as DART bus operators and giving back to their local community.

As the operators themselves note, they take a lot of pride in having gone from riding the DART bus to becoming Operators themselves, and that pride shows in their work. DART’s partnership with Union Gospel Mission demonstrates that public transit helps transform lives.

More than just increasing mobility, DART is helping North Texans transform their lives through access to physical and emotional support and job training. That’s the power of public transit.

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