DART: Your Ride This Weekend

It’s a great weekend to celebrate the American heroes who served our country in the armed forces. Additionally, there’s a new take on a local favorite beer festival, and the last weekend of a play about a certain charming Count with fangs.

Friday, November 10

The annual Dallas Veterans Day Parade features veterans, active duty troops and ROTC groups joined by marching bands and cheerleaders. The event begins with an 11 a.m. ceremony in City Hall Plaza. The parade route will wind from Reunion Park through downtown and ends back at Dallas City Hall. This year the parade theme is “Honoring Veterans of the Gulf War: Desert Shield & Desert Storm.” Dallas City Hall is a short walk from Convention Center Station.

In Irving, the Veterans Day Ceremony takes place at the former Central Library Auditorium, 801 W. Irving Blvd. There will be music, moments of reflection by military personnel and remarks by city officials. Attendees then will convene at Veterans Memorial Park to add a wreath to the Wall of Commemoration. You can get there by riding the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station, then a short walk or Bus Route 408.

Friday, Nov. 10-Saturday, Nov. 11

This weekend is the last chance to see Dracula The Musical at the Granville Arts Center in Garland. Set in Europe at the end of the Victorian Age, the story follows the famed vampire as he does his thing – which mostly involves thirsting for new blood. Are the play’s other characters any match for Dracula’s natural charm (not to mention his supernatural powers)? Find out. The theater is right next to Downtown Garland Station.

Saturday, November 11

A concert on the square in Historic Downtown Carrollton – dubbed Vibes for Vets – will feature music from the Jimmy Lee Jordan Band. The event is a great way to remember military members and their service to the country. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and money for the food truck. The downtown square is close to Downtown Carrollton Station.

In Rowlett, a Veterans Day Ceremony will recognize and honor local veterans at the Rowlett Community Centre, which is about a 1 mile walk from Downtown Rowlett Station.

Index Fest is the new iteration of the craft beer celebration formerly known as the Untapped Festival. Go to Fair Park to enjoy a day of beer – more than 300 of them, from 80 different brewers – plus music, food and art. Fair Park is accessible from both Fair Park and MLK, Jr. stations.

 

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InMotion: DART Helps Move Las Colinas Forward

Transit-Oriented Projects Come to Fruition

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DART Rail is helping breathe new life into Las Colinas, the master-planned business and residential community in Irving. Two major developments, which together represent nearly $400 million in investment, are fast taking shape near the Irving Convention Center and Las Colinas Urban Center stations.

“This is the return on Irving’s investment in DART,” said Beth Bowman, president/CEO of the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. “When the two Las Colinas stations opened a few years ago, they effectively turned our community into a 352-acre transit-oriented development – and the latest projects show the power of light rail to attract significant private capital.”

The Music Factory Brings Jobs, Entertainment

The long-awaited Irving Music Factory, the $175 million entertainment district located on Las Colinas Boulevard near the Irving Convention Center, began opening in September. The first area to open was The Pavilion, a convertible indoor-outdoor entertainment venue and rental space.

Through the end of 2017, a restaurant or an entertainment venue will open about every week. When complete, the district will include 250,000 square feet of entertainment and restaurant space, including an Alamo Drafthouse movie theater and more than 25 restaurant options.

The Music Factory also will include 100,000 square feet of office space.

“We are excited about 1,500 direct jobs that this project is estimated to create and $14 million in sales tax income for the city over a 10-year period,” Bowman said.

North Carolina-based developer The Ark Group has promoted DART Rail proximity and the transit connection to both Downtown Dallas and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as advantages of the project site. For the hundreds of workers and thousands of visitors who will travel to the Irving Music Factory, DART’s Orange Line provides a convenient and economical way to travel.

Between the Irving Music Factory and the Irving Convention Center, Westin Hotels & Resorts is constructing the $110 million, 350-room Westin Irving Convention Center Hotel. The hotel should open by early 2019.

Water Street Offers a Walkable Lifestyle

Nearby on North O’Connor Boulevard, multifamily housing developer Gables Residential is constructing Water Street, a $100 million mixed-use community overlooking Lake Carolyn.

The pedestrian-friendly project will feature 316 apartments, a park for special events, and approximately 60,000 square feet for retail and restaurants – with many offering outdoor patios. Gables has begun pre-leasing apartments. Restaurants and shops will begin opening in late 2017.

Easy access to DART Rail is a selling point for Water Street, which is located a half mile from Las Colinas Urban Center Station.

“Gables Water Street is a short DART ride to the airport, which is especially attractive to people with busy travel schedules,” said Katy Slade, area vice president of investments for Gables Residential. “Today’s residents are drawn to the lifestyle of leaving their car at home. And transit access is one of the main selling points for our corporate accommodations. Business travelers can get easily to and from the airport.”

Bowman said Water Street is a future stop on the Las Colinas Area Personal Transit System – an aerial people-mover system serving the area – connecting the development more directly to the DART station.

“When it comes to transit, you must have the infrastructure in place before you see the benefits,” Bowman said. “Irving is fortunate that forward-thinking leaders invested in DART. These developments are huge boons to the regional economy. But there’s more to come; DART Rail adds a whole new layer of opportunities and possibilities in Las Colinas.”

Learn more about how DART keeps you moving in our fall issue of InMotion.

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Behind the Tracks: Exploring Vehicle Options for the Cotton Belt

North Texas will soon be home to a state of the art, regional rail line that will laterally connect our region: The Cotton Belt.  Over the next few weeks, we’ll peek behind the tracks and bring you the inside scoop on all the different elements involved in making the Cotton Belt one of North Texas’s most successful transit projects.

DART is not just one of the newest transit systems in the United States, it’s also one of the most technologically advanced.  As with all our projects, we are looking to incorporate the newest and most sustainable engineering into the Cotton Belt, integrating it into the communities along the corridor and making our system more reliable, cleaner, and safer over the long-term.

Today, we’re exploring the vehicle or rail car DART is seeking to use on the 26-mile rail line. This new self-powered, light-weight rail vehicle will be designed to be environmentally and community friendly, and significantly different when compared to traditional commuter rail cars. Collaborating with the rail industry, DART plans to use a vehicle with what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls a Tier IV engine, which is the latest advancement that results in near zero emissions.  In addition, the vehicle would be built to comply with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) so it can share track with existing freight trains.

Key characteristics of new Cotton Belt vehicles include:

  • Mostly electric motors to keep the vehicle powered quietly and smoothly
  • Quieter when its running and less vibration disturbance than its freight rail cousin
  • Lighter and smaller than a typical commuter rail vehicle
  • No overhead wires or cables
  • Wide entrance doors and low floors for easier accessibility
  • Sleek appearance and improved structural design

Hard to imagine? We get it. Take a look at the vehicle selected by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority for the TEXRail Project from Fort Worth to DFW Airport. While the Cotton Belt vehicles will not be an exact replica, this example gives a sense of how streamlined these vehicles look compared to older models.

Stay tuned to Behind the Tracks: The Cotton Belt to learn more about potential impacts and mitigation related to issues such as noise and vibration, street crossing safety tools, stations and more!

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Nacho Average Monday

Happy National Nacho Day to all who crave crunchy tortilla chips smothered in zesty queso and mouth-watering toppings.

Hungry? Hop on DART and order a side of nachos from a few of these restaurants in Dallas:

Campuzano Mexican Food

With four locations, Campuzano Mexican Food offers Tex-Mex from Waxahachie to Dallas. Try its Breakfast Nachos with refried beans, chorizo, eggs, cheddar jack cheese, crema fresca and avocado. Take Route 409 to the Oak Lawn at Routh stop and the Dallas location sits a minute walk away.

Chuy’s

This Tex-Mex restaurant offers a combination of flavors from New Mexico, Mexican border towns, the Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Here you can find nachos with fresh tortilla chips, refried beans, cheese, jalapenos, lettuce and tomato. Take Rout 521 to the McKinney at Knox stop and the Dallas location sits a minute walk away.

Ojeda’s

Ojeda’s reputation for delicious Mexican food and a home feel brings loyal and, sometimes, famous customers to the restaurant. Try Edu’s Spicy Brisket Nachos with grilled onions, jalapeño and jack cheese. Take Route 029 to the Maple at Kings stop and the Dallas location sits a minute away.

For more DARTable destinations and lists of upcoming events visit, our Rider Insider online.

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Don’t Forget to Fall Back: Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday

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Did you know the U.S. Department of Transportation regulates Daylight Saving Time?

The U.S. DOT oversees time zones because standard times are important for many modes of transportation.

According to the U.S. DOT website, Daylight Saving Time saves lives and prevents traffic injuries because more people travel to and from school, work and errands during the daylight. In the fall and winter when the days are the shortest, we “fall back” to gain an hour of morning light.

When Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, DART will operate according to Standard Time. Before you go to bed, don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour.

Learn more about the uniform observance of Daylight Saving Time at transportation.gov.

Need a refresher on DART’s train and bus schedules? Visit DART.org for schedule information.

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#TBT: Revolutionizing Transit with the Orange Line


Why the Orange Line?

The decision to build the Orange Line was finalized in 2000 after the DART Board approved a preferred route for the line and changed it from commuter rail to a longer light rail route that would directly serve DFW Airport.  A few months later, a successful bond election solidified funding for the project. Working closely with the City of Irving, DART refined the line to run directly through Irving and serve the University of Dallas, North Lake College, and Las Colinas before ending at DFW Airport. The Orange Line opened access to critical parts of North Texas, including educational institutions and new mixed-use developments.  It also provided a key connection to another form of transportation—air travel. After the Orange Line opened, the DFW Airport became the third-largest American airport with a direct rail connection to the heart of North Texas.

The first phase of the Orange Line debuted a 5.4 mile section from Bachman Station to the Irving Convention Center Station.  In 2014, the Orange Line finished construction with a connection to the DFW Airport. To inaugurate the new line, then-Governor Rick Perry, shared some congratulatory remarks for DART and North Texas.

How do North Texans Use the Orange Line?

After the Orange Line opened, Irving residents had new mobility options to the rest of the region, including downtown Dallas. Vice versa, now North Texans could easily access and experience all that Irving has to offer for arts, education, entertainment, and business! The University of Dallas, Las Colinas Urban Center, and Irving Convention Center are just three of the great destinations along this new route.

High-Density Neighborhoods and Economic Opportunity

When Irving and DART collaborated to bring the Orange Line to this new area of North Texas, it brought not only increased mobility, but spurred development as well. In fact, construction of luxury apartment communities and additional mixed-use development in the Las Colinas Urban Center increased after construction of the Orange Line was announced.  The benefits of access to transit are paying off even today. Las Colinas continues to attract new businesses looking to relocate thanks in part to access to transit and the Orange Line.

“With the opening of the Orange Line, thousands of people now can reach one of the region’s densest employment centers via public transit. That makes it easier for people to not only find jobs, but also pursue careers.”

DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas

A More Connected Region

Can you imagine how out-of-towners and professionals would travel to and from DFW, how college students would get to their first internships across the area, or how commuters would make it to their places of employment without battling traffic? We can’t either.

At DART, we know that a new transit project brings so much more than mobility to a community, it brings a new and better way of life.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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There’s a theatrical weekend in store, with several notable productions reaching the end of their run. Additionally, there’s a family-friendly art event, a first-of-its-kind bike ride, and a fabulous festival with local rock royalty headlining. Check it out:

Friday, Nov. 3

Martin Luther is on trial, and he’s being prosecuted by – wait for it – the Devil himself. In the new original play Martin Luther on Trial, Luther’s wife Katie defends him as anachronistic witnesses including Adolf Hitler, Sigmund Freud, Saint Paul, Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope Francis take the stand. This witty evening of theater explores one of history’s most dynamic personalities and the thought-provoking controversies he unleashed. The play runs today and Saturday only. Performances are at the Eisemann Center, right next to Galatyn Park Station.

It’s the last weekend of Pride and Prejudice, the classic comedy about the entanglements of love, family, marriage and money. The playwright Kate Hamill has successfully adapted Jane Austen material before, and she brings an imaginative, irreverent take to the English author’s most famous novel. The show runs through Sunday at the WaterTower Theatre, a short walk from Addison Transit Center.

 

Saturday, Nov. 4

Festival at the Switchyard is a whole day of fun in Historic Downtown Carrollton. There will be live entertainment, as well as free rides, games and activities – including a zip line and bungee trampolines. Local rockers emeritus The Toadies headline the annual street fair; Everclear and Emerald City Band also will perform. Vendors will be selling food and beverages, arts and crafts, and lots more. The festival takes place just steps from Downtown Carrollton Station.

 

Dallas Bike Ride is the inaugural event of Dallas’ only closed-road bike ride. It promises fun for the whole family. Beginning and ending at Dallas City Hall – with points of interest along the way – the ride (not race) is 20 miles, with an option to turn off at the halfway mark. There will be great photo opps, musical entertainment and more. The DART System is bike-friendly, with level boarding on light rail vehicles so you can easily roll on and off. Dallas City Hall is about three blocks from Convention Center Station.

The first Saturday of every month means free admission and fun family programming at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Target First Saturdays is a great way to introduce your preschool-to-elementary-school child to the world of creative thinking. The program explores a monthly “Big Idea” 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 live artist demos showing how sculpture is made. This month, the Big Idea is “Color,” and the art project is “Colorful Me.” Take any DART Rail line to St. Paul Station and walk three blocks north to Flora Street, or catch the D-Link (Route 722).

Nov. 4 Street Food Night Market is one magical Saturday night when Dallas goes global with a vibrant culinary event in Victory Park. Chefs for Farmers, comprised of amazing culinary talents from Texas and around the country, gather for an eclectic pop-up night market. And they’re ready to dish out street food favorites! Top-shelf spirits, local breweries, and select wineries round out this gourmet adventure. Globally inspired, locally sourced, amazing food – prepared by an all-star chef lineup that’s sure to make local gastronomes drool. It’s all at 2200 Victory Ave. Get there via DART Rail Orange or Green line to Victory Station

Sunday, Nov. 5

It’s the last day of Multiple Selves: Portraits in Print from Rembrandt to Rivera, which examines the development of self-portraiture from the 17th through the 20th centuries. The installation at the Dallas Museum of Art presents work drawn exclusively from the museum’s collection; it features artists such as Rembrandt, Renoir, Mondrian and Diego Rivera. Along the way, you’ll see how the invention of photography, the focus on abstraction in modern art, and the emergence of new disciplines such as psychology affected the artist’s approach to the self-portrait. The DMA is a three-block walk from St. Paul Station.

 

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Top 3 DARTable Vegan Restaurants

Welcome to November, and happy World Vegan Day! Today we join people around the world celebrating the absence of animal products in food with a list of three DARTable vegan restaurants:

V-Eats Modern Vegan

Touting as the premier vegan eatery in Dallas, V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves offers plant-based meat alternatives that might leave you coming back for more. Take Bus Route 052 or 059 to the Singleton at Gulden stop, and the restaurant is a two-minute walk away.

Be Raw Food & Juice

Be Raw Food & Juice aims to serve you food and beverages the way nature intended them to be. Hop on Route 428 to the Northwest at Douglas stop and the restaurant is a two-minute walk away.

Nature’s Plate

Always on the move? Head on over to Nature’s Plate in Dallas and pick up a meal to go. The restaurant offers all vegan dished that are assessable, convenient and tasty. Take Route 428 to the Northwest at Easton stop. The restaurant is a three-minute walk away.

For more DARTable destinations and lists of upcoming events visit, our Rider Insider online.

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InMotion: In Good Repair

Taking Care of Our Investment

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The train platform at Cityplace/Uptown Station sits approximately 10 stories beneath North Central Expressway. DART has six escalators and four elevators to help customers reach or descend from the surface. Customers who prefer to avoid the 257 steps rely on DART to keep its lift equipment working.

DART’s Passenger Amenities and Facilities Services (PA/FS) team oversees elevator and escalator maintenance. They also are responsible for the inspection, maintenance and repair of all passenger facilities for the agency’s bus, light rail, commuter rail and streetcar services, as well as the property management of agency-owned buildings. PA/FS plays a vital role in ensuring the DART System remains in a state of good repair.

Major Upgrades Scheduled for Elevators and Escalators

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Along with monthly preventive maintenance, DART’s contractors dismantle and thoroughly service each escalator three times a year.

Recently, PA/FS staff oversaw the refurbishment of the two incline elevators, or inclinators, at Cityplace/Uptown Station. Elevator contractors replaced all the wiring and controllers, cleaned the stainless steel elevators and coated the hard surfaces in a film that makes the cabs more durable.

In addition to monthly maintenance, contractors also dismantle and thoroughly service DART’s eight escalators – six at Cityplace/Uptown Station and two at Mockingbird Station – three times a year. Peter Dickenscheid, DART’s field inspector who oversees escalator/elevator maintenance, says scheduled upkeep addresses most problems and prevents equipment from failing.

“Being proactive with the maintenance takes time, but in the long haul, our equipment is down less and hopefully we have happier customers,” Dickenscheid said. In September, the agency will begin replacing 10 elevators located at six northern Red Line stations. The Passenger Amenities staff expect the project to take at least 15 months to complete.

Monthly Inspections Identify Needed Repairs

CapturePA/FS staff, who are performing preventive maintenance inspections, visit every DART property at least once a month, checking all aspects of the facilities. Inspectors also audit janitorial and landscaping contractors to ensure they’ve done quality work.

“We’re not waiting for others to tell us what needs to be fixed. By inspecting our passenger facilities regularly, we find out quicker what needs repair and maintenance,” PA/FS Supervisor Joey Wynn said.

The PA/FS staff are not the only people monitoring the agency’s facilities. DART encourages employees and customers who see issues during their work shift or daily commute to submit work orders as well.

Learn more about how DART keeps you moving in our fall issue of InMotion.

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Heads Up: Construction Disruption on Green and Orange Lines Sunday, Nov. 5

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If you find yourself riding the Green and Orange lines on Sundays, plan ahead for a little disruption.

Construction in the Love Field area will shut down service on portions of the Green and Orange lines Sunday, Nov. 5.

DART still gets you moving and will use buses to replace trains between Inwood/Love Field, Burbank and Bachman stations during all hours of operation that day.

Northbound Green Line passengers can transfer to buses at Inwood/Love Field Station and re-board trains at Bachman. Orange Line passengers will be asked to transfer to Green Line trains at Victory Station to reach Inwood/Love Field Station. Southbound customers will use the same procedure in reverse.

DART encourages you to begin your trips earlier than usual, so make sure to plan accordingly.

Things resume back to normal Monday, Nov. 6, with regular service.

For more information about the disruption, visit DART.org.

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