DART: Your Ride This Weekend

DART Rail will be running on its usual schedule this weekend, although the rail replacement project will resume on July 6-7. Take advantage of the opportunity to plan a mini-staycation around these DARTable events! You’ll find theater, a festival with exotic foods and even Meat Loaf – but not at the food festival (so far as we know). Read on for a sampling of what’s DARTable.

Friday, June 28

Bat Out of Hell takes the ‘70s-era anthems of Meat Loaf and reimagines them as a rock ‘n’ roll love story. The award-winning musical follows a young rebel named Strat. He falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of a tyrant who rules over a post-apocalyptic city. The play has romance and classic rock to spare, and it just opened Thursday at the Winspear Opera House. It runs through July 7. Get on any DART Rail line, go to Pearl/Arts District Station and take a short walk to get to the venue.

The Legend of Deadeye Mary: A Western Melodrama also opened Thursday. Instead of a dystopian future, however, this story takes place in the Wild West. The title character is hunting the man who done shot her pa. Her fate becomes intertwined with that of a novelist looking for material. And there’s plenty of it, too: Outlaws! Bounty hunters! Crooked lawmen! Gold! This is one of the classic popcorn-tossers at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, so get ready to exercise your throwing arm. It runs through Aug. 17. The theater is right across the street from Mockingbird Station on the Red, Blue and Orange lines.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series is Garland’s free, family-friendly event that happens every other Friday on the downtown square through July 12. It’s a great way to spend a summer evening under the Texas stars. Tonight, check out the sounds of Memphis Soul, an eight-piece Motown outfit. The band does high-energy covers of the likes of Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind and Fire. The square will be filled with vendors and food, and the event will be capped off with a fireworks display. You’ll find the festivities a short walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station.

John Bellion is another musical option for the evening. The Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and rapper brings his genre-defying act to the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, about a 9-minute walk from Irving Convention Center Station.

Saturday, June 29

World of Foodies Fest is a brand-new event in Downtown Carrollton. The concept is pretty cool: Explore the cuisines of the world in the context of culture. As such, there will be live cultural performances and the like. Come hungry and come curious to the inaugural installment of North Texas’ latest foodie event from 3-9 p.m. in Downtown Carrollton. It’s a short walk from Downtown Carrollton Station on the Green Line.

Klyde Warren Park Independence Day Celebration will feature cold treats from more than a dozen vendors, contests, live music, games and lots of family fun. To cap off the evening, the U.S. Army’s 36th Infantry Division Band will perform to the backdrop of a spectacular pyrotechnic display. The event takes place from 5-9 p.m. You can get there by walking about 8 minutes north from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines. The M-Line Trolley will get you there, too.

Sunday, June 30

A pair of plays each gets its final performance at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre today. Both are at 2 p.m. (on different stages, of course). The theater is a short walk from Addison Transit Center, served by a dozen bus routes.

The Ballad of Little Jo on the Main Stage is a lively musical inspired by the true story of a young woman in the Wild West. After giving birth to a son out of wedlock, Josephine leaves her son in the care of her sister and heads out west in search of opportunities to support her son. While stranded in a small mining town in Idaho, she disguises herself as a man called “Jo” and quickly finds a job mining silver.

Unveiled: A One-Woman Play is in the facility’s Karol Omlor Studio Theatre. Written and performed by acclaimed playwright and actor Rohina Malik, the play portrays five Muslim women from around the world. The performance – or performances, in a sense – explore the universal themes of faith, culture, and prejudice. The stories are ultimately uplifting.



Although track improvements are under way in downtown Dallas and will continue until September, this weekend DART Rail will operate under a normal schedule.

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Photo Feature: Purse Building

Thank you, Instagram user @pursebuildingdallas, for sharing this photo of a DART train passing the Parlin and Orendorff Building near West End Station.

The structure is commonly called the Purse Building and was built in 1905, according to the city of Dallas’ urban design peer review. It is listed as a contributing building in the West End National Register Historic District.


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Safety on the D2 Subway

June is National Safety Month, so we’re taking the opportunity to show how safety informs everything we do.

Now that 10 percent of the conceptual design for the D2 Subway is complete, it’s the perfect time to explore the safety features that are part of the design of the D2 stations and platforms.

The D2 Subway project involves four new stations: Museum Way, an at-grade station, and Metro Center, Commerce, and CBD East, all underground stations.

Access and Emergency Services

Stations will be designed to ensure emergency services can respond to any incidents as quickly as possible and also so DART can maintain air quality and ensure adequate emergency exits

  • Security cameras will allow DART Police officers to easily monitor station activity and quickly respond to any incidents.
  • Stations will incorporate fare control barriers to ensure that only DART customers can enter the station platform areas, and may include doors that lock during non-service areas.
  • Platforms will have emergency assistance systems to ensure a fast response and passenger safety in an emergency situation.
  • Stations will also have an effective ventilation system to maintain good air quality in the station, as well as to filter and remove any unhealthy air conditions associated with emergency situations, like a fire.
  • Stations will include emergency exits in addition to those used for daily access, to ensure that customers can exit stations within specific time frames in case of an emergency.

Platform Edge Doors

DART is considering use of platform edge doors in the subway stations. Platform edge doors are an automatically controlled barrier to the tracks, which only allows passengers access when a train arrives and stops at a station. These barriers:

  • Improve station security by restricting access to the tracks and tunnels
  • Enhance passenger safety by preventing accidental falls off the platform onto the lower track area

As a bonus, platform edge doors prevent litter build up on the rack as well as improve the sound quality of platform announcements.

Signage and Lighting

Ensuring that people using the D2 Subway know where they are going and can get there safely is critical – especially in an emergency situation. That’s why the D2 stations will have intuitive signage throughout, to make it easy for passengers to access their train, but also connect from stations to local attractions and destinations. People’s ease of getting around will be further enhanced by effective lighting design, which will keep the platform open, visible and well-lit, and will support security and surveillance technology.

For more information on what goes into building the D2 Subway, check out our “Anatomy of a Subway” series, and stay tuned to DART Daily for updates on the project’s progress.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

It’s a colorful weekend along the DART System. Dragons, ’70s pop music, a preacher’s daughter and a magic lamp – it’s all here, and it’s all DARTable. Take a weekend staycation and get away to these events.

Friday, June 21

Mockingbird Music Festival is a fun way to ease into the weekend, with some choice local musical acts performing just off the station’s mezzanine. If your commute takes you through Mockingbird Station on the Red, Blue or Orange lines, hop off to hear the sounds of Raised Right Men. The honky-tonk outfit hails from the music mecca of Denton. There will be food, plus all the dining and sipping options in the surrounding development. The performance happens from 4-7 p.m.

Mamma Mia! opens tonight and runs through Sunday at Granville Arts Center. This story of a young woman’s search for her birth father has a sunny Greek island, three possible dads and a trip down the aisle. It’s all told through the infectious, ‘70s-era pop of ABBA. The venue is right next door to Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.

Saturday, June 22

Summer and Smoke is one of Tennessee Williams’ great works, and it gets the last performance of its run tonight. The play explores the conflict between flesh and spirit. A hedonistic doctor and a quiet preacher’s daughter form an unlikely bond and have an almost-romance. The performance by the Classics Theatre Project happens at the Margo Jones Theatre. That’s inside the Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park. Take the Green Line to Fair Park Station to get there.

Sunday, June 23

DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival returns to the Las Colinas Urban Center today. If you want color, you’ve got it: Kites will fill the summer skies, and there will be dragon boat races and a lantern festival. Add cultural performances and traditional Asian cuisine, and you’ve got a great afternoon on the shores of Lake Carolyn. The free festival takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. a short walk from the Orange Line’s Las Colinas Urban Center Station.

Summer Survivor Speaker Series features the testimonies of holocaust survivors, refugees and their children. Today’s 12:30 p.m. program features Ron Schwarz, the son of a holocaust survivor who lived in Nazi Germany as a teen. He fled to France, witnessed the German occupation, and crossed the treacherous mountain terrain into Switzerland. Schwarz will share his father’s daring journey with a multimedia presentation at the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. The museum is a short walk from West End Station on all four DART Rail lines.

Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, gets its last performance at today’s matinee. Comedy, spectacle, one very special lamp and three wishes make for an unforgettable theatrical experience. Dallas Summer Musicals’ production takes place at the Music Hall at Fair Park, a very short walk from the Green Line’s Fair Park Station.





Building a Better Experience for You!

DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus


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A Look at the Past: Booker T. Washington High School Alumni Celebrate 70th High School Reunion


Eight Booker T. Washington High School graduates of the class of 1949 lined up to pose for a picture in front of Dallas’ African American Museum June 3, 2019.

For some, June means the beginning of summer and the end of an era of high school memories. For Texans, June 19 is a celebratory day when news of freedom for all reached their state.

On a Monday morning in June, as some prepared to leave their high school days behind, eight members of Booker T. Washington High School’s class of 1949 reflected on their memories as they celebrated their 70th high school reunion and the progress of African Americans in Dallas.

Outside of the African American Museum, near Fair Park Station, the former classmates lined up shoulder-to-shoulder to pose for a picture. The morning heat couldn’t dampen their smiles as cameras clicked, snapped and flashed.  Standing a few feet away were family, friends and later Booker T. Washington High School graduates, like Jackie Taylor who graduated in ’61.

A tour bus stood nearby to take the group to Dallas landmarks that played a significant role in shaping Dallas’ African American community.

Dora Belle Freeman Mack was one of the classmates of ’49 that morning. She said in her high school days, her peers called her Dora Belle.

Mack became a teacher in Dallas after graduation and has organized every class reunion since, until now. This time, her daughter Valencia Yarbrough, a teacher at The Hockaday School in Dallas, organized the event.

Mack said some of her favorite things about going to Booker T. Washington High School were playing in the school band and making lifelong friendships.

“I’m still in touch with one of my very best friends from high school, who lives in Detroit,” she said.

George Keaton Jr., founder of the nonprofit Remembering Black Dallas, guided the tour. Once everyone took a seat and the bus took off, Keaton brought the passing sights to life with narrations of Dallas’ past.

Separate But Not Equal

Although the Emancipation Proclamation declared slavery void in the former Confederate states in 1863, news of freedom did not reach Texas until two years later on this day 154 years ago, June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger directed Union soldiers into Galveston.

After the 13th Amendment officially ended slavery in the United States in 1865, equality in society came at a slow pace.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1896 ruling in the case Plessy v. Ferguson justified “separate but equal” public facilities and spaces for African Americans and laid the groundwork for legal segregation for the next 58 years.

Despite the inequality of the times, African Americans in Dallas made their own opportunities – conducting business, building communities, and settling largely in what was then known as North Dallas.

From the beginning of the Civil War in 1861 to the 1970s, North Dallas – today’s Uptown — grew into the largest African American community in Dallas and one of the largest in the U.S.

As the tour bus made its first stop, Keaton pointed to one of Dallas’ landmarks, the Pythian Temple. During the early 1900s, the building housed African American businesses as well as hosted dances, performances and community events.

Designed by African American architect William Sydney Pittman and completed in 1916, the Pythian Temple sits on the corner of Elm Street and Good-Latimer, just a short walk from Deep Ellum Station.

The tour bus proceeded to other landmarks in Deep Ellum such as St. James AME Church. The church, also designed by Pittman, was built from 1919-1921 by entirely African American workers, contractors and electricians.

A Way to Travel

Traveling on a tour bus can make one ponder about how it was to travel in the past.

Through and beyond the 1940s, racial segregation laws governed many aspects of daily life in the U.S. and kept places and amenities like bathrooms, restaurants, schools and public transportation separate and unequal.

When the eight alumni walked the halls of Booker T. Washington High School between 1945 and 1949, the school was one of only two high schools for African Americans in Dallas.

Mack said it was rare that she rode public transit during her high school days. She said she and her classmates lived about 15 minutes from the school and had fun walking most of the time, especially to football games.

During that time, streetcar use in Dallas was in decline due to the increasing presence of the automobile. In 1945, Dallas’ dominant transit company, the Dallas Railway and Terminal Company, operated 52 less streetcars that year than in 1926, according to Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s 1998 annual report.

Even as the transit industry saw changes from the streetcar to the automobile, the impacts of the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson ruling continued.

Automobile travel in the era of segregation in the U.S. posed safety risks for African Americans. To help reduce that risk, the publisher Victor H. Green & Company produced “The Negro Motorist Green Book” from 1936 until 1967. The book functioned as a guide to destinations such as hotels, restaurants, barbershops, beauty parlors and service stations where Africans Americans could visit without fear of discrimination.

“There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published. That is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States. It will be a great day for us to suspend this publication for then we can go wherever we please, and without embarrassment. But until that time comes we shall continue to publish this information for your convenience each year.” – The Negro Motorist Green Book: 1949

On the tour, Keaton highlighted the Moorland YMCA building in Dallas as one of the locations that “The Negro Motorist Green Book” featured. You can see the listing above on page 68 from the guide’s 1949 issue.

Construction on the Moorland YMCA building finished in 1930, and the facility offered rooms and beds for visitors and served as a social and civic center for North Dallas’ African American community. Now home to the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the building sits on Ann Williams Way (once called Flora Street), about a 9 minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station.

Down Memory Lane

Before making the last stop of the tour, the bus stopped at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, also near Pearl/Arts District Station. Although the school changed since the eight alumni walked its halls, some elements remained the same.

As most of the tour participants deboarded the bus, Yarbrough led them to the school’s oldest building. There, the alumni walked the halls they once walked as high schoolers, viewing photos, newspaper clipping and memorabilia of the school’s former days.

Sylvester Collier, another class of ’49 graduate, peered through the glass cases at these pieces of memorabilia.

Collier came in from Nevada to participate in the tour and said that along with learning woodwork and growing his interest in art while attending the high school, he enjoyed the enthusiasm of his teachers.

Scott Rudes, the current principal of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, met the group in one of the school’s historic hallways.

“We just graduated the next class of alums,” Rudes said to the group. “When the students realize they are standing on the shoulders of giants, it gives them a real sense of pride.”

Booker T. Washington High School began in 1922 and has origins tracing back to the late 1800s. The school  functioned as the only high school in Dallas for African Americans for 17 years and eventually evolved into a technical school in 1955. In 1976, responding to a court order on desegregation, the school transformed into an arts magnet.

After lingering to chat, reminisce and take group photos at their alma mater, the group boarded the tour bus to visit the final destination of the tour — the Freedman’s Cem​etery.

Established in 1861, near what is now Lemmon Avenue and Central Expressway, the Freedman’s Cemetery, currently near CityPlace/Uptown Station, offered a burial place for some of Dallas’ first African American residents in North Dallas.

Today, the cemetery commemorates that thriving community, some of which was lost during construction of North Central Expressway in 1952. Much of the original cemetery was lost, as well, according to the Dallas Landmark Commission Landmark Nomination Form on Dallas’ Freedman’s Cemetery.

As the tour concluded, the tour bus made its way to Celebration Restaurant on Lovers Lane, where the participants enjoyed a hearty lunch.

DART recognizes that the lessons of the past are the learning opportunities of the present.  As Dallas has grown, so has DART. The agency has become an inclusive mobility manager, bringing the region together and working with North Texas communities to provide connections for future generations.

Take the Tour

Now, it’s your turn to take the tour and visit some of the landmarks that played a role in shaping Dallas’ African American community. DART is you ride to these places today and throughout the year:

  1. African American Museum: Near Fair Park Station.
  2. Pythian Temple: Near Deep Ellum Station.
  3. James AME Church: Near Deep Ellum Station.
  4. Moorland YMCA building now home of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Near Pearl/Arts District Station.
  5. Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts: Near Pearl/Arts District Station.
  6. Freedman’s Cem​etery: Near CityPlace/Uptown Station.

Source List

Dallas City Hall on Pythian Temple

The Lives and Times of Black Dallas Women
by Marc Sanders  (Author), Ruthe Winegarten (Author), Jr. Harry Robinson (Editor)

Library of Congress on Emancipation Proclamation

Library of Congress on Juneteenth

Library of Congress on the 13th Amendment

Dallas City Hall on St. James AME Church

Dallas Transit System. “DANDI-LINES 100 Years of Transit in Dallas.” DANDI-LINES 100 Years of Transit in Dallas, October 3-7, 1971, 3.

The New York Public Library on The Green Book

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and
Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. “The Negro Motorist Green Book: 1949” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 19, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/9dc3ff40-8df4-0132-fd57-58d385a7b928

Dallas Black Dance Theatre on Moorland YMCA building

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Booker T. Washington High School

Dallas Landmark Commission Landmark Nomination Form

Dallas City Hall on Freedman’s Cemetery

From Freedman’s Town To Uptown: Community Transformation And Gentrifícation In
Dallas, Texas
Source: Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic
Development, Vol. 34, No. 2/3, Communities Old and New in the Dallas-Fort Worth
Author(s): Marsha Prior and Robert V. Kemper
Metropolitan Area (SUMMER-FALL, 2005), pp. 177-216
Published by: The Institute, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40553482
Accessed: 6/19/2019

Correction: An earlier version said Collier came in from Oregon. Collier came in from Nevada.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

DART: Your Ride This Weekend

This weekend is packed with culture – from plays and music, to a celebration of Afrobeat, to the haute couture of fabulous fashion design. No worries if you’re more in the mood for lighter fare. You can tap your toe to one of our favorites, “Another One Rides the Bus.” Ride the bus or train to these DARTable events.

Thursday, June 13

Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walkis a chance to check out the shops and boutiques of the Downtown Plano Arts District. The event features live music, local art exhibitions and special discounts. You can also sample wines, of course, at about 20 participating shops. Start strollin’ as early as 5 p.m.; check-in is at 1013 E. 15th St. That’s right around the corner from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Rowlett Farmers Market is another great outdoor event, with plenty of Texas-grown produce and a community-centered feel. Go local from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Village of Rowlett Downtown, right around the corner from the Blue Line’s Downtown Rowlett Station.

Friday, June 14

Unveiled: A One-Woman Play portrays five Muslim women – all played by a single actress, Rohina Malik. The characters come from all around the world, and the play touches on universal themes like faith and culture. The uplifting play opened at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre on Wednesday and runs through the end of the month. The venue is a short walk from Addison Transit Center, served by numerous bus routes.

“Weird Al” Yankovic was a pop-culture mainstay in the ’80s, with his silly take on the hit songs of the day. Who can forget his good-natured lampoons of Joan Jett (“I Love Rocky Road”) or Queen (“Another One Rides the Bus”)? Tonight, he brings his Strings Attached tour to Irving. His energetic performance is further enlivened by costumes and props, as well as a video wall and even a full orchestra. The one-night performance takes place at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, about a 10-minute walk from Irving Convention Center Station on the Orange Line.

¡Felabration Dallas! kicks off tonight at the Winspear Opera House and continues through Sunday. The show is a spectacular celebration of Afrobeat star Fela Kuti. There will be three nights of that artist’s finest musical moments, reflecting through dance and music. The celebration takes place at Hamon Hall in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, about a 6-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series is a great way to spend a summer evening in laid-back Downtown Garland. In addition to live music, there are vendors and even a fireworks display to cap things off. Tonight, catch the rockabilly and surf stylings of The Vinyl Stripes, a trio that pays homage to those classic genres while still showing lots of originality. The free, family-friendly event starts at 7 p.m. on the town square; you might want to bring a blanket or lawn chair. The festivities are a 4-minute walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station.

Saturday, June 15

Addison After Dark is a new way to spend your evening every third Saturday of the month. It’s a free event with live music, movies, food trucks and a different theme each month. This go-around, it’s “Retro Night Out” in Addison Circle Park, located a few blocks from Addison Transit Center.

The 9th Annual North Texas Pride “Come as You Are” Festival is a community celebration of pride and the diversity of Plano. The festival includes vendors, food, beverages, giveaways, live music and DJs. The all-ages festival happens at the Art Centre of Plano, just across Haggard Park from the Red Line’s Downtown Plano Station.

Sunday, June 16

Dior: From Paris to the World is a must-see for fashionistas and fans of amazing design. The exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art surveys more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s lavish embroidery, luxurious fabrics, and elegant silhouettes. You’ll see more than 100 dresses, plus accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos and more. The retrospective of the great fashion designer’s work runs through Sept. 1. The museum is about a 6-minute walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines.



Building a Better Experience for You!

DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus


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DART’s GoPass® App Gives Rowlett Riders UberPool Access

Do you visit, work or live in Rowlett? DART is making it easier for you to reach your destination with the ability to book an UberPool ride, in addition to a GoLink trip, with the GoPass® app.

When you’re in DART’s Rowlett GoLink zone, you can choose between a GoLink shuttle or an UberPool vehicle to run errands, go to work or connect to DART trains and buses.

DART’s GoLink zones that have UberPool access include:

Far North Plano
Inland Port
Legacy West in Plano
North Central Plano/Chase Oaks

So, what’s the cost?

DART’s GoLink service is included in any valid DART fare. When you use the UberPool ride-share feature inside the GoPass® app, you can:

  • Travel to or from any DART station or transit center within a zone for $1.
  • Travel to or from any destination within a DART GoLink zone for $3. The $1 fee is being waived during the introductory period.

Prices are per person — including children — and per trip, during the hours of 5:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Don’t have a smart phone? No problem. You can book your trips by calling 214-452-1827.

Find more information about UberPool access at DART.org/GoLink or by contacting DART Customer Service at 214-979-111

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Cotton Belt catch-up: Work is underway!

Work on the Cotton Belt project is finally underway, and we couldn’t be more excited! Although construction won’t begin for a little while yet, the necessary upfront work to get the project underway has begun, and we have all your information on what’s happening and how you’ll be affected.

The first step before construction begins is for the designers and builders to perform pre-design field activities along the length of the Cotton Belt corridor. This work, which began in February and will continue through June, will allow more of the detail of the design outlined in the Final Environmental Impacts Statement (FEIS) to be built out. It will also help to validate the engineering assumptions that inform the ongoing early project planning.

What kind of pre-construction activity?

This work will mainly occur in and along the railroad right of way and will occasionally require workers and small equipment to move on and off public grade crossings. The field work being performed will include:

  • Taking photos to understand the existing condition prior to construction;
  • Surveying and 3D scanning to get a 360-degree view of the existing corridor;
  • Investigation of existing utilities;
  • And geotechnical soil sampling.

What does it look like?

The contractor’s work will take place mainly during the day and will involve minor surveying and construction equipment, such as GPS instruments, tripods, service vehicles, pickup trucks, small tools and light duty drill rigs. Contractors are unlikely to require access to any private property; however, if this becomes necessary, we will be sure to first get permission from the property owner and coordinate access in advance of the work.

DART will continue to keep you in the loop on the progress of the Cotton Belt project. Subscribe to DART Daily for regular Cotton Belt updates, view our video or check out DART.org/CottonBelt for more information.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend  

It’s a good weekend to explore the many cultures that make up North Texas. From diverse cuisines and world dance traditions, to hip-hop and African-American art, the world is your oyster if you ride DART this weekend. Access your GoPass® app or pull out your GoPass Tap card, and don’t forget to bring your curiosity to these DARTable events.

Friday, June 

Taste of Dallas is one of the city’s signature events, with more than 200 chefs, restaurants, brand reps and exhibitors setting up shop at Dallas Market Hall. The food festival opens this evening and runs all weekend, and this year has a new feature: Taste of the Neighborhoods, which will highlight Dallas’ numerous culinary micro-cultures (Bishop Arts District, Trinity Groves, Deep Ellum, etc.). You can also hang out in the Beer and Wine Gardens, learn about the Whiskies of the World and check out the El Centro College Mentor Cooking Competition. You can get there on Bus Route 749, or take the Green or Orange Line to Market Center Station and walk about 9 minutes to the venue.

Urban Movement Festival brings hip-hop culture to McCall Plaza in Downtown Plano. From two-versus-two dance battles to dance team showcases, the entertainment is family friendly at this all-ages festival. The event is free; there is a $10 fee to compete. McCall Plaza only about a block from the DART Rail station.

Saturday, June 8

The Urban Flea is a must-go for fans of open-air markets. In the Downtown Garland Square, dozens of vendors showcase vintage finds and re-purposed goods. One-of-a-kind antiques and handmade items are plentiful, and the historic downtown neighborhood is full of mom-and-pop shops and restaurants. Live music completes the experience. The market takes place from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The square is about a 3-minute walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station.

Canal Fest is the city of Irving’s annual celebration of cultures from around the globe. Take a world tour in one day. Germany? Burundi? The Middle East? They’re all here in the form of music, dance, art and activities – and, of course, lots of food. Check out performers, vendors, artisans, and chefs representing the rich diversity of North Texas from 2-10 p.m. in the Las Colinas Urban Center. The free festival is about an 11- to 13-minute walk from Las Colinas Urban Center Station on the Orange Line.

Sunday, June 9

Bright Star gets the last performance of its run today at The Firehouse Theater in Farmers Branch. The play tells the story of a literary editor who meets a young soldier just home from World War II. He awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Set in the American South in the 1920s and ’40s, the story is propelled by an ensemble of dancers and musicians. Today’s matinee is at 2:30 p.m. The theater is right across the street from the Green Line’s Farmers Branch Station.

Phenomenal Women is an exhibition in its final weekend at the African American Museum. Featuring local emerging female African American artists working in a variety of media, the art show is a celebration of strength, empowerment and love. Its last day is Monday, Aug. 10. The museum is in Fair Park, a short walk from Fair Park Station on the Green Line.




DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus


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Round Up the Kids and Take a Day Trip on DART

family walking

These kid-friendly, DARTable staycation destinations will turn a summer weekday morning or afternoon into an excursion.

Beat the kids at Skee-Ball®. At NickelMania in Carrollton, it’s all about the classic arcade games. Well over 100 games provide a blast from the past for parents, and – who knows – maybe a different kind of challenge for kids. Can you get the high score? Find out by taking Bus Route 534 departing from Addison Transit Center and getting off at Trinity Mills and Midway Road in Carrollton.

A walk-through history. The Farmers Branch Historical Park is a 27-acre outdoor gem that is both park and museum, and features numerous 19th-century buildings, including a train depot, school and old church. If you want to follow your visit with evening entertainment, just cross the street, where you’ll find a more than 60-year-old fire station converted into The Firehouse Theatre, a mainstay local performance venue. The park is a short walk from Farmers Branch Station.

Express yourself. For a creative experience, head to Downtown Garland Station. Only two blocks away, you’ll find Painting with a Twist, a kid-friendly paint-and-sip (juice, of course) studio. Get step-by-step instruction from talented local artists and leave with your own one-of-a-kind creation. Check the business’ calendar for frequent “all ages” events.

Head to Las Colinas. For the price of DART passes, you can explore the Mandalay Canals, inspired by the famous Italian city of Venice, but easier to reach. The canals wind through the Las Colinas Urban Center, and you might even catch sight of a gondola. Walk the trail around Lake Carolyn or Toyota Music Factory, which offers movies, music and more.

Time travel. Kids love trains. But even many adults don’t know that Texas was once linked by passenger rail. Spend your summer staycation learning about our railroad roots at the Interurban Railway Museum, located in Haggard Park adjacent to Downtown Plano Station. You’ll also learn about electricity and science and tour a historic rail car. Afterward, enjoy some outdoor time in the park, stroll the shops and restaurants around 15th Street, or check out the historic homes in the Haggard Park Heritage District.





Building a Better Experience for You!

DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements began March 30 and will last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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