Your DARTable Adventure to the Kinsey Collection

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Looking for an adventure?

Step out of this era and experience another place and time when you ride DART to The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at the ArtCentre of Plano. The exhibit runs through Sept. 22.

The collection’s fine art and historical objects highlight the cultural significance of the Harlem Renaissance and the community of scholars, artists, writers and activists that made the era memorable.

The route is easy:

Step 1: Ride the Red Line to Downtown Plano Station.

Step 2: Take a short stroll across Haggard Park.

Step 3: Walk a few steps to the ArtCentre of Plano.

Step 4: Experience beautiful depictions of the Harlem Renaissance.

For more information about The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, visit thekinseycollection.com.

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Rider Tips During State Fair of Texas

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State Fair of Texas®

The State Fair of Texas® comes only once a year, and with it, comes larger crowds on DART. This year’s Fair runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 21 at Fair Park in Dallas. Here are a few things DART wants regular riders to know:

Expect Bigger crowds during the Fair – use the whole train when boarding

It’s natural to want to get on at the closest door – that’s why some sections are often more crowded. During the Fair you will likely experience much larger crowds, especially on college football game days (Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and Oct. 20), Columbus Day (Oct. 8), High School nights, and on Fair days where there is a Main Stage act, so stretch out a little! Look for the doors without a line.

Check the DART schedule, it’s different

DART’s normal hours of service are roughly 5 a.m. to midnight. However, during the Fair, DART offers more frequent and extended service, as well as special game-day service for the Texas/OU game Oct. 6. Visit DART.org/statefair to view special DART Rail schedules.

Use Your GoPass app®

The GoPass app is a great travel tool year-round, but particularly so during the Fair. DART introduced a new version of the app in May 2018. Make sure you have the updated version on your phone. Real-time trip planning is one of many new features in the app. This means on those days during the Fair that DART service is different, you can use the app to plan your trip.

 Sign up for DART alerts

We know you’re busy and staying “in the know” isn’t always easy. Fortunately, DART makes it easier with the My DART Updates. Registered riders receive important updates that make for a better riding experience. Subscribe at DART.org/rideralerts.

Find more at DART.org/statefair.

Contact customer service at 214-979-1111.

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Artwork Feature: The Gambler

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The Gambler by William Sylvester Carter. Part of the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection.

View creative pieces like this oil painting by William Sylvester Carter when you ride DART to the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at the ArtCentre of Plano through Sept. 22.

The exhibition celebrates the artists, writers and activists that made the Harlem Renaissance memorable and significant. The collection, much of it newly acquired, belongs to Bernard Kinsey, an African American and former Xerox employee who paved the way for greater equality in the workplace.

This glimpse into another time and place is a short stroll across Haggard Park from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

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Twitter Town Hall Recap

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You asked. We answered.

Thanks for sending your questions and comments about DART’s new fare options. Check out the following questions and responses from our recent Twitter Town Hall:


Question 1:

Doretta asked via email: I have already purchased a monthly pass effective August 24, 2018 under the current fares.  Will it be valid through its expiration? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

Joseph Costello, Finance: If you purchased the pass through the app, you have 60 days to activate the pass then it is valid through the expiration date. If you purchased a paper pass, your passes will be honored through the expiration date.

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Question 2:

Luke via email: Is possible to use Google Pay or Apple Wallet and have a card on your phone, without an app? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

Tina Morch-Pierre, Finance: DART is working to enable the use of Apple Wallet, Samsung Wallet, Google Pay as well as using your GoPass Tap card with your phone in early 2019. More information regarding this capability will be forthcoming.

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Question 3:

Amanda asked via email: Hi. A friend purchased two weekly passes for me through the app. They have not yet been activated. Will they still be honored? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

Joseph Costello, Finance: Yes, passes purchased through the app have 60 days to activate the pass then it is valid through the expiration date.

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Question 4:

Devin asks via email: Why are fares increasing? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

Joseph Costello, Finance:


Question 5:

Luke via email: How do the tap & pay stations work at the DART stations? I’ve seen them for months, but they’ve never been active. #DARTtownhall

Answer:

Brandi Stringer, Marketing: The card readers are active now. If using a GoPass Tap card, you should be able to start tapping Aug. 18.

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Question 6:

How does fare capping work? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

Brandi Stringer, Marketing on fare capping:

 


Question 7:

Eduardo via email: I use a monthly pass which is going to increase from $80 to $96 this Saturday. If I buy an annual pass, it seems it is $800. The new fare for this annual pass is $960 in January 2019. Question is, can I buy an Annual pass next week for $800? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

(1/5) Tina Morch-Pierre, Finance: Annual Passes follow the calendar year, and the new rates begin Jan. 1, so if you purchased an annual pass next week, it would pro-rated starting the day you purchased through the end of the year of 2018.

(2/5) Tina Morch-Pierre, Finance: If you decided to purchase an Annual pass, it will be more upfront cost, but it is still less than buying 12 monthly passes.

(3/5) Tina Morch-Pierre, Finance: You also could take advantage of fare capping. Watch our previous video.

(4/5) Tina Morch-Pierre, Finance: Here is how it works. As you purchase passes during the month, the fare will go towards the monthly pass rate.

(5/5) Tina Morch-Pierre, Finance:  Once you pay the equivalent of the monthly pass rate in one calendar month, the system will credit a monthly pass to your GoPass app mobile wallet or GoPass Tap card account and you won’t pay for another pass for the remainder of that month.

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Question 8:

What are DART’s new fare options? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

Joseph Costello, from DART Finance, explains DART’s new fare options:


Question 9:

Blake via email: I’m a high school student in the DART area. Will high school fares be available in the GoPass app or with the new GoPass Tap card? It would help me when I DART to school on the weekends, now that the period has been extended beyond the weekday. #DARTtownhall

Answer:

(1/2) Tina Morch-Pierre, Finance: You can’t purchase a reduced high school fare in the GoPass app. But, you can use the GoPass Tap card.

2/2) Tina Morch-Pierre, Financ: For now, you will need a reduced GoPass Tap card from the DART Mart Store at Akard. You’ll also need a DART-issued student ID. Call Customer Service for more info at 214-979-1111.

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Question 10:

Do seniors and students still receive reduced fares?

Answer:

Tina Morch-Pierre, from DART Finance, discusses reduced fares for seniors and students with DART’s new fare options.


Question 11:

Are reduced fares available for trade and college students?

Answer:

Tina Morch-Pierre, from DART Finance, discusses reduced fares for trade and college students with DART’s new fare options:


Question 12:

From @Rilgon on Twitter: How much of this fare increase is going to be put towards service improvements, especially on lines with frequent lateness problems like the 486/488? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

There is a current initiative focused on on-time performance, which has improved and will continue to be a focus of the agency.

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More Answers:

View answers to more frequently asked questions about DART’s new fares at DART.org. And, for answers to your GoPass® and GoPass® Tap card questions view the frequently asked questions page on GoPass.org.

Lastly, DART’s Customer Service representatives are happy to answer your questions about DART’s new fare options. Give them a call at 214-979-1111.

 

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5 Things YOU need to Know about D2


Options for a second light rail alignment through downtown Dallas have been studied for many years (since 2007!), and DART is making strides for the selected D2 Subway corridor. Continue reading for the top 5 things you need to know about this underground alignment that will make movin’ and groovin’ a whole lot easier here in North Texas.

  1. The D2 Subway’s Alignment Has Been Selected

That’s right! Last year, the Dallas City Council and the DART Board of Directors approved the D2 Subway Locally Preferred Alternative. This route travels from Victory Park to Deep Ellum, running parallel to Commerce Street through the heart of Dallas’ Central Business District.

D2 Subway Locally Preferred Alternative – Commerce via Victory/Swiss

  1. The Exact Details of Stations Are Still Being Determined

This alignment of the D2 Subway has four new stations, one on the surface, Museum Way, and three underground stations, Metro Center, Commerce, and CBD East. Although the stations have been identified, access points and precise underground locations are still being determined. DART is partnering with local stakeholders and the public to identify access points and work on integrating urban design elements to make the stations fit in with the existing area.

  1. Public Meetings are Happening Now

DART wants to hear from you! DART is getting ready to launch its next round of public meetings starting September 12th in DART’s Board Room at Akard Station.  Want more information on how you can learn more about the D2 Subway? Click here to sign up for updates.

  1. Why D2 for North Texas?

The D2 Subway will provide much needed relief and flexibility for all light rail lines and traffic in the Central Business District and beyond. Currently, riders depend upon a single light rail line through downtown that constrains the mobility of the rest of the region. Having a second alignment will benefit all North Texans – not just those who ride – by providing easy access into and out of downtown Dallas.

  1. What’s Next for D2?

DART follows the Federal Transit Administration’s project development process. During this time, DART will prepare preliminary engineering designs and a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) to assess benefits, impacts, and costs of the D2 Subway. This SDEIS will be made available for the public to review and comment in late 2019.

There is a lot of information that will be coming during the project development phase. Make sure to sign up for updates and stay tuned to our DART Dailies for everything you need to know on the D2 Subway and the SDEIS.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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 Image of football player Charles White taken by the photographer Gordon Parks. The image is part of The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at the ArtCentre of Plano. Photo link from Plano Profile

Did you know a longtime Xerox employee helped break down racial barriers in corporate America? Did you know there’s an underground tunnel from Union Station to Reunion Tower? Did you know one of The Monkees pioneered “alt-country”? There are lots of interesting stuff to discover this weekend. Let DART take you to these cool events and happenings.

Friday, Sept. 7

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at the ArtCentre of Plano celebrates the artists, writers and activists that made the Harlem Renaissance memorable and significant. The collection, much of it newly acquired, belongs to Bernard Kinsey, an African American, former Xerox employee who paved the way for greater equality in the workplace. This glimpse into another time and place is a short stroll across Haggard Park from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Saturday, Sept. 8

 The 2018 Dallas Heart Walk lets you and your friends and family get a little exercise while raising funds for heart disease and stroke. The 3.5-mile walk starts at the base of Reunion Tower at 8:30 a.m. Check-in is at 6:30 a.m. There’s a one-mile “Miracle Mile” walk, as well. Both are non-competitive. Take the Red Line, Blue Line or Trinity Railway Express to Union Station. (Additional Red Line trains will be departing in the early morning from Parker Road Station.) A pedestrian tunnel leads from the station to Reunion Tower.

Concerts on the Square is an opportunity to experience Downtown Carrollton’s charming restaurants and shops – and enjoy some music under the stars. Saturday, bring lawn chairs or a blanket and “Step on the Square” to the sounds of Big City Outlaws. In addition to country music, the band plays classic hits. There also will be tasty treats and other fun stuff, all happening from 6-9 p.m. a short walk from Downtown Carrollton Station on the Green Line.

Pick Ups & Panels of North Texas Car-Truck Shootout is a place for vehicle enthusiasts to relax and trade stories. The day at picturesque Farmers Branch Historical Park will include great food and even a bounce house for the kids. The event happens from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The park is a short walk from Farmers Branch Station.

Mousey, thedark musical playing at Ochre House, gets its last performance tonight at 8:15 p.m. The play is about a toy mouse who questions existence. The ensuing rebellion among the toys causes them to turn on one another. There’s puppetry, original music and dance, and a riveting fable at the play’s heart. Ochre House is a block away from Fair Park Station on the Green Line.

Sunday, Sept. 9

Michael Nesmith & The First National Band won’t be monkeying around when they come to The Kessler Theater this evening. Drawing from the artist’s late-60s solo material, the evening will feature country rock along the lines of the Byrds or the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Catch the former Monkee’s groundbreaking “alt-country” at 8 p.m. You can get to The Kessler, located at Davis and Clinton, by taking Bus Route 542 from 8th & Corinth Station on the Red or Blue line. It’s also a one-mile walk from Bishop Arts Station on the Dallas Streetcar; there are tons of taverns and restaurants in between.

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

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Win A Family Pack to The Nasher Sculpture Center

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Grab the family and DART to fun at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Located a short walk from St. Paul Station, the museum is very DARTable.

Tell us in the comment section below why your family enjoys riding DART to explore DARTable destinations for a chance to win a Nasher Sculpture Center family pack of goodies.

The Family Pack Includes:

  • Four admission tickets to the Nasher Sculpture Center, good through Dec. 31, 2018.
  • A $50 Nasher Sculpture Center Store gift card.
  • A Nasher Sculpture Center summer 2018 magazine.
  • A Nasher Sculpture Center cap, pen and notebook.

The winner will be chosen at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 6.

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DART Will Modify its Schedule for Labor Day

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Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer in the U.S. and is celebrated with parades, barbecues, shopping and trips.

DART will operate on a different schedule this Labor Day, Monday., Sept. 3. Familiarize yourself with the changes to make sure you arrive at your destinations safely.

DART’s Labor Day Schedule:

  • DART bus, light rail and Dallas Streetcar services will follow a Sunday schedule.
  • The Trinity Railway Express commuter rail will not operate.
  • DART’s administrative offices, Customer Care Center and Lost & Found will be closed.
  • Customers with questions about schedules can contact DART’s Customer Information Center at 214-979-1111 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • DART Paratransit services for customers with disabilities will operate on a Saturday schedule. The Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed on Labor Day. Customers may call Thurs., Aug.30, to book their trips through Mon., Sept.3, and Fri., Aug. 31, to book their trips through Wed., Sept. 5. Customers may call Tues., Sept. 4, to book trips through Thurs., Sept. 6. X-Press Booking, Web Booking and voicemail will also be available.

Find more route and schedule information at www.DART.org.

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DART: Your Ride This Labor Day Weekend

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Check out comedian K-von at Irving’s Laughs at the Lake on Friday, Aug. 31. Photo courtesy of the City of Irving.

Happy Labor Day! There’s plenty of fun going on over the three-day weekend, and DART gets you there. Check out these festivals, farmers’ markets and outdoor events that are the perfect end-caps to summer.

Friday, Aug. 31-Sunday, Sept. 2

Riverfront Jazz Festival makes Labor Day jazzy this year. The three-day event takes place at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center’s Arena/Theater, located at 1309 Canton St. The festival starts Friday and runs through Sunday, with nationally known acts ranging from Erykah Badu to Julio Iglesias, Jr. In addition to the diverse musical offering, you’ll find lots of vendors and food. Just hop the Red Line, Blue Line, D-Link or Bus Route 749 to Convention Center Station, and you’re a very short walk away.

Friday, Aug. 31

Laughs by the Lake offers a more amusing sort of entertainment. The free comedy event on the shores of Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas features headliner K-von, star of MTV’s “Disaster Date.” Jasmine Ellis hosts the laugh-fest, which includes a showcase of local talent and a performance by last year’s winner. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and take the Orange Line to Las Colinas Urban Center Station. The event takes place from 7-9 p.m. at 501 E. Las Colinas Blvd., a one-mile walk around the lake from the train station. Performances will be in the PG-13 range – nothing too racy, but some parental discretion may be in order.

Brew at the Zoo is a unique evening at the Dallas Zoo. More than 30 breweries, many of them local, will be on hand with some great craft beer, and The Texas Gentlemen and The Suffers will provide live sounds. There will also be food and a variety of animal encounters. The event is 21-and-up only and takes place from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $55, which will get you a souvenir sampling mug, six four-ounce sample pours, and other goodies. Get on the Red or Blue line – either one will take you to Dallas Zoo Station.

Saturday, Sept. 1-Sunday, Sept. 2

Dino Fest is a full day of fun happening both Saturday and Sunday at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. For starters, there will be a “Back to the Jurassic” augmented reality experience, hands-on fossil digs, live music and a beer garden on the plaza. You can also enjoy trivia games, paleo lectures, bird interactions, face painting and art activities. While you’re there, experience the debut of the Paleo Lab, where you’ll see paleontologists preparing fossils fresh from the field. The fun happens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Most activities are free with general admission: $20 for adults, $13 for children ages 2 to 12, and $14 for seniors age 65 or over. Some activities – such as workshops and the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibition – require a surcharge. It’s all a short walk from Akard or West End station, which are both served by all four DART Rail lines.

Saturday, Sept. 1

The Marketplace Garland is perfect if you’re looking to fill up your bushel with fresh produce. Taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the downtown square– a short walk from Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line – the market is overflowing not only with fruits and vegetables, but with culinary items, vendors and local artisans displaying their crafts, jewelry, pottery and more.

Sunday, Sept. 2

The Farmer’s Market at Firewheel Town Center also has the goods – vendors sell a variety of vegetables, produce and other farm-fresh items. Bus Route 513 will take you right there, and the bus departs from Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line . The event happens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. near Dick’s Sporting Goods at the corner of Paintbrush and Horseshoe Drive.

Monday, Sept. 3

Pretty in Pink sends you back to the ’80s at the Angelika Film Center, located at Mockingbird Station. If you’re a certain age, this cult classic needs no introduction. Like most John Hughes films from the decade of New Wave and legwarmers, it’s a comedic romp through the social cliques of high school, and it stars Molly Ringwald. You can get to Mockingbird Station on the Red, Blue or Orange line. The film screens at 7 p.m. and costs $12.

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

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DART to the 2018 Riverfront Jazz Festival Aug. 31- Sept. 2

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Jazz up your Labor Day weekend and DART to The Black Academy of Arts and Letters’ 2018 Riverfront Jazz Festival, Aug. 31- Sept. 2 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas

Enjoy musical performances from world-renowned artists like Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway and Tito Puente, Jr., and Julio Iglesias, Jr.

Concerts will take place across three stages located at the convention center’s Arena/Theater, 1309 Canton St. The three-day event aims to become one of Dallas’ major annual events with its diverse music, vendors, shopping experiences and food.

DART makes it easy to attend the festival. Hop the Red Line, Blue Line, D-Link or Bus Route 749 to Convention Center Station, and your musical experience lies a short walk away.

For more information about the festival, visit: tbaalriverfrontjazzfestival.

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