Faces of DART: Oliver’s Story

Faces of DART features stories from North Texans just like you that benefit from a stronger, more accessible, and more connected region – whether they ride daily or not at all.

Today, we’re excited to help tell Oliver Aguilar’s story. Check out the video below to learn how public transit has changed his entire outlook on life.

Helping North Texas Employees

As Oliver mentioned, reduced travel time, increase productivity, and a less stressful commute are just a few of the ways DART strives to improve life in North Texas.  A more connected and flexible region means increased economic activity across the wide spectrum of industries that call North Texas home.

Stay tuned for our next Faces of DART story highlighting the benefits of a strong transit network for North Texas.

Do you have a story about how transit benefits you, your family, or your community? Visit the Faces of DART page and you could be one of the many Faces of DART.

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Security Blitz to Encourage Downloads of New DART Say Something App

DART Police, Fare Enforcement Officers and transit employees will be at various DART locations Wednesday, March 7, from 7-9 a.m. during a system-wide Security Blitz to promote the new DART Say Something Safety and Security App as the easiest, most discreet way to report safety concerns directly to DART Police.

DART Police work to make transit safer with additional security officers and cameras on platforms, buses, trains. But, they can’t do it alone. If you see something suspicious on a bus or train they want your help.

During the blitz, you can expect information and promotional items to encourage you to downloading the app, which is free from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

The DART Say Something app allows you to send text, photos and videos to report suspicious activity. The app also provides safety alerts from DART Police, allows you to share your location on a map and indicate whether you need help. It also works with the DART mobile website where you can access other information.

For more information about the DART Say Something Safety and Security App, visit www.DART.org/DARTSaySomething  or call DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

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Save the Date: Older Americans Information and Health Fair May 10


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Seniors are invited to “Engage at Any Age” at the 24th Annual Older Americans Information and Health Fair, which will be held on Thursday, May 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Centennial Hall in Dallas’ Fair Park.

Valuable health information, free screenings, giveaways and entertainment are just a few of the reasons to attend what has become the one of the largest senior events in North Texas. Attendees are encouraged to ride DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station. Centennial Hall is located just inside the Fair Park gate.

This free, annual event is hosted by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), in partnership with the Community Council of Greater Dallas/Dallas Area Agency on Aging, the city of Dallas, and the Dallas Police Department. Media partners include NBC 5, Telemundo 39, The Dallas Morning News, Al Día, Seniorific News and Seniors Blue Book.

To learn more about the Older Americans Information and Health Fair, please visit DART.org/seniors or call DART Community/Education Outreach at 214-749-3494.

Visit DART.org or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111 for information on riding DART.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Take a trip to Savannah, Georgia, or Funkytown this weekend without going farther than the nearest DART Station. There’s also the monthly kid-friendly programming at the Nasher and the final – as in, last ever – performance of a beloved local production of a popular play.

Friday, March 2

For some Southern charm, head to the Granville Arts Center, where the Garland Civic Theatre presents The Savannah Sipping Society. It’s the opening night this comedy, which runs through March 18.  Four Southern women, stymied by their day-to-day lives, reclaim their spirited natures over spirits at an impromptu happy hour. The very Southern play takes place right next to Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.

Saturday, March 3

George Clinton & Parliament with Funkadelic are true legends — Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and great originators of the irresistible genre known as funk. They promise to raise the roof at the House of Blues tonight. George Clinton revolutionized music by twisting soul and R&B into a new kind of music; take a little Sly Stone, sprinkle in some Hendrix and Zappa, and you’ve got a combustible brew that’s booty-shakin’ and cerebral at the same time. (You’re guaranteed to recognize several of their ‘70s hits.) House of Blues is a short walk from West End Station.

If you’ve already visited the Deep South this weekend and you’re feeling homesick, go home with the armadillo. TEXFest is Carrollton’s free celebration of Texas Independence Day in the city’s historic downtown. With great food, local libations and Texas music, it will be hard not to have fun; throw in country music artist Grant Gilbert, Southern rockers The Jimmy Lee Jordan Band and Americana band The Black Lillies, and you’ve got a Lone Star-style party on your hands. The event is centered on Broadway Street, served directly by Downtown Carrollton Station on the Green Line.

The first Saturday of the month means Target First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center. This kid-friendly program gives families a chance to explore a “Big Idea” through a hands-on craft, a take-home activity and a fun scavenger hunt. There also are storytellers from the Dallas Public Library, a NasherKids Live! Performance, artist demos and even yoga. This month’s Big Idea is “Materials” and the art project is themed “Material Worlds.” Take any DART Rail line to St. Paul Station and walk a few blocks, or catch the D-Link (Route 722), which departs from Pearl/Arts District Station.

Sunday, March 4

It’s the last performance of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, the wildly popular play about falling in and out of love. After 18 runs, Theatre Three is retiring the perennial favorite; expect some surprises at this farewell show. The theater is in The Quadrangle on Routh Street, a two-block walk from the M-Line Trolley. You can catch the trolley at Cityplace/Uptown Station; it also runs one block from St. Paul Station.

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Building a Better Future for North Texas

Why is DART planning more than 20 years in the future? Transit projects are extensive and require a long time to plan out the engineering process and design.

Additionally, a stronger, more robust public transit system will help North Texas continue to grow and thrive, both economically and demographically. That’s why DART continues to make long-term investments in expanding, enhancing, and strengthening the entire system.

The D2 Subway

Why it’s important:

The D2 Subway will be critical for North Texas businesses and communities as the entire region continues to expand and grow in the future (The population of North Texas is expected to increase by 36 percent by 2040!) The D2 Subway will help ensure the DART system can meet the transit demands this increased population will mean for our area. It will also help provide a more sustainable transit solution to help reduce the number of cars on the road and keep traffic congestion and carbon emissions to a minimum.

What’s the status:

DART is gearing up to reinitiate the preliminary engineering and the environmental impact statement effort for the new subway alignment.  DART also continues to work through the proper channels to secure funding for the D2 Subway, which will help increase capacity and alleviate strain on the four light rail lines currently running through the Dallas Central Business District.

Once complete, the D2 Subway will also help strengthen the connection between various modes of transportation (such as the Dallas Streetcar), providing more flexible transit options for North Texans. The D2 Subway will help lay the groundwork to connect our region to the future of mass transit throughout North Texas and the entire state, including high-speed rail.

Interested in finding out more about the D2 Subway project? Check out our Anatomy of a Subway series for an in-depth look at the different components of a subway project.

The Cotton Belt Corridor

Why it’s important:

Not only will the Cotton Belt help connect our communities, increasing mobility and providing greater flexibility for North Texans, but it will also prepare our region for future growth and economic development.  The Cotton Belt will provide system linkages to major employment, population and activity centers in the northern part of the DART Service Area and support sustainable growth initiatives in the region.

What’s the status:

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), in coordination with DART, will be issuing the Draft Environmental Impacts Statement (DEIS) and 10% design plans this spring for a 45-day public and agency review period, a major milestone to support service by 2022.  Stretching 26 miles from DFW Airport to Plano, the Cotton Belt Corridor is another important piece of North Texas’ transit puzzle. Once complete, the regional rail line will connect with three existing DART lines, connecting seven North Texas cities to the larger transportation system across the region.

Want to learn more about the ins and outs of the Cotton Belt? Be sure to read through our Behind the Tracks blog series to get a behind-the-scenes look at North Texas’ newest regional rail line.

The 2040 Plan

Why it’s important:

Both the D2 Subway and the Cotton Belt are key elements of DART’s 2040 plan. Still in development, the 2040 Transit System Plan takes into consideration a range of mobility options that will help build a better future for our region, helping DART envision what North Texas’s transportation needs might look like in the future so we can begin planning to meet them today.

What’s the status:

DART is in the process of developing the Draft plan and will hold meetings to update the community on plan ideas and progress.  DART’s 2040 Plan covers a number of other projects that are already in the planning and funding stages. These include planned Red and Blue Line platform extensions, infill stations, the City of Dallas’ modern streetcar expansion, and TRE improvements.  The 2040 plan will outline future projects and programs that DART is considering to maintain pace with our region’s growth and development, such as fleet and facility expansion, and discusses key topics such as first/last mile connectivity, regional expansion, and transit-oriented development.

DART periodically assesses our transit infrastructure to ensure that we continue to create value today and in the future. These forward-thinking efforts allows DART to contribute to our region as we continue to grow in a sustainable, responsible way; create economic opportunities, attract new business; and increase the quality of life for all North Texans.

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Hop on Board and DART to the North Texas Irish Festival

This year’s North Texas Irish Festival brings you culinary demonstrations, Scottish clans, musical performances and more traditions of the Irish and Celtic cultures March 2-4 at Fair Park. Hop on DART to experience the fun.

Festival Days and Times:

Friday: 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

DART’s Green Line offers you the easiest way to attend the festival. Ride to Fair Park Station or MLK, Jr. Station and Fair Park is a short walk away.

For more information about the festival, visit ntif.org

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Six No-Brainers About Riding DART to the Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival


It’s No Brainer Day — yeah, that’s a thing. And, today we’re giving you six no-brainers to make sure your trip to the Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival on March 17 is as easy as one, two, three.

No-Brainer #1: Ride the Blue, Orange or Red Lines to the Event
To experience the event via rail, you can transfer from any DART Rail line in downtown Dallas, including the Green Line, to ride the BlueOrange and Red lines to Mockingbird Station or the Orange and Red lines to Lovers Lane Station.

The Parade begins at 11 a.m. at Greenville and Blackwell Street and ends at Yale Boulevard/SMU Boulevard at 75 Central Expressway.

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No-Brainer #2: Use GoPass® Mobile Ticketing Application
Use DART’s GoPass app to buy your transit pass in advance, but don’t activate your pass until the day you go to the parade and festival. You can download the app to your smartphone from either the App Store or Google Play store.

No Brainer #3: Roll onto the Low-Floor Center Cars
The center car of every DART Rail vehicle has a low-floor section that offers level boarding with the rail platform – perfect for festival-goers with strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices. DART’s new buses also have low-floor sections and are equipped with ramps that deploy for level boarding from the curb.

No-Brainer #4: Park for Free at a DART Station
Save time and gas while skipping the hassle and expense of trying to park near Greenville Avenue. Free parking is available at many DART transit centers or rail stations with parking lots. Find out where you can leave your car at DART.org/parking.

No-Brainer #5: Don’t Forget About the St. Paddy’s Dash Down Greenville 5K
Put on your running shoes and your green attire and make your way to the St. Paddy’s Dash Down Greenville 5K. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Central Market in Dallas.

No-Brainer #6: Bring the Whole Family
It’s a family event, so bring the whole gang to enjoy some St. Patrick’s Day fun.

For more information about the parade and festival, visit dallasstpatricksparade.com. And, to learn more about riding DART to the event, visit DART.org/SPD or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

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Contact DART Police with the DART Say Something App

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Have you downloaded the new DART Say Something app? If you ride on our trains and buses, you’ll want to have this app on your phone. It allows you to report incidents to DART Police more discreetly than making a phone call.

A drop-down menu allows you to select the type of activity you want to report, as well as the location. You can submit photos and video, and there is a notes field that allows you to type any additional information before hitting “send report.”

Two-way communication allows police dispatchers to request further details.

“Many people are afraid to call the police during a situation, but no one pays attention if you are typing on your smartphone,” DART Police Chief James Spiller said. “The DART Say Something app allows customers to send updates to dispatchers on what’s happening without being noticed. Having instant, detailed information from witnesses on the scene will help us resolve incidents faster.”

The free DART Say Something app by ELERTS is available for iPhone and Android devices in the App Store and on Google Play.

Non-smartphone users can call the system’s text-a-tip service at 214-256-1819.

DART employees will be out March 7, from 7-9 a.m. promoting the #DARTSaySomething app. Those that have the app on their phones just might receive some fun giveaways.

Learn more about the DART Say Something app at http://www.dart.org/riding/dartpoliceelerts.asp.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend


Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Kind of a rainy weekend in store – at first, anyway. The weatherman says the wet stuff should stop falling sometime on Saturday, and Sunday promises to be beautiful. DART gets you to some cool events and exhibits both indoors and out, plus a special birthday concert from Dallas’ favorite local-girl-done-good.

Friday, Feb. 23

It’s your last day to celebrate Engineers Week at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Build stuff, break it down and get creative. You can explore the field of engineering firsthand through interactive demonstrations and experiments with professional engineers and educators. The whole thing comes with the price of admission, so check out the Perot Museum’s awesome exhibits while you’re there! It’s located about a half-mile walk from Akard Station.

What’s left to say about Erykah Badu? Queen of neo-soul, bona fide eccentric, local treasure, influential artist of international stature – the native Dallasite is all of these, and tonight she brings her wide-ranging talent and riveting performance skills to the Bomb Factory. It’s only a few days from the Grammy-winner’s birthday, so this concert – billed as “Bless You Bruja! Another Badu Birthday” — should be one for the books. The Bomb Factory is a short walk from Baylor University Medical Station. 

Saturday, Feb. 24

It’s that time of year again! Dallas Blooms, the annual festival at the Dallas Arboretum, kicks off today with the theme “A World of Flowers.” There will be hundreds of spring florals from around the world, and a variety of events happening throughout the coming weeks. At least some forecasts are calling for the rain to break today – if so, the colors should be especially effusive. The theme of the first week is “France.” Polish up on that high school French, don your figurative beret, and hop on Bus Route 60 – it will deliver you right to the front gate at Garland Road and Lakeland Drive.

Sunday, Feb. 25

Want to learn the art of beautiful lettering by brushstroke? It’s a special skill, for sure, and Pipe & Palette Home Outfitters & Mixed Media Art Classes teaches you how. Their brush lettering workshop series features group demonstrations, one-on-one instruction and plenty of practice time. Find out all about brush lettering, how to do various types of letters and make impressive flourishes, and learn the skills involved in mixing colors. At the end of the two-and-a-half-hour session, you’ll walk away with a workbook, practice sheets and numerous brush pens. Pipe & Palette is only a block and a half from Downtown Plano Station.

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Last Call for the 2018 DART Student Art Contest Entries

K-12 students, there’s still time to capture “Oh, the places DART goes” and submit entries for the 2018 DART Student Art Contest. DART will accept entries through Feb. 28. Learn about more contest details at: http://www.dart.org/transiteducation/posters2018.asp

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