Public Hearing on August 2019 Service Changes on March 12, Three Community Meetings Preceed

DART is proposing a series of bus service improvements for implementation in August 2019. The agency is seeking input from DART riders prior to and at the formal public hearing next week, which takes place during the DART Board meeting.

Please see DART.org/meetings to view the service change proposals. Click here to view the Proposed August 2019 Service Changes and Transit System Plan Meetings Presentation.

Public Hearing
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.
DART Headquarters – Board Room
1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202

 

Upcoming Community Meetings:

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
(Open House at 6 p.m.)
Lenore Kirk Hall Elementary School – Library
2120 Keats Drive, Dallas, TX 75211

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 12 p.m. (noon)
(Open House at 11:30 a.m.)
DART Headquarters – Board Room
1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202

Monday, March 11, 2019, 12 p.m. (noon)
(Open House at 11:30 a.m.)
DART Headquarters – Board Room
1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202

 

Process for Receiving Comments
The DART Board of Directors encourages public comments on the night of the public hearing or in writing beforehand. Those desiring to speak should contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543 to register. Advance registration will be accepted until 1 p.m. on the day of the hearing. Those who have not pre-registered may sign up immediately before the hearing begins and will be scheduled to speak after those who have pre-registered. In addition, written comments received any time before the hearing is adjourned will become a part of the official hearing record.

Written comments may be submitted the night of the hearing, or they can be mailed in advance to:

DART Service Changes Proposals – August 2019
P.O. Box 660163 – 1401 Pacific Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75266-7232

Those sending comments should include their name, address and telephone number.

Notice for the Hearing and Visually Impaired
If you wish to attend the Public Hearing and need sign language interpretation, please notify DART at least 24 hours in advance by calling the Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) number: 214-749-3628. A Braille version of materials will also be made available upon request.

For additional information, contact:
DART Community Engagement
214-749-2543

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Visit Shake Shack of Uptown and Support the M-Line Trolley March 12

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Do you like burgers, shakes and supporting the M-Line Trolley? Well, you’re in luck!

Shake Shack of Uptown will donate 25% of your total meal purchase on Tuesday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. to the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority – a nonprofit organization that operates the M-Line Trolley.

This nostalgic streetcar links to DART Rail in downtown near St. Paul Station, travels through the Dallas Arts District to the restaurants, shopping and galleries of Uptown, including West Village, where you can connect to DART at Cityplace/Uptown Station.

Just present a copy or a phone photo of the flyer below or mention the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority/M-Line Trolley at the Shake Shack register before paying, and you will be supporting the Trolley.

You’ll find Shake Shack at 2500 N. Pearl Street –there’s even a trolley stop right in front of the restaurant.

Click the image below to download the flyer:

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Celebrate Irish American Heritage Month with Celtic Nights Performance in Irving

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Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival will be celebrated March 16, but DART’s very own Finn says there are other ways this month to experience and explore Irish culture, including a one-night only performance by Celtic Nights at the Irving Arts Center March 8. The show, Oceans of Hope, features some of Ireland’s most talented performers.

Using song, music, dance, and narration, Celtic Nights tells the story of people crossing oceans to America, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand in search of freedom and prosperity. Broadway World calls the performance “a triumphant display of sight and sound, song and dance, woe and joy.”

The show is March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the art center’s Carpenter Hall. From DART’s North Lake College Station, take bus route 401 towards Downtown Irving Heritage Crossing Station. The Irving Arts Center is located at 3333 North MacArthur Blvd. Tickets are on sale now. Learn more at irvingartscenter.com.

Follow #DARTwithFinn to discover other DARTable adventures. Be sure to share how you’ll be celebrating Irish American Heritage Month.

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Thanks for Celebrating Black History Month With Us

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Thank you for joining us as we celebrated Black History Month!

Examining our past strengthens our present and progresses our future. We enjoyed highlighting the value of African Americans in our community and spotlighting their contributions to society and culture.

#DARTcelebratesheritage

 

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

This weekend on DART, you can get your Texas swagger on, relive some classic comedy sketches or take in a little art and literature with your kids. And, if you’re over 50 and an active type, there’s a whole series of Olympics-like games that kicks off this weekend. Read on to see where DART can take you.

Thurs., Feb. 28

2019 Dallas Senior Games kick off today with an opening ceremony and non-competitive 1K walk at the Fair Park Embarcadero Building. The celebration is themed “The Moment is Yours!” and you can get there by taking the Green Line to Fair Park Station. The games are tailor-made for those who are over 50 and fit – and they can be as competitive or as leisurely as you choose to make them. The DARTable, Olympics-style event continues through March 10, with specific events taking place at a variety of locations throughout Dallas. Most are DARTable, including Beckley Saner Recreation Center (Bus Route 522), Fretz Recreation Center (routes 402 and 403), Fair Oaks Tennis Center (Route 582), Harry Stone Recreation Center (Route 164), T Bar M Racquet Club (routes 36 and 486), and Greenhill School (Route 488). Check out the website for a schedule of events.

Friday, March 1

The Best of the Second City is in the middle of its three-night run, having opened Thursday; it continues through Saturday. The famous comedy troupe spawned some of the biggest names in comedy: Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Amy Poehler – the list goes on. The show features their most classic and beloved sketches. It’s playing the Eisemann Center. Get there by catching the Red Line to Galatyn Park Station. The venue is right across the plaza.

Saturday, March 2

TEXFest is a free event in Downtown Carrollton celebrating Texas Independence Day. Grab a local craft beer, tap your toe to live Texas music, check out a real longhorn and other Texas-themed attractions. And if you don’t have a Texas drawl, don’t worry – you will after a rollicking ride on a free mechanical bull. Break out your boots and your big belt buckle, and take the Green Line to Downtown Carrollton Station. The event happens from 3-9 p.m. on the square, a short walk south.

Free First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center presents child-friendly programming from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and free admission for all until 5 p.m. Make art with the guest artists, snap some pics in the photo booth, or take an art walk with a Nasher educator. The Nasher Sculpture Center is only about a five-minute walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines.

Sunday, March 3

Sundays Kids in the Cliff is a cool storytelling series for kids in Bishop Arts District. Every Sunday morning at The Wild Detectives, a 30-minute story time session becomes a portal of discovery. This week, the selected titles are breakfast-related, with titles from Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss and more. The weekly event begins at 11 a.m., and all ages are welcome. The Wild Detectives is about a five-minute walk from the Bishop Arts stop of the Dallas Streetcar, which is a fun way to get there. It departs from Union Station.

An Iliad at Undermain Theatre gets its last performance today. Starring Bruce DuBose and Paul Semrad, and directed by Katherine Owens, this modern retelling of the ancient classic is full of poetry, humor and, of course, tales of the Trojan War. The Undermain is a short walk from Baylor University Medical Center Station on the Green Line.

The Boyfriend also ends its run after today. The musical at The Firehouse Theatre pays comical homage to Rodgers and Hart shows. Set in the French Riviera during the Roaring Twenties, it’s a story replete with romance, dancing, and the lively, infectious music of the Jazz Age. The theater is across the street from Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line.

#YourRideThisWeekend

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In Pictures: DART’s Bus Divisions Celebrate Black History Month

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Our Black History Month celebration spreads agencywide. Check out scenes from celebrations events at DART’s Northwest and East Dallas Bus divisions.

Northwest Bus Division

East Dallas Bus Division

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Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts: A Legacy of Passionate Commitment

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Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts sits in the Dallas Arts District and connects to a past of providing education and advancement opportunities to some of Dallas’ earliest African American students.

Wall art popping with color, student mimes practicing their craft, ballet practices in session, alumni tours moving about the hallways – these are some of the things you may find on a given Monday afternoon at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

An 8-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station, the arts magnet sits on Flora Street as the only school in the Dallas Arts District. The school links to a past of providing education and advancement opportunities to some of Dallas’ earliest African American high school students while shaping future creative leaders.

History

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Photograph of John Wesley Ray, the first Principal of Colored School No. 1 in Dallas from 1888-1882. Source: J. Mason Brewer, ed., A History of the Dallas High School for Negroes (Friends of the Dallas Public Library, 1991).

The school’s origins trace back to the late 19th century when African American educator, John Wesley Ray came to Dallas and began setting up private schools for African American students in the area.

In 1888, Ray functioned as principal of Colored School No. 1, which produced Dallas’ first three African American high school graduates in the summer of 1892.

Later that summer, the Dallas Board of Education established the first official high school for African American students in Dallas that the city system recognized. The school was called Colored School No. 2, or Dallas Colored High School.

As time would have it, the school evolved. In 1922, the school took on the name Booker T. Washington High School and functioned as the only high school in Dallas for African Americans for 17 years.

After a period as a technical school that began in 1955, Booker T. Washington High School evolved into an arts magnet school in 1976, adding the words “for the Performing and Visual Arts” to its title. The change was in response to a court order on desegregation.

Passionate Commitment

“The school’s connection to Dallas’ history gives the community hope,” Fern Tresvan, Director of Artistic Programs at Booker T. Washington said. “It’s an example of hard work yielding something.”

On a Monday afternoon, about a couple hours past lunchtime, Bettye Morgan, Booker T. Washington Technical High School class of 1956, toured the current school with a local Dallas historian and a student guide. She mentioned that she enjoyed her music teacher and held a photo of her mother, who graduated from the school in 1936. In Morgan’s case, the school’s significance was both generational and historical.

Other notable alumni of the school include jazz saxophonists Keith Loftis, Broadway actress Alysha Deslorieux and multi-Grammy winning singer and songwriter Erykah Badu.

Jasmine Parrish, class of 2021 and a current sophomore at the high school, said the alumni who visit the school share their experiences and inspire the students to excel.  The young violinist rides DART to go home after school rehearsals.

“After a long day, it’s nice to hop on board, sit back, relax and people-watch,” Parrish said.

DART helps connect local cities to the school, Tresvan said.

“We see children get of DART to get to our school and we are grateful for that,” she said.

As with many schools, Booker T. Washington also prepares student to take on career paths that may not reflect an arts focus, Tresvan said.

Lance Jackson, class of 2019, aims to become a lawyer, and said the school has prepared him to work with people from different backgrounds. As the senior president of the school’s Black Student Union, Jackson lead the tour with Morgan and the historian that Monday. His favorite thing about the school is that it encourages a willingness to be creative.

Booker T. Washington serves as a platform for students to nurture and showcase their talents. By cultivating African American students’ creativity, the school fosters their contribution to the arts, Cedric Barrett, Dean of Operations at the school said.

“Examining its past, present and future, the school continues to form a legacy of building leaders for tomorrow while standing on the shoulders of past students,” he said.

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Source List

Susan K. Elliott Hamm, Fulfilling the Vision: Celebrating One Dallas Arts School’s Impact on the World (Fulfilling the Vision, Inc., 2017).

J. Mason Brewer, ed., A History of the Dallas High School for Negroes (Friends of the Dallas Public Library, 1991).

Dallas Public Library, African American Schools in Dallas Marion Butts Collection (https://dallaslibrary2.org/mbutts/assets/lessons/L6-schools/Marion%20Butts-%20African%20American%20Schools%20in%20Dallas(PPT).pdf), accessed February 26, 2019.

Dallas City Hall, Booker T. Washington High School Landmark Designation Report (http://dallascityhall.com/departments/sustainabledevelopment/historicpreservation/HP%20Documents/Landmark%20Structures/Booker%20T.%20Washington%20High%20School%20Landmark%20Designation%20Report.pdf), accessed February 26, 2019.

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Who’s Your Favorite Dallas Mavericks Player, and Why?


We enjoyed surprising our riders with tickets to see the Dallas Mavericks play at the American Airlines Center. Stay tuned and continue to ride DART for your chance to win.

#DART2Mavs

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What Do You Like About Riding DART to the Dallas Mavericks Game?

We enjoyed surprising our riders with tickets to see the Dallas Mavericks play Feb. 27 at the American Airlines Center. Stay tuned and continue to ride DART for your chance to win.

#DART2Mavs

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Save a Pot of Gold by Riding DART to the Airport this Spring Break!

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Just in time for spring vacation, Finn is taking DART to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW Airport). He’s making a quick trip to his homeland before all his DARTable adventures this March! Finn knows that DART is the most affordable and convenient way to both DFW and Love Field, without all the parking and traffic headaches. Here are a few pointers from Finn:

Orange Line to DFW Airport

Travelers can start their journey at any DART Rail station and reach DFW Airport Terminal A via the Orange Line. From DFW Airport Station, passengers connect to the other four terminals via the Terminal Link bus shuttles outside security or the SkyLink tram inside security.

Dallas Love Field

The Love Link 524 circulates between Dallas Love Field Airport and Inwood/Love Field Station. Featuring large red and yellow buses that accommodate plenty of passengers and luggage, they make for an easy connection. Improved signage at the rail station and airport, and a second bus stop near baggage claim, make riding the Love Link easier than ever.

Level Boarding

The center car of every DART Rail vehicle is a low-floor section that offers level boarding with the rail platform, making it easy to roll luggage or wheeled mobility devices on board. Also, all DART buses meet ADA requirements, offering wheelchair lifts or ramps to accommodate riders with disabilties.

Service Morning to Night

DART trains and buses operate daily from approximately 5 a.m. to midnight. DART Rail operates every 8-15 minutes during rush hours; every 20 minutes during the midday and on weekends; and every 30 minutes late at night. Service times and schedules vary on holidays.

GoPass ®

Whether traveling by rail, bus or both, DART’s free GoPass ® app is a great travel tool. Riders can purchase tickets on the app and learn when the next bus or train will arrive or leave from any station. The GoPass app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

Follow Finn

See where DART takes Finn all March long as he celebrates Irish-American heritage month, and follow the hashtag #DARTwithFinn.

For more information about DART airport service, please visit DART.org/airports, or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

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