DART: Your Ride This Weekend

It’s a four-day weekend for some, and family time for most. There are still some cool events to get you out of the house, and you can even do some artsy last-minute shopping. Forget the holiday traffic and take DART to these fun outings.

Thursday, Dec. 20

Deep Ellum Wine Walk happens every third Thursday, and this go-around it’s billed as a “Holiday Soiree.” As usual, the galleries and shops on Main Street will open their doors and top off your specially designed wine glass. Make your first stop Kettle Art Gallery to purchase the glass for $10. If you still have shopping to do, this just might save the day for you. You don’t even have to park, since Baylor University Medical Center Station on the Green Line is only about a quarter of a mile away. The artsy stroll happens from 6-9 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty is a major exhibition that closes today, so it’s your last chance to catch it at the African American Museum. With more than 300 artifacts from Thomas Jefferson’s famous plantation, it brings history to life. The exhibition was popular during its Smithsonian run in 2012, and now it has been updated. The African American Museum was the first venue to host the new content, which includes a feature on Sally Hemings. The museum is in Fair Park, near both MLK, Jr. and Fair Park station.

Saturday, Dec. 22

White Christmas, presented by CORP, gets its last performance today at the State Theater in Downtown Garland. The story follows two successful song-and-dance men, former soldiers in WWII, who are traveling to a Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. They meet a pair of singing sisters and pursue them romantically. Meanwhile, they try to save the bankrupt lodge, which, it turns out, is owned by their former commanding officer. The Plaza Theater is a short walk from Downtown Garland Station.

Saturday, Dec. 22, and Sunday, Dec. 23

12 Days of Holiday Beer is a jolly event for beer nerds, with local breweries each joining the Dallas Arboretum for a day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Val Late Garden. On Saturday, Texas Ale Project will be there; Sunday, you can check out the offerings of On Rotation. You’ll find lots of seasonal displays and holiday activities while you’re there. You can get to the Arboretum by taking Bus Route 60, which departs from Union Station and hits Fair Park Station along the way.

Sunday, Dec. 23

The Dallas Stars hit the ice at 7 p.m. to take on the New York Islanders, who are currently 17 and 12. Get to American Airlines Center the easy way – by taking the Orange or Green line to Victory Station. When it’s time to leave, hopefully the station name will prove appropriate.

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December Issue: Capital Planning Projects Periodical

The Deal on D2

The project development process for the  D2 Subway is underway and will take approximately 18 months – through early 2020. One important aspect of this process involves station planning. Station planning is necessary to ensure that DART meets the many guidelines and requirements that govern station design. These requirements will inform station design in the following ways:

  • Underground stations are being designed to provide easily navigated connections between platforms and passageways to the street. This will make it easier for people to find their way and will minimize security concerns.
  • Station platforms and passenger passageways are being designed to be climate-controlled.
  • Stations will incorporate the latest in technology and sustainable initiatives to ensure they are as accessible, convenient, safe, and comfortable as possible.

For more information on the progress toward the D2 Subway, check out www.DART.org/D2.

What’s Crackin’ On the Cotton Belt

Construction on the Cotton Belt is set to begin in 2019. Concerned about noise once the Cotton Belt is up and running? Fear not! Noise mitigation techniques will be implemented to mitigate noise at the source and along the source-to-receiver propagation path. Some of the techniques to be used to reduce noise include:

  • Rail vehicle treatments
  • Track treatments
  • Enhanced maintenance
  • Noise barriers
  • Acoustic shrouds or lower volume on crossing bells
  • Quiet zones at crossings in residential areas

Looking for more information? Check out our DART Daily series on the Cotton Belt Behind the Tracks. You can also see and read the Final Environmental Impact Statement at select libraries and at www.DART.org/CottonBelt.

New Mobility Mentions

Have you been enjoying our series on Raising the Bar: Platform Extensions? If so, you’ll be as excited as we were to learn that on November 28, 2018, the U.S. Department of Transportation granted an additional $2 million to DART’s Red and Blue Line Platform Extensions project. This brings the total amount of Capital Investment Grants awarded to this project to $60.76 million. This funding will help us to raise and extend platforms at 28 stations along the Red and Blue lines to get the DART rail network ready for three-car trains.

The DART Download

It’s the most wonderful time of year, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy all the season’s offerings. Join in on the celebrations and follow along on Facebook and Twitter as DART shares it’s festive tale, A DARTmas Story. Then check out these events to get you in the holiday spirit – and DART can get you there!

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Win A Family Pack to The Nasher Sculpture Center

Grab the family and DART to fun at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Ride any line to St. Paul Station and the museum sits a short walk way.

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.

We’ve extended the contest. Winner chosen by 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20.

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In Pictures: Stuff a Bus 2018

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Thanks for attending DART’s Stuff a Bus event at Mockingbird Station and donating adult socks, blankets, canned food and unwrapped toys to help North Texas families in need.

DART collected 500 blankets and 500 pairs of socks for the nursing homes and received an abundance of toys and canned goods.

Here are a few scenes from event:

 

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

There’s a diverse offering of events this weekend: a farewell performance by a pop giant, the screening of a campy goth classic, theater performances and even a chance to sample local craft brews.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15

Elton John takes the stage at American Airlines Center for two nights, in what he is calling his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour. You can expect plenty of classics from the Rocket Man’s deep trove of hits spanning decades. Get to the AAC by taking the Green Line to Victory Station. Tickets for both nights were still available at press time.

Friday through Sunday, Dec. 14-16

Dashing through the Snow is Garland Civic Theater’s colorful, comedic take on Christmas at the Snowflake Inn in fictitious Tinsel, Texas. Join the parade of lively characters at Granville Arts Center, right next to the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station. The Sunday matinee on Dec. 16 is the play’s final performance.

Friday, Dec. 14

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was a rite of passage if you attended high school in the late ’70s or early ’80s, and it remains a classic. You can spend the evening with Brad, Janet, Dr. Frank N. Furter and the rest at Angelika Film Center Dallas, at Mockingbird Station on the Red, Blue and Orange lines. It’s part of the theater’s fun 80s Rewind series.

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16

12 Days of Holiday Beer is an event at the Dallas Arboretum featuring a dozen breweries, each of which sets up shop from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for a day. On Saturday, Community Beer Company will be there with their popular roster of beers. Pegasus City Brewery, known for creatively named concoctions such as Nine Volt and Cannoneer, will be the featured brewer on Sunday. There’s a whole bunch of other holiday stuff going on at the Arboretum, too. You can get there by taking Bus Route 60 and getting off at Garland Road and Lakeland Drive. Catch the bus at Union Station, served by the Red and Blue lines, or Fair Park Station on the Green Line.

Sunday, Dec. 16

The Great Distance Home gets its last performance at b2 p.m. today at the WaterTower Theatre. The play tells the story – nearly wordlessly – of a boy with a fertile imagination who sets out on a journey of discovery. The theatre is a short walk from Addison Transit Center, served by numerous bus routes.

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

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Freeze the Keys on New Year’s Eve with Coors Light Free Rides

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Coors Light and DART encourage you to “freeze the keys” on New Year’s Eve and ride DART instead. Thanks to this partnership, now in its fourth year, Coors Light Free Rides® will be available on all DART buses, trains, Paratransit Services and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) between Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station on Monday, Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. until end of service. Starting at 6 p.m., customers do not need passes to ride. Celebrate the new year responsibly with a FREE DART ride — and get home safely!

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Artifact Feature: Portrait of Isaac Granger Jefferson

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Isaac Granger Jefferson (1775-c. 1850) was an enslaved tinsmith and blacksmith at Monticello.

Hop on board and DART to the “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” exhibit at the African American Museum through Dec. 31 and explore artifacts highlighting the issue of slavery and the lives of enslaved families and their descendants.

The African American Museum stays open Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Go to visitdallas.com. to buy your tickets and learn more about the “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” exhibit.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

With Christmas approaching and the weather getting chilly, it’s hardly surprising that the weekend has lots of holiday events in store. There are also some cool museum exhibits. And, if you throw Monday into the mix, you can take a fun, holiday-themed trolley ride through the heart of Dallas.

All Weekend

Ultimate Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a must-see exhibition entering the last month of its run. Did you know a whole new breed of dinosaurs has been discovered? Discover them for yourself with 15 casts, more than a dozen prehistoric specimens, lifelike recreations, touchable fossils and more.

While you’re there, head over to the Gems and Minerals Hall to check out Illuminate, an amazing exhibit exploring the stunning colors of minerals. See your friends and family lit up by a giant kaleidoscope. Check out the illuminated T. rex in the Life Then and Now Hall. Any DART Rail line will get you to Akard or West End stations. The Perot Museum is a short walk from either.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty is another fascinating exhibit you have a limited time left to catch. The African American Museum displays 300 artifacts, works of art and documents from Jefferson’s plantation. Since its popular run at the Smithsonian in 2012, the program has been updated with new content. The African American Museum is the first to show it. Take the Green Line to Fair Park Station to see it for yourself.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Santa on the Square is a yearly event in Historic Downtown Carrollton featuring a “Kids’ Santa Dash,” which lets little ones chase Santa through the streets. (Parents can participate, too; you can even bring along your stroller or wagon.) You’ll get a chance to take photos with Santa after the run. There will even be a live reindeer! You also can whittle your shopping list down to size at the surrounding shops and boutiques. The event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Downtown Carrollton Square, a short walk from the Green Line’s Downtown Carrollton Station.

CityLine Merry Market & Festival puts you in the holiday spirit with 25 local artists and vendors. From 12-7 p.m. in the plaza, there will be live music, hot cocoa and cookies, kids’ activities and an outdoor artisan market. You’ll also get discounts and special offers at participating stores and restaurants. Take the Red Line to CityLine/Bush Station.

Hometown Celebration Holiday Parade sees the Village of Rowlett Downtown come to life with music, dance and festive floats. The event is from 5-8 p.m. If you can’t make it, stop by between now and Dec. 15 for “Shop Small Through the Holidays.” Main Street boutiques are hosting local pop-up shops selling handmade goods and sustainably sourced items. The Village of Downtown Rowlett is a very short walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Rowlett Station.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Bishop Arts District’s Poinsettia Walk shows off the historic neighborhood’s creative flair with awesome lights lining the streets; usually there are some surprises in store. A poinsettia in this case is champagne with cranberry juice. Participating stores provide the beverage, and the Dallas Streetcar puts you a few blocks from the merrymaking. Get off at the Bishop Arts stop.

The Nutcracker gets its last performance today by the Dallas Ballet Company. The show features guest artists from the New York City Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet. The matinee is at 2 p.m. at the Granville Arts Center in Garland – right next to the Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.

Monday, Dec. 10

The M-Line Trolley Holiday Express takes you on a vintage trolley through the heart of Uptown Dallas and into the Arts District. There’s holiday music, as well as hot chocolate and cookies, to go along with the neighborhood’s holiday lights. Kids can participate in a scavenger hunt and receive a small holiday gift. The ride starts and ends at Cityplace/Uptown Station, on the Red, Blue and Orange lines. Check out the M-Line’s website for times and ticket info.

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Raising the Bar: Platform Extensions – Getting ready for three-car trains


DART will be raising and extending the platforms of 28 stations along the Red and Blue lines. But what does that actually involve? In Part Two of our series Raising the Bar: Platform Extensions, we will be looking at the specific work that will be done to get DART’s light rail system ready for three-car trains.

What work is being done?

Construction is being done at both aerial and at-grade stations along the Red and Blue lines. The work has two phases: phase one involves raising platforms, and phase two involves extending the raised platforms.

Phase One: Raise

The first part of the project raises platforms at aerial, at-grade and below grade stations by 7.5 inches so the entire platform is able to accommodate level boarding. The new platforms will measure 15.5 inches from the top of the rail to the top of the warning strip. Other features of the platform, like windscreens, tree grates, and light poles will also be raised. Aerial stations will need a little more work to raise standpipes, water valve boxes, stairways, and elevator landings.

Phase Two: Extend

Once platforms are level, work can begin on extending the now-raised platforms. This work is only required for at-grade and below-grade stations because aerial stations are already long enough to support three-car trains. Once the extension work is complete, platforms at these stations will be 450 feet long, made up of:

  • a 385 foot minimum boarding area
  • a 27.5 foot end-ramp on one end
  • a 16.5 foot end-ramp on the other end
  • a 10 foot crossing at each end

What’s next?

Now that you know what work is being done, look out for Part Three of this series, where we will discuss how platform extensions will be of value to commuters and non-commuters alike.

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Tell Us What You Like About Riding the TRE for a Chance to Win

What’s wild, rowdy and as big as Texas? Your chance of winning three tickets to western shows in Fort Worth.

Celebrate 100 years of indoor rodeo and ride the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to the Stockyards Championship Rodeo, every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., or the Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show, every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., at the Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth.

Ride the Trinity Railway Express to Fort Worth to visit the Cowtown Coliseum.

We have three tickets good for one-time admission to either show, which run through December 31, 2018.

Tell us in the comment section below why you enjoy riding the TRE for your chance to win the three tickets.

Winner chosen this Thursday by 10 a.m.

#TRE2FortWorth

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