DART’s Independence Day Schedule

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Have a happy and safe Independence Day!

As you make your holiday plans, remember that DART will operate on the following holiday schedule on Wednesday, July 4:

  • Bus, light rail and Dallas Streetcar services will follow a Sunday schedule.
  • Trinity Railway Express trains will not operate.
  • Administrative offices, DART Store, Customer Care, and Lost & Found will be closed.
  • Customer Information will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Mobility Management’s Paratransit Services will operate on a Saturday schedule Wednesday, July 4. X-Press Booking, Web Trip Booking and Voice Mail Booking are available, but the Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. Customers may call the center Monday, July 2, to book their trips through Wednesday, July 4, and Tuesday, July 3, to book their trips through Friday, July 6.

For more route and schedule information, call DART’s Customer Information Center at 214-979-1111 or visit DART.org or trinityrailwayexpress.org.

And, if you want to explore DARTable Independence Day celebrations, visit DART.org/fireworks.

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DART to Fireworks!

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Fourth of July is here, with a bang! North Texans have lots of DARTable options. Here are a few:

July 3

Addison Kaboom Town is one of the top fireworks displays in the country. There will be an air display at 7:15 p.m. Fireworks follow at 9:30 p.m. at Addison Circle Park, near Addison Transit Center. Buses serving the transit center will be rerouted near the event.

The Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration is a spectacular fireworks show in a festival-like setting. It begins at 6:30 p.m. in Farmers Branch Historical Park, a short walk from the Green Line’s Farmers Branch Station.

The Plano Community Band’s Patriotic Pops Concert is a yearly tradition at 7 p.m. in Haggard Park, right next to Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Celebrate freedom at Red, White and Boom on the Bridge by the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The free event begins at 6 p.m. You can get there on Bus Routes 52 and 59, both departing from Rosa Parks Plaza, near West End Station.

July 4

Note: Bus, DART Rail and Dallas Streetcar services will follow a Sunday schedule on July 4. The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will not operate.

Get an early jump on Fourth fun at Rowlett Freedom 5K on Main. Walk or run along Main Street, near Downtown Rowlett Station on the Blue Line, at 7 a.m.

Star Spangled Spectacular offers family fun in Garland’s Firewheel Town Center from 4-9 p.m. You can get there by taking the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station, then catching Bus Route 513.

Irving’s Independence Fireworks Show lights up the shores of Lake Carolyn. Celebrate between 6-10 p.m. near Las Colinas Urban Center Station on the Orange Line.

Rowlett Fireworks on Main features great music and an amazing fireworks display. The festivities happen 6-10 p.m. at Pecan Grove Park, about a mile from the Blue Line’s Downtown Rowlett Station.

Fair Park Fourth is a day of family fun and fireworks at Fair Park. Get there by taking the Green Line to Fair Park or MLK Jr. stations.

 

 

 

 

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Photo Feature: Night Vibes

Thank you Instagram user @fluxmediaproductions for sharing this night shot of a DART train passing through downtown.

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Your Capital Planning Projects Periodical

We know that there is a lot going on at DART and in North Texas, that’s why we’re bringing you a Capital Planning Projects Periodical.  Each month, we’ll post an update about the status of some of our biggest projects. Stay tuned to learn what’s in the works for DART’s Capital Planning Projects.

What’s Crackin’ On the Cotton Belt

North Texas will soon be home to a state-of-the-art, regional rail line that will laterally connect our region: the Cotton Belt. This 26-mile rail line will integrate into communities along the corridor to make the entire DART system more reliable, safer, and efficient for the future. Want a deeper dive on the Cotton Belt? Check out our Behind the Tracks series. Here’s the latest of what you need to know about the Cotton Belt:

  • DART is wrapping up the Cotton Belt’s Environmental Impact Statement or EIS. This research will help DART create a plan to mitigate any disruptions the Cotton Belt may cause to the North Texas region.
  • Have questions? Email [email protected] to voice concerns or ask questions about the Cotton Belt.

The Deal on D2

Dallas’s second rail alignment, also known as the D2 Subway, will serve a critical purpose of relieving the pressure on the existing four light rail lines that all run on the same downtown tracks. This subway will allow North Texans to move more efficiently around our region and allow the DART system to continue to provide reliable transportation. Want to know more about how the D2 Subway will work? Check out our Anatomy of a Subway series to learn more about North Texas’s first underground rail line.

  • DART received the City Council’s approval and shortly thereafter the DART Board’s approval of the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) in September 2017.
  • Although DART did not receive funding from the FTA, DART is currently reviewing potential funding sources to keep development of the D2 Subway on track.
  • DART will be holding public meetings about the D2 subway in September.
  • Have a D2 question? Shoot a note to this email [email protected] and stay tuned for updates by subscribing

New Mobility Mentions

DART has exciting clean news about our bus fleet! In July, we are saying goodbye to our last diesel bus and hello to a more environmentally friendly fleet. This low-emission transit fleet will not only improve service, but also reduce our carbon footprint on North Texas.

The DART Download

Summer has arrived in North Texas, but DART is not going on vacation. We’re your mobility manager, getting you where you need to go. Here’s some general news about what’s coming up in the region over the summer months.

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Sneak Peek: A Q&A with Composer Quinn Mason

Fine Arts Chamber Players’ free 2018 Basically Beethoven Festival begins Sunday, July 1, at 2:30 p.m. DART to the concert at Moody Performance Hall to hear the world premiere of composer Quinn Mason’s String Quartet No. 5.

Fine Arts Chamber Players talked with Mason about his history, interests and composing process. Here’s a sneak peek of the interview:

Q: Who’s your favorite composer to listen to?  

A: Igor Stravinsky is my favorite of all time. It used to be Tchaikovsky, but once I heard “Rite of Spring,” I thought – this is my man. The reason why I like Stravinsky so much is because he experimented with different styles, but he always sounds like himself at the same time. That’s unique and inspiring.

Q: What type of music did you listen to as a kid, and what do you listen to now?  

A: My mom brought me up on ’80s and ’90s music, mostly R&B and hip-hop. So, classical music was something I had to seek out on my own through the radio. I still listen to classical music, but I’ve recently gotten into salsa music and Latin music, in general.

For the full Q&A, visit fineartschamberplayers.org.

The 38th Annual Basically Beethoven Festival showcases family-friendly classical music concerts every Sunday in July. Learn more about the festival at: fineartschamberplayers.org.

DART to Pearl/Arts District Station or catch D-Link (Route 722) to San Jacinto and Pearl streets to visit Moody Performance Hall. The hall, in the Dallas Arts District, sits a short walk away.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

There are some cool events this weekend. You can also check out a film festival, some imaginative children’s playhouses, a pair of free outdoor events, and more. All DARTable, of course. Where are you going on DART this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

Friday, June 29

Parade of Playhouses opens Friday and runs through July 15. The exhibition at NorthPark Center showcases children’s playhouses designed by architects. You can even win one if you purchase a raffle ticket! Take the Red Line to Park Lane Station, and then hop the NorthPark Center Shuttle (Bus Route 702).

Friday, June 29–Tuesday, July 3

Talented African filmmakers will be at The African Film Festival. The festival screens African independent films that explore the continent’s culture and geography. There will also be acting workshops, a symposium and an awards show.

Events Friday through Sunday will be at the African American Museum, a short walk from Fair Park Station on the Green Line. On Monday, events will take place at Dallas Hall on the SMU campus, accessible by SMU Express (Route 768) or Museum Express (Route 743). They both depart from Mockingbird Station.

The festival moves to Moody Performance Hall on Tuesday. Get there by taking a short walk from Pearl/Arts District Station or catching the D-Link (Route 722).

Saturday, June 30

Plano’s Movies in the Park has got a family-friendly favorite lined up: “LEGO Ninjago.” You’re encouraged to come in costume, and food trucks will be on site. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. The film rolls at 6:30 p.m. in Haggard Park, next to Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Garland’s Sounds of Summer Concert Series is another fun, free day outdoors. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., food and craft vendors will line the downtown square. At 7:30 p.m., Mars Hill Band – a high-energy cover band – will take the stage, and there will be fireworks at sundown. The square is a short stroll from Downtown Garland Station.

Sunday, July 1

A little chamber music makes for a peaceful Sunday. The Basically Beethoven Festival, presented by Fine Arts Chamber Players is free at 2:30 p.m. every Sunday in July. This week features an eclectic program: Ravel, Haydn, Beethoven, and more. The concerts are at the Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District, a short walk from Pearl/Arts District Station. Or you can catch the D-Link (Route 722) to San Jacinto and Pearl streets, then walk a few blocks.

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In Pictures: DART’s June Safety Blitz

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Thanks for joining us during our safety blitz this morning! We enjoyed meeting our riders and sharing tips on how you can enjoy a safer commute.

Check out a few scenes from the event:

Remember, actions speak volumes when it comes to having a safe trip. Continue to follow these safety rules to show you respect your ride and the ride of fellow commuters:

  1. Look up, stay alert – phones can be distracting.
  2. Remove an earbud or turn down the volume. Headphones can keep you from hearing approaching vehicles.
  3. Look both ways, cross only at designated crosswalks. Trains and buses cannot stop on a dime!
  4. Stand back from buses and trains at stations and stops. Be especially careful as vehicles arrive or depart.
  5. Wait for people to exit DART vehicles before you try to board. People off before people on.
  6. Watch your step as you get on and off DART vehicles. Always pay attention to the gap between the station platform and the train door.
  7. Keep the doors clear on DART vehicles and do not sit or stand on stairwells.
  8. Take a seat or hold on tight when you board. DART vehicles may stop abruptly.
  9. Yield to trains and buses. They weigh more, so you never win in an accident.
  10. Keep away from railroad tracks — never walk, ride, jog or hang out on or near them.
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Respect the Ride: Cross at Crosswalks

There’s just one day left until our safety blitz. Join us tomorrow from the Blue Line at Illinois Station to the Red Line at Parker Road Station from 7-9 a.m. as we share tips on how you can enjoy a safe ride.

Show you respect the ride by obeying the following 10 safety tips:

  1. Look up, stay alert – phones can be distracting.
  2. Remove an earbud or turn down the volume. Headphones can keep you from hearing approaching vehicles.
  3. Look both ways, cross only at designated crosswalks. Trains and buses cannot stop on a dime!
  4. Stand back from buses and trains at stations and stops. Be especially careful as vehicles arrive or depart.
  5. Wait for people to exit DART vehicles before you try to board. People off before people on.
  6. Watch your step as you get on and off DART vehicles. Always pay attention to the gap between the station platform and the train door.
  7. Keep the doors clear on DART vehicles and do not sit or stand on stairwells.
  8. Take a seat or hold on tight when you board. DART vehicles may stop abruptly.
  9. Yield to trains and buses. They weigh more, so you never win in an accident.
  10. Keep away from railroad tracks — never walk, ride, jog or hang out on or near them.
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Respect the Ride: Keep Your Volume Low

Remember, our safety blitz takes place Tuesday, June 26, from 7-9 a.m.

From the Blue Line at Illinois Station to the Red Line at Parker Road Station, DART employees will be out and about sharing tips on how you can enjoy a safe ride.

Show you respect the ride by obeying the following 10 safety tips:

  1. Look up, stay alert – phones can be distracting.
  2. Remove an earbud or turn down the volume. Headphones can keep you from hearing approaching vehicles.
  3. Look both ways, cross only at designated crosswalks. Trains and buses cannot stop on a dime!
  4. Stand back from buses and trains at stations and stops. Be especially careful as vehicles arrive or depart.
  5. Wait for people to exit DART vehicles before you try to board. People off before people on.
  6. Watch your step as you get on and off DART vehicles. Always pay attention to the gap between the station platform and the train door.
  7. Keep the doors clear on DART vehicles and do not sit or stand on stairwells.
  8. Take a seat or hold on tight when you board. DART vehicles may stop abruptly.
  9. Yield to trains and buses. They weigh more, so you never win in an accident.
  10. Keep away from railroad tracks — never walk, ride, jog or hang out on or near them.
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Dallas Love Field Displays DART Student Art Contest Pieces

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Trains in outer space! Hot-air balloons carrying buses! Aliens in downtown Dallas!

There’s about a week left to view scenes like these at Dallas Love Field, which is displaying the winning artworks from DART’s 2018 Student Art Contest through the end of June.

Glass display cases between security and baggage claim showcase 100 original pieces of artwork from K-12 students from throughout North Texas. Students artistically captured the 2018 theme, “Oh, the Places DART Goes,” and the artwork reflects the artists’ perspective on DART.

Doreen Chen, a 10th grader from Jasper High School in Plano ISD, won the “Best of Show” award in the competition. In addition to a $1,000 cash prize, Chen received the honor of seeing her artwork on the exterior of select DART buses.

The Love Field exhibit will have run for six weeks, and the airport estimates about 450,000 visitors will pass by the display.

DART next will showcase select artworks in the lobby of the Courtyard Theater, near Downtown Plano Station. The exhibit runs July 9-Aug. 6 and the lobby is free to visit.

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