DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science

There are lots of DARTable events this weekend to help you chase away the post-holiday blues.  Additionally, a whole clutch of long-running performances and exhibits end after this weekend. Skip to the Sunday listings to peruse those; all of them run the whole weekend long.

Friday, Sat. 4-Saturday, Jan. 19

Plano Metropolitan Ballet presents The Little Mermaid. It opens Friday in the Downtown Plano Arts District. The familiar and beloved story is told through the magic of dance. Join Ariel and the colorful characters under the sea at the Courtyard Theater, right across Haggard Park from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Saturday, Jan. 5

K3 Sisters Band are multi-instrumentalists with Texas roots. They’ve toured all over the country, and they’ll perform a matinee Friday at The Millhouse Pizzeria in Downtown Garland. The show starts at noon. That’s the perfect time to order a pie and enjoy the pop and indie stylings – with broad hints of Texas country, folk and Celtic – of the three musical sisters. The venue is a short walk from Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.

 

Sunday, Jan. 6

Believe it or not, each of the following exhibits and performances – six in all – enjoy their last day today. Hopefully, you’ve caught some of them. If not, get on board! DART will take you to any one of these events. Or two. Why not?

Ultimate Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a memorable experience for everyone in the family. The exhibit reveals a newly discovered breed of dinosaurs. Highlights include 15 dinosaur casts, more than a dozen prehistoric specimens, lifelike recreations of the dinosaurs in the flesh, touchable fossils, play spaces for kids and more. The Science Museum of Minnesota presents the groundbreaking spectacle, and Sunday is your last day to catch it. The Perot Museum is a few blocks north of either West End or Akard station. All four DART Rail lines go to both of them.

The Trains at NorthPark has delighted generations of Dallas families for decades. Where else can you see more than 750 model railcars running over nearly a third of a mile of elaborate tracks? Along the way, they pass spectacular sights such as the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, and the cityscapes of New York, San Francisco and Dallas. Get there today, or you’ll have to wait until next year. The exhibit benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. You can get to NorthPark Center by taking the NorthPark Center Shuttle (Route 702) from the Red Line’s Park Lane Station.

Skating Under the Stars is an outdoor ice rink located right outside of the StarCenter in Farmers Branch. The rink is open from noon until 10 p.m. Get there before the big thaw, because this is the event’s last day! The StarCenter is visible from Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line.

The Phantom of the Opera is a spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic. Expect exciting special effects along with the beloved story and thrilling score. Catch the last performance at the Music Hall at Fair Park, a very short walk from Fair Park Station.  

A Bronx Tale is the Broadway hit that’s bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from the same songwriter who gave us Beauty and the Beast. Take a trip to the 1960s Bronx, where a young man is torn between the father he loves and the mob boss he wants to be. The musical is at the Winspear Opera House, about a 9-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station on all four DART lines. Today’s matinee is the last performance.

Dali: Poetics of the Small, 1929-1936 at the Meadows Museum at SMU is the first in-depth showing of Salvador Dali’s small-scale works. You’ll still see his unmistakable style on display, and the exhibition examines the Surrealists’ potential sources of inspiration. The exhibit comes down after today. The Meadows Museum is accessible by the Museum Express (Route 743), which departs from Mockingbird Stations on the Red, Blue and Orange lines.

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

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What’s in store for 2019?


We’ve had a great 2018 here at DART, and we’re gearing up for a bigger and better 2019! We have a range of transit initiatives planned for 2019 to keep North Texas moving and make getting around the region more flexible and fluid. We’re excited to be advancing more than $2.5 billion in rail projects, extending platforms at 28 stations along the Red and Blue lines, introducing new features on our GoPass mobile ticketing app, along with other transit developments.

With so much going on, let’s take a closer look at what the new year has in store.

Cotton Belt

2019 will be an exciting year for the Cotton Belt project. The 26-mile Cotton Belt track will join 7 cities across North Texas and connect to the Orange, Green, and Red lines, as well as TEXRail. Design work is set to begin early in 2019 and is expected to take six to eight months to complete. Construction will follow soon afterward, starting with utility relocation and foundation work for bridges.

D2 Subway

Planning on the D2 Subway will continue through 2019. The D2 Subway will increase capacity through the busiest corridor of downtown Dallas and allow DART to redistribute its rail lines between two downtown rail corridors. Once complete, the D2 Subway will add much needed operational flexibility and allow more people to access all that the communities of Downtown Dallas have to offer.

Platform Extensions

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. Construction will begin in 2019 to raise and extend platforms at 28 stations across the Red and Blue lines. The completed project will allow us to operate three-car trains, helping us address the growing demand for DART’s rail system, reduce overcrowding during peak times and special events, and increase room for passengers, making for a more comfortable journey.

GoPass App

In late 2018, DART updated our GoPass mobile ticketing app, allowing fare-capping and a “cash-to-mobile” option. In 2019, the GoPass app will be integrated with other transportation modes, including car and ride-share, helping customers create and pay for a complete ride in a single app and making transit even more affordable. This is just one of the many ways DART is creating a seamless network of ways to get around North Texas, effectively and efficiently.

We’re looking forward to delivering these and other transit developments to the North Texas region in 2019. Stay tuned to DART Daily to keep up to date on everything that the new year will bring.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with free rides from DART and Coors Lite at several DARTable events in downown Dallas, including the Royalty NYE party at the Old Red Museum. Photo courtesy of RoyaltyNYE.com.

Christmas Day has come and gone, but holiday celebrations are far from over. New Year’s Eve is still ahead. And, there are several events in downtown Dallas that are convenient to DART Rail.

On New Year’s Eve, Freeze the Keys with a FREE NYE DART RideFrom 6 p.m. through the end of service New Year’s Eve, Coors Light and DART are delivering free rides on all buses, trains, paratransit services and the TRE between Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. No passes or coupons required!

There are other events to keep you entertained until then, and DART can get you there.

Through Jan. 6

Skating Under the Stars is just what the name implies – an outdoor ice rink that is open well into the evening. The rink is open 12 noon-10 p.m. seven days a week through Jan. 6 (except New Year’s Day). It’s all part of Christmas in the Branch, Farmers Branch’s holiday event that runs through Jan. 6. The rink is in front of the Dr Pepper StarCenter. While you’re there, stroll through the holiday lights at The Grove and Liberty Plaza, both in the same general area – a short walk from Famers Branch Station on the Green Line.

Saturday, Dec. 29- Sunday, Jan. 20

Clowning Around with Murder opens Dec. 29 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson and runs through Jan. 20. The play takes place in 1935 at the Fripson Clown College, where somebody has murdered the school’s founder. Enter Harry Hunsacker, world famous detective and aspiring actor, who must solve the case along with his assistant, Nigel Grouse. Pegasus Theatre’s production uses the theater company’s Living Black & White™ technique. The lighting is all in black, white and grey, mimicking an old black and white film. The venue is a few steps from the Red Line’s Galatyn Park Station.

Monday, Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve

The Royal Masquerade Ball is a stylish New Year’s Eve event with an open bar, full casino, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary champagne. There will be two rooms – one with a casino and another with hip-hop mashups and an open bar. The evening festivities take place at the West End Event Center, located about a quarter mile north of West End Station, which is served by all four DART lines.

Royalty NYE at the Old Red Museum in downtown Dallas is a masquerade with casino games, champagne and great views of the fireworks at Reunion Tower. Bravo TV calls it the sixth best New Year’s Eve party in the world. The Old Red Museum is located roughly halfway between West End Station and Union Station. West End Station is served by all four DART Rail lines, and Union Station is served by the Red and Blue line plus the Trinity Railway Express (TRE).

Korbel Presents the 4th Annual Triple Crown NYE at Union Station is a classic, grown-up New Year’s Eve experience, with eclectic music, a beautiful setting and a strictly enforced dress code. The celebration takes place at the historic Union Station, served directly by the Red and Blue lines and the TRE.

New Year’s Eve Black & White Party is The Statler’s inaugural New Year’s Eve event. A recreation of Truman Capote’s “Party of the Century” in 1966, the bash will have a live band, an open bar and dancing. The party takes place in the building’s historic ballroom. The Statler is a four-block walk south from St. Paul Station, which is served by all four DART Rail lines.

All the above New Year’s Eve events require tickets. Follow the links for more information.

Tues., Jan. 1

Day 1 Dallas is a free event providing hours of kid-friendly activities on New Year’s Day. Taking place in Centennial Hall at Fair Park from 3-7 p.m., the event features a variety of children’s activities. There will be arts and crafts, bounce houses, amusement rides, live reptiles, karaoke, LEGO® building and live entertainment. The grand finale is a firework show. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the fireworks happen at 7 p.m. The event is hosted by Vogel Alcove, an organization that helps young children overcome the effects of homelessness. Centennial Hall is located along the Esplanade, a very short walk from Fair Park Station on the Green Line.

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A DARTmas Story

 

Since it’s the holiday season
We thought there was no better reason
For the happy festivities to start
With what the community means to DART.

So, we decided to tell you a tale
Showing DART’s role beyond buses and rail
And now that it’s come to an end
Just a little more time we would spend

Recalling the stories we shared
And remembering the lessons we paired
To highlight the value of DART.
Let’s go all the way back to the start.

We started with the holiday treat
Of Miracle on Commerce Street
Where we told of economic prosperity
Which thanks to DART is certainly no rarity.

We moved onto collaboration
Which for DART is not just aspiration
We’re bringing North Texas together
All year long, no matter the weather.

Next How DART Saved North Texas was told
Where DART’s commitment to growth was extolled
How we’re increasing regional connections
And expanding transit in all directions.

Finally, we ended with an old-fashioned fable
Bringing DART – the Mobility Manager to the table
Telling of DART’s future and past
And building infrastructure to last.

Now to tie up any loose ends
As the holiday season descends
We wish you a very sincere
Merry DARTmas and Happy New Year!

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Photo Feature: Weekend Ready

Thanks Instagram user, @rbmoleno, for sharing this photo of a DART bus moving in Downtown Dallas.

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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.

#DART2Nasher

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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:

 

#DARTStuffaBus

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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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