Help DART ‘Stuff a Bus’ with Donations

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DART’s “Stuff a Bus” event supports North Texans by providing socks and blankets to area nursing facilities – as well as unwrapped toys and canned food for children and families in need. But it’s not just DART that contributes to this yearly drive. You, our riders, are the biggest part of it.

On Dec. 14, we encourage you to drop off your donations from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mockingbird Station. There, you’ll find a hard-to-miss, 40-foot-long “Stuff a Bus” in the parking lot. The goal: to fill the bus with donations.

KKDA “K-104” and KRNB “Smooth R&B 105.7” are DART’s partners in the event, and both will broadcast their morning shows live from Mockingbird Station. Santa Claus also will be there.

DART police officers and bus operators created and oversee the drive, which combines two efforts: Santa Cops and Comforting of the Souls, sponsored by the two groups respectively.

Last year, DART Police helped nearly 100 families (this year, their goal is 200). DART bus operations provided 2,000 pairs of socks and 850 blankets to 27 nursing facilities.

Mockingbird Station is at 5465 E. Mockingbird Lane, near the intersection of North Central Expressway. It’s served by DART Rail’s Red, Blue and Orange lines. We hope to see you there!

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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The weekend is bursting with DARTable events that cater to your mind, body and soul. Plays and exhibits, live dance battles, an artsy marketplace and a yoga festival will make you a well-rounded person.

Friday, Nov. 9

The Urban Movement Festival brings the culture of the hip-hop movement – with underground 2-VS-2 Dance Battles and Dance Team showcases – to Plano’s McCall Plaza. The festival is an all-ages event with some great local talent, including The Alliance, Ftroop Boys and Happy Meal. Dance contests and vendors add to the fun at this free festival happening from 5-9 p.m. McCall Plaza is a block south of the Red Line’s Downtown Plano Station.

The Lady from the Sea is a classic in its first weekend at Undermain Theater. Written by the great Henrik Ibsen, the play is about a lighthouse-keeper’s daughter. She’s trapped on an island, trapped in her marriage, and yearning for escape on the high seas. Wouldn’t you know it? Along comes an attractive stranger who happens to be a seafaring sort. Will she give in to convention, or to temptation? The Undermain is a short walk from Baylor University Medical Center Station on the Green Line.

Saturday, Nov. 10

The Urban Flea is a great way to enjoy the awesome fall weather forecast for Saturday. The market in Downtown Garland is full of stylish vintage finds, handmade items and artfully repurposed bric-a-brac. Enjoy live music and soak up the cool “Mom & Pop” atmosphere of Downtown Garland – a short stroll from (you guessed it) Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cosmic Yogi Festival helps you get your “om” on with tons of yoga and meditation classes –  plus gongs, drum circles and vendors. And it wouldn’t be as cosmic without a vegan food truck. The festival is open to everyone from beginners (including kids) to advanced practitioners of the ancient Indian art. The indoor-outdoor festival happens at the Addison Conference & Theatre Centre, a short walk from Addison Transit Center. Bus Route 534 will take you right there.

All Weekend

Ultimate Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science unveils a whole new breed of dinosaur. (Well, newly discovered.) Highlights include 15 casts, more than a dozen prehistoric specimens, lifelike recreations and touchable fossils. It truly is the ultimate in dinosaur exhibits. Take any DART Rail line to Akard or West End station and the Perot Museum is a short walk from either.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty is a major exhibition at the African American Museum. With more than 300 artifacts, works of art and documents unearthed at Jefferson’s famous plantation, it brings history to life. The acclaimed exhibition was popular during its Smithsonian run in 2012 – and since then, it’s 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 the exhibit.

Where are you going this weekend on DART? Send us a selfie of you and your friends en route, and we may make you world-famous by posting it here on the blog.

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Your Holiday Travel Guide

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DART is your ride to friends and family this holiday season. Whether they’re near or far, we’re here to ensure your trips during the holidays are as simple as an autumn breeze, winter flurries, well wishes, family dinners or sparkling lights in the night sky.

Ride the Orange Line to DFW Airport

Start you travels at any DART light rail station to transfer to the Orange Line toward Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The Orange Line takes you straight to DFW Airport Station at the airport’s Terminal A. From there, you can connect to the airport’s other four terminals via the terminal bus shuttles outside of security or the SkyLink tram inside security. 

Link to Love on Love Link 524

We’re linking you to those you love with Love Link 524. The bus connects you to Dallas Love Field and circulates between the airport and Inwood/Love Field Station.

Signage at the rail station and airport and a second bus stop near baggage claim, makes riding Love Link easy.  Follow signs toward lower level ground transportation to get to the bus stop.

Interact at Dallas Love Field

If you’ll be flying into Dallas Love Field, you can plan ground travel before leaving the airport with a touchscreen kiosk. The interactive kiosk gives route information that users can easily read and understand.

The kiosk also offers trip-planning tools that include travel directions for public transportation, cars, bicycling and walking. The kiosks’ texting and email options allow you to easily transfer trip information to your mobile device.

Enjoy Level Boarding

Did you know the center car of every DART Rail vehicle offers a low-floor section for level boarding with the rail platform? These sections are perfect for bringing luggage with wheels, strollers and wheelchairs on board.

DART buses also have low-floor sections and ramps that make it easy to board. 

Supercharge Your Travel with GoPass®

The newest version of DART’s GoPass app connects you to the people and places you want to visit this season.

The app enhances your travel with cash-to-mobile capabilities, real-time trip planning, security options and events and offers.

Load cash onto your GoPass Wallet in the app and use it to buy tickets on DART, the Trinity Railway Express, the Trinity Metro and the Denton County Transportation Authority.

Download or update the new version of GoPass for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

You can find more information about the app at GoPass.org.

Know Your Fare

DART’s new fare structure and ticketing options arrived August 18, and features like fare capping can help you get the best deal with every ride this holiday season.

When you buy your transit passes with the GoPass app or register your GoPass Tap card for use, you get more rides for your money.

Learn more about DART’s fares at  DART.org/fares.

 

For more information about how DART can connect you to friends and family this holiday season, visit DART.org. And, for a list of fun events to attend during the holidays visit our Rider Insider online.

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DART Free to the Polls This Election Day

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Happy Election Day! Voters showing a valid voter registration ID card can ride DART free to and from their polling locations until 8 p.m. today.

This is a long-standing tradition by DART to help make it easier for people to get to the polls. On election day riders can ride DART bus, light rail, Paratransit, or Trinity Railway Express commuter rail between CentrePort/DFW Airport station and Union Station, by showing a valid voter registration card.

Additional details about DART services are available at DART.org or by calling Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

More info about riding DART free to vote at DART.org

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Reminder: Construction to Disrupt Orange Line Service Saturday, Nov. 3

IMG_9239Headed to and from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport or just planning to ride the Orange Line this Saturday?

Remember, construction on the Irving Signature Bridge project will disrupt your Orange Line route Saturday and you should allow for extra travel time.

You can still move around. Buses will replace train service between Bachman and University of Dallas stations.

Orange Line service will go back to normal with the first morning trip on Sunday, Nov. 4.

For more rider alerts, sign up for My DART Updates or follow us on Twitter at @DARTAlerts.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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Antonin Fourneau: Waterlight Graffiti, PRELUDE 2016. Photo via dallasaurora.com 

It’s a weekend full of big events, with a huge festival, a one-of-a-kind bike ride and a creative multimedia event all taking place Saturday. There’s other DARTable stuff going on, too. Ride DART to these great happenings.

Friday, Nov. 2

Scarecrows on Main is a series of family-friendly scarecrows lining the main drag of the Village of Rowlett Downtown. Enjoy the autumn weather and check out the area – not only are there creative scarecrows, there are shops and restaurants along the 3800-4200 block of Main Street. But if you want to see the scarecrows, now’s the time. They’ll be taken down after Saturday.  The Village of Rowlett Downtown is a short walk from Downtown Rowlett Station on the Blue Line.

Saturday, Nov. 3

AURORA is a spectacular exhibition exploring the possibilities of light, video and sound art. This year’s theme, “Future World,” invites artists and visitors to imagine a series of possible futures. The thought-provoking event will engage your creativity as it challenges you to actively participate in the creation of our world’s future. The event takes place from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. in downtown Dallas. The focal point of the exhibition is Dallas City Hall, which is a 10-minute walk from Union Station. You can get there on the Red or Blue Line or the Trinity Railway Express (TRE).

Dallas Bike Ride pulls off a spectacle in its own right: Dallas without any motor vehicles. Along the cycling route, anyway, you can enjoy our fair city by bike, without a car in sight. The fun, neighborly ride welcomes cyclists of all ages and abilities. You can choose from a 20-mile or an 11-mile route, each of which has beautiful views of the skyline. And remember, bikes are welcome on all DART trains and buses! The ride starts and finishes at City Hall Plaza, about a half-mile from Union Station. In fact, it’s pretty close by bike from just about any downtown DART Rail Station. The event begins at 8 a.m.

Festival at the Switchyard is an all-day event, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy children’s entertainment, food vendors, face painting, balloon art, free arts and crafts, rides and games, a beer garden – and music, of course, including Vertical Horizon, Tonic and headliners Stone Temple Pilots. Believe it or not, the event is absolutely free. The Green Line drops you off right at the Downtown Carrollton Station, steps from all the fun.

Vintage Baseball Game is a chance to see how baseball the way they played it in the old days – as in the 1860s. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a casual, old-fashioned game of ball at Farmers Branch Historical Park, about a 7-minute walk from the Green Line’s Farmers Branch Station. See baseball the way your grandpa’s grandpa saw it! First pitch is at noon.

Target First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center presents child-friendly programming from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and free admission for all until 5 p.m. Each month, you and your family focus on a Big Idea that you explore through a hands-on craft, a take-home activity and a scavenger hunt. There are also storytellers from the Dallas Public Library, a NasherKids Live! Performance and more. This month’s Big Idea is “Expression,” and the related art project is “Alter Egos.” The Nasher is a 5-minute walk from St. Paul Station, served by all four DART Rail lines.

Sunday, Nov. 4

Elwood enters the second weekend of its run at the Ochre House; it will go on through Nov. 17. The original play tells the tale of a recluse who lives in the piney woods outside Canton, Georgia. He finds himself in charge of a baby named Elvis, which leads to numerous complications and changes. This musical comedy has lots of spectacle, dance and music. The theater is only about half a block from the Green Line’s Deep Ellum Station.

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High Five for North Texas

DART is proud to offer multi-modal mobility solutions for our unique region.  This week, we created a cheer that spells out the ways DART hopes to create value for North Texas!

Give me a D!

D is for destination. By investing in our transit infrastructure, we are investing in making North Texas a destination for tourists, businesses, conferences, culture, food, and more.  We know that when we invest in public transit, we can help exponentially increase local business sales. Providing mobility options can spur local investment and economic growth, support existing jobs, while helping create new ones. Together, we can make North Texas a destination for all.

Give me an A!

A is for accessibility. DART makes our region more mobile, even for those that don’t use public transit. We offer 93 miles of light rail, 650 buses, 11,000 bus stops, 14 bus transfer centers, 64 light rail stations, and 10 TRE stations. We want to make our region more mobile and accessible for all—that’s why we offer so many types of transportation, so folks can choose how they get to where they need to go.

Give me an R!

R is for respect. DART respects all North Texans. That’s why we value your feedback on new projects like the D2 Subway and the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor. We need to hear from people just like you! So join our conversation, DART hosts regular public involvement sessions and seeks to collaborate with riders and non-riders alike! We respect your opinion and know that when we work together we can develop transit solutions to meet local needs.

Give me a T!

T is for time. DART wants to save you time. More than 60 million passenger trips are taken on DART per year and about 200,000 people ride DART every day. That’s a lot of people off the roads and freeing up more space on the highways. Whether you’re running errands, getting to school, commuting to work, or connecting with culture and nightlife, DART wants to help you get there affordably and efficiently, so you can make the most out of your day.

What does that spell? DART!

Let’s high five and celebrate all the ways North Texas and DART work together to make our region great for all those who work, play, and visit! To learn more about DART, subscribe to DART Daily at http://dartdallas.dart.org/.

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Photo Feature: Early Bird

Sometimes, the best views happen at sunrise.

Thank you, Instagram user @dallaswestend for sharing this photo by Instagram user @dreambigstudio of a train entering the Dallas West End Historic District in the morning.

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Ride DART to the “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” Exhibit

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

The route is simple:

Step 1: Ride DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station.

Step 2: Walk on over to the African American Museum.

Step 3: Experience artifacts like Jefferson’s Farm Book. In this book, Jefferson detailed entries about plantation accounts and recorded information about his farming and industrial operations, including references to the dozens of people who lived on Mulberry Row, what they did and how Mulberry Row changed over time.

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Jefferson’s Farm Book via “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” exhibit.

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. You can purchase your tickets and learn more about the “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” exhibit at visitdallas.com.

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Your Next Stop: Entering the 2019 DART Student Art Contest

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Doreen Chen, a Plano ISD student, won the “Best of Show” award for her artwork in the 2018 DART Student Art Contest.

DART is calling all young artists to share their next stop and how DART can take them there!

It’s time for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade to begin working on their entries for the 2019 DART Student Art Contest. Get started with these general guidelines. For a complete list or contest rules, visit DART.org/artcontest.

1. Designs must be original work created by the student and should illustrate the theme: “My next stop is _______.” (You fill in the blank!)

2. The poster must measure 11″ high x 17″ wide. The design should be laid out horizontally and submitted on heavy paper such as poster, tag or illustration board.

3. All entries must include a completed copy of this entry form. Affix the completed form to the back of the artwork.

4. Early entry option: Students who submit their entries by Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, will receive a special prize!

5. All entries due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, and should be mailed or personally delivered to:

Jessica D. Lennon
DART’s Transit Education Program
2019 Student Art Contest
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
1401 Pacific Avenue
P.O. Box 660163
Dallas, TX 75266-0163

6. DART staff will notify the teachers or parents of the winners no later than Wednesday, February 20, 2019, via a phone call and/or email. All winners will be invited to a special recognition program and reception at the Dallas Museum of Art (details TBD).

7. All artwork becomes the property of DART and may be used with appropriate credit to the artist. By entering the contest, you consent to have your name and photograph appear as one of the winners.

8. For more information about the contest, please contact Jessica D. Lennon at [email protected] or 214-749-2582.

 

Community Partners:
Dallas Contemporary, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Zoo, Half Price Books, Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Media Partners:
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