Dallas Love Field Turns 100 Years Old

What better way to usher in the approaching holiday travel season than with a centennial birthday in the fall? Dallas Love Field turned 100 years old this month, and, in celebration, here are a few reminders on how DART and the airport take you to what’s happening nearby and far away:

Love Link 524:

Did you know DART has a bus that connects you to Dallas Love Field? It’s called the Love Link (Route 542) and it circulates between Dallas Love Field airport and Inwood/Love Field Station, providing an airport connection to the DART Rail Green Line and Orange Line.

The Route’s large buses accommodate extra passengers and luggage. Improved signage at the rail station and airport and a second bus stop near baggage claim, make riding the Love Link easier than ever.

Interactive Kiosk

Air travelers flying into Dallas Love Field now can plan ground travel before leaving the airport with a touchscreen kiosk. The interactive display translates route information into wayfinding messages that users can easily read and understand.

The kiosk also offers trip-planning tools that include detailed travel directions for public transportation, cars, bicycling and walking. Texting and email options also are included for easy transfer to a mobile device.

There you have it. Happy birthday, Love Field!  Lookin’ good.

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Meet Alex


Name: Alex

Age: 31

Occupation: Entrepreneur, Coffee Shop Owner

Hometown: Carrollton, Texas

How DART Impacts My Life:

I was born and raised right here in North Texas. Ever since I was young, I have always wanted to open my own business. After graduating from UNT Dallas, I put my business degree to good use and raised enough capital to open my very own coffee shop in a hip new neighborhood downtown.

Choosing the right location for my coffee shop was a big deal for me. I knew that I wanted to attract customers and have access to a diverse and broad customer base. That’s why I chose to open my coffee shop near DART. I learned in school that transit-oriented development (TOD) or communities that have access to different forms of transportation reap many benefits, including drawing in a denser population. I now can serve my coffee and espresso to North Texans commuting to work in the morning or hopping on DART to run errands.

As I was opening up shop, new construction was happening all around me and there are more businesses popping up every day. Mixed-use urban environments, like these, provide a great blend customers made up of families, residents, visitors, commuters, and shoppers!

Watching North Texans come on and off of DART every day made me wonder just how public transit contributes to the new development I saw happening all around me. I did some research and found out that completed or under construction transit-oriented development near DART stations has already generated $69 million in state and local tax revenue!

I know that I chose the right location for Alex’s Coffee. I can hardly keep up with the morning crowds, and with the new apartment buildings opening up every day, we have a bustling night business as well. Luckily, I’ve hired some great staff to help. Although, I don’t ride DART personally (I bike to work!) my employees depend on it. I’ve decided to recruit part-time help from my Alma Mater and pass on some of what I’ve learned about entrepreneurship to the next generation. As college students, it’s easy for them to hop on the Blue Line and be here in a snap. Without them and DART, I wouldn’t be able to caffeinate the hundreds of North Texans Alex’s Coffee serves every day!

Check out our latest animated video featuring Alex and a few others living and working in North Texas:

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DART Announces Theme for 2018 Student Art Contest

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Students show off their art from the 2017 competition.

DART invites participants in the 2018 Student Art Contest to illustrate “Oh, the Places DART Goes” and incorporate this theme in their work.

The contest is open to kindergarten through 12th grade students, limit one entry per student. In 2016, the agency received more than 2,200 entries from 171 schools and organizations.

DART will accept entries through Feb. 28, 2018. Competition is tough, so students should start early on their masterpieces!

DART’s Annual Student Art Contest helps foster awareness of public transportation. The art competition inspires students to learn about how DART connects people to jobs, schools, healthcare, entertainment and more.

To learn more, visit DART.org/artcontest.

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DARTable Fall Adventures

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Get into the autumn spirit with these DARTable activities and attraction this weekend and beyond:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is playing at Pocket Sandwich Theatre through Nov. 11. Explore the weighty philosophical questions of good and evil, and love and hate, when the ultimate two-faced villain returns in one of the Pocket’s most popular melodramas.
Take the Red Line to Mockingbird Station

NorthPark Center’s Pumpkin Patch is on display through Oct. 31, and features more than 25 varietals of gourds, corn and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. It’s the perfect backdrop for family photos on a crisp fall afternoon.
Take the Red or Orange Line to Park Lane Station and catch the NorthPark Center Shuttle.

The Bloomin’ Bluegrass Music Festival & Chili Cook-Off is Oct. 20 and 21 at the Farmers Branch Historical Park and is free to the public. The festival will feature music on the main stage and throughout the park in makeshift jam sessions, from 4:30 until 10 p.m. on Friday, and from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Take the Green Line to Farmers Branch Station.

Steinfest is a free, family-friendly festival hosted by the Historic Downtown Plano Association. The festival celebrates outstanding beer, great food and the right kind of polka music to get you dancing in the street. The festival is Friday, from 5 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Haggard Park.
Take the Red Line to Downtown Plano Station.

Autumn at the Arboretum includes the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring pumpkin houses and creative displays utilizing more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash along with hay bales and cornstalks. Themed “Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds, Oh My!,” Pumpkin Village takes each visitor on a trip highlighting the beloved book, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Autumn at the Arboretum is presented by Rogers-O’Brien Construction and runs through Nov. 22.
Take Bus Route 60

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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The weekend has lots of family-friendly events, including a block party and a pumpkin-fest. Not to mention the last weekend of the State Fair of Texas! Check out the DARTable offerings:

Friday, Oct. 20

The third Friday of the month means ’til Midnight at the Nasherand this is the last one of the season. As usual, there will be a live outdoor concert and a film screening. There are also social media scavenger hunts, progressive tours, and, of course, the greatness of the Nasher collection. Wolfgang Puck Catering offers bar services, snacks and tacos, which are pretty great, too. Charley Crockett takes the stage at 7 p.m., and the film – 2011’s Super 8 – starts at 9 p.m. It’s free! The Nasher is a short walk from Pearl/Arts District Station and also is accessible via D-Link, Route 722.
Saturday, Oct. 21

Rockin’ the Square – a Historic Block Party is a celebration in Downtown Garland featuring live music, food and fireworks. The occasion: Downtown Garland’s listing in the National register of Historic Places. Entertainment will be provided by the tongue-in-cheek Mullet Boyz, as well as the country-rock outfit Old Southern Moonshine Revival. The event will also feature the official unveiling of the National Register Plaque. Take the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station to join the fun.

Pumpkins on the Plaza is a free family-fun event at Dallas City Hall Plaza. There will be costume contests for kids and pets, arts and crafts, inflatables, face painting, entertainment, hay rides, and more.  Food will be available for purchase, as well. It’s all a short walk from Convention Center Station.

Sunday, Oct. 22

It’s the last day of the State Fair of Texas! Celebrating 131 years of tradition, the fair means midway rides, fried food, tons of expositions and, of course, Big Tex. It should mean beautiful fall weather this Sunday, as well. If you haven’t been yet this year, this is your last chance! Catch the Green Line to Fair Park Station.

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Random Acts of … State Fair Tickets

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The last day of the State Fair of Texas is Sunday, Oct. 22. If you haven’t yet made it to Fair Park, time is running out to enjoy all the rides, midway games, shows, concerts, exhibits and food you can imagine!

For some lucky North Texans, DART staff was out on the system today and yesterday giving away – at random – free State Fair of Texas admission tickets.

Don’t worry, there’s still a chance for you to win four State Fair tickets today. Just head on over to our Facebook page and tell us what you love most about the State Fair of Texas in the comments section of this Facebook post for a chance to win four tickets. Winners chosen by 3 p.m. today.

To make your State Fair trip a breeze, here are some helpful travel tips:

  • Use the GoPass®app to buy your transit pass in advance: DON’T activate them until the day you go to the fair. If you miss out on the free State Fair tickets, you can buy them at a discount on the GoPass app.
  • Know the fares: Make sure you’re buying the right transit pass.
  • Take advantage of free parking available at many DART stations.
  • Get on the Green Line: Wherever you start your journey, you’ll want to make your way to Downtown Dallas and transfer to the Green Line, which serves Fair Park Station and MLK, Jr. Station.
  • The center car of every DART Rail vehicle is a low-floor section that offers level boarding perfect for fairgoers with strollers, walkers, wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

Learn more at DART.org/StateFair.

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Flash Update Part 2: Tell me the latest on the Cotton Belt!


Do you know the latest on our new regional rail line? In our Flash Update Series, Part 2, DART is ready to announce some exciting updates and progress on the Cotton Belt! Check out the info below to see where we are on the Cotton Belt.

The Cotton Belt is a regional rail line serving seven cities between the DFW Airport and Shiloh Road in Plano. This will better connect the northern part of the DART Service Area to the rest of the region, increasing mobility and access to employment, services, and businesses.

  • The Cotton Belt has completed the latest round of Community Meetings and Open Houses. DART is bringing North Texans the latest information on route maps, environmental impacts, and where we are in the process for making the Cotton Belt a reality for North Texas.
  • DART is collaborating with corridor city staffs and conducting continuing discussions with communities located along the Cotton Belt Rail Corridor to discuss potential environmental impacts.
  • On September 12, the DART Board approved new debt resolutions providing funding mechanisms for the Cotton Belt and D2. DART will seek funding for the Cotton Belt through a low-interest loan from the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF). This low-interest loan is dedicated to commuter rail and freight projects, just like the Cotton Belt.

A Railway Line to Connect Our Region

The planning process for large transit projects, like the Cotton Belt, is an iterative one.  DART seeks to work with a variety of stakeholders, from the folks living along the rail corridor, to the government officials in each of the six towns along the Cotton Belt. Together, we can create transit solutions that best balance everyone’s interests and bring the greatest benefits to our region. Stay tuned to get the latest project development updates on the Cotton Belt!

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Last Week to Enjoy the State Fair of Texas

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Some good things eventually come to an end, and for the State Fair of Texas, the end is Oct. 22. If you haven’t gone yet, don’t miss out on all the fun, festivities and food the fair offers. And the best way to reach Fair Park is on DART.

Direct to the fair
Fair Park, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds, and MLK, Jr., located south of R.B. Cullum Boulevard and convenient to the Gate 6 entrance and the Cotton Bowl stadium, are your choices on DART’s Green Line.

Connecting is easy
All DART Rail and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) passengers can transfer easily to the Green Line. Trains going to the fair will say “Fair Park,” “Buckner” or “Lawnview.”

Orange Line passengers from Irving transfer to the Green Line at Bachman Station. Southbound Orange, Red and Blue line passengers transfer at Pearl/Arts District or St. Paul stations. Northbound Red and Blue line passengers transfer at Akard Station. TRE passengers transfer to the Green Line at Victory Station. Details are at TrinityRailwayExpress.org.

Customers using the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) should check DCTA.net for departure and arrival times and to ensure smooth connections at Trinity Mills Station to DART’s Green Line. The DCTA will be adjusting their schedules during the fair.

Day Pass and GoPass app
Purchase a Local Day Pass for $5, good for DART Rail, local buses and riding the TRE from CentrePort Station. Tarrant and Denton County customers need a Regional Day Pass for $10. Purchase passes at ticket vending machines at all DART and TRE stations or on the GoPass app available for both Apple and Android.

Save money fair admission
Save $2 and buy your State Fair of Texas general admission with the GoPass app. Show your purchased fair ticket on GoPass® at any gate to gain entrance. It is not necessary to buy a DART transit ticket to take advantage of the State Fair discount ticket.

Details are available at DART.org/StateFair or by calling DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

 

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Downtown Garland Joins National Register; City Celebrates Oct. 21

The National Park Service has added the Garland Downtown Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.

According to a city news release, the commercial district is the second historic area in Garland to be listed on the National Register, following the Travis College Hill neighborhood, which was listed in February.

The historic district reflects the evolution of the city from a small rural town on along two main railroad lines, into a thriving commercial center along the Bankhead Highway, and later into a booming suburb of Dallas along U.S. 67.

Today, the Blue Line runs along the right-of-way once occupied by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) railroad. Just as passenger rail was essential to the city’s early growth, DART Light Rail has been key to the revitalization of Downtown Garland.

Rockin’ the Square: A Historic Block Party

Garland will celebrate its downtown’s listing on the National Register with live music, food and fireworks on Saturday, Oct. 21, 6-10 p.m.

To kick off the festivities, party band The Mullet Boyz will rock the house. The evening will also feature the official unveiling of the National Register plaque. A celebratory display of fireworks will cap-off the plaque unveiling.

Take the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station, and walk a couple blocks to the city’s historic square.

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Flash Update Part 1: Status of the D2 Subway


As we’ve mentioned before, DART has some exciting projects for North Texas that will expand transit options for our region. Two of our large-scale expansion projects are the D2 Subway and the Cotton Belt.  While these two projects serve two different purposes, they both will increase mobility and flexibility for goods and people to travel around the region. DART has some exciting updates on both of these projects in this two-part series. Get a quick readout of the progress we’ve made with the D2 Subway in Part 1!

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. By adding in an underground route, North Texans will be able to move more flexibly and efficiently around the region.

  • On Wednesday September 13th, the Dallas City Council gave its support to build the downtown subway.
  • The City Council chose the Commerce/Victory/Swift alignment as their first choice for the D2 Subway, which will start near DART Victory Station then travel over to the Perot Museum and then move to the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. It will then transition underground, running beneath Commerce Avenue before surfacing near the Good-Latimer Expressway.
  • The Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) was approved by the DART Board on September 26.
  • DART will seek funding through the Federal Transit’s Administration’s (FTA’s) Core Capacity Program. Guided by the FTA, DART will seek 50/50 funding for the D2 Subway.

Planning for the Future

DART collaborates with many different community partners to make these projects a reality for North Texas.  We partner with local communities, the DART Board, the Dallas City Council, and stakeholders from across the region to create the best transit projects for our region. DART will continue to bring you updates as these projects move forward in the development process!

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