In Pictures: Bike to Work Day

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Happy Bike to Work Day! Thanks for participating in our Bike to Work Day event this morning.

Congratulations to Luke Wallace for winning DART’s Bike to Work Selfie Challenge and a $150 gift card from Richardson Bike Mart .

In case you missed it, here are a few more scenes from DART’s Bike to Work event this morning:

 

Special thanks to our partners for helping us put on such a great event:

NCTCOG, Bike DFW, Richardson Bike Mart, Hubert’s Lemonades, KIND Bar, Neighborhood Credit Union, Lofts at Mockingbird Station, Velofix, Taco Deli, REI, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Bike Friendly Downtown Dallas, City of Plano, City of Farmers Branch, Performance Bicycle, Essentia Water, Bike Friendly Richardson
Top Pot and High Brew Coffee.

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Faces of DART: Judy’s Story

Faces of DART highlights the stories of everyday North Texans who benefit from a strong transit system.

Today we’re introducing Judy Jolley, a commuter who uses DART daily to get to her job in downtown Dallas.  Judy uses her commute time to help prepare for the day and enjoys the added benefit of making new friends on her bus.

Check out the video below to hear what transit means to Judy – and how it’s helping riders in our region enjoy a commuter’s stress-free way of life while saving money.

Stay tuned for our next Faces of DART story highlighting the benefits of a strong transit network for North Texas.

Do you have a story about how transit benefits you, your family, or your community? Visit the Faces of DART page and you could be one of the many Faces of DART.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

It’s a great weekend for foodies and art lovers, and an even better one if you’re both. There’s also a multicultural Sunday in store. DART gets you to all of it.

Friday, May 18

Starting Friday and running all weekend, Taste Addison pairs food from dozens of restaurants with great music. Tonight, North Texas’ very own Casey Donahew headlines; Saturday, it’s the Eli Young Band; and on Sunday, numerous tribute bands will be on hand to add to the family fun. It all adds up to a three-day menu of fun at Addison Circle Park, a very short walk from Addison Transit Center.

Another solid three days of fun awaits at Galatyn Park Urban Center, served by Galatyn Park Station. Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival kicks off Friday night, and by the time it’s over, more than 80 acts will have performed – including Kool & the Gang, Goo Goo Dolls, Spoon, Jimmy Eat World, Gin Blossoms, Trout Fishing in America and Reckless Kelly. There’s also a children’s area, plenty of food and – of course – the one-of-a-kind, artsy vendors the festival is known for.

It’ the third Friday of the month, which always means a pair of late-night events in the Dallas Arts District. ’til Midnight at the Nasher is free – and tonight, Julie Byrne and Vagabon will be bringing the tunes, while the classic Harold and Maude provides the viewing. There’s a cash bar, grab-and-go snacks and street tacos, and all-natural popsicles from Steel City Pops.

Just around the corner, Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art is throwing a garden party, ringing in the spring with tours of floral still lifes, outdoor activities and other artsy, seasonal delights.

Get to either venue by taking a short walk from Pearl/Arts District Station or hopping the D-Link (Route 722). If you’re coming from Uptown, the M-Line Trolley is the way to go.

For a quirkier art experience, fueled by a sugar rush, check out Sweet Tooth Hotel, which starts today and runs through the end of June. This one-off is part art installation, part retail pop-up. There are five sweets-themed interactive rooms; fantastical desserts and surprises behind every door; and, of course, some amazing sweets for sale. The 1200-square-foot project brings together some of Dallas’ most innovative artists, including Jeremy Biggers, Shamsy Roomiani, Jojo Chuang and more. If you’re an art lover with a sweet tooth, you’re in for a treat at 2316 Victory Park Lane, near the intersection of High Market Street. It’s a short walk from Victory Station.

Saturday, May 19

Feel the need to redeem yourself after that sugar binge? No worries, The Marketplace Garland has you covered. With fresh produce, wholesome baked goods, and unique culinary items from local artisans, you’ll be back on that health kick in no time. Of course, there are also jams, jellies, sweetbreads and the like. Go ahead and indulge. If you’re interested, the Good Samaritans of Garland will be accepting donations of canned and boxed food items. There: redeemed again. This event takes place in the heart of Garland’s historic downtown square, a short walk from Downtown Garland Station.

The great food just keeps on coming this weekend. Taste of Irving is a culinary and music celebration at Cimarron Park Recreation Center. In addition to culinary stage demonstrations, sample a variety of music genres on multiple small stages – jazz, blues and Latin. To get there, take Bus Route 401 from North Lake College Station, and get off at Valley Ranch Parkway East and Cimarron Trail.

Sunday, May 20

“Multicultural” is the word of the day. The DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival is a free, vibrant event celebrating the diversity of Asia, and of North Texas. Cultural performances, an international costume parade, interactive activities and carnival-like games round out an awesome afternoon on the shores of Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas. Take a short walk from Las Colinas Urban Center Station, or hop the Las Colinas APT System to get right to the colorful action.

Univision’s Festival de Mayo also is free, with nationally recognized artists performing in a celebratory atmosphere. This year’s go-around features Los Ángeles Azules, Conjunto Primavera, Los Rieleros Del Norte, Banda Rancho Viejo, Virlán García and more. The festival happens in Fair Park, accessible by Fair Park or MLK, Jr. stations.

 

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Supercharge Your Travel with the Newest Version of DART’s GoPass® App

The wait is over.

Download or update the newest version of DART’s GoPass® app today and experience what it means to connect to the places you want to go.

The new version enhances your travel with a variety of features, including cash to mobile capabilities, real-time trip planning, security options, and events and offers.

At hundreds of retail locations, load cash onto the GoPass® Wallet in your app account, which you can use to purchase tickets on DART, Trinity Railway Express, Trinity Metro and the Denton County Transportation Authority.

Use the app to know the location of your bus or train in real-time. Other new GoPass® options allow you to use “Touch ID” for quicker security acceptance, send receipts to an email address, view various events and offers and save your favorite stations, stops and passes — making viewing vehicle arrivals and departures quicker.

You can download or update the new version of GoPass® for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

For more information about the latest version, visit GoPass.org.

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Expect Rail and Streetcar Service Disruptions Memorial Day Weekend

If you ride Red or Blue Line trains or the Dallas Streetcar, expect delays this Memorial Day weekend.

City of Dallas repairs to the Houston Street Viaduct Bridge, directly above the DART Rail tracks between Union Station and Convention Center Station will take place from 5 a.m., Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28.

Disruption will not impact roadway traffic. Normal rail operations are expected to resume with start of service Tuesday, May 29.

DART customers should expect the following changes from 5 a.m., Saturday, May 26, through Monday, May 28:

    • Northbound Red and Blue Line passengers will exit their trains at Convention Center and take shuttle buses to Union Station to board Blue Line trains; transfers to northbound Red Line trains will be available at West End Station.
    • Southbound Blue Line passengers will exit their train at Union Station and take shuttle buses to Convention Center to re-board Blue Line trains to UNT Dallas Station.
    • Southbound Red Line passengers will exit their train at West End Station, board Blue Line trains to Union Station, then take shuttle buses to Convention Center to board the Red Line to Westmoreland Station.
    • Bus shuttles are to replace the Dallas Streetcar at all stops on all three days.

Other holiday weekend Changes Include:

    • DART buses and trains will follow a Sunday schedule Monday, May 28. GoLink and the TRE will not operate that day.
    • DART’s Paratransit services will run a Saturday schedule and the Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed. Customers should call Friday, May 25, to book their trips through Tuesday, May 29. Next day weekend voice mail booking and X-Press Booking will also be available.
    • On-Call and Flex Service will not run on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Service will resume May 29.
  • DART’s Customer Information Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 214-979-1111 for trip-planning needs and the administrative offices and the Customer Care Center, which handles complaints, commendations, suggestions and Lost and Found, will be closed.

Route and schedule information for DART and the Dallas Streetcar is available at dart.org. TRE schedule information can be found at trinityrailwayexpress.org.

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Bittersweet: GoPass Man Retires, DART Welcomes New Version

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DART held a retirement party today for its original GoPass man. The agency first introduced its mobile ticketing app more than four years ago. While the app has served riders well, DART will roll out a more robust version of its GoPass mobile ticketing application next week.

The enhanced app offers more features, including cash to mobile. At hundreds of retail locations, customers will be able to load value onto the GoPass Wallet in their app account using cash, which can be used to purchase tickets on DART, Trinity Railway Express, Trinity Metro and the Denton County Transportation Authority.

The enhanced app offers real-time trip planning, so you will know exactly where your bus or train is on a route in real-time, allowing you to better plan your trip. Other new GoPass options allow customers to use “Touch ID” for quicker security acceptance, send receipts to an email address, view various events and offers, and save their favorite stations, stops and passes – making viewing vehicle arrivals and departures quicker.

GoPass is free to download or update from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

To learn more, visit GoPass.org.

 

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In Pictures: DART’s 2018 Older American’s Month Information and Health Fair

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Thank you for attending DART’s 2018 Older Americans Month Information and Health Fair at Fair Park Thursday. Here are a few scenes from the event:

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Happy Mother’s Day! We have warm temperatures in store, and lots of activities indoors and out are accessible by DART. There’s a great music festival, theater, and – of course – something special for mom. 

Friday, May 11

The Full Monty opens tonight at the Dupree Theatre in the Irving Arts Center, and it runs through May 26. The popular musical comedy is about a group of unemployed, jealous steelworkers who come up with a novel way to make money and win their wives’ affections. You can get to the arts center by taking Bus Route 401 from North Lake College Station or Bus Route 505 from University of Dallas Station, and get off and MacArthur and Finley.

If you’re a fan of folk-rock and alternative country, you’re in for a treat this weekend.  The Spring Singer-Songwriter Live Music Series at CityLine happens in the plaza area of the growing development near CityLine/Bush Station. On Friday evening, Raquel Lindeman entertains; on Saturday, it’s Morgan Alana Taylor. You can listen from one of the numerous restaurant patios on State Street, or grab a to-go meal and make a picnic of it in the plaza.

For a very different musical experience, take the Blue Line to the Granville Arts center next to Downtown Garland Station. There, pianist Alex McDonald joins the Garland Symphony Orchestra for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat Major.

Saturday, May 12

Shopping? Food? Music? They’ve got it all at the Rowlett Main Street Market. There are more than 50 vendor booths, two local shops (Farmhouse Living and Girlfriends Boutique), food trucks and two great restaurants (Bankhead Brewing and El Centro Mexican). A day’s worth of live music is capped off by the pop trio Castro the Band. The market takes place on the plaza in the 3900 block of Main Street, a block from Downtown Rowlett Station.

The popular Homegrown Music and Arts Festival – voted “Best Festival” in the Dallas Observer Music Awards – returns to Main Street Garden for another day of art and music featuring both Texas and national acts. The lineup includes Explosions in the Sky, The Black Angels, Roky Erickson, Medicine Man Revival, and many more. The park is a short walk from St. Paul Station; the D-Line will get you there, as well.

Sunday, May 13

 It’s Mother’s Day, and you can Treat Mom Like Royalty at the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck – not only is it one of the best views in Dallas, but she’ll also get a keepsake sparkly red rose and crown, a digital photo and a free 5×7 photo to remember the day. It’s all included with a general admission ticket purchase. Reunion Tower is accessible via a pedestrian tunnel from Union Station, served by the Red Line, the Blue Line, the Dallas Streetcar and the D-Link.

Today’s matinee is the last performance of Dallas Theater Center’s production of The Trials of Sam Houston. On the eve of the state’s secession in 1861, Governor Sam Houston is torn between loyalties, and he weighs his devastating choice. While wrestling with his decision, he tells his office clerk of a time when he himself stood trial. The performance is at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Get there by taking bus routes 36 or 409 from Cityplace/Uptown Station and getting off at Blackburn and Turtle Creek.

 

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Featured Photo: In the Rain

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Thanks Instagram user @high_vis for sharing this photo of a DART bus in the rain.

 

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DART + Bike to Work May 18

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On National Bike to Work Day, May 18, DART is encouraging North Texans to leave their car at home, and instead, ride their bike to the nearest DART Rail Station or bus stop. On your way, stop by any of several “Energizer Stations” from 7-9 a.m. at the following locations:

At each booth, you can get free bike safety checks, drinks, snacks and more.

If you want to leave your bike at the station, DART’s got you covered. Lock up your bike at one of more than 140 bike lids located at most rail stations and transit centers. Bikes also are welcome on DART Rail trains, the Trinity Railway Express and the Dallas Streetcar. Likewise, most DART buses have an easy-to-use bike rack on the front of the vehicle.

For a chance to win a $150 gift card from Richardson Bike Mart, participate in our Bike to Work Challenge by taking a photo of yourself with your bike at a DART rail station, bus stop or on a bus or train and sharing your photo with us on social media using the hashtag #DARTBike2Work.

Find out more about bike transit at DART.org/biketowork.

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