Catch President, Get Free Subway

By Leah Cook, Arts & Culture Editor at The Brookhaven Courier
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Photo courtesy of Thom Chesney | Passengers use DART rail trains to commute to their destinations. Thom Chesney said he will buy Subway to any student who catches him on the train

“If you see me riding DART, call me out,” Thom Chesney, Brookhaven College president, said. He is offering to buy Subway, or something similar, for any student who catches him riding DART. Chesney will take selfies with students as proof of the transit nab.

He said he rides DART frequently, particularly when traveling into downtown Dallas.

Chesney said he will not announce his departures through social media, but he did offer a hint. “The best way for me to get caught would be if on one of the days I’m going downtown for a board meeting, there were students who were going to the board meeting,” Chesney said. “Because they wanted to see our board of trustees at work.”

Board meetings are held at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, in the district office located at 1601 S. Lamar St., unless otherwise specified.

However, students looking to score an endless sandwich supply should know that the offer is not limitless. “Let’s not make it a meal plan,” Chesney said.

In the past, Brookhaven students have attended board meetings to speak about topics that affect them, such as changes in tuition and textbook prices, Chesney said. Students have added their voices to broader issues such as the implementation of campus carry laws.

DCCCD offers a program providing a free DART GoPass to students enrolled in six or more credit hours or 96 contact hours in the Fall/Spring and 48 contact hours in the Summer for continuing education, according to dcccd.edu. The incentive aims to save students money, solve commuting problems and reduce environmental damage.

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Chesney said he hopes the DART GoPass program will help students complete their degree more quickly without missing out on the opportunity to attend classes due to lack of transportation.

DART GoPass is not exclusive for traveling to college. Once enrolled in the program, students can use the GoPass app on their smartphone to ride any DART bus or train for free until the last day of the last month of the semester, according to the district’s GoPass FAQ page.

“All your DART adventures will also be environmentally friendly,” according to the DCCCD GoPass program description.

Cities are increasingly turning to public transit systems to ease congestion and limit the environmental strain of carbon emissions and burgeoning urban sprawl.

According to the American Public Transportation Association, public transit saves over 4 billion gallons of gasoline annually, eliminating 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from being spewed into the atmosphere every year.


View story at brookhavencourier.com.

 

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Faces of DART: Meet Ms. Macias

We all know that parents wear many hats when it comes to performing duties outside of their official “job.” From running errands, to school drop-offs and pickups, to carpooling, to their own jobs, being a parent can also mean being a part-time transportation expert.

Today, we are shining the spotlight on Ms. Macias, a North Texas parent who depends on DART to get to her job, but also to connect with her community, and allow her to do what she loves most – spend time with her children.

 

DART knows that North Texas parents rely on a multi-modal transit network that allows them and their families to move flexibly and efficiently to complete all of their activities.

Ms. Macias’s story is similar to many parents in our region.  DART is proud to support the families and parents that make our region so great, and is committed to continue to find transportation solutions that can best meet everyone’s needs, whether it’s a connection to transit, or freeing up traffic during carpool pick-up.

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Explore Art and Culture at the Latino Cultural Center

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Latino Cultural Center

The Latino Cultural Center in Dallas functions as a multidisciplinary arts center and encourages the preservation, development and promotion of Latino and Hispanic arts and culture.

Hosting more than 300 cultural events a year, the center presents an annual calendar of performances and educational programs, and offers opportunities for artists and cultural organizations.

Ride DART there and catch the Dallas Mexican American Historical League’s exhibit “Celebrating 10 Years of Preserving Mexican American History in Dallas,” through Oct. 13.

Hop on the Green Line to Deep Ellum Station and the center lies a short walk away.

Learn more about the Latino Cultural Center at lcc.dallasculture.org.

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Join Us as We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

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DART understands there is strength in diversity.

Whether you live in Addison, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Garland, Glen Heights, Highland Park, Irving, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett or University Park, your cultural history and experiences bring value to DART’s service and create a vibrant North Texas.

We think that’s something to celebrate.

Hispanic Heritage Month spans Sept.15 through Oct. 15. Join us during this time as we celebrate the sights, sounds, history and cultural significance of Hispanic heritage and spotlight its value in our community.

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month from the Library of Congress at loc.gov.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

This weekend is full of cultural happenings and outdoorsy stuff, and DART gets you to all of them. Whether you’re into dinosaurs or “I Love Lucy,” hop on a DART vehicle and check some of them out.

Thurs, Sept. 13

Rowlett Farmers Market is winding down for the season – it takes place on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. through the end of the month. After that, you’ll have to wait until next May. Stock up while you can on Texas-grown produce and various fresh stuff while enjoying live music and other diversions in the charming Village of Rowlett. Afterwards, chill out over a craft brew at Bankhead Brewing Co. or grab a bite at a local restaurant. Pretty good Thursday evening, right there. The Village of Rowlett is a short walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Rowlett station.

Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk is another great option for enjoying the cool – well, cooler – temperatures in a quaint, historic downtown. At this sip-and-shop, you’ll get to sample wines at eclectic shops while checking out art exhibitions and receiving special discounts. The evening begins at 5 p.m.; check-in is at McCall Plaza, a block away from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Friday, Sept. 14

Trumpets4Kids Charity Golf Classic is a day of golf, fun and food at the Golf Club of Dallas. It’s also a chance play golf with Dallas Cowboys legend Billy Joe Dupree for a great cause: the Trumpets4Kids foundation, which works with young people from underserved communities to provide opportunities in music – including free trumpets, mentorship, community involvement and scholarship opportunities. The event starts at  9 a.m.; Bus Route 21 will take you right to the club’s front gate. Get off at Redbird and Marblehead.

The Cuban and the Redhead is an original musical that just opened at the Eisemann Center, a few steps from Galatyn Park Station. Can you guess who the title characters are? Yep, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. They fall in love, hit the rocks, and risk it all on a sketchy new medium called television. Will their show succeed? Find out while tapping your toe to a Latin-tinged big band score. Performances are at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $25.

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection commemorates the Harlem Renaissance with fine art and historical objects, many newly acquired. It’s a fascinating glimpse into an era that produced some of America’s greatest artists, writers and scholars. Catch it at the ArtCentre of Plano, a short stroll across Haggard Park from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Sat. Sept. 15

Date Night in the Park is a chance to enjoy live music, dinner and a movie under the stars. On. Sept. 15, the movie is “Ocean’s 8,” a popular heist comedy with a knockout ensemble cast. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. There’s even childcare available at this event in Farmers Branch Historical Park, a short walk from Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line.

Uptown Kiddo’s Carnival celebrates back-to-school time with a Saturday morning full of carnival games, train rides, magic tricks, live music, face painting, balloon artists, snacks, and more. Street parking is limited, so you’ll definitely want to take transit. The free fun happens from 9 a.m. to noon at Griggs Park. You can get they by taking the M-Line Trolley – always popular with kids –  to McKinney and Allen, then walking a few blocks. Bus Route 36 also will get you there.

Sunday, Sept. 16

Pix on the Plaza, presented by Toyota Music Factory and Alamo Drafthouse, asks the question: Who ya gonna call? Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray, of course, when “Ghostbusters” lights up the screen in the outdoor plaza of the entertainment complex. Fun and games begin at 6:30 p.m., and the free screening happens after sundown. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and head to Irving Convention Center Station on the Orange Line. The venue is a short walk away.

Ultimate Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science gives you access to 17 rare species – from the tiny Eoraptor to T. rex’s even more fearsome cousin, Giganotosaurus. New, groundbreaking research has unearthed these previously unknown species, which evolved in isolation in South America and Africa. Check them out by taking any DART Rail line to Akard Station, then walking a few blocks north on Field Street.

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

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State Fair of Texas: Game Day Survival Guide

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Are you ready for some football? The State Fair of Texas comes to town Sept. 28 to Oct. 21, bringing more exciting gridiron action than ever – three college football games!

To get there in time for the kickoff, make sure you have a winning game plan. Make these six plays to guarantee an enjoyable game day experience.

Saturday = Game Day

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Game days typically attract some of the largest State Fair crowds of all. Know when your team is playing. Visit BigTex.com for game times.

Sept. 29 – State Fair Classic:
Prairie View A&M University takes on Grambling State University.

Oct. 6 – AT&T Red River Showdown:
The definitive “grudge match” between The University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma for state bragging rights.

Oct. 20 – State Fair Showdown:
NEW! Southern University goes helmet-to-helmet with Texas Southern University in the first edition of this match up.

Note: For the Texas vs. Oklahoma Red River Showdown on Oct. 6, DART has modified train and bus service. Visit DART.org/statefair for complete details.

Tackle Traffic with DART

Not a fan of battling traffic and parking? Tackle the issue head-on and ride DART! Most DART riders know about Fair Park Station. But MLK, Jr. Station also serves Fair Park, and it’s located near Gate 6 – closer to the Cotton Bowl Stadium and ideal for game day.

Transfer from any line to Downtown Dallas then take the Green Line with signs that read BUCKNER, LAWNVIEW or FAIR PARK.

Download the GoPass® app

The best play you can make is to download DART’s GoPass® app. It takes the hassle out of buying a pass. Know friends going to the Fair but not the game? Tell them to get $2 off Fair admission with the GoPass® app.

The app is free, and you can download it from either the App Store or Google Play store. Purchase your transit pass and State Fair ticket in advance, but DON’T ACTIVATE them until the day you go to the Fair.

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Don’t get penalized – play fair by knowing the right fare. The College/Trade School reduced pass is only for students registered at schools in the DART Service Area. These students also need a DART-issued college/trade school photo ID.

Unfortunately, none of the universities represented in the three Cotton Bowl games qualify for this fare. Know your options by visiting DART.org/fares and learn more about college student passes at DART.org/students.

Park and Ride

You want to be there in time for the kickoff – right? That requires a good game plan. Save time, gas and the expense of parking by taking advantage of free parking available at many DART transit centers and rail stations. Learn more at DART.org/parking.

Run a Spread Offense

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To avoid overcrowding, spread out on the rail platform and avoid “huddling” near the first train car. Score a better seat by boarding through doors where crowds haven’t gathered. Remember that the center section of each rail vehicle has low floors that are level with the platform – perfect for those with strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices.

Finally, listen to your “coaching staff” – DART has volunteers stationed throughout the system ready to help you have a great game day.

We hope this survival guide helps you avoid fumbling on game day! Find more information at DART.org/statefair.

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Your DARTable Adventure to the Kinsey Collection

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Looking for an adventure?

Step out of this era and experience another place and time when you ride DART to The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at the ArtCentre of Plano. The exhibit runs through Sept. 22.

The collection’s fine art and historical objects highlight the cultural significance of the Harlem Renaissance and the community of scholars, artists, writers and activists that made the era memorable.

The route is easy:

Step 1: Ride the Red Line to Downtown Plano Station.

Step 2: Take a short stroll across Haggard Park.

Step 3: Walk a few steps to the ArtCentre of Plano.

Step 4: Experience beautiful depictions of the Harlem Renaissance.

For more information about The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, visit thekinseycollection.com.

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Rider Tips During State Fair of Texas

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State Fair of Texas®

The State Fair of Texas® comes only once a year, and with it, comes larger crowds on DART. This year’s Fair runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 21 at Fair Park in Dallas. Here are a few things DART wants regular riders to know:

Expect Bigger crowds during the Fair – use the whole train when boarding

It’s natural to want to get on at the closest door – that’s why some sections are often more crowded. During the Fair you will likely experience much larger crowds, especially on college football game days (Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and Oct. 20), Columbus Day (Oct. 8), High School nights, and on Fair days where there is a Main Stage act, so stretch out a little! Look for the doors without a line.

Check the DART schedule, it’s different

DART’s normal hours of service are roughly 5 a.m. to midnight. However, during the Fair, DART offers more frequent and extended service, as well as special game-day service for the Texas/OU game Oct. 6. Visit DART.org/statefair to view special DART Rail schedules.

Use Your GoPass app®

The GoPass app is a great travel tool year-round, but particularly so during the Fair. DART introduced a new version of the app in May 2018. Make sure you have the updated version on your phone. Real-time trip planning is one of many new features in the app. This means on those days during the Fair that DART service is different, you can use the app to plan your trip.

 Sign up for DART alerts

We know you’re busy and staying “in the know” isn’t always easy. Fortunately, DART makes it easier with the My DART Updates. Registered riders receive important updates that make for a better riding experience. Subscribe at DART.org/rideralerts.

Find more at DART.org/statefair.

Contact customer service at 214-979-1111.

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Artwork Feature: The Gambler

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The Gambler by William Sylvester Carter. Part of the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection.

View creative pieces like this oil painting by William Sylvester Carter when you ride DART to the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at the ArtCentre of Plano through Sept. 22.

The exhibition celebrates the artists, writers and activists that made the Harlem Renaissance memorable and significant. The collection, much of it newly acquired, belongs to Bernard Kinsey, an African American and former Xerox employee who paved the way for greater equality in the workplace.

This glimpse into another time and place is a short stroll across Haggard Park from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

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Twitter Town Hall Recap

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You asked. We answered.

Thanks for sending your questions and comments about DART’s new fare options. Check out the following questions and responses from our recent Twitter Town Hall:


Question 1:

Doretta asked via email: I have already purchased a monthly pass effective August 24, 2018 under the current fares.  Will it be valid through its expiration? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

Joseph Costello, Finance: If you purchased the pass through the app, you have 60 days to activate the pass then it is valid through the expiration date. If you purchased a paper pass, your passes will be honored through the expiration date.

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Question 2:

Luke via email: Is possible to use Google Pay or Apple Wallet and have a card on your phone, without an app? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

Tina Morch-Pierre, Finance: DART is working to enable the use of Apple Wallet, Samsung Wallet, Google Pay as well as using your GoPass Tap card with your phone in early 2019. More information regarding this capability will be forthcoming.

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Question 3:

Amanda asked via email: Hi. A friend purchased two weekly passes for me through the app. They have not yet been activated. Will they still be honored? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

Joseph Costello, Finance: Yes, passes purchased through the app have 60 days to activate the pass then it is valid through the expiration date.

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Question 4:

Devin asks via email: Why are fares increasing? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

Joseph Costello, Finance:


Question 5:

Luke via email: How do the tap & pay stations work at the DART stations? I’ve seen them for months, but they’ve never been active. #DARTtownhall

Answer:

Brandi Stringer, Marketing: The card readers are active now. If using a GoPass Tap card, you should be able to start tapping Aug. 18.

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Question 6:

How does fare capping work? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

Brandi Stringer, Marketing on fare capping:

 


Question 7:

Eduardo via email: I use a monthly pass which is going to increase from $80 to $96 this Saturday. If I buy an annual pass, it seems it is $800. The new fare for this annual pass is $960 in January 2019. Question is, can I buy an Annual pass next week for $800? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

(1/5) Tina Morch-Pierre, Finance: Annual Passes follow the calendar year, and the new rates begin Jan. 1, so if you purchased an annual pass next week, it would pro-rated starting the day you purchased through the end of the year of 2018.

(2/5) Tina Morch-Pierre, Finance: If you decided to purchase an Annual pass, it will be more upfront cost, but it is still less than buying 12 monthly passes.

(3/5) Tina Morch-Pierre, Finance: You also could take advantage of fare capping. Watch our previous video.

(4/5) Tina Morch-Pierre, Finance: Here is how it works. As you purchase passes during the month, the fare will go towards the monthly pass rate.

(5/5) Tina Morch-Pierre, Finance:  Once you pay the equivalent of the monthly pass rate in one calendar month, the system will credit a monthly pass to your GoPass app mobile wallet or GoPass Tap card account and you won’t pay for another pass for the remainder of that month.

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Question 8:

What are DART’s new fare options? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

Joseph Costello, from DART Finance, explains DART’s new fare options:


Question 9:

Blake via email: I’m a high school student in the DART area. Will high school fares be available in the GoPass app or with the new GoPass Tap card? It would help me when I DART to school on the weekends, now that the period has been extended beyond the weekday. #DARTtownhall

Answer:

(1/2) Tina Morch-Pierre, Finance: You can’t purchase a reduced high school fare in the GoPass app. But, you can use the GoPass Tap card.

2/2) Tina Morch-Pierre, Financ: For now, you will need a reduced GoPass Tap card from the DART Mart Store at Akard. You’ll also need a DART-issued student ID. Call Customer Service for more info at 214-979-1111.

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Question 10:

Do seniors and students still receive reduced fares?

Answer:

Tina Morch-Pierre, from DART Finance, discusses reduced fares for seniors and students with DART’s new fare options.


Question 11:

Are reduced fares available for trade and college students?

Answer:

Tina Morch-Pierre, from DART Finance, discusses reduced fares for trade and college students with DART’s new fare options:


Question 12:

From @Rilgon on Twitter: How much of this fare increase is going to be put towards service improvements, especially on lines with frequent lateness problems like the 486/488? #DARTtownhall

Answer:

There is a current initiative focused on on-time performance, which has improved and will continue to be a focus of the agency.

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More Answers:

View answers to more frequently asked questions about DART’s new fares at DART.org. And, for answers to your GoPass® and GoPass® Tap card questions view the frequently asked questions page on GoPass.org.

Lastly, DART’s Customer Service representatives are happy to answer your questions about DART’s new fare options. Give them a call at 214-979-1111.

 

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