Grant Agreement Means More Room for You to Hop on Board

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Earlier this summer, the Federal Transit Administration announced a $60.76 million grant agreement with DART for the construction of DART’s Red and Blue Line platform extension project.

That means more room for you to hop on board and get to work, school, dinner or that concert you’ve been waiting to attend.

The project will allow for more riders and longer trains by lengthening platforms at 28 stations along Red and Blue light rail lines that currently hold two-car trains. When the project is done, all stations on these lines will be able to hold three-car trains.

Learn more about the grant and how DART is making more room for you at transit.dot.gov.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

The stars are out this weekend: concerts under the stars, sports stars in the flesh and a reimagined version of “The Starry Night” made of LEGO bricks. These are some of the DARTable experiences happening in North Texas, and they’re only a start. Read on to find out more.

Friday, July 12

SportsCon is a one-of-a-kind interactive sports convention that puts you face-to-face with your favorite pro athletes – more than 150 of them in all, from every major sport. This DARTable expo (think ComicCon for sports fans) starts today and runs all weekend long in the Automobile Building at Fair Park – a short walk from the Green Line’s Fair Park Station.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series is a free event in Downtown Garland, and tonight is the last concert of the season. Latin music couldn’t be more fitting for a warm summer’s evening, and Havana NRG is bringin’ it with a full-on horn section and Cuban roots. The band has been together 16 years, so you know they’re tight. They take the stage at 7 p.m. There will be vendors and food, and the evening will be capped off with a fireworks display. Take the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station and follow the sounds of rumba, mambo and chachachá to get to the fun.

Saturday, July 13

Klyde Warren Park’s Summer Movie Series is a laid-back way to take in a free movie under the stars, with the spectacular Dallas skyline as a backdrop. Tonight’s film is a family favorite: The Little Mermaid, Disney’s crowd-pleasing take on the classic fairy tale. The screening begins about 8:30 p.m. Of course, it wouldn’t be Klyde Warren Park without food trucks, and there should be enough options to suit everyone in your party. You can get there by walking 8 or 9 minutes from St. Paul Station. Or the M-Line Trolley will drop you off right at the park.

The Urban Flea is Garland’s market of stylish vintage finds and re-purposed goods. Dozens of vendors showcase unique antiques and handmade items in the city’s charming downtown, a neighborhood full of mom-and-pop shops and restaurants. Live music completes the experience a short walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station.

Sunday, July 14

The Art of the Brick is the latest of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s always-cool exhibitions. The traveling show features works of art constructed entirely of LEGOs. It’s the largest display of its kind, with both original pieces and LEGO versions of famous masterpieces, such as “Starry Night.” It being the Perot Museum, there are also lots of hands-on experiences to engage with. Get there by walking about five (short) blocks north from West End Station.  After you cross under the bridge, the museum is a few hundred feet to your right. The exhibition runs through Aug. 18.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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DART to Some Serious Sports Action

Would you like to throw around a pigskin with real NFL players? Shoot hoops with NBA stars? How about get batting lessons from major-league legends? From July 12-14, you’ll get your chance. SportsCon is a one-of-a-kind interactive sports convention that puts you face-to-face with your favorite pro athletes – more than 150 of them in all, from every major sport. All weekend long, there will be live games, sports challenges, exhibits, parties and more. It’s kind of like a ComicCon for sports fanatics, and it happens in the Automobile Building at Fair Park – a short stroll from Fair Park Station on the Green Line. Purchase your tickets, register and find out more at the event’s website. Get ready for three action-packed days!

 

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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July Capital Planning Projects Periodical

The Deal on D2

Did you catch our DART Daily on how safety is informing the design of the D2 Subway? Safety is our top priority at DART, and we’re excited to share some of the innovative safety features that the future D2 platforms will have, including:

  • special access to emergency services, so incidents are managed quickly and efficiently;
  • consideration of the use of platform edge doors, which improve station and passenger safety and reduce the risk of accidents; and
  • intuitive signage and lighting, to ensure people know where they are going and how to get there safely.

Cotton Belt Chatter

Work to construct the 26-mile rail line between Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and Shiloh Road in Plano continues apace. In June, the DART Board of Directors approved a resolution to name the future service running along the Cotton Belt corridor the Silver Line. Everything else about the project will continue as planned, with operations commencing in 2022. Once complete, the Silver Line will provide passenger rail connections and system linkages to major employment, population and activity centers in the northern part of the DART Service Area, offering 30-minute peak and 60-minute off-peak service to commuters.

New Mobility Mentions

Have you heard? The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) just announced a $60.76 million grant agreement with DART for the construction of the Red and Blue Line Platform Extensions. This project will lengthen platforms at 28 stations along the existing Red and Blue light rail lines that can currently only accommodate two-car trains. Once the project is complete, all stations on these lines will be able to accommodate three-car trains – meaning greater capacity and greater comfort for riders. Funding for this grant agreement is provided through the FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program, which provides funding for major transit projects nationwide.

The DART Download

From the Silver Line to a Gold Award: DART is proud to share that the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has awarded DART its 2019 Gold Award for Security for light rail and streetcar systems at the annual APTA Rail Conference in Toronto, Ontario. The award recognizes DART’s ongoing commitment to improving safety and security as a model of excellence for the rest of the public transit industry. DART won the award for creating the largest on-going security endeavor in the agency’s history by addressing customer perceptions of crime and security.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

The fireworks may be over, but there’s still fun in store this weekend – a block party, outdoorsy concerts and more are on the itinerary. Check out the following DARTable events on this sunny July weekend.

Friday, July 5

R&B Summer Block Party features Jill Scott, Faith Evans, and Tweet. It happens at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, about a 9-minute walk from Irving Convention Center Station on the Orange Line. There will be pre and post-show parties with Lady Diamond & the Ruff Rubies on the Texas Lottery® Plaza.

Saturday, July 6

Klyde Warren Park’s Summer Movie Series continues this evening with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the third installment of the popular film franchise. Set 21 years after the original, it follows four teenagers who are transported into the video-game world of Jumanji. There will be food trucks on site; showtime is 8:30 p.m. The park is about an 8-minute walk from St. Paul Station.

Dallas Zoo Safari Nights is going strong, with some of North Texas’ best musical acts performing on the shady Cat Green. Tonight, the Coppertones take the stage, playing their blend of soulful hits from the classic days of Motown and Memphis.

Courtyard Texas Music Series is also bringing great live music. Tonight, country artist William Michael Morgan comes all the way from Mississippi to perform at the Courtyard Theater. That’s right across Haggard Park from the Red Line’s Downtown Plano Station.

Sunday, July 7

Summer Survivor Speaker Series features the testimonies of holocaust survivors, refugees and children. Today’s speaker at 12:30 p.m. is Rosian Zerner, who lived through World War II as a young girl separated from her parents, living on a farm in Lithuania. The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is just a couple of blocks from West End Station.

The Fine Arts Chambers Players’ Basically Beethoven Festival  features an amazing concert series that happens every Sunday all July at the Moody Performance Hall. Each concert features a Rising Star Recital at 2:30 p.m. highlighting gifted local musicians. The feature performances start at 3 p.m. The venue is about an 8-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station.

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DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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DART to Basically Beethoven

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A little chamber music makes for a peaceful Sunday afternoon. And the Fine Arts Chambers Players’ Basically Beethoven Festival fits the bill. The amazing concert series happens every Sunday all July at the Moody Performance Hall. Each concert features a Rising Star Recital at 2:30 p.m. highlighting gifted local musicians. The feature performances start at 3 p.m. You’ll be treated to a diverse range of music.

The exciting lineup this year includes lots of Dallas-based musicians; the grand prize winner of the SMU Institute for Young Pianists concerto competition; members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra; a “piano four hands” performance (that’s two pianists sharing one instrument); a 2019 Junior Cliburn competitor; and much more. All performances are free!

The venue is about an 8-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station.

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Building a Better Experience for You!

DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements are under way and will continue until September. During that time, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District and West End stations. Bus bridges will be in operation. DART.org/plus

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DART to the Fourth

North Texas cities go all-out when it comes to celebrating Independence Day. Avoid traffic and parking by riding DART to these Fourth of July events.

June 29

Klyde Warren Park Independence Day Celebration will feature cold treats from more than a dozen vendors, contests, live music, games and lots of family fun. To cap off the evening, the U.S. Army’s 36th Infantry Division Band will perform to the backdrop of a spectacular pyrotechnic display. The event takes place from 5-9 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park. The park is about an 8-minute walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines; you can also get there on the M-Line Trolley.

July 3

Addison Kaboom Town is one of the big yearly events in these parts, with live music and a spectacular air show. That’s not to mention an award-winning fireworks show at Addison Circle Park, a short walk from Addison Transit Center. The event takes place from 4 p.m.-midnight.

Farmers Branch Independence Day Celebration features a spectacular low-level fireworks show accompanied by a high-energy dance band, a kids’ zone, vendors, festival food and more. The event happens from 6:30-10 p.m. at Farmers Branch Historical Park, right next to Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line.

July 4

Five on the 4th is a family-friendly running event that will help you start your Independence Day off on the right foot. There are four races: a 5-mile, a 5K, a 2-mile walk and a kid’s race. It all begins at Klyde Warren Park at 8 a.m. The park is about an 8-minute walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines; you can also get there on the M-Line Trolley.

Fair Park Fourth on the Midway celebrates Independence Day with live music, rides, games, fireworks and your favorite fair foods. In addition, the State Fair of Texas Midway will be open all day. Take the Green Line to Fair Park or MLK, Jr. stations to enjoy this taste of the State Fair in July.

Irving Independence Day Fireworks Show presents dazzling pyrotechnics on the shores of scenic Lake Carolyn. Join thousands of people in Las Colinas for the festivities, which include music and other fun stuff in addition to fireworks. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. The celebration happens from 6-10 p.m. at Lake Carolyn a short walk from the Orange Line’s Las Colinas Urban Center Station.

Rowlett Fireworks on Main is a fun-filled night for the whole family that will feature live music, children’s activities, teen activities such as Outdoor Laser Tag, a wide variety of food vendors and – of course – fireworks. The event takes place from 6-10 p.m. at Pecan Grove Park, just under a mile from Downtown Rowlett Station on the Blue Line 5300 Main St.

Note: Bus, light rail and Dallas Streetcar services will follow a Sunday schedule on Thursday, July 4, 2019.Trinity Railway Express trains will not operate.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

DART Rail will be running on its usual schedule this weekend, although the rail replacement project will resume on July 6-7. Take advantage of the opportunity to plan a mini-staycation around these DARTable events! You’ll find theater, a festival with exotic foods and even Meat Loaf – but not at the food festival (so far as we know). Read on for a sampling of what’s DARTable.

Friday, June 28

Bat Out of Hell takes the ‘70s-era anthems of Meat Loaf and reimagines them as a rock ‘n’ roll love story. The award-winning musical follows a young rebel named Strat. He falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of a tyrant who rules over a post-apocalyptic city. The play has romance and classic rock to spare, and it just opened Thursday at the Winspear Opera House. It runs through July 7. Get on any DART Rail line, go to Pearl/Arts District Station and take a short walk to get to the venue.

The Legend of Deadeye Mary: A Western Melodrama also opened Thursday. Instead of a dystopian future, however, this story takes place in the Wild West. The title character is hunting the man who done shot her pa. Her fate becomes intertwined with that of a novelist looking for material. And there’s plenty of it, too: Outlaws! Bounty hunters! Crooked lawmen! Gold! This is one of the classic popcorn-tossers at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, so get ready to exercise your throwing arm. It runs through Aug. 17. The theater is right across the street from Mockingbird Station on the Red, Blue and Orange lines.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series is Garland’s free, family-friendly event that happens every other Friday on the downtown square through July 12. It’s a great way to spend a summer evening under the Texas stars. Tonight, check out the sounds of Memphis Soul, an eight-piece Motown outfit. The band does high-energy covers of the likes of Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind and Fire. The square will be filled with vendors and food, and the event will be capped off with a fireworks display. You’ll find the festivities a short walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station.

John Bellion is another musical option for the evening. The Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and rapper brings his genre-defying act to the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, about a 9-minute walk from Irving Convention Center Station.

Saturday, June 29

World of Foodies Fest is a brand-new event in Downtown Carrollton. The concept is pretty cool: Explore the cuisines of the world in the context of culture. As such, there will be live cultural performances and the like. Come hungry and come curious to the inaugural installment of North Texas’ latest foodie event from 3-9 p.m. in Downtown Carrollton. It’s a short walk from Downtown Carrollton Station on the Green Line.

Klyde Warren Park Independence Day Celebration will feature cold treats from more than a dozen vendors, contests, live music, games and lots of family fun. To cap off the evening, the U.S. Army’s 36th Infantry Division Band will perform to the backdrop of a spectacular pyrotechnic display. The event takes place from 5-9 p.m. You can get there by walking about 8 minutes north from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines. The M-Line Trolley will get you there, too.

Sunday, June 30

A pair of plays each gets its final performance at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre today. Both are at 2 p.m. (on different stages, of course). The theater is a short walk from Addison Transit Center, served by a dozen bus routes.

The Ballad of Little Jo on the Main Stage is a lively musical inspired by the true story of a young woman in the Wild West. After giving birth to a son out of wedlock, Josephine leaves her son in the care of her sister and heads out west in search of opportunities to support her son. While stranded in a small mining town in Idaho, she disguises herself as a man called “Jo” and quickly finds a job mining silver.

Unveiled: A One-Woman Play is in the facility’s Karol Omlor Studio Theatre. Written and performed by acclaimed playwright and actor Rohina Malik, the play portrays five Muslim women from around the world. The performance – or performances, in a sense – explore the universal themes of faith, culture, and prejudice. The stories are ultimately uplifting.

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REGULAR RAIL SERVICE THIS WEEKEND!

Although track improvements are under way in downtown Dallas and will continue until September, this weekend DART Rail will operate under a normal schedule.

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Photo Feature: Purse Building

Thank you, Instagram user @pursebuildingdallas, for sharing this photo of a DART train passing the Parlin and Orendorff Building near West End Station.

The structure is commonly called the Purse Building and was built in 1905, according to the city of Dallas’ urban design peer review. It is listed as a contributing building in the West End National Register Historic District.

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Safety on the D2 Subway


June is National Safety Month, so we’re taking the opportunity to show how safety informs everything we do.

Now that 10 percent of the conceptual design for the D2 Subway is complete, it’s the perfect time to explore the safety features that are part of the design of the D2 stations and platforms.

The D2 Subway project involves four new stations: Museum Way, an at-grade station, and Metro Center, Commerce, and CBD East, all underground stations.

Access and Emergency Services

Stations will be designed to ensure emergency services can respond to any incidents as quickly as possible and also so DART can maintain air quality and ensure adequate emergency exits

  • Security cameras will allow DART Police officers to easily monitor station activity and quickly respond to any incidents.
  • Stations will incorporate fare control barriers to ensure that only DART customers can enter the station platform areas, and may include doors that lock during non-service areas.
  • Platforms will have emergency assistance systems to ensure a fast response and passenger safety in an emergency situation.
  • Stations will also have an effective ventilation system to maintain good air quality in the station, as well as to filter and remove any unhealthy air conditions associated with emergency situations, like a fire.
  • Stations will include emergency exits in addition to those used for daily access, to ensure that customers can exit stations within specific time frames in case of an emergency.

Platform Edge Doors

DART is considering use of platform edge doors in the subway stations. Platform edge doors are an automatically controlled barrier to the tracks, which only allows passengers access when a train arrives and stops at a station. These barriers:

  • Improve station security by restricting access to the tracks and tunnels
  • Enhance passenger safety by preventing accidental falls off the platform onto the lower track area

As a bonus, platform edge doors prevent litter build up on the rack as well as improve the sound quality of platform announcements.

Signage and Lighting

Ensuring that people using the D2 Subway know where they are going and can get there safely is critical – especially in an emergency situation. That’s why the D2 stations will have intuitive signage throughout, to make it easy for passengers to access their train, but also connect from stations to local attractions and destinations. People’s ease of getting around will be further enhanced by effective lighting design, which will keep the platform open, visible and well-lit, and will support security and surveillance technology.

For more information on what goes into building the D2 Subway, check out our “Anatomy of a Subway” series, and stay tuned to DART Daily for updates on the project’s progress.

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