Exercise Safety When Playing Pokémon Go

Contrary to what some parents may say to their kids, playing Pokémon Go isn’t fatal. But the distractions caused by the addictive augmented reality game can put your life in jeopardy when searching for stops around transit.

Several DART and TRE locations are Pokestops. But remember, we built the system for people and the vehicles used to get them where they need to go, not for a game. We want you to be safe when using transit.

Enjoy your game. But when you’re at a DART or TRE facility, stop, look up, unplug and live.

Thanks for riding.

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Dallas Streetcar Route Expanding

Street car 2.jpgThe Dallas Streetcar construction project has created challenges for some businesses in and near the Bishop Arts District, but Paul Delgado, co-owner of The Local Oak restaurant, isn’t complaining.

“Once the streetcar gets rolling, we fully anticipate that it will bring more people into the area, so plans are already underway to expand our kitchen, rework our menu and hire more people to accommodate the expected increase in sales,” Delgado said.

The 0.75-mile extension project includes the addition of two stops along Zang Boulevard – one at Sixth Street and the other at Davis Boulevard, which is the Bishop Arts District stop.

DART will host a Community Meeting July 28 to help introduce and educate North Oak Cliff residents and visitors about the new Dallas Streetcar southern extension to Bishop Arts. Among other things, participants will hear construction updates, learn about D-Link bus service changes and the new Bishop Arts Shuttle bus.

The Dallas Streetcar extension project is expected to be completed by late August. The streetcar is owned by the city of Dallas, and maintained and operated by DART.

Click here for more details about the Community Meeting.

Read more on the streetcar in the latest issue of Inmotion.

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Community Hopes South Oak Cliff Blue Line Extension Will Catalyze Growth

Expectations are high that the October opening of the Blue Line extension from Ledbetter Station to the new Camp Wisdom and UNT Dallas stations will serve as a catalyst for business, recreation and housing development.

The following video highlights the progress of the project.

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Images of Progress: Blue Line Live Wire Test

DART will open the Blue Line Extension in late October, adding two stations and nearly three miles of rail between Ledbetter Station and UNT Dallas Station near the University of North Texas at Dallas.

A successful live wire test was conducted yesterday, which ensures electrical systems work. Officials rode the test train from Ledbetter Station to UNT Dallas Station. Invitees included federal, state and local elected officials; city of Dallas staff; contractors; DART Board members; UNT Dallas staff and community stakeholders.

Here are photos (Taken by Lupe Hernandez) from yesterday’s live wire test.

 

 

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DART Successfully Completes Live Wire Test to UNT Dallas

DART successfully completed the live wire test for the Blue Line Extension to UNT Dallas. The train traveled approximately three miles between Ledbetter Station and the new UNT Dallas Station on Thursday, July 21. The extension of DART’s Blue Line is scheduled to open Monday, October 24.

Watch the video by David Woo, courtesy of The Dallas Morning News.

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Today is Dollar Day at Dallas Zoo

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Today is dollar day at the Dallas Zoo. That means visitors can enjoy $1 admission and dollar deals from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dallas Zoo officials are expecting large crowds and are advising visitors to take DART’s Red Line straight to the Dallas Zoo Station.

The best way to purchase your DART pass is on the free GoPass app, available from the App Store or the Google Play store. With GoPass, you can buy your DART pass, access travel tools and rider alerts, and look up events and offers. Learn more at DART.org/GoPass.

Special deals at the zoo today include:
• $1 admission (free for 2 and under and Zoo members)
• $1 selected snack items
• $1 nectar to feed the lorikeets
• $2 Endangered Species Carousel
• $5 giraffe feedings
• $8 parking (limited)

If you’re a Pokémon fan, you’ll be happy to know there are more than 30 Pokéstops across Zoo grounds! If you’re going to hunt for Pokémon while you are there, zoo officials offer some safety suggestions and quick tips. Click here to learn more.

Looking for other fun things to do this weekend? Visit DART.org/specialevents. And use DART.org/TravelAgent to help you plan your trip.

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Now Playing at a Theatre Near DART

Plaza TheatrePass on the popcorn and previews, and be there at opening curtain for the following theatrical performances that are totally DARTable.

Dreamgirls is showing at the Wyly Theatre until July 24. Set in the Motown era that brought us powerhouse voices like Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross – and ultimately Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé – Dreamgirls explodes from the stage with legendary songs and timeless appeal. Take DART Red, Blue, Green or Orange Line to the Pearl/Arts District Station.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder! is playing July 21-31 at the DARTable Eisemann Center for Performing Arts. Presented in Living Black & White™, which, through the use of trade-secret makeup, special lighting, meticulous costuming and set creation, combined with stylized acting, creates the illusion that the audience is watching – not just a play – but a 1930s-40s black-and-white movie brought to life on stage!

Peter Pan to the rescue! Join Wendy, Michael, John and the Lost Boys in Neverland for CORP’s on-stage production of Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr. July 30-31 at the DARTable Plaza Theatre in Downtown Garland. Take the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station.

For a list of other upcoming special events that are DARTable, visit DART.org/specialevents.

For more DARTable destinations, visit DART.org/DARTable.

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Culture Map: DART rail adds another convenient extension that stretches Blue Line south

 

3Q4A1215.JPGDART is opening the South Oak Cliff Blue Line Extension in October, adding two stations and nearly three miles of rail between Ledbetter Station and UNT Dallas Station near the University of North Texas at Dallas. The new segment will improve transportation options for residents of southern Dallas and has the potential to spur economic development in the vicinity.
Click here to read Culture Map’s July 19 article on the project.

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The Value of D2 for North Texas

Our transit system is a critical piece of the fabric of not just Dallas, but the entire North Texas region. At DART, we aspire to connect more people to places of business, education, cultural opportunities and to each other. That’s part of the reason we are developing D2.

How will D2 benefit our region? Below are a few reasons why DART and #D2will help unite and strengthen our community.

#D2will Help Connect the Entire Region to Downtown Dallas More Efficiently

Designing a transit system that works for everyone is a collaborative process. D2 is part of a larger system plan that will provide North Texas with a comprehensive, cohesive transportation network that supports all the ways we live and work in this region. We know D2 will impact multiple communities throughout downtown Dallas and the surrounding area, which is why DART is continuing to bring stakeholders and the public along every step of the development process. By coming together, we can best balance everyone’s interests within the scope of the project.

Questions about D2 or the development process? Email your questions to D2@DART.org.

#D2will Support a Growing Area

Our region is experiencing major growth — the population of the 13 cities served by DART is expected to increase 36 percent by 2040. We need transportation infrastructure that can sustain an upward-trending population and encourage businesses to invest in our booming region.

A second rail alignment will relieve the current bottleneck that occurs as existing lines converge in the central business district. The increased capacity and flexibility D2 will offer will not only allow more residents to easily and efficiently navigate downtown Dallas and the surrounding community, but will also enable the system to respond more effectively to unexpected events or emergencies.

#D2Will Promote Economic Vitality

As more people are able to access downtown Dallas faster and easier, our region can better support commercial, cultural, and residential opportunities on and around the second alignment. New businesses moving to the region, residents putting down urban roots, and communities becoming even more accessible for residents and visitors to enjoy are just a few of the ways D2 will help Dallas flourish.

#D2will Be Built for Today and Tomorrow

North Texas is stronger when it is unified. In developing D2 as part of an integrated, multi-modal transit system, DART is taking the next step to connect and advance our region. In the context of other, inter-related projects, such as the Dallas Streetcar and platform extensions that will allow for longer trains during peak use times, we are evaluating all factors. DART is considering population trends, commercial growth opportunities, and the future of our entire transit system, including high-speed rail, as well as impacts on existing neighborhoods, community centers, and businesses. Our goal is to deliver a strong and sustainable transportation solution for North Texas that will meet the region’s needs for decades to come.

We are excited about the opportunities D2 will afford us. To follow along or participate in the discussion, use the hashtag #D2will on your social media properties. Together, we can come up with a regional transit solution that moves North Texas forward, ensuring an economically and culturally vibrant region for all.

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Chocoholics Unite! Check out these decadent destinations

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Whether you are looking for a unique gift, a birthday surprise or the ultimate indulgence, these sweet DARTable destinations offer some of the best delectable desserts in North Texas.

 

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Bishop Arts District (D-Link until Aug. 27 and after that, Dallas Streetcar)
Owner and master chocolatier Andrea Pedraza combines traditional European techniques with modern flavors from Mexico to create some of the finest hand-crafted chocolate delights. Her shop’s signature treat is a solid chocolate designer shoe, but with hundreds of specialty molds in stock, CocoAndré can create a custom chocolate piece for any occasion.

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Downtown Plano (Red Line or Orange Line to Downtown Plano Station)
Bishop Arts District (D-Link until Aug. 27 and after that, Dallas Streetcar)
These dark chocolate creations – including fudges, truffles, toffees, nuts and more – are anything but ordinary. Chef Katherine Clapner fearlessly combines almost anything with cacao, ranging from savory to sweet. Try the Albatross blue cheese and sea salt fudge, or the Fungus Amongus porcini and pumpkin seed toffee.

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Lake Highlands (Bus Route 428 to Northwest @ Thurgood)
DARTable Gem Haute Sweets Patisserie is the brainchild of two highly trained chefs who’ve turned their passion for making people happy into an irresistible boutique for inspired desserts. From decadent specialty cakes, cookies and bars to guilt-free vegan and paleo treats, every bite is a delight.

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Downtown Carrollton (Green Line to Downtown Carrollton Station)
Also a DARTable Gem, this classic tea room and restaurant offers a variety of homemade desserts, including a delicious slice of chocolate chip cake and a warm and a brownie fudge sundae.

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NorthPark Center (Red Line or Orange Line to Park Lane Station, then NorthPark Center Shuttle)
Blending European traditions with Latin American soul, La Duni’s food is terrific, but the desserts are divine. We recommend the four-slice special, so you can try several of their
award-winning Café Line cakes, including the Venezuelan triple chocolate truffle cake or the Nutella milk chocolate cake.

For more DARTable destinations, go to DART.org/DARTable.

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