Don’t Miss Your Chance to “Stuff a Bus”

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Right now, visitors are donating socks, blankets, canned food and unwrapped toys at DART’s annual Stuff a Bus event at Mockingbird Station. The event lasts until 5 p.m. this evening, so make sure you don’t miss a chance to display your giving spirit and help those in need.

KKDA-FM, “K-104,” sponsors DART’s Stuff a Bus campaign and is hosting a live broadcast at Mockingbird Station.

Check out the interactive gallery below to see scenes from the event and how riders like you are making a difference.

Donations will benefit two DART employee campaigns, the DART Police Department’s “Santa Cops,” which offer toys and food to families in need, and the Northwest Bus Division’s “Comforting of the Souls,” which donates new adult socks and blanket to nursing homes.

For more information on how you can make a donation, visit DART.org.

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4 Things You Need To Know About D2 (As We Head Into 2017)


DART exists to serve the people and communities of North Texas, and your feedback about the projects we are planning, like the second alignment known as D2, is a crucial part of the process. The DART Board originally approved a plan to build D2 as a primarily aboveground light rail, but we’ve heard from our stakeholders that what makes the most sense for the downtown Dallas community is a below-ground transit solution.

DART is listening, and we’re in agreement that a subway offers the best balance of everyone’s needs. Going underground does change the scope of the project drastically, and we want to ensure everyone understands all the implications. We will continue seeking your support and input on the development of D2, and here are four things you need to know about D2 as a subway (we’ll discuss each of these in more detail in future posts):

  • TIMELINE. D2 as a subway shifts our timeline, and we’ll be trying to move forward expeditiously to complete it in a timely fashion.
  • COST. D2 will be more expensive as a subway and there are currently no guarantees of how much federal funding we will be able to win. We are going through the process of securing funding for D2 as a Core Capacity project.
  • SYSTEM SUSTAINABILITY. All of our projects are intended to have a long lifecycle.  DART is building D2 to sustain our transit system for years to come as Dallas and the region continue to grow.
  • WORKING TOGETHER. We need your input and support as we continue planning the design of D2. We will all need to work together to achieve the best possible outcome.

As you know, our region needs D2. Alleviating the bottleneck on existing lines, expanding capacity as our population grows and opening up economic opportunities for our region are just a few reasons we are going forward with a second alignment.

Over the next several weeks, we’ll discuss these four factors that affect the planning of D2. Stay tuned!

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Enjoy Two Holiday Events on Board the M-Line

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Start your holiday celebrations with a couple of events on board the M-Line Trolley.

M-Line Trolley Speakers Series with Dotty Griffith

Just in time to give you the holiday meal ideas you crave, the M-Line’s on board speakers series offers you a chance to snag an inside look into the decadent creations of former Dallas Morning News food editor and restaurant critic, Dotty Griffith, Dec. 8 from 6-7 p.m.

Ride the M-Line and witness Griffith showcase the second edition of her Texas Holiday Cookbook as Savor Restaurant provides special treats during the ride. The M-Line Trolley will leave Uptown Station at 2700 Cityplace West Boulevard and loop back to the station at the end of the route.

You can purchase Griffith’s book at the end of the ride, so forget about bring your pen and pencils to jot down all the great dishes she’ll be sharing.

Tickets are $25 and limited due to seating. To purchase your tickets visit, eventbrite.com.

M-Line Holiday Express

Looking for some festive holiday fun for the whole family? Hop on the M-Line Holiday Express, which begins every evening Dec. 19-23.

For five days, the M-Line Holiday Express will begin at Uptown Station, located on 2700 Cityplace West Boulevard, at 7 p.m. with its cars showcasing holiday décor and festive music.

An elf conductor will help serve your family on board, and our friends at Starbucks in West Village will offer you cookies and hot chocolate to keep you warm throughout the trip. Children will also receive a special treat.

Tickets are $25 for 2 riders. To schedule your family’s ride, visit eventbrite.com.

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DART to the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festivities in Farmers Branch

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Christmas is just around the corner, and, if you live in Farmers Branch, you can kick off the season right as you ride DART to the annual Christmas Tree Lighting festivities at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, Saturday, Dec. 3 from 4-8 p.m.

From visits with Santa to choir performances to fireworks to the countdown lighting of the tree at 7:30 p.m., this free event offers fun for the whole family.

Take the Green Line to Farmers Branch Station and the park is just a short 10 minute walk away.

For more information about the event, visit farmersranch.info.

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A Boy and His Train Adventures

For those of you who enjoyed trains as a kid, this young DART rider will remind you just how fascinating a simple train ride can be. In this video, YouTuber Terrell Boyer captures how much his 7-year-old son, Peyton, enjoys riding DART.

Peyton’s dad said his son is a big fan of public transportation and loves for the two of them to go out and ride with no real destination in mind.

To further view the video, visit YouTube. Thanks for sharing, Terrell!

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What Are You Thankful For?

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This holiday season, remember the things you appreciate most. DART asked riders and employees to do just that. Here’s what they had to say:

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“I’m thankful for my church, a place where I can gain strength and encouragement.”

“I’m thankful for DART’s transportation. I live in Red Oak and for me to be able to park and ride to work is such a plus.”

– Felicia Evans, DART Store sales agent


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“I love riding DART. I don’t have to drive in traffic. It’s so convenient to get to DFW Airport. It’s such a stress reliever.”

– Norma McCray, DART rider

“Definitely family and freedom here in America.”

– Ron McCray, DART rider


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“My health and my family’s health.”

“I’m thankful DART saves me about an hour a day in traffic.”

– Giovanni Tressimo, DART rider


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“Life, health and strength.”

“I’m excited to be here at DART, period.”

– Corey Cooks, DART Bus Operator


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“I’m thankful for my friends right here. We go to Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, and we’re all doing an internship at Baylor in health information management.”

“I appreciate DART’s transportation. We don’t have to stress about the traffic.”

– Venus Paternite, DART rider


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“I’m thankful for my health and for fully recovering from a leg injury.”

“This is a good company to work for with very nice people. I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn new things.”

– Nim Onapai, DART Sr. Business Analyst


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“That I’m alive. That I have a job working for myself.”

“I’m thankful DART’s convenient.”

– Frank Alford, Jr., DART rider


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“This is my first time riding in a few years. I’m thankful for the opportunity to get around. DART’s an easy way to go across town. I don’t have to drive that far or sit in traffic.”

-Travis Bawcum, DART rider


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My family.”

“I’m thankful for my Creative Services team.”

– Taty Benavidez, DART Production/Distribution Supervisor


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“I’m thankful for my children and my girlfriend. I’m thankful God blessed me to be at my current state.”

“I’m also thankful for the opportunity to have a positive effect on people’s lives. As they strive for a career, I’m able to help them achieve their goal.”

– Quinten Lee, DART Human Capital Specialist


From all of us at DART, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Perception Survey Reveals DART is Still Your Ride Downtown

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Going to work at Renaissance Tower or headed to Klyde Warren Park for an afternoon outdoors? A new survey reveals that DART is still your go-to option for getting around Dallas’ urban core.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. released results from the all-inclusive perception survey, showing just what people think about Downtown Dallas.

To check out the findings for yourself, visit downtowndallas.com.

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In Pictures: Garland Music Station with Bree & The Fellas

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DART’s Garland Music Station gave visitors a taste of jazz, pop and neo-soul. In case you missed it, check out this galley of Friday’s performance at Downtown Garland Station with Bree & The Fellas.

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DART Sets Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

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Smart cooks plan their shopping lists and their menu. Smart travelers riding DART also make plans during Thanksgiving.

Show off your rider wisdom and stay in the know of upcoming schedule changes starting Thursday, Nov. 24, and continuing until regular scheduled transit service resumes on Saturday, Nov. 26.

These changes include:

  • Bus detours due to the 2016 Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 24. The routes affected are 1, 2, 11, 12, 19, 21, 26, 29, 35, 42, 52, 59, 60, 76, 110, 111, 161, 164 and 749. More information about bus detours is available at DART.org/RiderAlerts.
  • DART buses and light rail trains will operate on a Sunday schedule Thursday, Nov. 24 and a Saturday schedule Friday, Nov. 25, while the TRE will not operate on Thanksgiving Day and will follow a regular schedule Friday. Find TRE details at TrinityRailwayExpress.org.
  •  DART’s Customer Information Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day and open Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The administrative offices, Customer Care Center, and Lost and Found will be closed both Thanksgiving Day and Friday.
  • DART Paratransit will operate on a holiday schedule Thanksgiving Day and the day after. The Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed both days. Regular subscription trips are canceled Thursday and Friday. Customers may call on Wednesday, Nov. 23 to schedule service for Thursday, Nov. 24 through Monday, Nov. 28.

To schedule a trip, call 214-515-7272 and choose Option 3. You also can choose Next
Day Scheduling, available each day using DART’s voice mail booking application and automated X-Press Booking feature.

To find a full list of route and schedule changes, visit DART.org or call 214-979-1111.

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Enjoy an Upbeat Evening with Bree & The Fellas

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Jazz, pop and neo-soul — Let Bree & The Fellas transform your time at the station into a groovy experience during DART’s Music Station at Downtown Garland Station today from 5-6 p.m.

Coming from a family of musicians, lead singer Bree Parker, who goes by just Bree, said music became paramount in her life as early as age 7.

Bree sometimes finds herself riding DART and said the Music Stations allow bands to connect with the public.

“Whenever I ride DART for a trip to the fair or for a day of wandering, I always find myself enjoying the city of Dallas in a different way,” Bree said. “I love how DART Music Stations are giving local artists a chance to shine and connect with those in the community.”

The band aims to spread a positive, inspirational message in a way that people, from the non-musician to the most talented, can enjoy.

After releasing a CD and singing on various stages around Dallas, Bree & The Fellas strives to penetrate the hearts and minds of as many people as possible with its music.

Music Stations allow bands to do just that, and offer you a part in celebrating DART’s 20 years of light rail.

For all of you who will be at Downtown Garland Station tonight, Bree has a message for you:

“If you happen to pass by us this evening, sing or clap or dance along,” Bree said. “We just want you to have a good time.”

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