Rider Insider: Experience ‘The Servant’s Last Serve’

d13833320faad174ff83f236dc3d24a2If you’re looking to add a little mystery and comedy to your weekend, ride DART to watch “The Servant’s Last Serve” at the Garland Civic Theatre. The show runs through March 18.

Uncover the mystery of the missing feline, Master Fifi, who inherits the bulk of his owner’s estate to the dismay of the owner’s niece and servants.

Watch hilarity take place as members of the household try to lure the feline to its death and as a clumsy inspector investigates the cat’s disappearance.

To watch the performance, ride DART’s Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station. For more information about the performance, visit garlandcivictheatre.org.  And, to learn more about other events happening this weekend, visit our Rider Insider.

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DART: Your Ride to the DFW South Asian Film Festival

Immerse yourself in a three-day showcase of local and international features, shorts and documentaries and ride DART to the DFW South Asian Film Festival March 3-5.

The event gives you a cinematic look inside the South Asian community in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond.

Opening night will commence at the Perot Museum and the second and third days of the festival will take place at the AMC Village On The Parkway 9.

Ride DART’s Red, Blue, Green or Orange lines to Akard Station, then walk approximately half a mile to the Perot Museum on Field Street. To visit the AMC Village On The Parkway 9, ride DART Bus Route 463 to Montfort and Sakowitz.

For more information about the festival, visit www.dfwsaff.com.

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Get Your Green On: Ride DART to St. Patrick’s Festivities

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Dallas’ St. Patrick’s celebrations on Saturday, March 11 offer great fun for all ages, and the best part is…they’re DARTable!

The day gets underway at 8 a.m. with the St. Paddy’s Dash Down Greenville 5K. This event is open for all ages, but you’ll have to leave your strollers and furry friends at home. So put on your festive attire, lace up your sneakers, purchase your DART transit pass on the free GoPass℠ app, then head to Central Market by Lovers Lane Station for check-in.

A DART local day pass is only $5, and children 5-14 ride for a reduced rate. Take the Red or Orange line to Lovers Lane Station. For more information on the race, visit runproject.org/dashdowngreenville.

After the race, stick around for the largest St. Paddy’s Day celebration in the Southwest. The Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival begins at 11 a.m. at Greenville Avenue and Blackwell Street, and then continues south to SMU Boulevard. The all-day festival includes incredible food, beverages and entertainment.

DART’s Mockingbird and Lovers Lane stations put festival goers within easy walking distance of all the action. Families with strollers or wagons can roll right on the center car of any DART Rail vehicle, which has a low-floor section that’s level with the rail platform. DART’s new fleet of buses also has low-floor sections and is equipped with ramps that deploy for level boarding from the curb.

Learn more about the St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival at dallasstpatricksparade.com.

The fun continues with the Dallas Observer St. Patrick’s Day Concert at Energy Square. Headlining the concert is rock band Jimmy Eat World. Click here for ticket information.

Need help making the connection from your home to the nearest DART bus stop or rail station? DART is partnering with Uber, Lyft and Mothers Against Drunk Driving to get you safely to and from the March 11 festivities.

For more information, please visit DART.org or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

 

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Deadline Approaches for DART’s 2017 Student Art Contest

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This photo shows DART’s 2016 Student Art Contest’s second place winning piece in the kindergarten-second grade category. The piece is by Sanjana Arudala, who submitted it as a second grader from McCoy Elementary in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD.

There’s just one week left for K-12 students to submit entries for DART’s 2017 Student Art Contest. Don’t miss your chance to capture how riding DART begins an adventure.

Contestants can compete to earn a spot for their design on DART buses and trains, plus cash and other prizes.

Contest Details:

  • The contest is open to public school, private school and home-schooled students in kindergarten through the 12th grade.
  • Designs must be original work by the student and should illustrate the theme “The adventure starts here.”
  • Entry deadline is Feb.28, 2017. Students who submit their artwork early receive a special prize.
  • No group entries are allowed.
  • All entries must measure 11″ high by 17″ wide and be laid out horizontally.
  • Student’s name, grade level, school name, school address, teacher’s name, email address and phone number should be easily viewed on the back.

DART will notify winners by March 20. All artwork becomes the property of DART and may be used with appropriate credit to the artist. By entering, contestants consent to have their name and photograph appear as one of the winners.

A gallery of the previous art contest winners is available for viewing at dart.org/artcontest. For more information about the contest, contact Jessica D. Lennon, education outreach manager, at jlennon@dart.org, or call 214-749-2582.

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Five Ways DART Express Offers a More Convenient Ride

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In case you’re still deciding whether to give DART Express a try, here are five ways the new buses offer you a more convenient ride:

Speedy Commute: Express buses operate on a faster schedule than regular DART buses, with limited stops.

Comfortable Ride: You can enjoy the buses’ climate-controlled environments, foot rests and high back seats.

Connectivity: Easily connect to Dallas and neighboring communities, including Addison, Glenn Heights, Lake Ray Hubbard, Plano and Red Bird.

Community: DART Express buses can offer a sense of community on wheels, where you can get to know your operator and see familiar faces on board.

Affordability:  You can save money on gas and parking as well as limit wear and tear on your vehicle.

We enjoyed seeing you at our blue carpet events this morning at Northwest Plano Park & Ride and Wednesday at Red Bird Transit Center. Check out the interactive photo gallery below to view scenes from both events:

To learn more about how DART Express offers you fewer stops and more comfort, visit DART.org.

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DART: Your Ride to the Dallas 2017 Senior Games

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For some, getting older means getting stronger, more agile and competitive.

DART to the Dallas 2017 Senior Games beginning Feb. 22 and watch an Olympic-style fitness and leisure competition.

For the first time since 2007, the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department is reviving the games, which feature 12 different competitive sports and more than 32 different events.

From walk/run races to Texas Hold ’em matches, you can witness contestants 50 years and older compete for the win.

The 2017 Senior Games kick off Feb. 22 at 9 a.m. with a 5K run and a 1K walk at Fair Park. The Opening Ceremony follows at the Fair Park Women’s Building at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public and invites you to enjoy vendors, entertainment, games and a host of activities.

Hop on the Green Line to Fair Park Station to attend the kick off runs, Opening Ceremony and the bridge, dominoes and Texas Hold ‘em matches. For more information about the games, including a list of other event locations, visit dallasparks.org.

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Rider Stories: Melody and Ryan Clary

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Love is in the air … and on the train.

This Valentine’s Day, Melody Clary sat close to her husband Ryan on the Green Line as it passed Pearl/Arts District Station. They were headed to grab burgers for lunch.

“It doesn’t really matter where we’re going or what we’re doing, as long as we’re together,” Melody said.

The couple usually takes the Red, Blue or Orange lines to work in the morning, and Melody said it beats waiting in traffic.

Ten years ago, Ryan took Melody to a carnival and dance, and that’s when it clicked that Melody would be the one for him.

“I just knew,” he said.

One thing Ryan likes about riding DART with his wife is that she helps them navigate their trips.

For Melody, traveling with Ryan makes for a more pleasant ride.

“He’s comfy if I want to lay my head on his shoulder,” she said.

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Let Me Call You Sweet Tooth

Nothing says “Be Mine” on Valentine’s Day like chocolate, and these DARTable destinations offer some of the most delectable desserts around.

CocoAndré Chocolatier
Bishop Arts District – 508 W. 7th St., Dallas
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. Take the Dallas Streetcar, then walk or take Bus Route 723.

Dude, Sweet Chocolate 
Downtown Plano – 1016 E. 15th St.
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. Catch the Red Line to Downtown Plano Station.

Haute Sweets Patisserie
Lake Highlands – 10230 E. Northwest Hwy., Dallas
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. It’s located along Bus Route 428.

Wonderful World of Cooking
Downtown Carrollton – 1014 South Broadway
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. Take the Green Line to Downtown Carrollton Station.

La Duni
NorthPark Center – 8687 N.Central Expy #1516
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. You can catch the Red Line to Park Lane Station, then take Route 702 NorthPark Center Shuttle), or get there via Bus Route 428.

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Plan Ahead for the Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival with the GoPass App

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Get ready. The 38th Annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival starts March 11, and although it may be weeks away, it’s never too soon to start planning your trip in advance.

Jump-start your trip to all things green, fun and festive and use the GoPass℠ app to purchase your DART transit passes. Just set up your GoPass account, buy your tickets in advance, but DON’T activate them until the day you use them. The app is free through the Google Play store or the App Store.

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The parade starts off at Greenville at Blackwell Street and ends at Yale Blvd/SMU Blvd at 75 Central Expressway. You can ride the Red or Orange lines to Lovers Lane Station or the Red, Blue and Orange lines to Mockingbird Station to attend the celebrations.

For more information about DARTing to the parade and festival, visit DART.org. For more information about the parade, visit dallasstpatricksparade.com.

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DART: Your Ride to the Dallas Comic Show

dallascomicshow2017Fill your weekend with thrilling story lines, costumed characters and media guests as you ride DART to the Dallas Comic Show this weekend at the Irving Convention Center, Feb. 11-12.

The family-friendly event aims to provide an affordable convention experience to those in the DFW area.

Shop in the collectible-filled dealer room, observe costume contests of your favorite sci-fi characters, and enjoy Q&As from actors who’ve battled some of the toughest bad guys on the big screen.

Ride DART’s Orange Line to Irving Convention Center Station to attend the show. For more information about the event, visit: www.dallascomicshow.com. And, to learn more about other fun events happening this weekend, visit our Rider Insider.

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