Perk Up! It’s National Coffee Day

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Okay, so nobody actually uses a percolator anymore. But coffee culture is going strong, with the average American consuming 6.8 pounds of java per year, and coffeehouses of all kinds dot the urban landscape. Today is National Coffee Day, so some of them may even be offering free cups of joe or other, um, perks.

If you live or work in downtown Dallas, your cup truly runneth over – visit DART.org/maps for some hot tips on where to get a hot pick-me-up.

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Local Photographer Wins First Place in State Fair 2016 Creative Arts Competition

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Local photographer Michael Blachly captures the Green Line in motion to win first place in the City Scape category for the State Fair of Texas’ 2016 Creative Arts Competition. The photo, taken at DART’s Akard Station, highlights the more than 2,000 contest submissions judged before the fair’s opening day tomorrow.

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Explore New Foods at the State Fair

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What’s a fair without fried food, delicious sweets and savory appetizers that satisfy your taste buds?

This year’s State Fair of Texas® brings in new dishes, and DART can take you to experience all the tasty treats.

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, you can grab a spoon and try Howdy Homemade’s Dr Pepper Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. The desert is a super-premium ice cream loaded with Dr Pepper flavor and mini chocolate chips.

If you’re wanting something to warm your soul, snag some soul food with a bowl of Bacon Cream Corn. The dish includes savory bacon and sweet whole-kernel corn combined with a buttery rich cream sauce.

If crunchy and delicious is what you have in mind, try some Fried Cajun Crisps. These shrimp flavored chips are deep fried into perfectly crispy puffs and then sprinkled right out of the fryer with a special Cajun seasoning for maximum flavor.

DART makes your food adventure easy to get to with the GoPass℠ app. Use the app to purchase both your State Fair of Texas general admission tickets and DART transit passes. You can save $2 off State Fair of Texas admission when you use the app. 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.

For more information on new foods this year, visit bigtex.com/food. To learn more about how DART can take you there, visit DART.org/StateFair.

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Let DART be Your Guide to a Hassle-Free State Fair Experience

statefairgeneral600x600pxWhat’s not to love about the State Fair of Texas®? There are thrill-seeking rides, just-gotta-try-it midway games, lively shows, concerts and exhibits, and of course, every kind of palate-tempting, deep-fried food you can imagine.

The fair comes only once a year, so it’s important to do it right! That starts with getting to Fair Park. Fortunately, DART makes it easy.

Here are a few guidelines to make your journey to the fair as hassle-free as possible:

  • Use the GoPass℠ app to buy your tickets in advance: DON’T activate them until the day you go to the fair.
  • Know the fares: Make sure you’re buying the right transit pass.
  • Park free at a DART station: Take advantage of free parking available at many DART stations.
  • Plan ahead on game days: Keep this year’s football schedule in mind when planning your trip.
  • Check the DART schedule – it’s different: During the fair, DART offers more frequent and extended services.
  • Get on the Green Line: Wherever you start your journey, you’ll want to make your way to Downtown Dallas and transfer to the Green Line, which serves Fair Park Station and MLK, Jr. Station.
  • Roll on with level boarding: The center car of every DART Rail vehicle is a low-floor section that offers level boarding perfect for fairgoers with strollers, walkers, wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

For more tips to help you travel to the fair like a pro, check out our complete survival guide and explore DART.org/StateFair.

 

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Texas-OU Game Day Tip: Plan Ahead

tx-ou-10-11-14_18-reducedSome call it a rivalry, others a shootout, still others a showdown. Most people call it Texas-OU or OU-Texas, depending on which team you’re rooting for. When the annual football game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners takes place at the Cotton Bowl this Saturday, Oct. 8, you can avoid calling it a mess with a little preparation.

The large number of riders that day will have an impact on service throughout the DART System beginning four hours before the 11 a.m. kickoff until three hours after the final play. Customers who depend on bus-to-rail connections should start trips at least an hour earlier than normal.

Save Time with the GoPass℠ App
You can save time and money when you purchase your State Fair of Texas tickets and DART passes with the GoPass app. Set up your GoPass account and buy your tickets in advance, but DON’T activate them until the day you go to the fair. The app is free through the Google Play store or the App Store.

For more information about DART service on game day, visit DART.org.

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Let DART and TRE be Your Ride this Weekend

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Whether this weekend means a visit to the Dallas Zoo or the Fort Worth Stockyards, let DART and the Trinity Railway Express take you there.

Visiting Dallas
If Dallas is your destination, you can ride the TRE to Union Station, then transfer to a DART Red or Blue line. You also can ride the TRE to Victory Station, then transfer to DART’s Green or Orange line. No matter which line you choose or which way you go, you’ll see the best Dallas has to offer. You may even check out a few of these Dallas locations:

  • American Airlines Center
  • The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
  • The Dallas Museum of Art
  • The Dallas World Aquarium
  • West Village
  • NorthPark Center

Visiting Fort Worth
If your eyes are set on Fort Worth, you can take the TRE to Fort Worth ITC Station, then ride The T buses to all the fun. Here are a few Fort Worth sites worth seeing:

  • Fort Worth Zoo
  • Sundance Square
  • Amon Carter Museum
  • Bass Performance Hall
  • Kimbell Art Museum
  • Fort Worth Stockyards

Things to Remember
Sunday service is not available on the TRE. When planning your trip, be sure to note the last train departure time. With your $10.00 Regional Day Pass, you get unlimited rides all day on DART, The T and the TRE.

To view schedules, station information and more visit DART.org and trinityrailwayexpress.org. To discover more exciting destinations, visit DART.org/DARTable.

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Up, Up and Away – Plano Balloon Festival Lifts Off Sept. 23-25

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Explore Plano’s signature community event, the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival, Sept. 23-25 in Oak Point Park. More than 40 balloons will take to the skies to mark the 37th year of ballooning in Plano.

Getting to this DARTable event is a breeze – parking is free at Parker Road Station, or you can take a train or bus there. Then soar to the park on the free “Balloon Flyer” bus service, which boards on Archerwood Street next to the station. Busses run continuously during festival operating hours.

plano-balloon-festival-resized_smaller_glowBalloons launch at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Balloon glows are at 8 p.m. Here’s the general festival schedule so you can plan ahead:

  • Friday, 4-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Sunday, 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Enjoy live entertainment on two stages, a spectacular Saturday evening fireworks show, special kids activities, skydivers – and balloon glows and launches, of course!

Discover fabulous food, great merchandise and handmade products. If you crave a different view of the festival, tethered balloon rides are available this year.

It’s all happening at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway. Admission for kids 36 inches and under is free. Seniors 65 and older get $1 off. Everyone else can buy a one-time entry for $5.

Register for the race, buy tickets and get more information at planoballoonfest.org.plano-balloon-festival-logo

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Air Force and New Mexico Fans can DART to Cotton Bowl

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The rivalry is old, but the game site is new. Falcons and Lobos are headed to Dallas and the State Fair of Texas for the 34th game between the two schools on Saturday, Oct. 15. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail makes it easy for them to attend with great service directly to the legendary Cotton Bowl.

Fans can purchase a $5 Local Day Pass, good for both DART Rail and buses; by cash or credit card at ticket vending machines located at all DART stations. Make the trip even easier by purchasing a day pass in advance with the GoPass℠ mobile ticketing application for Android and Apple smartphones. Its free through Google Play or the App Store.

Riding DART gives fans a choice of two Green Line stations — Fair Park, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds, or MLK, Jr., located south of R.B. Cullum Blvd. and convenient to both the MLK fairground entrance (Gate 6) and the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Transferring to the Green Line from Red, Orange and Blue lines can be done at any of the four downtown Dallas rail stations: West End, Akard, St. Paul or Pearl/Arts District. Trinity Railway Express (TRE) service will also be available from Fort Worth.

Additional details about DART service is available at DART.org/AirForceClassic or by calling DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

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5 Ways DART’s Making It Easier to Attend the State Fair This Year

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Let’s get right down to it. Here are five ways DART’s cutting the hassle out of your State Fair travel plans.

1. Direct Access
What’s better than direct access to fun and excitement? Direct access through DART, of course. DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station takes you right in front of the fairground’s main entrance.

You also can ride the Green Line to MLK, Jr. Station located south of R.B. Cullum Boulevard and convenient to the Gate 6 entrance and the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

2. GoPass℠: An App That Does It All
Simultaneously, purchase your fair ticket and DART pass with a click of a button using DART’s GoPass℠ app. Set up your GoPass℠ account in advance to save time, and when you purchase your fair ticket and DART pass, DON’T activate them until the day you plan to use them. The app is free through Google Play or the App Store.

3. Save Off the Price of Admission
Did we mention you can save $2 off the price of admission when you use the GoPass℠ app to purchase your fair ticket and DART pass? Yeah. Pretty neat.

4. Service Changes with You in Mind
Starting Sept. 26, DART’s helping you navigate to all the fair fun with the following service changes:

  • Extra Green Line trains between Victory and Lawnview stations from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends; all trips will feature 3-car trains.
  • Orange Line extended to Parker Road on all trips, weekdays and weekends.
  • Added Green and Blue line service after 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Extra buses on Routes 60 and 409 Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
  • Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will operate on all four Sundays during the fair.

5. DART and the TRE Take You to the Cotton Bowl
Last, but certainly not least, DART and the TRE make it easier to cheer on your favorite team with additional services to three games at the Cotton Bowl during the fair.
The annual Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic featuring Prairie View A&M and Grambling State universities is Saturday, Oct. 1. The AT&T Red River Showdown between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Oklahoma Sooners is Saturday, Oct. 8. And, a new matchup takes place on Saturday, Oct. 15, when the Air Force Cadets take on the New Mexico Lobos.

There you have it. With these five ways, your fair adventure is just a DART ride away.

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New DART Transit Solution Available in Collin County

Qualifying residents of Collin County can now participate in an innovative taxi subsidized service offered by DART, Allen, Fairview and Wylie. The service, Collin County Rides, is available to anyone 65 years of age or older and/or people living with a disability.

Residents who have participated in DART’s temporary Collin County service, established when Texoma Area Paratransit System pulled out of the county, will be grandfathered into Collin County Rides where all registered participants will now receive a taxi debit card for their use.

DART’s debit card holds a maximum of $200. Participants can store $5 to $50 on the card, and they will receive a taxi subsidy based on how much they contribute towards their own transportation.

Registration will be available after Oct. 3, at DART.org/ccr. Residents can call 214-828-6717 to determine eligibility.

 

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