DART Announces Theme for 2018 Student Art Contest

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Students show off their art from the 2017 competition.

DART invites participants in the 2018 Student Art Contest to illustrate “Oh, the Places DART Goes” and incorporate this theme in their work.

The contest is open to kindergarten through 12th grade students, limit one entry per student. In 2016, the agency received more than 2,200 entries from 171 schools and organizations.

DART will accept entries through Feb. 28, 2018. Competition is tough, so students should start early on their masterpieces!

DART’s Annual Student Art Contest helps foster awareness of public transportation. The art competition inspires students to learn about how DART connects people to jobs, schools, healthcare, entertainment and more.

To learn more, visit DART.org/artcontest.

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DARTable Fall Adventures

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Get into the autumn spirit with these DARTable activities and attraction this weekend and beyond:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is playing at Pocket Sandwich Theatre through Nov. 11. Explore the weighty philosophical questions of good and evil, and love and hate, when the ultimate two-faced villain returns in one of the Pocket’s most popular melodramas.
Take the Red Line to Mockingbird Station

NorthPark Center’s Pumpkin Patch is on display through Oct. 31, and features more than 25 varietals of gourds, corn and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. It’s the perfect backdrop for family photos on a crisp fall afternoon.
Take the Red or Orange Line to Park Lane Station and catch the NorthPark Center Shuttle.

The Bloomin’ Bluegrass Music Festival & Chili Cook-Off is Oct. 20 and 21 at the Farmers Branch Historical Park and is free to the public. The festival will feature music on the main stage and throughout the park in makeshift jam sessions, from 4:30 until 10 p.m. on Friday, and from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Take the Green Line to Farmers Branch Station.

Steinfest is a free, family-friendly festival hosted by the Historic Downtown Plano Association. The festival celebrates outstanding beer, great food and the right kind of polka music to get you dancing in the street. The festival is Friday, from 5 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Haggard Park.
Take the Red Line to Downtown Plano Station.

Autumn at the Arboretum includes the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring pumpkin houses and creative displays utilizing more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash along with hay bales and cornstalks. Themed “Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds, Oh My!,” Pumpkin Village takes each visitor on a trip highlighting the beloved book, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Autumn at the Arboretum is presented by Rogers-O’Brien Construction and runs through Nov. 22.
Take Bus Route 60

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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The weekend has lots of family-friendly events, including a block party and a pumpkin-fest. Not to mention the last weekend of the State Fair of Texas! Check out the DARTable offerings:

Friday, Oct. 20

The third Friday of the month means ’til Midnight at the Nasherand this is the last one of the season. As usual, there will be a live outdoor concert and a film screening. There are also social media scavenger hunts, progressive tours, and, of course, the greatness of the Nasher collection. Wolfgang Puck Catering offers bar services, snacks and tacos, which are pretty great, too. Charley Crockett takes the stage at 7 p.m., and the film – 2011’s Super 8 – starts at 9 p.m. It’s free! The Nasher is a short walk from Pearl/Arts District Station and also is accessible via D-Link, Route 722.
Saturday, Oct. 21

Rockin’ the Square – a Historic Block Party is a celebration in Downtown Garland featuring live music, food and fireworks. The occasion: Downtown Garland’s listing in the National register of Historic Places. Entertainment will be provided by the tongue-in-cheek Mullet Boyz, as well as the country-rock outfit Old Southern Moonshine Revival. The event will also feature the official unveiling of the National Register Plaque. Take the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station to join the fun.

Pumpkins on the Plaza is a free family-fun event at Dallas City Hall Plaza. There will be costume contests for kids and pets, arts and crafts, inflatables, face painting, entertainment, hay rides, and more.  Food will be available for purchase, as well. It’s all a short walk from Convention Center Station.

Sunday, Oct. 22

It’s the last day of the State Fair of Texas! Celebrating 131 years of tradition, the fair means midway rides, fried food, tons of expositions and, of course, Big Tex. It should mean beautiful fall weather this Sunday, as well. If you haven’t been yet this year, this is your last chance! Catch the Green Line to Fair Park Station.

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Random Acts of … State Fair Tickets

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The last day of the State Fair of Texas is Sunday, Oct. 22. If you haven’t yet made it to Fair Park, time is running out to enjoy all the rides, midway games, shows, concerts, exhibits and food you can imagine!

For some lucky North Texans, DART staff was out on the system today and yesterday giving away – at random – free State Fair of Texas admission tickets.

Don’t worry, there’s still a chance for you to win four State Fair tickets today. Just head on over to our Facebook page and tell us what you love most about the State Fair of Texas in the comments section of this Facebook post for a chance to win four tickets. Winners chosen by 3 p.m. today.

To make your State Fair trip a breeze, here are some helpful travel tips:

  • Use the GoPass®app to buy your transit pass in advance: DON’T activate them until the day you go to the fair. If you miss out on the free State Fair tickets, you can buy them at a discount on the GoPass app.
  • Know the fares: Make sure you’re buying the right transit pass.
  • Take advantage of free parking available at many DART stations.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Learn more at DART.org/StateFair.

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Flash Update Part 2: Tell me the latest on the Cotton Belt!


Do you know the latest on our new regional rail line? In our Flash Update Series, Part 2, DART is ready to announce some exciting updates and progress on the Cotton Belt! Check out the info below to see where we are on the Cotton Belt.

The Cotton Belt is a regional rail line serving seven cities between the DFW Airport and Shiloh Road in Plano. This will better connect the northern part of the DART Service Area to the rest of the region, increasing mobility and access to employment, services, and businesses.

  • The Cotton Belt has completed the latest round of Community Meetings and Open Houses. DART is bringing North Texans the latest information on route maps, environmental impacts, and where we are in the process for making the Cotton Belt a reality for North Texas.
  • DART is collaborating with corridor city staffs and conducting continuing discussions with communities located along the Cotton Belt Rail Corridor to discuss potential environmental impacts.
  • On September 12, the DART Board approved new debt resolutions providing funding mechanisms for the Cotton Belt and D2. DART will seek funding for the Cotton Belt through a low-interest loan from the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF). This low-interest loan is dedicated to commuter rail and freight projects, just like the Cotton Belt.

A Railway Line to Connect Our Region

The planning process for large transit projects, like the Cotton Belt, is an iterative one.  DART seeks to work with a variety of stakeholders, from the folks living along the rail corridor, to the government officials in each of the six towns along the Cotton Belt. Together, we can create transit solutions that best balance everyone’s interests and bring the greatest benefits to our region. Stay tuned to get the latest project development updates on the Cotton Belt!

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Last Week to Enjoy the State Fair of Texas

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Some good things eventually come to an end, and for the State Fair of Texas, the end is Oct. 22. If you haven’t gone yet, don’t miss out on all the fun, festivities and food the fair offers. And the best way to reach Fair Park is on DART.

Direct to the fair
Fair Park, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds, and MLK, Jr., located south of R.B. Cullum Boulevard and convenient to the Gate 6 entrance and the Cotton Bowl stadium, are your choices on DART’s Green Line.

Connecting is easy
All DART Rail and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) passengers can transfer easily to the Green Line. Trains going to the fair will say “Fair Park,” “Buckner” or “Lawnview.”

Orange Line passengers from Irving transfer to the Green Line at Bachman Station. Southbound Orange, Red and Blue line passengers transfer at Pearl/Arts District or St. Paul stations. Northbound Red and Blue line passengers transfer at Akard Station. TRE passengers transfer to the Green Line at Victory Station. Details are at TrinityRailwayExpress.org.

Customers using the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) should check DCTA.net for departure and arrival times and to ensure smooth connections at Trinity Mills Station to DART’s Green Line. The DCTA will be adjusting their schedules during the fair.

Day Pass and GoPass app
Purchase a Local Day Pass for $5, good for DART Rail, local buses and riding the TRE from CentrePort Station. Tarrant and Denton County customers need a Regional Day Pass for $10. Purchase passes at ticket vending machines at all DART and TRE stations or on the GoPass app available for both Apple and Android.

Save money fair admission
Save $2 and buy your State Fair of Texas general admission with the GoPass app. Show your purchased fair ticket on GoPass® at any gate to gain entrance. It is not necessary to buy a DART transit ticket to take advantage of the State Fair discount ticket.

Details are available at DART.org/StateFair or by calling DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

 

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Downtown Garland Joins National Register; City Celebrates Oct. 21

The National Park Service has added the Garland Downtown Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.

According to a city news release, the commercial district is the second historic area in Garland to be listed on the National Register, following the Travis College Hill neighborhood, which was listed in February.

The historic district reflects the evolution of the city from a small rural town on along two main railroad lines, into a thriving commercial center along the Bankhead Highway, and later into a booming suburb of Dallas along U.S. 67.

Today, the Blue Line runs along the right-of-way once occupied by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) railroad. Just as passenger rail was essential to the city’s early growth, DART Light Rail has been key to the revitalization of Downtown Garland.

Rockin’ the Square: A Historic Block Party

Garland will celebrate its downtown’s listing on the National Register with live music, food and fireworks on Saturday, Oct. 21, 6-10 p.m.

To kick off the festivities, party band The Mullet Boyz will rock the house. The evening will also feature the official unveiling of the National Register plaque. A celebratory display of fireworks will cap-off the plaque unveiling.

Take the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station, and walk a couple blocks to the city’s historic square.

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Flash Update Part 1: Status of the D2 Subway


As we’ve mentioned before, DART has some exciting projects for North Texas that will expand transit options for our region. Two of our large-scale expansion projects are the D2 Subway and the Cotton Belt.  While these two projects serve two different purposes, they both will increase mobility and flexibility for goods and people to travel around the region. DART has some exciting updates on both of these projects in this two-part series. Get a quick readout of the progress we’ve made with the D2 Subway in Part 1!

The D2 Subway will serve a critical purpose of relieving the pressure on the existing four light rail lines that all run on the same downtown tracks. By adding in an underground route, North Texans will be able to move more flexibly and efficiently around the region.

  • On Wednesday September 13th, the Dallas City Council gave its support to build the downtown subway.
  • The City Council chose the Commerce/Victory/Swift alignment as their first choice for the D2 Subway, which will start near DART Victory Station then travel over to the Perot Museum and then move to the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. It will then transition underground, running beneath Commerce Avenue before surfacing near the Good-Latimer Expressway.
  • The Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) was approved by the DART Board on September 26.
  • DART will seek funding through the Federal Transit’s Administration’s (FTA’s) Core Capacity Program. Guided by the FTA, DART will seek 50/50 funding for the D2 Subway.

Planning for the Future

DART collaborates with many different community partners to make these projects a reality for North Texas.  We partner with local communities, the DART Board, the Dallas City Council, and stakeholders from across the region to create the best transit projects for our region. DART will continue to bring you updates as these projects move forward in the development process!

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

There are diverse offerings for fun this weekend – from markets, to festivals, to yoga with goats (yes, you read that right). Check it out:

Friday, Oct. 13
Rescue Goat Yoga takes place at Dallas Farmers Market and benefits local charities. Exercise, animals and positive people are all stress-relievers, and all three will be on hand at this unique event. Enjoy an outdoor yoga class while pygmy/dwarf goats interact with you. Need more reasons to go? How about adult beverages, delicious food from Rex’s Seafood and live music? Throw a few vendors into the bargain, and you’ve got a perfect Friday evening lined up.

Also in the Farmers Market, The Boho Market is an eclectic community of artisans and makers bringing local, handcrafted goods together at a family friendly community event. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Dallas Farmers Market is right on the D-Link (Route 722).

Saturday, Oct. 14
Plano International Festival showcases the rich cultural diversity of Plano and of our region. You’ll find multicultural displays, entertainment, food and activities. There’s a Children’s Global Village, a fashion show, food trucks, a Fitness and Wellness Fair, and performers galore. It all takes place in Haggard Park, immediately adjacent to Downtown Plano Station.

Sunday, Oct. 15
It’s the last performance of Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s first tragedy and one of his goriest plays. It’s the story of Titus, a Roman general, who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with Tamora, Queen of the Goths. The performance happens at Addison Circle Park, near Addison Transit Center.

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Find Your Stuff at DART Lost and Found

As a daily train rider, I’ve lost my fair share of stuff on DART Rail. My cell phone. My day planner. My niece’s puffy painted hoodie. Fortunately, someone found and turned in the phone and day planner. I don’t why anyone else would want that crazy sweatshirt.

I’ve also found a few things, too, that I turn in to the first-floor Lost and Found window as soon as I get to DART Headquarters.

With so many people riding DART to the State Fair of Texas® and other fall festivals, it’s easy to accidentally leave something behind. Here’s how to get it back.

Be Proactive
Please try DART Lost and Found if you think you left an item on the bus, train or transit facility. DART’s fare inspectors, police, operators, cleaning crew and maintenance staff are all checking for lost articles. Our customers are pretty great, too, turning in items they find to DART personnel or the Lost & Found office.

So many items are never claimed because those customers assumed their belongings are gone for good. Chances are we have it at Lost and Found. You just have to ask.

Be Patient
It usually takes at least 1-2 business days for couriers to transfer items from the bus and rail divisions to DART Headquarters. Those items arrive at Lost and Found at 4 p.m. on business days. If staff or customers turn in items at another facility, it may take a few days longer.

Keep checking back every day or two. Guest relations agents log all items as they come in and items are well organized in a secure storage room. They can quickly determine if your item has arrived.

Be Descriptive
DART takes caution to return items to their rightful owners. When you call or visit about a lost item, be ready to share specific details about it: color, brand, contents, day and time lost, bus route or train line, vehicle direction – anything that can prove it’s really yours and help the representative find the item. Customers also must show a valid ID to claim their belongings.

For example, when I left my phone on the train, I told the rep that I lost a turquoise Samsung Galaxy with no case while riding the Red Line back to Parker Road. My phone was chipped in the bottom corner, on the AT&T network, and there was a photo of flamingos on my screen saver.

Be Preventive
When riding transit, keep your belongings on your lap, check around you before you exit the train or bus, and make sure you take your bike, suitcase or stroller when you leave the vehicle.

Make sure there’s a contact card in every bag, backpack or purse. If you lock your phone, find a way to put your name or an ICE (in case of emergency) number on the lock screen, or put a contact card in your phone case.

Guest relations agents check lost items for anything that might have your name, phone number and/or address. If they find contact information, they will call you or mail a letter.

DART Lost and Found
DART Headquarters at Akard Station
1401 Pacific Ave., Dallas
214-749-3810
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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