Cotton Belt Open House: What You Need to Know


DART is gearing up for the Cotton Belt. This expansion project is 26 miles of regional rail line that will connect six North Texas cities and the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. There is a lot of research and input to ensure the Cotton Belt works for our region. That’s why DART is hosting a series of Cotton Belt Open Houses/Public Meetings to review the progress of the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor Project.

Open Houses/Public Meeting

Here you’ll learn more about existing conditions along the Cotton Belt corridor, and information from the data collection portion of the Cotton Belt project development process. The Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor Open House will include displays featuring:

  • Updated alignment drawings and station layout
  • Results of the Traffic/Grade Separation Analysis
  • Identification of existing conditions along the corridor (such as parks, cultural resources or land use)

There will also be time for a presentation and a question and answer session.

Date and Location
Monday, September 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Parkhill Junior High School Cafeteria
16500 Shady Bank Drive, Dallas, TX 75248

Want to Submit a Comment?

It’s easy to submit a formal comment. Simply email any question or concern to [email protected].

What Else Should I Know?

DART is working with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  This statement will assess impacts and benefits and will be a pivotal part in moving the project development process forward.  Stay up to date on the Cotton Belt’s progress here.

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TRE offers Special Weekend Service for State Fair of Texas

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TRE will operate special weekend schedules during the 2017 State Fair of Texas, which runs from Sept. 29 through Oct. 22.

TRE passengers can easily transfer to the Green Line at Victory Station. The fairgrounds are connected to two DART Rail Green Line stations — Fair Park, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds, and MLK, Jr., located south of R.B. Cullum Blvd. and convenient to the Gate 6 entrance and the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Click here to view TRE’s special event schedule.

Fair goers may 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.

You can save $2 when 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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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

It’s shaping up into a party weekend, with wine, balloons, barbecue and more. DART’s the best way to get to these great weekend events!

Thursday, Sept. 21

Why not get a jump on the weekend? The businesses on Deep Ellum’s Main Street open their doors every third Thursday evening for Wine Walk. Tonight, they’ll be celebrating International Peace Day. For $10, you’ll get a specially designed wine glass that will be topped off at the neighborhood’s many galleries and shops. Get off at Baylor University Medical Center Station and make Kettle Art Gallery your first stop.

Friday, Sept. 22

It’s the first day of the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival, a spectacular event that runs through Sunday at Oak Point Park. The festival offers something for everyone, including entertainment on two stages, special kids activities, sky divers, tons of tempting food, cool vendors and – of course — the incredible hot air balloons. From Parker Road Station, there is a free Balloon Festival Shuttle that departs from Archerwood St.

Saturday, Sept. 23

Smoked Dallas brings barbecue from more than 15 pit masters across Texas to Downtown Dallas. Expect savory brisket, ribs, pork, sausage, and more. There’s live music and other stuff, too. It all happens Saturday at Main Street Garden – a short walk from St. Paul Station. It’s also accessible via D-Link (Route 722).

Take advantage of cooler weather at Farmers Branch’s Date Night in the Park. There will be live music from the Midnight River Choir, dinner, and a movie under the stars. The region’s most popular food trucks will be on hand, along with plenty of local brews. It takes place at Farmers Branch Historical Park, a short walk from Farmers Branch Station. Bring a blanket and/or lawn chair.

Sunday, Sept. 24

It’s the last performance of The Firehouse Theatre’s production of Seussical the Musical. The Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos – including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Friendship, loyalty, family and community are the themes of this fantastical, musical extravaganza. The Firehouse Theatre is about three blocks from Farmers Branch Station.

 

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Cotton Belt Rail Corridor Project Focus of Tonight’s Community Open House

three men viewing map_edit2DART is hosting a Community Open House tonight at the Richardson Civic Center. North Texans are encouraged to attend the 6:30 p.m. meeting for an update on the progress of the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor Project.

Attendees will learn about existing conditions along the corridor and information learned in the data collection phase of the project.

Open house displays will include:

  • Updated alignment drawings and station layout
  • Results of Traffic/Grade Separation Analysis
  • Identification of existing conditions along corridor including, parks, cultural resources, land uses, etc.

The Richardson Civic Center is located at 411 West Arapaho Road in Richardson.

DART will host the final open house in this series Sept. 25, in Parkhill Junior High School’s cafeteria, located at 16500 Shady Bank Drive in Dallas. That meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Click here to learn more.

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Have a transit question? We have an app for that!


Technology is changing the way we live our lives every day, and that includes how we use public transportation.  DART is committed to embracing technology and ensuring that our services lead the way for public transportation across the nation. From determining the best route, to knowing when your bus will arrive, to even receiving a text that lets you know the current schedule, DART is working every day to make transit smarter, more reliable, and easier to use.

Straight to Your Phone

Remember a time before cell phones? DART knows that North Texans are more and more reliant on their phones with every passing day.  That’s why DART’s SMS text service allows you to get the most up to date information on bus or train times at your stop. Next time you’re waiting at your DART stop:

  • Look at the Stop ID. Located on DART bus stop signs on the street or on this online tool, this 5 digit Stop ID is essential information that can let you know the status of your transportation.
  • Text “DART” and the Stop ID to 41411 and you’ll receive times of service for your bus stop.

Where’s Your Stop?

Ever in a new place and wondering what your closest DART stop is? Perhaps you’re jetting off from a late lunch meeting, or trying to get home from a new museum exhibit.  It’s easy to find out your closest destination thanks to Where’s My DART Stop?® technology.  Enter in a quick street address and a map with information about the closest stop will appear.

Checking out the Routes

Want to know more specific information about the upcoming departure of your next bus before you leave the house? You don’t need a specific Stop ID to be able to view the times.  Where’s My Bus?® guides you to enter in the right information needed to search different bus routes. This tool allows you to see a quick snapshot of bus arrival times, so you can take the one you need to get you to your destination on time.

Reliably Moving You to Your Destination

DART knows that it’s important to have tools to help you use public transportation.  We are committed to moving North Texans around our region safely and efficiently.  Thanks to technology, DART is making strides to keep our transit service and tools innovative.

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Take the Train to the Trails

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In just a few days, we’ll say goodbye to summer and hello to fall! And with a new season comes cooler temperatures – perfect for outdoor adventures like cycling. North Texas has an extensive hike-and-bike network that appeals to any fitness level. Best of all, you can reach many of the trails on DART.

White Rock Lake Trail is one of the more popular trails in the Dallas area. From just east of White Rock Station, you can head south to the nine-mile loop, or shoot north to the less-traveled, forested White Rock Creek Trail.

Bachman Park Loop Trail follows the shoreline of Bachman Lake. The trail is 3.5 miles in length, and is the perfect place for cyclists and runners. It’s located northeast of Bachman Station.

The Katy Trail, accessible via Victory Station, runs through the heart of Dallas to the edge of Highland Park north of Knox Street.

The Oak Cliff Nature Preserve features 121 rolling acres of woodlands and wildflower meadows, and eight miles of hike-and-bike trails. It is near Westmoreland Station.

Irving offers another transit-to-trail connection: Campión Trail is a 6.5-mile paved path along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River from North Irving just east of Las Colinas Urban Center Station to Valley Ranch. This trail offers a bonus to mountain bike riders, as several unpaved detours lead to wilder areas off the, well, beaten path.

Cottonwood Trail extends from Spring Valley Road to Royal Lane – and it can be accessed from the southwest corner of the parking lot of Forest Lane Station. Just south of the station, the trail’s southern terminus meets with White Rock Creek Trail. It runs through mostly residential areas, and features extensive landscape and sitting areas.

Chisholm Trail in Plano is a good half-mile from Downtown Plano Station, if you take 15th Street west, just across U.S. 75, but it’s worth the trek. The trail connects a strand of city parks and extends north along the banks of Spring Creek all the way to Legacy Drive.

Spring Creek Nature Area, about a mile from Galatyn Park Station, offers four and a half miles of paved pedaling distance through the woods in the Richardson area. There is an abundance of foliage, which provides ample shade.

Find more parks and trails resources at DART.org/bike.

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We Are North Texas’s Mobility Manager

No North Texan is the same. We’re business professionals, we’re parents, we’re students, we’re small business owners. The underlying thread that connects us all is movement; each one of us navigating our way around this great region to get to work on time, drop off our kids at school, run errands, and connect with the people we love. DART is here to help make that flurry of movement a little easier.

A Serious Responsibility

As mobility manager for North Texas, we take our job seriously. We work every day to ensure that we can meet the diverse mobility needs of our unique region. That’s why DART supports a multi-modal transit system, so you can access and experience all that our region has to offer.

No two days are the same in the lives of North Texans. DART is here to make sure we have the transit services in place to make the jigsaw puzzle of our lives fit together. We can’t do it with just one type of transit. That’s why we offer more than 93 miles of light rail, 625 buses, 11,973 bus stops, and 64 light rail stations. We know folks need options when it comes to mobility. North Texans should be able to choose the type of transit that’s best to get them wherever they need to go.

Look at All the Options!

As North Texas’s mobility manager, DART also understands that our residents do not stay in one place. Some prefer to work in one of North Texas’s unique small towns and live under the bright lights of downtown Dallas downtown. Others may commit to the hustle and bustle during the day time and head to quieter pastures in the evening. DART’s service area covers more than 700 square miles, so you can live in the neighborhood that works for you while having access to your job – and a host of other opportunities.

It’s not just commutes that DART’s concerned about. We’re also are thinking about the whole experience of movement for North Texans. How can you easily get to the State Fair of Texas, a Mavericks game, or the best new restaurant you’ve heard about in Carrolton? Whether you’re traveling by car, rail, bus, ride-share, or streetcar, we are committed to making your trip affordable, reliable, and safe (whether you’re using DART or not!).

It’s Our People

From those who have grown up here to those who adopted North Texas as home, all contribute daily to make our region a destination. We’re growing even more day by day. In fact, North Texas welcomed over 140,000 new residents since just 2015. We are a dynamic, unique, and diverse community that requires a transit system that can support the different lives we lead.

Maybe you’re a student that depends on DART to get you to class on time, or perhaps you’re a business professional that relies on public transit to make a morning meeting, or connect with and experience new cuisine, catch that new musical, or even take a chance and follow your dream of opening up your very own business. No matter what type of North Texan you are, DART is here for you.

 

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Be an Expert at Taking DART to the State Fair with these Pro Tips

 

RGL_2948The State Fair of Texas® comes only once a year, so it’s important to do it right! Fortunately, DART makes traveling to Fair Park easy. If you follow some of these travel tips, you’ll have an even better experience.

Use MLK Jr. Station, too

Most DART riders are familiar with Fair Park Station. But MLK Jr. Station also serves Fair Park at Gate 6, near Cotton Bowl Stadium. From Downtown Dallas, take the Green Line with signs that read BUCKNER, LAWNVIEW or FAIR PARK. 

Use the whole train when boarding

It’s natural to want to get on at the closest door – that’s why some sections are often more crowded. Stretch out a little! Look for the doors without a line. And don’t forget, the center section of each vehicle has low floors that are level with the platform – perfect for fairgoers with strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices. 

Plan your trip with mobile tools

Riding DART to the State Fair is easier when you use our mobile travel tools:

  • GoPass app has the full complement of Travel Tools
  • Twitter offers real-time information. Check us out at @DARTmedia and @DARTalerts.
  • DART.org – DART’s Mobile Site – has a trip planner, bus and train locators, rider alerts and point-to-point schedules.
  • Call Customer Service at 214-979-1111 seven days a week.

Use GoPass®, Buy in Advance, Activate Tickets the Day You Go

You can save $2 on your State Fair of Texas admission ticket by purchasing it from your GoPass app. General admission tickets through the app are just $16 and child/senior tickets are $12, versus $18 and $14 at the gate.  

Both your DART pass and your Fair tickets will be right there on your phone and scanned at the gates. Purchase your DART passes and State Fair of Texas tickets in advance, but DON’T ACTIVATE them until the day you go to the fair.

The app also features travel tools such as the trip planner, Where’s My Bus® and Where’s My TrainSM locators, links to ridesharing services and travel alerts.

Check the DART schedule – it’s different.

During the fair, DART offers more frequent and extended service, as well as special service for the Oct. 7 Prairie View A&M University v. Grambling State University game and the Oct. 14 University of Texas v. University of Oklahoma game. 

Park free at a DART station

Save time and gas; skip the hassle and expense of parking at Fair Park. Free parking is available at many DART transit centers and rail stations with Park & Ride lots. Find locations at DART.org/parking. 

We hope these helpful tips make your DARTable State Fair of Texas visit a fun adventure!

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Reminder: DART Community Open Houses Start Monday

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DART is hosting a series of community open houses to review the progress of the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor Project. The first open house is Monday in Carrollton.

DART, in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the impacts and benefits of passenger rail service on the 26-mile long Cotton Belt Corridor from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Plano.

Open house displays will include:

  • Updated alignment drawings and station layout
  • Results of Traffic/Grade Separation Analysis
  • Identification of existing conditions along corridor including, parks, cultural resources, land uses, etc.

This series of open house meetings will focus on existing conditions along the corridor and information learned in the data collection phase of the project. Future public meetings will focus on corridor impacts and mitigation.

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, September 18, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
DeWitt Perry Middle School Cafeteria
1709 East Belt Line Road, Carrollton
(Parking and entrance off Warner Street) 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Richardson Civic Center
411 West Arapaho Road, Richardson 

Monday, September 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Parkhill Junior High School Cafeteria
16500 Shady Bank Drive, Dallas

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TBT: DART Takes Us to Great Destinations


Remember when you would sit bumper to bumper on Mavericks Game Day? Or struggled to make it from work to catch a week night concert? Just a little more than 10 years ago, this used to be the norm for North Texans.

On November 13, 2004, DART opened a very important stop along DART rail – Victory Station.  Located on both the Orange and Green Line, Victory Station opened up access to the some of the events North Texans enjoy the most. In addition to DART rail, North Texans had the ability to access DART buses and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) commuter rail.

What’s at Victory Station?

Good question! One of the largest destinations located at Victory Station is access to the American Airlines Center. Home to the Mavericks, the Stars, and musical celebrities like Bruno Mars, Tim McGraw, and Lady Gaga, this venue draws in North Texans across our region along with out-of-town visitors.

Take Me Back!

In November 2004, North Texans could access Victory Station thanks to special light rail service on the Red and Blue lines, full- service wasn’t introduced until after the construction of the Green Line.

Back then, DART served 57,000 daily riders over its 44-mile, 34-station light rail system. Now DART Rail boasts over 93 miles of light rail, 64 light rail stations, and provides more than 29.8 million passenger trips per year.

Victory Station marked a significant growth point for DART Rail. It was the start of a 49-mile DART Rail expansion to the southeast and the northwest.

Looking Back to Move Forward

It’s important to take a step back every now and then to reflect on how far DART has come as a multi-modal transportation system. Started in the 1980’s, our transit system can compete with those cities who have had their systems for hundreds of years.

Although it’s difficult to imagine North Texas without DART, it wasn’t so long ago that North Texans had limited options of transportation, were dependent on personal vehicles, and pigeonholed in their neighborhood. Continuing to grow DART and expand our system means a more efficient, accessible, and mobile North Texas for everyone.

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