DART Holds Public Hearing about Proposed Fare Restructure

 

DART will hold a public hearing Tuesday, June 27 to present a proposal to amend the DART fare structure. Public input at this hearing is encouraged and welcomed. Based on the outcome of the hearing, and in accordance with our 20-year Financial Plan, the amended fare structure would go into effect November 2017, January 2018, and August 2018.

Those desiring to speak at the public hearing should contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543 to register. Advance registration will be accepted until 1:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing. For more information, please visit DART.org/FareRestructure.

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Where to DART This Weekend

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It’s another DARTable weekend! From plays to pageants to music – which itself ranges from sweepingly cinematic to rock’n’roll – DART can get you there. Here are a few ideas: 

Friday, June 23

It’s the opening night of Nobody’s Perfect by Simon Williams, presented by Theatre Britain at the Cox Building Playhouse, 1517 H Ave. in Plano. The play is about a reserved statistician, Leonard, who is anxious to break into print. He sends book after book to a publisher dedicated to writing “for women by women.” Eventually his efforts are rewarded and he must assume his pseudonymous identity, Myrtle Banbury. The play runs through July 6. The playhouse is near Downtown Plano Station.

Dallas Symphony Pops: The Best of John Williams celebrates the man who may be the most important film composer of all time. To call his music “iconic” is almost an understatement —    with soundtracks like Jaws, Jurassic Park and Star Wars to his name, Williams’ music spans entire worlds. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra honors Williams with three performances at the Meyerson Symphony Center. Jeff Tyzik conducts. There are performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Meyerson is at 2301 Flora St., a short walk from Pearl/Arts District Station; it’s also on the D-Link.

 

Saturday, June 24

Miss Texas and Miss Texas Outstanding Teen Pageant Week kick off today and runs through July 1. The 2017 State Pageant will be held at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive, right next to Galatyn Park Station.

Concert on the Square is all about great music and good times on the square in Carrollton. The series kicks off with a bang with local cover band Cherry Bomb. Their high-energy, classic rock n’ roll performances cover songs by Joan Jett, Blondie, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and more. The show starts at 7 p.m., and it’s is free. The square is at 1106 S. Broadway St., near Downtown Carrollton Station.

 

Sunday, June 25

It’s the last performance of Garland Summer Musicals’ production of The Producers at the Granville Arts Center. The Mel Brooks-penned classic tells the story of a theatrical producer and an accountant who attempt to cheat their investors by deliberately producing a flop show on Broadway. The arts center is at 300 N. Fifth St. in Garland., a short walk from Downtown Carrollton Station.

 

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Happy Campers

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Jason Janik, Perot Museum of Nature and Science

It’s summer vacation again – but not for most grown-ups. Most of us need some help finding something to occupy the kids during the workday. Luckily, our area offers abundant day camps – and many of them are DARTable.   

Perot Museum of Nature and Science Summer Discovery Camp
Ages: 3 years – 6th grade
Where: 2201 N. Field St., Dallas
By DART: DART Rail Red, Blue, Green or Orange lines to Akard Station; the Perot Museum is a short walk.
When: June 12–August 18
Description: A wide variety of programs is offered including engineering and “maker” camps, such as Maker (Build It) and Destination Innovation. There’s also Amazing Animals, Future Inventors, Cool Chemistry, Little Paleontologists, Space Explorers and much more. All are led by amazing museum educators.

Dallas Zoo Wild Adventures
Ages: Pre-K-entering grade 12
Where: 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas.
By DART: DART Rail Red Line to Dallas Zoo Station
When: June 12-Aug. 11
Description: Themed camps feature zoo tours, games, crafts and animal encounters.

Spark! Summer Camp
Ages: 7-14
Where: 409 S. Lamar St., Dallas (in the basement of South Side on Lamar)
By DART: DART Rail Red or Blue lines to Cedars Station
When: June 5-Aug. 4
Description: Campers, divided by age, can get creative and fully immersed in the visual arts, music, video production, sculpture and silk screening.

Texas Discovery Gardens Camps
Ages: Age 4-entering grade 4
Where: 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas (inside Fair Park).
By DART: DART Rail Green Line to Fair Park Station
When: June 5-Aug. 18
Description: Campers are divided by age in themed nature camps, such as Seedling Scientists, Wiggle Week Bug Camp, Budding Botanists, Backyard Buddies, Land to Sea With the Children’s Aquarium and more.

Firehouse Theatre Summer Camps
Ages: Entering grades 3-8
Where: Firehouse Theatre, 2535 Valley View Lane
By DART: DART Rail Green Line to Farmers Branch Station
When: June 12-30
Description: Through exercises, lectures and scene work with theatrical professionals, the camp covers improvisation techniques that will improve acting skills.

Interurban Railway Museum
Ages: Grades 1-6
Where: 901 E. 15th St., Plano — located in historic Downtown Plano’s Haggard Park
By DART: DART Rail Red Line to Downtown Plano Station
When: June 5-July 31
Description: Offered in partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington, programs include Mad Scientist, Creative Writing, LEGO Robotics, Police Forensics, Movie Magic and more.

 Plano Public Library Summer Reading Club
Ages: All ages.
Where: Plano Public Libraries, including Harrington Library at 1501 18th St.
By DART: DART Rail Red Line to Downtown Plano Station
When: June 1-Aug. 31
Description: It’s not a day camp, but it is a really cool program. Sign up for the summer reading club to enjoy reading rewards and fun programs featuring furry animals, superhero science, magic, bubbles, scaly snakes, and more all summer long.

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Three Transit-Oriented Development Projects Earn CLIDE Award

Village of Rowlett.jpgThree development projects built near DART Rail Stations have earned a 2017 Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Award from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).

The CityLine project in Richardson, Village of Rowlett in Rowlett, and Tyler Station in Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhood all received recognition. These innovative development projects are helping accommodate expected population growth and ensure a sustainable North Texas for generations to come.

Click here to read more about these projects.

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Final Public Input Meetings this Week, Next Monday about Proposed Fare Restructure

DART is conducting the last round of pre-public hearing community meetings this week. Next Monday, June 26, the agency will hold the final two pre-public hearing meetings at DART Headquarters at noon and 6:30 p.m.

See DART.org/FareRestructure to view the Proposed Fare Restructure and all meeting dates and times.

Monday, June 19, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Plano Municipal Center
1520 K Avenue, #300
Plano, TX 75074

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Arts Center
1115 Fourth Avenue
Carrollton, TX 75006

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Cockrell Hill City Hall
4125 West Clarendon Drive
Dallas, TX 75211

Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Highland Hills Library
6200 Bonnie View Road
Dallas, TX 75241

Monday, June 26, 2017, at 12 p.m.
DART Board Room
1401 Pacific Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202

Monday, June 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
DART Board Room
1401 Pacific Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202

Public Hearing
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
6:30 p.m.
DART Board Room
DART Headquarters
1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202

DART will hold a public hearing to present a proposal to amend the DART fare structure. Public input at this hearing is encouraged and welcomed. Based on the outcome of the hearing, and in accordance with our 20-year Financial Plan, the amended fare structure would go into effect November 2017, January 2018, and August 2018.

Process for Receiving Comments
The DART Board of Directors encourages public comments on the night of the public hearing or in writing beforehand. Those sending comments should include their name, address and telephone number.

Written comments may be submitted the night of the hearing or mailed in advance to:
DART Proposed Fare Structure 2017-18
Modification Public Hearing
P.O. Box 660163 • Dallas, TX 75266-0163

Comments also can be emailed to farerestructure@dart.org.

Those desiring to speak at the public hearing should contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543 to register. Advance registration will be accepted until 1:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing. For more information, please visit DART.org/FareRestructure.

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Send us your questions and #Get2KnowD2

Send us your questions and #Get2KnowD2

As you may know, DART is close to finding a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) that we will submit to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in the fall.  We’ve established three major options for the D2 Subway’s path and two major exit and entry points for the subway.

The three major paths are Elm Street, Commerce Street, and Pacific Street.

The two major exits and entries are Swiss Avenue and Victory Right-Of-Way.

DART takes careful consideration of every possible alignment option and will continue to identify the pros and cons of each route until we reach the best viable and reasonable alternative that DART will submit to the FTA.  We still have a lot of work to do and will continue to make refinements to the LPA once selected.

Submit a Question to the D2 Subway Team!

Tune into our Facebook Live event on Thursday, June 22 at 12 p.m. as our DART experts discuss updates and answer your questions about the D2 Subway.  Visit our Facebook page right at noon on the 22nd and you’ll see our Facebook Live pop up on our page.  Be sure to follow the hashtag #Get2KnowD2 for real-time updates!

Want your question answered during our Facebook Live event?

We’re taking questions leading up to the event. So send us your questions today! There are several ways you can submit questions:

Tweet us! Use our hashtag #Get2KnowD2

Email us! Shoot us your question at: D2@dart.org

Want to get involved in person?

Curious to find out more information and ask DART staff questions about the routes in person? You’re in luck! The D2 Subway team is gearing up for our next round of public meetings! Check out the details for the event below, where you will be able to ask questions to DART staff and get the latest updates about the D2 Subway’s progress.

When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 12:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Where: Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Austin Ballroom 2 400 N. Olive Street, Dallas 75201

DART always seeks to be a good neighbor and values the public’s feedback. We hope you can make our public meeting and Facebook LIVE event to get the latest D2 Subway updates!

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Now in Season: Going Green and Eating Local

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Harvest the benefits of eating locally grown, seasonal produce by visiting one of the farmers’ markets that have cropped up near the DART System. This fresh approach to eating is healthy, affordable and good for the environment – especially when you take a train or bus to get there!

DART’s buses and trains both have low-floor sections so you can roll right on with a wagon or cart. Plus, you can plan your trip and purchase your DART passes digitally with the free GoPass app, available in both the App Store and the Google Play Store.

Make plans to visit one of these DARTable destinations soon!

Dallas Farmers Market
920 S. Harwood St., Dallas
Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Market Shops are open 7 days a week
Via D-Link Bus Route 722

Crescent Court Farmers Market
400 Crescent Court, Dallas
July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Via M-Line Trolley

Paul Quinn Farm
3837 Simpson Stuart Rd., Dallas
Thursdays, 3-7 p.m.
Via DART Bus Routes 155, 553, 554

Farmers Branch Market 
12700 Denton Drive, Farmers Branch
Saturdays, May 7-Oct. 29; 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Via DART Rail Green Line to Farmers Branch Station

The Marketplace Garland
150 N 6th Street, Garland
Open third Saturday of each month, May-September, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Via DART Rail Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station  

Fairview Farms Marketplace
3312 North Central Expressway, Plano
Open Tuesday-Sunday, May-October; 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Via DART Rail Red Line or Orange Line to Parker Road Station        

Downtown Plano Farmers Market
1520 K Ave., Plano (Avenue K at Municipal Avenue)
Sundays, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Plano Municipal Center, North Parking Area
Via DART Rail Red Line to Downtown Plano Station

Denton Community Market
317 W Mulberry St, Denton
Saturdays, April-November; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Via DART Rail Green Line to Trinity Mills Station, then DCTA A-train to Downtown Denton Transit Center

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Where to DART This Weekend

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There are plenty of DARTable events going on around town this weekend – from an artsy block party, to a suburban luau, to a Saturday-morning farmer’s market. You’re invited to them all! Check it out:

Friday, June 16

The Dallas Arts District is closing the streets for the annual Summer Block Party with Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Klyde Warren Park. This family-friendly event features live concerts, guided tours, local brews, movie screenings and much more. The block party is free, and it’s a couple of blocks from St. Paul Station..

’til Midnight at the Nasher presents free, live outdoor concerts featuring the best in regional music talent paired with film screenings in the Nasher Garden. Tonight’s show is a great one, too – Doug Burr takes the stage at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by Sarah Jaffe. The movie at 9 p.m. is La La Land. Wolfgang Puck Catering offers bar services, snacks, and street tacos; Steel City Pops is also on hand with all-natural popsicles in seasonal flavors. The sculpture center is near St. Paul Station.
Saturday, June 17

Celebrate the beginning of summer in Downtown Carrollton with The Lava Luau, a family-fun event centered on the square. The summertime kick-off party includes live music, vendors, contests, photo opportunities, festive food and hula dancers! The event is free and runs from 4 to 10 p.m.  It all happens near Downtown Garland Station.

Be a part of the International Day of Yoga at Dallas Yoga Fest at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. It’s a free, all-day event. Guests of all ages (5+) and levels (beginner to master) are invited to join for yoga, meditation, holistic health workshops, an inspiring keynote address, and more. The hotel is right next to Galatyn Park Station.

The Marketplace Garland, features fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, unique items from local artisans and more. The event supports Good Samaritans of Garland, and for those interested, donated items of canned and boxed food items will be accepted. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the heart of Garland’s historic downtown square – a short walk from Downtown Garland Station.

 

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Irving’s Downtown Heritage Crossing District is On the Move

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Renovation and restoration are reshaping one of Irving’s most charming areas. The district – with its parks, plazas, vintage feel, historic homes and even a stop on the Trinity Railway Express (Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station) – is a great place to be, and newcomers are buying into the vision.

Just take a walk down Main Street to see the momentum. During the past several years, restaurants including Big State Fountain and Grill and Di Rosani’s have opened or remodeled, while mainstays like Villa’s and Glory House Bistro continue to offer downtown dining. Boutiques, a cake shop and other retail stores line area streets.

A farmers market, operated by Four Seasons Markets, will open this summer along Main Street between Irving Boulevard and Rock Island Road. The city will close that portion of Main Street to allow residents to shop casually every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Read more about the new farmers market and other new additions coming soon.

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Public input meetings in Plano, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill and Dallas next week about proposed fare restructure

Pre-Public Hearing community meetings continue Monday, June 19, with meetings next week in Plano, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill and Dallas.

See DART.org/FareRestructure to view the Proposed Fare Restructure and all meeting dates and times.

Monday, June 19, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Plano Municipal Center
1520 K Avenue, #300
Plano, TX 75074

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Arts Center
1115 Fourth Avenue
Carrollton, TX 75006

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Cockrell Hill City Hall
4125 West Clarendon Drive
Dallas, TX 75211

Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Highland Hills Library
6200 Bonnie View Road
Dallas, TX 75241

Notice of Public Hearing – November 2017, January 2018, August 2018 Fare Restructure
On Tuesday, June 27, DART will hold a public hearing to present a proposal to amend the DART fare structure.

Public input at this hearing is encouraged and welcomed. Based on the outcome of the hearing, and in accordance with our 20-year Financial Plan, the amended fare structure would go into effect November 2017, January 2018, and August 2018.

Process for Receiving Comments
The DART Board of Directors encourages public comments on the night of the public hearing or in writing beforehand. Those sending comments should include their name, address and telephone number.

Written comments may be submitted the night of the hearing or mailed in advance to:
DART Proposed Fare Structure 2017-18
Modification Public Hearing
P.O. Box 660163 • Dallas, TX 75266-0163

Comments also can be emailed to farerestructure@dart.org.

Those desiring to speak at the public hearing should contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543 to register. Advance registration will be accepted until 1:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing. For more information, please visit DART.org/FareRestructure.

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