Get Ready. State Fair of Texas One Week Away


Big Tex stands ready for the State Fair of Texas® at Fair Park Sept. 21, 2018.

Look at who made an appearance at Fair Park today. Mr. Big Tex himself!

The State Fair of Texas® is one week away. Big Tex is ready. Are you?

Ride Easy with the GoPass® App:

Purchase your transit passes and State Fair tickets on DART’s GoPass® app. Save two dollars on your State Fair general admission tickets when you buy them with GoPass. Don’t activate your transit pass or admission ticket until the day you go to the fair.

DART offers additional service during the fair. Visit for details. Remember, you can take any line to downtown Dallas then transfer to DART’s Green Line.  Fair Park Station (Main Gate), and  MLK, Jr. Station (Gate 6) both serve the fair grounds.

The GoPass app offers real-time trip planning to make your visit to the fair easier.

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Discover New Ideas Today at PARK(ing) Day in Downtown Dallas

Last year at PARK(ing) Day, I learned how to make a bracelet from my old blue jeans. A local beekeeper taught me about honey bees and helped me plant wildflower seeds in a “pot” made from a toilet paper tube. Salsa dancers showed off their dance moves. One family held their toddler’s birthday party. Another group set up their own personal beach.

Each in the space of a parking spot on Main Street.


I can’t wait to see what people do this year, and I’ve recruited at least one coworker to join me during our lunch break.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. is proud to again present this event that inspires creativity, brings the business community together, and activates blocks of Main Street for an entire day. Nearly 100 parking spaces along Main Street in Downtown Dallas will be temporarily transformed into tiny public parks for the day. Local companies, charitable organizations, city departments, and individuals design and build these parklets.

The fun begins at 11 a.m. with live music and poetry performances on stages located at Main Street Garden and Pegasus Plaza. The event concludes at 6 p.m.

PARK(ing) Day Dallas takes place along Main Street between Harwood and Field streets, which is a couple blocks from DART’s Akard and St. Paul stations and directly served by D-Link.

PARK(ing) Day is a global event held on the third Friday of September in over 300 cities in more than 60 countries. The event first took place in San Francisco in 2005. It was the brain child of the Rebar group when they transformed a single parking space into a small park using only a potted tree, a park bench, and some sod.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

It’s a festive weekend as fall rolls around. Hop on board and DART to these fun events.

Thursday, Sept. 20

Addison Oktoberfest is authentically German, with plenty of family entertainment. The celebration starts on Thursday and runs all weekend. Along with seasonal beer and great food, the festival has a marketplace, music, rides and more. It happens in Addison Circle Park, a short walk from Addison Transit Center.

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection displays beautiful artifacts of the Harlem Renaissance. The exhibit at the ArtCentre of Plano closes Saturday at 5 p.m. – if you haven’t caught it yet, get on the Red Line to Downtown Plano Station. The venue is a short walk across Haggard Park. The collection gives a terrific survey of the scholars, artists, writers and activists that made the era so significant.

Friday, Sept. 21

InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival is spectacular with 40 balloons of all shapes and colors filling the sky over Oak Point Park. It starts Friday and takes place through Sunday. In addition to the magnificent balloons, the festival has skydiver performances, live music, fireworks, a kids’ zone and the show-stopping Balloon Glow on Friday and Saturday evenings. To get to Oak Point Park, take the Red Line to Downtown Plano Station. A free Balloon Flyer shuttle will take you from there right to the fun.

PARK(ing) Day Dallas takes place Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street, between Harwood and Field streets, in downtown Dallas. Join fellow pedestrians as they transform parking spaces into parks. Enjoy live music and poetry performances at Main Street Garden and Pegasus Plaza. All four DART Rail lines and D-Link service downtown.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Smoked Dallas is a smokin’ good time at the awesome Main Street Garden in downtown Dallas. Something like 20 top pitmasters will be practicing their craft, and there will be fun events such as armadillo races. Eleven Hundred Springs and others will be on hand with some appropriately Texas-style music. The park is a three-block walk from St. Paul Station — all four DART Rail lines serve this station. You can also get there on the D-Link. Gates open at 2 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 23

Autumn at the Arboretum opens this weekend with a profusion of color that will last until Nov. 21. If 4,500 chrysanthemums and 150,000 fall-blooming plants doesn’t impress you, nothing will. There’s also the Pumpkin Village, with 90,000 pumpkins and gourds, along with scenes from the beloved book, Peter and Wendy (this year’s theme is “The Adventure in Neverland”). Take Bus Route 60, which leaves from Union Station, and get off at Garland Road and Lakeland.

Barefoot in the Park, a classic presented by Garland Civic Theater, has its last performance today. A light comedy about newlyweds, this is the play that put Neil Simon on the map. Performances are at the Granville Arts Center, right next to Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.

Where are you going on DART this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

Note: An earlier version mentioned the Irving Main Street Event occurring Friday Sept. 21. The event has been cancelled.

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September Issue: Capital Planning Projects Periodical

Your D2 Download

The D2 Subway is ramping up progress by continuing the project development process. The D2 Subway will be an underground rail alignment that will alleviate pressure on current light rail traffic in downtown Dallas.

  • DART has held several stakeholder and public meetings, bringing you the latest information on the D2 Subway and getting your questions answered by the D2 Subway team. See the latest presentation here.
  • Have a question about the D2 Subway? Shoot a note to this email [email protected] and stay tuned for updates by subscribing here.

Cotton Belt Chatter

Progress on the Cotton Belt is moving ahead. A regional rail line will better connect more communities throughout North Texas, making mobility more flexible and efficient for everyone. Here’s the latest that you need to know about the Cotton Belt.

  • DART wrapped up the (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) and is developing the Final EIS. Unsure what was in it? Don’t worry, we have your wrap up on it here.
  • Have questions? Email [email protected] to voice concerns or ask questions about the Cotton Belt.

New Mobility Mentions

DART has news on our fare structure, find out how these new rates benefit riders just like you.

The DART Download

It may be hot, but Autumn is right around the corner. Check out these up and coming North Texas to do’s as the weather (fingers crossed) gets cooler.

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Catch President, Get Free Subway

By Leah Cook, Arts & Culture Editor at The Brookhaven Courier

Photo courtesy of Thom Chesney | Passengers use DART rail trains to commute to their destinations. Thom Chesney said he will buy Subway to any student who catches him on the train

“If you see me riding DART, call me out,” Thom Chesney, Brookhaven College president, said. He is offering to buy Subway, or something similar, for any student who catches him riding DART. Chesney will take selfies with students as proof of the transit nab.

He said he rides DART frequently, particularly when traveling into downtown Dallas.

Chesney said he will not announce his departures through social media, but he did offer a hint. “The best way for me to get caught would be if on one of the days I’m going downtown for a board meeting, there were students who were going to the board meeting,” Chesney said. “Because they wanted to see our board of trustees at work.”

Board meetings are held at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, in the district office located at 1601 S. Lamar St., unless otherwise specified.

However, students looking to score an endless sandwich supply should know that the offer is not limitless. “Let’s not make it a meal plan,” Chesney said.

In the past, Brookhaven students have attended board meetings to speak about topics that affect them, such as changes in tuition and textbook prices, Chesney said. Students have added their voices to broader issues such as the implementation of campus carry laws.

DCCCD offers a program providing a free DART GoPass to students enrolled in six or more credit hours or 96 contact hours in the Fall/Spring and 48 contact hours in the Summer for continuing education, according to The incentive aims to save students money, solve commuting problems and reduce environmental damage.

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Chesney said he hopes the DART GoPass program will help students complete their degree more quickly without missing out on the opportunity to attend classes due to lack of transportation.

DART GoPass is not exclusive for traveling to college. Once enrolled in the program, students can use the GoPass app on their smartphone to ride any DART bus or train for free until the last day of the last month of the semester, according to the district’s GoPass FAQ page.

“All your DART adventures will also be environmentally friendly,” according to the DCCCD GoPass program description.

Cities are increasingly turning to public transit systems to ease congestion and limit the environmental strain of carbon emissions and burgeoning urban sprawl.

According to the American Public Transportation Association, public transit saves over 4 billion gallons of gasoline annually, eliminating 37 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from being spewed into the atmosphere every year.

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Faces of DART: Meet Ms. Macias

We all know that parents wear many hats when it comes to performing duties outside of their official “job.” From running errands, to school drop-offs and pickups, to carpooling, to their own jobs, being a parent can also mean being a part-time transportation expert.

Today, we are shining the spotlight on Ms. Macias, a North Texas parent who depends on DART to get to her job, but also to connect with her community, and allow her to do what she loves most – spend time with her children.


DART knows that North Texas parents rely on a multi-modal transit network that allows them and their families to move flexibly and efficiently to complete all of their activities.

Ms. Macias’s story is similar to many parents in our region.  DART is proud to support the families and parents that make our region so great, and is committed to continue to find transportation solutions that can best meet everyone’s needs, whether it’s a connection to transit, or freeing up traffic during carpool pick-up.

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Explore Art and Culture at the Latino Cultural Center


Latino Cultural Center

The Latino Cultural Center in Dallas functions as a multidisciplinary arts center and encourages the preservation, development and promotion of Latino and Hispanic arts and culture.

Hosting more than 300 cultural events a year, the center presents an annual calendar of performances and educational programs, and offers opportunities for artists and cultural organizations.

Ride DART there and catch the Dallas Mexican American Historical League’s exhibit “Celebrating 10 Years of Preserving Mexican American History in Dallas,” through Oct. 13.

Hop on the Green Line to Deep Ellum Station and the center lies a short walk away.

Learn more about the Latino Cultural Center at


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Join Us as We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage


DART understands there is strength in diversity.

Whether you live in Addison, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Garland, Glen Heights, Highland Park, Irving, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett or University Park, your cultural history and experiences bring value to DART’s service and create a vibrant North Texas.

We think that’s something to celebrate.

Hispanic Heritage Month spans Sept.15 through Oct. 15. Join us during this time as we celebrate the sights, sounds, history and cultural significance of Hispanic heritage and spotlight its value in our community.

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month from the Library of Congress at


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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

This weekend is full of cultural happenings and outdoorsy stuff, and DART gets you to all of them. Whether you’re into dinosaurs or “I Love Lucy,” hop on a DART vehicle and check some of them out.

Thurs, Sept. 13

Rowlett Farmers Market is winding down for the season – it takes place on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. through the end of the month. After that, you’ll have to wait until next May. Stock up while you can on Texas-grown produce and various fresh stuff while enjoying live music and other diversions in the charming Village of Rowlett. Afterwards, chill out over a craft brew at Bankhead Brewing Co. or grab a bite at a local restaurant. Pretty good Thursday evening, right there. The Village of Rowlett is a short walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Rowlett station.

Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk is another great option for enjoying the cool – well, cooler – temperatures in a quaint, historic downtown. At this sip-and-shop, you’ll get to sample wines at eclectic shops while checking out art exhibitions and receiving special discounts. The evening begins at 5 p.m.; check-in is at McCall Plaza, a block away from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Friday, Sept. 14

Trumpets4Kids Charity Golf Classic is a day of golf, fun and food at the Golf Club of Dallas. It’s also a chance play golf with Dallas Cowboys legend Billy Joe Dupree for a great cause: the Trumpets4Kids foundation, which works with young people from underserved communities to provide opportunities in music – including free trumpets, mentorship, community involvement and scholarship opportunities. The event starts at  9 a.m.; Bus Route 21 will take you right to the club’s front gate. Get off at Redbird and Marblehead.

The Cuban and the Redhead is an original musical that just opened at the Eisemann Center, a few steps from Galatyn Park Station. Can you guess who the title characters are? Yep, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. They fall in love, hit the rocks, and risk it all on a sketchy new medium called television. Will their show succeed? Find out while tapping your toe to a Latin-tinged big band score. Performances are at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $25.

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection commemorates the Harlem Renaissance with fine art and historical objects, many newly acquired. It’s a fascinating glimpse into an era that produced some of America’s greatest artists, writers and scholars. Catch it at the ArtCentre of Plano, a short stroll across Haggard Park from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Sat. Sept. 15

Date Night in the Park is a chance to enjoy live music, dinner and a movie under the stars. On. Sept. 15, the movie is “Ocean’s 8,” a popular heist comedy with a knockout ensemble cast. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. There’s even childcare available at this event in Farmers Branch Historical Park, a short walk from Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line.

Uptown Kiddo’s Carnival celebrates back-to-school time with a Saturday morning full of carnival games, train rides, magic tricks, live music, face painting, balloon artists, snacks, and more. Street parking is limited, so you’ll definitely want to take transit. The free fun happens from 9 a.m. to noon at Griggs Park. You can get they by taking the M-Line Trolley – always popular with kids –  to McKinney and Allen, then walking a few blocks. Bus Route 36 also will get you there.

Sunday, Sept. 16

Pix on the Plaza, presented by Toyota Music Factory and Alamo Drafthouse, asks the question: Who ya gonna call? Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray, of course, when “Ghostbusters” lights up the screen in the outdoor plaza of the entertainment complex. Fun and games begin at 6:30 p.m., and the free screening happens after sundown. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and head to Irving Convention Center Station on the Orange Line. The venue is a short walk away.

Ultimate Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science gives you access to 17 rare species – from the tiny Eoraptor to T. rex’s even more fearsome cousin, Giganotosaurus. New, groundbreaking research has unearthed these previously unknown species, which evolved in isolation in South America and Africa. Check them out by taking any DART Rail line to Akard Station, then walking a few blocks north on Field Street.

Where are you going on DART this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

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State Fair of Texas: Game Day Survival Guide

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Are you ready for some football? The State Fair of Texas comes to town Sept. 28 to Oct. 21, bringing more exciting gridiron action than ever – three college football games!

To get there in time for the kickoff, make sure you have a winning game plan. Make these six plays to guarantee an enjoyable game day experience.

Saturday = Game Day


Southern University

Game days typically attract some of the largest State Fair crowds of all. Know when your team is playing. Visit for game times.

Sept. 29 – State Fair Classic:
Prairie View A&M University takes on Grambling State University.

Oct. 6 – AT&T Red River Showdown:
The definitive “grudge match” between The University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma for state bragging rights.

Oct. 20 – State Fair Showdown:
NEW! Southern University goes helmet-to-helmet with Texas Southern University in the first edition of this match up.

Note: For the Texas vs. Oklahoma Red River Showdown on Oct. 6, DART has modified train and bus service. Visit for complete details.

Tackle Traffic with DART

Not a fan of battling traffic and parking? Tackle the issue head-on and ride DART! Most DART riders know about Fair Park Station. But MLK, Jr. Station also serves Fair Park, and it’s located near Gate 6 – closer to the Cotton Bowl Stadium and ideal for game day.

Transfer from any line to Downtown Dallas then take the Green Line with signs that read BUCKNER, LAWNVIEW or FAIR PARK.

Download the GoPass® app

The best play you can make is to download DART’s GoPass® app. It takes the hassle out of buying a pass. Know friends going to the Fair but not the game? Tell them to get $2 off Fair admission with the GoPass® app.

The app is free, and you can download it from either the App Store or Google Play store. Purchase your transit pass and State Fair ticket in advance, but DON’T ACTIVATE them until the day you go to the Fair.

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Don’t get penalized – play fair by knowing the right fare. The College/Trade School reduced pass is only for students registered at schools in the DART Service Area. These students also need a DART-issued college/trade school photo ID.

Unfortunately, none of the universities represented in the three Cotton Bowl games qualify for this fare. Know your options by visiting and learn more about college student passes at

Park and Ride

You want to be there in time for the kickoff – right? That requires a good game plan. Save time, gas and the expense of parking by taking advantage of free parking available at many DART transit centers and rail stations. Learn more at

Run a Spread Offense


To avoid overcrowding, spread out on the rail platform and avoid “huddling” near the first train car. Score a better seat by boarding through doors where crowds haven’t gathered. Remember that the center section of each rail vehicle has low floors that are level with the platform – perfect for those with strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices.

Finally, listen to your “coaching staff” – DART has volunteers stationed throughout the system ready to help you have a great game day.

We hope this survival guide helps you avoid fumbling on game day! Find more information at

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