Dallas Streetcar reaches the Bishop Arts District

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City officials, DART staff, residents and others celebrated the opening of the Dallas Streetcar extension to the Bishop Arts District during a ceremony Saturday, which was followed by a community block party.

Riders now have six places to board with the addition of two stops along the new, 0.75-mile segment: along Zang Boulevard at Sixth Street and the other at Zang Boulevard at W. Davis Street, located at the eastern edge of the Bishop Arts District.

The Dallas Streetcar will continue to operate seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to midnight. However, instead of every 30 minutes, frequency improves to every 20 minutes.

“With extended service into this vibrant North Oak Cliff community, we are greatly enhancing connectivity for residents and visitors,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “The streetcar extension, as well as the enhancements in service, makes the treasure that is Bishop Arts more accessible.”

Click here to see a CBS DFW report on the Dallas Streetcar extension to the Bishop Arts District.

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Jump on the Patty Wagon

 

jakesburgerWho doesn’t love a good hamburger? Whether your taste runs to the haute or the hefty, DART is your patty wagon to the best of the local offerings. You’ll have no trouble locating the beef at the following favorites.

Jake’s. Chalk this one up in the “trusty old favorite” camp, for sure. Jake’s has been plying their savory trade for nearly 30 years, and their successful formula is alive and well: top-notch, old-fashioned burgers with just the right amount of grease at an affordable price. Aside from offering table service and a full bar, Jake’s Uptown location hasn’t tinkered with much. That’s a good thing: Jake’s signature No. 1 Special with cheese tater tots ain’t broke, and it doesn’t need fixing. It’s right on the M-Line, too.

Twisted Root. What do John Wayne, Lil Wayne and Wayne Gretzky have in common? They all eat at Twisted Root, a front runner in the local burger renaissance and a mainstay of the funky Deep Ellum neighborhood. Here, instead of receiving a conventional order number, burger lovers are assigned a colorful namesake ranging from rap stars to Hollywood actors. The Waynes know their burger joints, too: each patty is fresh and perfectly seasoned, real buffalo burgers are available, and even the pickles and condiments are house-made. Don’t miss the homemade root beer float. It’s all only a couple of blocks from Deep Ellum Station on the Green Line, and there’s a location about a quarter-mile from Mockingbird Station, too.

Stackhouse. The phrase “burger house” usually doesn’t mean an actual house, but that’s just what this cozy Baylor-area spot is – a refurbished home that’s as comfortable as the food it serves. The burgers here are bursting with juicy goodness. If you’ve never had a fried-egg-bacon-and-peppers burger, it’s time to wake up and live. Pair it with some hand-cut sweet-potato fries, and you’re set. (Salads are crunchy, fresh and huge, in case you have a diet-conscious friend in tow.) Kick back on the rooftop deck and take in the sweeping views of the Dallas skyline. Any way you stack it, this new burger house satisfies. It’s only a block from Baylor University Medical Center Station.

The Fillmore Pub. Folks around Downtown Plano area swear by this comfortable, unassuming pub, flocking to it for its classic English-pub atmosphere, congenial vibe and – not least of all – the kitchen’s handy way with a patty. A burger with Guinness-marbled cheddar is the must-have here, but there are many other options, including one of the best veggie burgers in town. All of the sides are prepared fresh daily. You can wash it down with one of a dozen import and craft brews on tap or in bottles. When you get off the train at Downtown Plano Station, you’re practically there.

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DART Urges North Texans to Bike, Walk, Drive and Ride Safely

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Whether you are biking, walking, driving, or riding public transit, DART – in support of the Look Out Texans campaign – is encouraging North Texans to do it safely.

Look Out Texans is a campaign of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Transportation Department and Regional Transportation Council, and funded by a Texas Department of Transportation enhancement grant awarded through a competitive call for projects. It is intended to help bring a greater sense of community and encourage people to work together to make our streets safer for everyone.

For helpful safety tips, visit Lookouttexans.org.

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Celebrate the Dallas Streetcar Extension with a Community Block Party Aug. 27

DallasStreetcarSide13apr15We are celebrating the arrival of the Dallas Streetcar to the Bishop Arts District with a Community Block Party!

Saturday, Aug. 27
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bishop Arts District
Corner of West 7th Street and Madison Avenue

That Saturday, you can preview the new streetcar service beginning at 9:30 a.m. Regular service to Bishop Arts District officially begins on Monday, Aug. 29.

With the extension, there are two new stops:
• Sixth Street – Corner of Zang Boulevard and Sixth Street
• Bishop Arts – Corner of Zang Boulevard and West Davis Street

The streetcar will continue to operate seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to midnight. However, instead of every 30 minutes, the streetcar now will operate every 20 minutes.

Streetcars are deeply rooted in the history of Bishop Arts District. They first arrived in the area at the turn of the 20th century, and development was built around them. By the mid-1950s, the streetcar disappeared as the era of the automobile took hold.

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D2: An Investment in Our Economy

You may not recognize the North Texas of today compared to the North Texas of 10 years ago. Our region has undergone and continues to experience rapid growth, in terms of both population and economic activity.
Photo courtesy of Chris Pilcic, State Farm

It’s not just the number of folks who want to live here that’s changing. North Texas’ economy is expanding and growing. Oil and gas is just one of many industries thriving in our region. Aided by our commerce-friendly policies, access to a skilled workforce, and land availability, industries like technology, telecommunications, and finance are making North Texas their home.

Public transportation will help sustain the growth of these industries and connect them to a larger workforce pool. Growth in workforce means more growth and flexibility in travel options are essential. DART is working to increase capacity by connecting more people to their places of work, as well as nightlife, commerce, and educational opportunities. A robust transit system will ensure North Texas remains a culturally and economically vibrant place for all.

Did you know?

  • The U.S. census shows the Dallas-Fort Worth area is the second-fastest-growing metro area in America.
  • Population is expected to increase by 36 percent, more than 3 million, by 2040.

How does our transit system contribute to our economic development?

DART services have already contributed to the growth of vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods across Dallas and the surrounding area.

The South Side and Cedars District have seen the benefits a rail station and public transit access can bring to an urban center. The South Side neighborhood was once characterized by neglect, with many buildings in disrepair. Today, it is a destination for cool boutiques, new restaurants, residential buildings, and the South Side Music Hall. The developer, Jack Matthews, spoke about DART’s influence on turning this neighborhood around: “Access to DART Rail is a big part of the neighborhood’s value proposition.”

DART and Economic Growth

DART has contributed to more than $8 billion in growth for the North Texas region. An expanded rail network and more robust bus system will generate even more economic impact throughout the DART Service Area.

Similar to the economic successes observed in the South Side and Cedars areas, DART brings commerce opportunities for businesses, career opportunities for job seekers, increased housing value for residents, and access for visitors to connect with new neighborhoods.

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Pack a Picnic and Enjoy Laughs by the Lake on Sept. 2

Load up the wagon and rolling cooler and ride DART to Laughs at the Lake on the banks of Lake Carolyn in Irving’s Las Colinas Urban Center. This FREE event, which goes from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, includes a free two-hour comedy show followed by an hour-long music concert.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers to enjoy the picnic-like lawn atmosphere. Multiple food vendors also will be on-site offering BBQ, burgers, tacos, sandwiches, frozen treats, beer and more.

This year the on-stage talent comes from across the country, including comedians from Dallas, New York City and Los Angeles:
• Matthew Broussard (MTV2, Comedy Central, 2012 Houston’s Funniest Person)
• Wendy Liebman (HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, America’s Got Talent)
• Myq Kaplan (Last Comic Standing, America’s Got Talent, Comedy Central)
• Comedian Q (Creator/producer of “We Got Next” comedy series)

Following the comedy show, enjoy a performance by The Black & Blue. The band has a unique sound that merges rock, electro-funk, soul and blues. For more information about the show or any of the performers, visit the event website. Presented in part by Frontier Communications.

Lake Carolyn is located next to DART’s Las Colinas Urban Center Station, via the Orange Line.

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Deep in the Bishop Arts

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August 29 is the big day. That’s when the Dallas Streetcars will roll into the Bishop Arts District. The sleek vehicles already are a familiar sight in North Oak Cliff, and the extension ushers in a new era for one of the region’s most popular entertainment and shopping district – adding an extra dose of cool to a neighborhood that’s already got plenty of it.

The area has become popular for good reason: it’s one of the best collections of unique boutiques, bistros and shops in Texas. It’s not exactly a secret, as the bustling sidewalks (and parking hassles) attest. Not only will the streetcar provide the most convenient access to Bishop Arts, it’s also a fitting addition to the urban environment. After all, the neighborhood originally sprung up around the streetcar lines of the early 20th century. [link to previous article]

The streetcar is the fruition of years of planning – going back to December 2010, when the Federal Transit Administration awarded the initial $23 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant that got the ball rolling. An additional $3 million in federal stimulus dollars was later granted to the project. DART reallocated $22 million in local funds to the streetcar project. In January 2013, NCTCOG approved reallocating $31 million in state funds to the project.

The Dallas Streetcar has been an important regional partnership between DART, the City of Dallas and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). DART oversaw the construction and will operate the service under contract to the city.

Service begins at 9:30 a.m. each day — about the time things begin to stir around Bishop Arts — and the cars run until midnight, making connections with the final DART Rail trains at Union Station. Trains operate every 20 minutes, seven days a week, and the service is free.

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History Between the Lines

Old-Dallas-streetcar1When the Dallas Streetcar opened for business last April, it seemed like a novelty, a brand-new concept for the city. But with the much-anticipated second phase to Bishop Arts District opening in a little over a week, it’s worth remembering that once upon a time, the streets of Dallas were lined with streetcar tracks. In fact, what is now the Bishop Arts District was built as a streetcar hub – an early forerunner of what we now call “transit-oriented development.”

The Dallas of the late 18th and early 19th centuries grew up around streetcar lines. Places like Bishop Arts were part of a national trend now dubbed “streetcar suburbs,” where neighborhood-oriented commercial facilities, such as grocery stores, bakeries, and drugstores clustered at regular intervals along the streetcar lines.

Beginning in 1872, streetcar service began booming in Dallas, with several operators vying for riders. There also was the fabled Interurban Railway, which provided passenger service to outlying towns such as Denison and Waco. For a fascinating look at the history of the Interurban, catch the Red Line up to Downtown Plano Station and check out the Interurban Railway Museum. It’s located in Haggard Park, right next to the station.

Streetcar use began dwindling after World War II, as the age of the auto took hold. Service was discontinued altogether in 1956 – not to be seen again until 2015, when the Dallas Streetcar began its run between Union Station and Dallas Methodist Medical Center. Stay tuned for the story behind the first streetcars in Dallas in more than a half century.

If you’re interested, an enterprising Google Maps user has created a map of all the streetcar lines that crisscrossed Dallas in the old days. We can’t vouch for its accuracy, but it’s interesting and thought-provoking.

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DART Through Your Lens

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                                                                                                                                   Photo by Kevin Hann

Photography has the ability to tell stories and inspire people. It has changed the way we see the world. Tomorrow is World Photo Day, a day to embrace your love of photography. Whether you see yourself as an amateur, hobbyist or professional, Aug. 19 is a day to share a photo with the world.

DART is calling on all photography enthusiasts to take their best DART photo, share it on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram, and tag #DARTmedia.

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High School Students Can Ride DART Reduced on Weekdays Only

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A valid high school ID is often a great way to get discounts at places like fast food restaurants, clothing stores, technology retailers, movie theaters and museums.

That same ID can mean a discount on DART, too.

Many high school students use DART to get to and from campus, part-time jobs or even dual-credit classes at a community college. Current, full-time students attending classes at a high school – including public, private and charter schools – can purchase Reduced Fares on an individual basis.

To qualify for Reduced Fare, you must:

  • Be able to show a DART Police or Fare Enforcement officer:
  • Travel on a weekday, Monday-Friday only. Regular fares are required to ride on weekends.

Purchase a DART High School Photo ID by visiting the DART Store, located at DART Headquarters at 1401 Pacific Ave., Dallas (Akard Station). The DART Store is open Monday-Friday through Friday, and photo IDs are made between 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. only. Bring proof of age such as a driver’s license, passport or other substantiating documentation, and proof of residency within the DART Service Area, such as a utility bill. There is a $2 fee to cover the cost of the card.

Qualified students may purchase the following pass types of Reduced Fares: 2-Hour, Day Pass and 31-Day Pass. Passes are valid on all DART, TRE, The T and DCTA buses and trains.

The Reduced Fare pass must be purchased at a ticket vending machine. High School passes are not available in the GoPass app.

Learn more on DART.org/fares.

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