EarthX Simple Truths

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Girls walk across a lawn Friday afternoon at Fair Park during EarthX 2018.

Taking steps toward environmental sustainability may seem like a difficult task, but simple steps like riding public transportation can be an easy way you can positively impact the planet.

This week on Instagram, EarthX took over our account sharing the following simple truths about the environment ahead of its three-day celebration April 20-22 at Fair Park:

SIMPLE TRUTH: Dallas takes the running as the 11th most polluted city in the U.S., and North Texas has the highest ozone levels in the entire state.

SIMPLE TRUTH: Oceans generate every second breath we take, and 8 million tons of plastic populate oceans annually.

SIMPLE TRUTH: Planting trees helps the environment. A single tree absorbs one ton of carbon dioxide in its lifetime.

SIMPLE TRUTH: Large portions of the Arctic Ocean experience alarming warm winter days, with surface temperatures exceeding 25 degrees above normal.

Ride DART to EarthX at Fair Park now through April 22 and reduce your carbon footprint, impact on warming trends, and learn more about positive solutions for the planet.

When you ride DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station, the entrance gates to Fair Park lie steps away. 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.

Check out these travel tips to ensure your trip to EarthX is a breeze. And, for more information about riding DART to EarthX visit DART.org.

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Faces of DART: Alexandra’s Story

Faces of DART highlights the stories of everyday North Texans who benefit from a strong transit system.

Today we’re introducing Alexandra Heller-Relayze, a member of the staff of the City of Dallas who says transit helps save wear and tear on her car and even helps her achieve her exercise goals.

Check out the video below to hear what transit means to Alexandra – and how it’s helping riders in our region drive less and save money.

Stay tuned for our next Faces of DART story highlighting the benefits of a strong transit network for North Texas.

Do you have a story about how transit benefits you, your family, or your community? Visit the Faces of DART page and you could be one of the many Faces of DART.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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Guests visit a DART tabke at Earth Day Texas in Fair Park April 2017.

Happy Earth Day! It’s here right on time for spring again, and so is the popular weekend-long celebration in Dallas – this year, re-christened “EARTHx.” There’s also a book fair, a cool farmers’ market, and lots going on at North Texas cultural institutions. DART will get you to all them, and save you the hassles of traffic and parking.

Thursday, April 19

No, Thursday isn’t the weekend, but you can think of it as a kind of pre-game. In this case, an artsy one. The businesses Deep Ellum’s Main Street will have their doors open for the neighborhood’s monthly Wine Walk, where you can get a $10, specially designed wine glass to be topped off at the neighborhood’s many galleries and shops. Take the Green Line to Baylor University Medical Center Station, and make Kettle Art Gallery (2650-B Main St.) your first stop.

Friday, April 20

EARTHx kicks off today and runs all weekend in Fair Park. The free event brings together environmental organizations, businesses, academic institutions and others – all told, more than 900 exhibitors and 260 speakers. Springtime fun will be in the air, as well, with live music, food and beer. There’s a reason this entertaining festival draws more than 100,000 attendees. Don’t miss the chance to check out one of DART’s new electric buses while you’re there! The Green Line will take you right to Fair Park Station.

For art lovers who are night owls, as well, a pair of events is right up your alley. ‘til Midnight at the Nasher presents live music and film screenings in the garden of the Nasher Sculpture Center; right across the street, Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art offers more performances, readings, tours and more. Both events run until midnight. Take any DART Rail line to Pearl/Arts District or St. Paul stations and walk three blocks north – or catch the D-Link (Route 722) or the M-Line Trolley directly to the neighboring venues.

Saturday, April 21

Do you know someone who’s a fan of teen literature? The North Texas Teen Book Festival takes place today at the Irving Convention Center, which has a station named after it on the Orange Line. It’s a free event hosted by the Irving Public Library, and there will be several popular authors on hand.

If you like to peruse fresh produce, baked goods, jams, and crafty wares, the Marketplace of Garland has you covered. Taking place right in the heart of the downtown square, the farmers’ market also supports Good Samaritans of Garland, who will be accepting donated canned and boxed food items, if you’re so inclined. To get there, take the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station.

Another of our region’s charming, DARTable town squares plays host to a free movie screening tonight. Bring your kids and a blanket to Downtown Carrollton, where Sing will begin at sunset. The family favorite concerns a dapper Koala (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) determined to save his once-grand theater, which has fallen on hard times. His plan: Produce the world’s greatest singing competition. Will he restore the faded jewel to its former glory? Take the Green line to Downtown Carrollton Station and find out.

Sunday, April 22
The WaterTower Theatre’s production of Bread hits its mid-run stride this weekend. The drama combines the stuff of human relationships with a background of turbulent social upheaval. The venue’s a short walk from Addison Transit Center.

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Your EarthX 2018 Travel Guide

Discover ways to improve the planet and ride DART to EarthX April 20-22 at Fair Park.

We’ve created an EarthX travel guide to make your trip to progress in environmental stewardship and sustainability a breeze:

1. Plan your trip with mobile tools
Riding DART to the EarthX is easier when you use our mobile travel tools:

  • Use DART’s GoPass app to buy your transit passes in advance, but don’t activate them until the day you go to the event. The app features travel tools such as the trip planner, Where’s My Bus® and Where’s My TrainSM locators, links to ride-sharing services and travel alerts.
  • Our Twitter alerts page offers real-time information. Follow our updates at @DARTalerts.
  • M.DART.org – DART’s Mobile Site – has a trip planner, bus and train locators, rider alerts and point-to-point schedules.
  • Call the Customer Information Center at 214-979-1111 seven days a week. Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2. 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 riders with strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices.

3. Use MLK, Jr. Station, too
Most DART riders understand they can ride DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station and the entrance gates to Fair Park lie steps away. 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.

4. Park free at a DART station
Skip the hassle and expense of parking at Fair Park. Park for free at any DART transit center and rail station with park-and-ride parking lots. Find locations at DART.org.

We hope these helpful tips make your EartnX visit a fun adventure!

For more information about EarthX, visit earthx.org. And, to learn more about riding DART to the festival, visit DART.org or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

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Flat David’s DARTable Adventure

IMG_8943 editDavid attends elementary school in Portland Oregon as a high-energy and adventurous 7-year-old.

In class, David and his classmates read “Flat Stanley”, a book by Jeff Brown about a boy named Stanley who turns flat (but, unhurt) when a bulletin board falls on him.

In the book, Stanley’s parents take advantage of his flat condition and send him in an envelope to visit relatives in California.

David’s class gained inspiration from the book to take part in a “Flat Stanley” assignment of their own. In the assignment they created a flat version of themselves and sent it to relatives for an adventure.

Flat David arrived in Dallas Monday via U.S. Postal Service to visit his titia (aunt) Linda for a DARTable adventure.

Tuesday, they enjoyed a bike-share ride around downtown, visited the Giant Eyeball and ate a late lunch at Sol Irlandes Mexican Chop House on Main street. Titia Linda even got him a DART T-shirt!

Their DARTable adventure continues today with a visit to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, but they need your help to decide what other DARTable destinations to visit this week. Give your suggestions in the comment section below or on DART’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Ask DART: GoPass Tap Card

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Got questions? We’ve got answers.

Join us in our Ask DART series as we answer some of your questions about DART. Post your questions on Facebook or Twitter using the #AskDART hashtag or make a comment in the comment section below. We’ll consider all inquiries and will feature some of your submissions.


Question: I know there are going to be fare changes this summer, but I also heard there is a new payment card that offers some sort of discount?

Answer: Thank you for your question. The card you are referring to is the GoPass Tap Card that is expected to be introduced in late summer or early fall.

Here’s how it works: You will purchase a GoPass Tap Card for any initial amount you choose between $6 and $200 at participating retailers. We encourage you to then register your card at GoPass.org to protect the balance on your card in case you lose it as well as other benefits.

Once you have your card, just touch your GoPass ® Tap card to the electronic reader every time you board or transfer on a bus or train. Your fare will be deducted automatically and you’ll be charged the best fare every time you ride. Once your monthly trips reach the total cost of a monthly pass, your remaining trips in any calendar month are free.

Fare capping also will be available soon in the enhanced GoPass app. If you have any other questions related to this, visit DART.org/farerestructure.

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Connect to a Sustainable Future and DART to EarthX 2018

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Discover what it means to sustain your world and improve the planet when you ride DART to EarthX April 20-22 at Fair Park.

The three-day event celebrates innovation, hope and progress in environmental stewardship and sustainability.

As the world’s largest environmental gathering, the festival brings together thought leaders, academics, government bodies as well as interactive programming, live music and sustainable bear and food.

Don’t miss EarthXFilm, the festival’s showcase of films and emerging media that explores conservation, climate change and people who work to protect the planet. The film showcase runs through April 22 in Fair Park and at different location in Dallas. Visit earthxfilm.org for a list of films and locations.

To attend EARTX, ride DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station and the entrance gates to Fair Park lie steps away.

For more information about EarthX, visit earthx.org. And, to learn more about riding DART to the festival, visit DART.org or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

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DART: The Greener Choice

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DART is your ally in making North Texas more environmentally friendly.

While transit is eco-friendly by nature – taking cars off our congested roadways and reducing harmful greenhouse and air pollutant gases that contribute to air quality problems – DART takes every measure to ensure its activities in the community have minimal impact on the environment as well.

Reducing our Carbon Footprint
This spring, DART expects to receive seven zero-emission, all-electric buses. Made by Proterra, the agency will use the buses on D-Link, a route connecting arts and entertainment destinations in downtown Dallas’. The new battery-electric vehicles will offer clean, quiet transportation.

These Proterra buses join DART’s electric light rail trains and the Dallas Streetcar vehicles as zero-emission vehicles.

Switching to Compressed Natural Gas
Several years ago, DART made the decision to replace its aging bus fleet – some 650 buses – with clean-burning, compressed natural gas-fueled vehicles. Operating CNG vehicles promotes clean air and reduces fuel costs.

Respecting Nature
In October 2016, DART completed the three-mile Blue Line extension south to the University of North Texas at Dallas. Comprised mostly of aerial track, the Blue Line coasts over rugged terrain while also avoiding floodplains and creeks, wildlife paths and road crossings.

In accordance with the Dallas Tree Ordinance, the agency hired an arborist and tree survey staff to identify trees for preservation and revegetated disturbed areas using native species of comparable size, as well as use drought-tolerant plants at the stations. DART also limits mowing to certain times of the year so as not to disturb migratory bird nesting in the area.

Going Green
The lights in approximately 90 percent of DART’s passenger shelters are solar-powered and the agency has 120 freestanding solar lights at bus stops throughout the system.

DART Police Headquarters, located in the historic Monroe Shops building, was honored by the United States Green Building Council as the first publicly owned building listed on the National Register of Historic Places to achieve the LEED® Platinum Certification, the organization’s highest recognition.

DART’s Maintenance Department has gone green as well, using only the lowest-impact chemicals for cleaning parts and other tasks. The agency also recycles up to 22,000 gallons of antifreeze per year, and recycles all plastic jugs, aluminum cans and tons of paper.

Participating in EarthX
DART will participate in the 2018 EarthX event April 20-22 at Fair Park in Dallas. Stop by our booth. We’ll be there to answer questions and give you a peek at what we’re doing to make a greener future for North Texans. One of our new electric buses also will be on display.

For more information about riding DART to EarthX, visit DART.org.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

DART gets you to the best of this weekend’s fun, which includes a number of theatrical productions. There’s also a ton of springy, outdoor events, including a great music festival and an especially happening weekend in downtown Garland.

Thursday, April 12

It’s technically not the weekend yet, but you can get an early start at the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk. This “sip-and-shop” event lets you sample selected wines at the cute shops of the Downtown Plano Arts District, while enjoying live music, curated art exhibitions, and special discounts. Check-in is at McCall Plaza. Update: This event has sold out.

Friday, April 13

Friday is the world premiere of WaterTower Theatre’s Bread. This compelling family drama pits hopes, fears, thwarted dreams, and dark secrets against a turbulent backdrop of racial tension and social upheaval. The venue is a short walk from Addison Transit Center, served by numerous bus routes.

It’s also a great weekend to catch Driving Miss Daisy in its short run (April 12-16) at the Eisemann Center. A classic of American theater, the play concerns an aging, cantankerous white Southern lady and a proud, soft-spoken black man. They form an unlikely friendship in this warm, funny and moving play. The Eisemann is just a few steps from Galatyn Park Station on the Red Line.

Saturday, April 14

The Boho Market is a unique event at the Shed in the Dallas Farmers Market. Boho is old-school slang for “bohemian,” and the offerings here tend toward the artsy: creatively presented succulent plants, original jewelry, toys – you name it. There will also be live music and food stalls. More shopping and dining – including a brewery taproom – await inside the Market building. The D-Link is the best way to get to the Farmers Market. It departs from Convention Center Station and passes close by several other connection points.

It’s a big weekend in downtown Garland. The city periodically screens free movies at the Plaza Theatre, and this weekend – Friday through Sunday – they’re going all out with a Film Noir Festival. You can enjoy classics such as Detour and The Big Sleep gratis, along with concessions for next to nothing. On Saturday, the charming historic district hosts The Urban Flea, a market where dozens of vendors showcase vintage finds, one-of-a-kind antiques, and artsy, repurposed goods. There will also be live music.

As if all that weren’t enough, the annual Garland Heritage Celebration (this year, dubbed Hats Off to Garland) has more live music, along with free cotton candy, mechanical bull rides, children’s activities and much more. The Landmark Museum will premiere a special exhibit commemorating 100 years of men’s hat-manufacturing in Garland. The Blue Line takes you to Downtown Garland Station, steps from all the action.

It’s a music-packed day in downtown Dallas, as well, with the Old 97’s County Fair offering a stellar lineup in Main Street Garden Park. Taking the stage will be Lord Huron, The Mavericks, Valerie June, Paul Cauthen, The Bottle Rockets, Erika Wennerstrom, Jaime Wyatt, and, of course, the local rock royalty (that would be the Old 97’s) themselves. Part county fair, part indie festival, the event has lots of comfort food, carnival games and even a Ferris wheel. Any DART Rail line will take you to St. Paul Station, three blocks from this beloved yearly tradition. The D-Link will get you there, too.

Sunday, April 15

Sunday features the last performances of Down for #TheCount One-Act Play Festival at Bishop Arts Theatre Center. The festival focuses on short plays written by women of all backgrounds. Productions range from exciting, to humorous, to heartbreaking. Bus Route 11, which departs from West Transfer Center, will get you there; so will Route 405, which hits Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station on the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and Ledbetter Station on the Blue Line. The venue is near Tyler and Jefferson in Oak Cliff.

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Transit Siblings

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Happy National Siblings Day!

When you’re a transit agency service, being a sibling looks a little different. From buses to trains to shuttles and vanpools, DART keeps you connected with our close and extended family of services.

DART Service Siblings:

DART Buses
You can use the online DART Trip Planner or Google Transit any time to create personalized trip plans, customized schedules and find the nearest DART Bus stops to your location.

DART Rail
The DART Rail System features 64 stations across the DART service area. Click here to explore where you can go on DART Rail. Use the online DART Trip PlannerGoogle Transit or call 214-979-1111 for help.

DART On-Call
DART On Call, your personalized neighborhood service to shops, restaurants, the DART System and more, is economical, efficient and easy. The fare is a local fare, and our eight zones are accessible by a single reservation number, 214-452-1827.

GoLink
The new GoLink provides more flexible transit service, combining the low cost of public transportation with the convenience and technology of ride-sourcing. GoLink vehicles cover a zone rather than follow a route, and they may go anywhere within that zone. Learn more at DART.org/GoLink.

To learn about other DART services, visit DART.org/riding.

Our Extended Family:

Trinity Railway Express 
DART and the Trinity Metro provide the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), a commuter train that connects the downtown areas of Dallas and Fort Worth, with stops in the Mid-Cities and DFW Airport. Trains operate Monday through Saturday.

Ride DART’s Red or Blue Line to Union Station or Green or Orange Line to Victory Station and transfer to the Trinity Railway Express.

M-Line Trolley
The M-Line Trolley  is a nostalgic streetcar that links the downtown Dallas Arts District with the trendy shops, galleries and bistros of Uptown, including West Village.

Dallas Streetcar
DART operates the Dallas Streetcar for the city of Dallas. You can see the Dallas Streetcar daily on the Oak Cliff landscape. Service begins at 5:30 a.m. and the cars run until midnight, making connections with the final DART Rail trains at Union Station. Trains operate every 20 minutes.

Denton County Transportation Authority
Ride DART’s Green Line to Trinity Mills Station and transfer to the Denton County Transportation Authority to visit Denton.

Have a photo of you and your sibling riding DART? Share it with us on Facebook or in the comment section below.

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