Expect Weekend Green Line Delays Jan. 13-Feb. 17

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If you ride the Green Line on Saturdays and Sundays, expect delays for six consecutive weekends from Jan. 13 through Feb. 17 due to work on Interstate 345.

The Texas Department of Transportation plans repairs to the Interstate 345 bridge over DART’s Green Line tracks near downtown Dallas during that time. This will interrupt Green Line weekend service between Victory and Deep Ellum stations, requiring passengers to use DART shuttle buses on all Saturday and Sunday trips.

Two shuttle routes will be in service on Saturdays and Sundays. One will operate non-stop between Victory and Deep Ellum, while a second will also serve Victory and Deep Ellum, but with stops at West End, Akard, St. Paul and Pearl/Arts District stations.

Trains will remain in operation between Buckner and Deep Ellum and between North Carrollton/Frankford and Victory stations.

Red, Blue and Orange line service will not be disrupted. However, Green Line customers are encouraged to allow extra travel time.

For more information on how to plan your trip during these six weekends, call 214-979-1111 to speak with DART’s Customer Information Center Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

The holidays are over now, but you still have a few days left to catch some of the spectacular holiday events and exhibits you may have missed. With warmer temperatures, it’s also a great weekend to enjoy the outdoors.

Through Jan. 7

A new, unforgettable, family-friendly event made its debut in in Fair Park this year. Holiday Wonder is an outdoor, walk-through winter wonderland featuring holiday-themed Chinese lanterns, magical light displays, a two-story Arctic Slide, snowball throwing, music and dance. Take the Green Line to Fair Park or MLK, Jr. stations to get there.

Holiday at the Arboretum is a spectacle worth seeing if you haven’t already. The 12 Days of Christmas is the event’s centerpiece: 12 specially decorated gazebos, dazzling lights, a nutcracker exhibit and much more. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is accessible by Bus Route 60; get off at Garland Road and Lakeland Drive.

Holidays at the Bush Center 2017 features a special exhibit – All Things Bright and Beautiful: Christmas at the House 2005 – recreating the White House Christmas that year. There are gorgeous flowers, colorful murals, behind-the-scenes photos, Mrs. Bush’s holiday dress, and more. An 18-foot recreation of the 2005 White House Christmas tree is adorned with more than 500 white lilies, dazzling glass bead garland, and clear crystal ball ornaments. Get there on the Museum Express (Route 743), which departs from Mockingbird Station.

Saturday, Jan. 6

Target First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center gives families the opportunity to focus on a Big Idea, which is explored through a hands-on craft, take-home activity and a scavenger hunt. This month, the Big Idea is “Geometric/Organic,” and the Art Project is “Project Funway.” Take an interactive tour, exercise your detective skills to search the Nasher for related art, complete the hunt for a special prize, and create artwork of your own. There also will be storytellers from the Dallas Public Library, a NasherKids Live! Performance, live artist demos, and even yoga. The Nasher is a short walk from St. Paul Station and is also accessible via D-Link (Route 722).

The Interurban Railway Museum in the Downtown Plano Arts District commemorates the rail line that ran from Denison through Plano to Dallas and destinations beyond from 1908 until 1948. Located near the picturesque gazebo, fountain and playgrounds of Plano’s Haggard Park, the museum is fascinating for kids, history buffs and train enthusiasts alike. It’s located right next to Downtown Plano Station.

Garland’s Landmark Museum is another gem, located near Downtown Garland Station. The transformation of Garland from a 19th century farming outpost to a 21st century city is chronicled inside the former Santa Fe Train Depot, an historic landmark built in 1901. Exhibits include artifacts from early settlers like newspapers, farm tools and quilts, as well as a wooden railroad car. The museum is only open on Saturdays.

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Join Our Fight Against Human Trafficking

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DART commits to protecting North Texans against human trafficking, and invites you to join the fight to end this illicit activity.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, yet our effort to end this crime continues year-round. Part of that effort includes helping you stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings.

Open your eyes to the signs of human trafficking. According to the Unites States Department of Homeland Security’s website, these signs include dramatic changes in behavior, clues of mental or physical abuse and a fearful, timid, or submissive nature.

If you suspect something, call federal law enforcement at 1-866-347-2423 or submit an online tip at http://www.ice.gov/tips.

Individuals looking for help can call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).

Safe Place

DART’s fight against human trafficking also involves working with Safe Place, a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people needing immediate help and safety. The program transports youth escaping dangerous situations to the nearest QuikTrip convenience store, a designated “safe place” and a part of the national effort since 1991. Once inside the store, runaways and at-risk youth can wait for a Safe Place agency partner to connect them with professional help.

Safe Place gives help immediately to those in crisis by extending the reach of local youth services, shelters, and organizations.  Young people in crisis can approach DART staff and let them know they need help. DART staff are trained to work in coordination with other local organization to transport children and youth to safety.

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking

In 2013, DART officials signed the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking initiative. Since 2014, our police officers, fare enforcement officers, and bus and rail operators received training on how to spot and report possible indicators of human trafficking.

The agency continues to highlight the issue with informational posters on our buses and trains, as well as collaborates with transportation entities to help you recognize and report potential trafficking.

 

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Let DART be Your Free Ride this New Year’s Eve

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DART and Miller Lite are making sure you have a safe ride before and after the clock strikes midnight.

Celebrate 2018 with Miller Lite Free Rides® on all DART buses, light rail trains, paratransit vehicles and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) from Union Station to CentrePort/DFW Airport Station Sun., Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. until end of service.

That means no passes, tickets, GoPass app, coupons or money to ride safely.

Miller Lite Free Rides® began locally in 2015 and, since then, the program provided more than 70,000 people in North Texas with safe, alternative transportation on New Year’s Eve. In 2016 alone, more than 30,000 people took advantage of a Miller Lite Free Ride.

Here’s to bringing in the New Year safely with free rides on DART.

For more information about Miller Lite Free Rides® as well as New Year’s Eve schedules, visit DART.org and TrinityRailwayExpress.org.

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DART: Your Ride This New Year’s Weekend

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This three-day weekend has lots of DARTable happenings in store for North Texans.

Friday, Dec. 29

It’s the opening night of Pegasus Theatre’s production of A Minor Case of Murder at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson. World-famous detective and aspiring actor Harry Hunsacker enlists his best friend Nigel Grouse – as well as the long-suffering Detective Lieutenant Foster – to solve one of his most puzzling cases ever. Will good win the day, or will the forces of evil triumph? Check it out and see. The Eisemann Center is located steps from Galatyn Park Station.

You only have a little more than a week left to see Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, a fascinating exhibit at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Sachs’ distinctive reworking of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony includes a tea house in a garden accessorized with lanterns, gates, a koi pond, a bronze bonsai made of over 3,600 individually welded parts, and an ultra-high-definition video wall featuring images of Mt. Fuji. The Nasher Sculpture Center is a three-block walk from Pearl/Arts District Station, and also is accessible via D-Link (Route 722) and the M-Line Trolley.

Saturday, Dec. 30

Also nearing its end – for the year, at least – is a beloved local holiday tradition. The Trains at NorthPark has more model trains than you’ve likely seen in one place, traveling on a third of a mile of track. If you haven’t seen this spectacle yet this year, today would be a great day to catch it! The NorthPark Center Shuttle (Route 702) departs frequently from Park Lane Station.

The last performance of The Three Musketeers, presented by Theatre Britain at the Cox Building Playhouse in the Downtown Plano Arts District, takes place tonight. It’s an old-fashioned, rip-roaring melodrama in which the audience is encouraged to cheer for the good guys, boo and hiss the bad guys, and join in with the characters on stage. Children can easily follow and appreciate the story, and there’s plenty of more sophisticated wit aimed at adults. Get there by taking the Red Line to Downtown Plano Station.

Sunday, Dec. 31

It’s New Year’s Eve! To make sure your night ends safely, Miller Lite and DART have teamed up to provide free rides on all buses, trains, paratransit services and even the TRE as far west as CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. Take up the complimentary offer and enjoy a responsible ride from 6 p.m. through the end of service – no passes required.

And what a New Year’s Eve it will be, with Reunion Tower, Hunt Realty and AT&T collaborating to bring a Texas-sized New Year’s Eve event to Dallas. AT&T Streaming Lights at Reunion Tower is a 360-degree, panoramic fireworks spectacular that will light up the Dallas sky starting at 11:59 p.m. You want to be dazzled? More than 4,000 pyrotechnic special effects – with the magnificent downtown skyline as a backdrop – ought to do the trick. Many locations around town will host watch parties; the best vantage points are on the west side of the Trinity River, along the levees, and at Trinity Overlook Park or Trinity Groves. Bus Routes 12, 32, 52 and 59 all take you to the sweet spot, but since none of these bus routes run after midnight, you might want to Lyft or Uber home. Of course, Downtown Dallas itself offers plenty of great viewing opportunities, and is served by all four light rail lines plus the TRE. Due to safety requirements, the Reunion Park lawn near Union Station will be closed to the public.

Monday, Jan. 1

Day 1 Dallas at Fair Park is a free event designed to bring together children and families on New Year’s Day. The event features entertainment, food vendors and a variety of children’s activities, culminating in a spectacular firework show. Make plans to celebrate at Fair Park, served by Fair Park and MLK, Jr. stations.

 

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Behind the Tracks: Safety First for the Cotton Belt

In our series, Behind the Tracks, we are diving deep into the processes, protocol, and planning that goes into building the Cotton Belt. Today, we’re taking a look at how DART ensures that North Texas’s regional rail project fits as seamlessly, as quietly, and as safely as possible into the current environment.

The Rules of the Train Horn

DART conducts intense impact analyses that include measuring the current noise levels and potential levels after the Cotton Belt is running. We’ve found that the majority of noise impacts occur at street crossings due to train horns. The blow of a whistle or the toot of a horn is one most people associate with trains.

In fact, according to the Federal Railroad Administration, there is a Train Horn Rule (49 CFR Part 222). Locomotive engineers must sound horns for a minimum of 15 seconds before a train reaches a public crossing. Train horns generally are sounded in a pattern of two long, one short, and one long blast.

DART must follow the rules of the FRA, but can implement measures to ensure that the Cotton Belt’s horn doesn’t impact residents as much its freight relative.

What is a Quiet Zone?

Quiet zones are areas where railroads have been directed to cease the routine of horn sounding when approaching highway and rail crossings. Local governments can establish quiet zones.  For the Cotton Belt project, DART plans to work closely with cities along the corridor to implement quiet zones.

For a quiet zone to be established, public at-grade crossings must be equipped with additional warning devices or have additional physical improvements to ensure the train can pass safely without sounding its horn. Many communities along rail lines have opted to establish partial quiet zones to restrict horns during the hours of 10 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. According to DART’s analysis, these quiet zones can mitigate up to 96 percent of noise impacts coming from the transit vehicles. Along the Cotton Belt corridor there are currently 37 locations that are proposed quiet zones.

Explaining Quad Gates and Non-Mountable Barriers

What equipment can DART use to ensure that at-grade crossings in quiet zones remain safe? Great question! Quad gates, also known as four quadrant gates, are composed of two -four gates on each side of the track rather than just one.

This barrier is impossible for cars to drive under or around, effectively protecting both the Cotton Belt and the automobile even without the blow of the whistle. Most quad gates are equipped with lights and close as the train is scheduled to approach the intersection, effectively keeping traffic off of the tracks.  If only two gates are used (one on each side of the tracks), then additional physical improvements like a non-mountable barrier or raised curb must be installed to prevent cars from driving around the gate.

Making the Cotton Belt Part of the Region’s Environment

DART wants to ensure that the Cotton Belt can travel safely and seamlessly throughout the region. We are committed to making the Cotton Belt the safest transit solution that best serves all of North Texas.

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Inmotion: Village of Rowlett Welcomes Residents

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In July, the first residents moved into the Village of Rowlett, a mixed-use, multifamily residential community located next to City Hall and a block down Martin Drive from Downtown Rowlett Station.

Village residents can walk to dinner at nearby restaurants, ride a bike to an area park or take DART Rail to destinations and events throughout North Texas. The development blends with the historical brick buildings and pedestrian-oriented design of the downtown Main Street area.

“We are very excited for the future of our downtown area,” Rowlett Mayor Tammy Dana-Bashian said. “The Village of Rowlett is a catalyst development and a key component to fulfilling the vision our community has created for maintaining a small-town feel while providing enhanced live, work and play opportunities.”

Lincoln Property Company is the leasing manager for the community. Developers expect to complete the project by December.

Learn more about how DART keeps you moving in our winter issue of Inmotion.

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DART’s Own Holiday Jingle!

We are getting in the holiday spirit with 25 Days of DART! If you’ve been following along, you’ve learned some interesting DART trivia, heard season’s greetings from the DART team, and celebrated some of North Texas’ best holiday traditions!

Check out our very latest, very groovy DART holiday jingle!

That’s right, your region’s mobility manager knows that the best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear.  So sing along with us as we jingle our way to the end of the 25 Days of DART.

Feel like you missed a day? Not to worry, you can catch up on all 25 Days of DART on DART’s Facebook page and Twitter page or search the hashtag #25DaysofDART.

Put those chestnuts on the fire, and stay tuned to 25 Days of DART!

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Honor First Responders at the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

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Don’t miss the big game, and ride DART to the 2017 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl where the West Virginia Mountaineers and Utah Utes contend, Tuesday, Dec. 26, at 12:30 p.m. at Cotton Bowl Stadium.

DART’s Green Line offers you the easiest way to get there. Either ride to Fair Park Station near the fairground entrance or to MLK, Jr. Station, convenient to Gate 6 and Cotton Bowl Stadium.

You can transfer to the Green Line from the Red, Orange and Blue lines at any of the four downtown rail stations: West End, Akard, St. Paul or Pearl/Arts District.

This epic showdown continues as the first bowl game in the country honoring first responders. Start your trip early and join first responders from around North Texas with a tailgate outside Cotton Bowl Stadium for the pre-game fan fest, showcasing hardware from participating units and community organizations.

For more information about how to ride DART to the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, visit DART.org or call Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

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DART: Your Ride This Christmas Weekend

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Christmas is finally here, and cheerful events are happening throughout the area. Whether you’d like to take in a yuletide musical performance, marvel at dazzling holiday lights, or get in some last-minute shopping, DART has you covered. 

Friday, Dec. 22 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings their one-of-a-kind Christmas show to American Airlines Center. This year’s show, “Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” is a celebration of the beloved group’s late creator and songwriter, Paul O’Neill. There are two shows, one at 3:30 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. The AAC is served by Victory Station. 

This also would be a great evening to check out Holiday Wonder, a new, unforgettable, family-friendly event in Fair Park. The outdoor, walk-through winter wonderland features magical light displays, including holiday-themed Chinese lanterns. There’s a host of other attractions as well: the two-story Santa’s Arctic Slide, snowball throwing, music, dance and a world class acrobatics show. The event continues through January 7. Get there by taking the Green Line to Fair Park Station. 

The Dallas Zoo also has a brand-new holiday event, Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant. After the animals head in for the evening, the zoo grounds are transformed by a million twinkling lights. The spectacular display is free with regular zoo admission – so you can visit the zoo during the day and stay for the holiday celebration, or come just for the festivities. If you can’t make it today, you’ll have the chance to catch it through January 2. The zoo has its own DART Rail stop, Dallas Zoo Station.

Saturday, Dec. 23

You won’t get another chance to visit Holly Jolly Holidays at Reunion Tower – not this year, at least, as Dec. 23 is the last day. Check out the GeO-Deck observation area for some of the best views in Dallas, and take photos with Santa, enjoy a kid’ craft – and even visit with some cute critters from the Dallas Zoo, all at 470 feet in the air. You also can nosh on tasty treats from Cloud Nine Café. You can get to Reunion Tower via pedestrian tunnel from Union Station.

This is the last night of the Company of Rowlett Performers’ three-night run of their take on the classic musical Annie. Dubbed Annie, Jr., the show follows the title character as she tries to find the parents who abandoned her – and foils the evil schemes of Miss Hannigan, who runs the orphanage where she lives. Along the way, she is aided by Daddy Warbucks, and the audience is treated to some of the most enduring song in musical theater. The performance take place at the Plaza Theatre in Garland, a short walk from Downtown Garland Station.

Sunday, Dec. 24
If you’ve never seen the Trains at NorthPark, you’re in for a treat. There are more model trains than you can imagine. The trains travel over 1,600 feet of track and stop by a fascinating itinerary of locations such as the Golden Gate Bridge, New York City and, of course, Dallas. DART has a shuttle to NorthPark Center (Route 702) that departs frequently from Park Lane Station.

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