DART Easily to MegaFest Events in June

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DART is the easiest way to attend MegaFest when it returns to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center June 28 through July 1. An estimated 100,000 people from across North Texas and the country are expected and a lot of them will ride DART’s buses and trains.

MegaFest is a four-day festival of faith, film and family oriented events held in Downtown Dallas partly because of DART, which can transport attendees to the convention center, airports, hotels, restaurants and other area attractions.

Attendees can ride DART Blue and Red Line trains directly to Convention Center Station, just a short walk to events held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. TRE customers can connect to DART by transferring to a Red or Blue Line train at Union Station.

Save time and pre-purchase your DART and TRE 3-Day Pass in advance from the free GoPass℠ mobile ticketing application available for both Apple and Android. Individual Local Day passes for DART Rail, bus and passengers riding the TRE between CentrePort and Union Station are $5. Attendees coming from Tarrant County or Denton County must purchase a Regional Day Pass for $10. Passes can be purchased on GoPass℠ or at ticket vending machines located at all DART and TRE stations.

Additional information is available at DART.org/MegaFest or by calling DART’s Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

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Express Bus offers more options for commuting to Plano’s Legacy Business Park

West Plano is booming. As the population of this area grows, so does the traffic. And DART has responded.

Crosstown travel in Plano became easier once DART introduced Express Bus Route 211 in March. The new route travels nonstop between Parker Road Station in East Plano and the Northwest Plano Park & Ride in 26 minutes.

Learn more about DART’s Express Bus service to Legacy Business Park in the current issue of Inmotion.

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Navigate DART easily with travel tools

Traveling by public transit is easy, but may take a little planning when you are on the go. DART offers a suite of mobile travel tools to help you figure out your trip.

Download the free GoPass® app – The Travel Tools section includes a trip planner, Where’s My Bus® and Where’s My TrainTM tools, links to ridesharing services and travel alerts. GoPass is available in the App Store and Google Play.

Use the DART Mobile Site – Go to m.DART.org to access travel tools like the trip planner, bus and train locators, rider alerts and point-to-point schedules.

Register for My DART Updates – Receive text and/or email messages about specific rail lines and bus routes, along with other DART information. Sign up at DART.org/email.

Keep up with DART Social Media – Follow @DARTmedia and @DARTalerts on Twitter, @DARTDallas on Facebook, @DARTDaily on Instagram, and @DARTDallas on YouTube.

Call DART Customer Service – Contact the Customer Information Center at 214-979-1111, seven days a week, for routes, schedules, trip planning assistance, and any other DART question.

Learn more about DART’s other travel tools and apps.
DART.org/TravelTools

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Meet #OurDART Team for the D2 Subway!

Transit projects like the D2 Subway are a big deal for everyone involved, including North Texas residents, businesses, and the neighborhoods through which the subway will run. Have you ever wondered who is behind the implementation of a project like this?

Planning and building a new transit project brings together different types of workers who specialize in different aspects of transit planning and implementation: Planners work out the technical and environmental details, engineers implement the design, community liaisons gather public feedback to ensure concerns are being heard, and, eventually, construction workers, manufacturers, and contractors will build the D2 Subway.

Meet the DART D2 Subway Team!

We think it’s important to share with you some of the people dedicated to finding a transit solution that benefits everyone:

Meet Chad, Assistant Vice President of Capital Planning

At DART, Chad is responsible for oversight of several areas including corridor development, feasibility assessments, transit system planning and travel demand modeling.
“I am looking forward to seeing how this second light-rail alignment will not only reduce congestion but increase connectivity for all North Texans throughout downtown Dallas and the region.”

Meet Carlos, Community Engagement Manager for the D2 Subway

Carlos has been involved in DART’s Community Engagement efforts since 2002.  He has worked on several high-profile projects such as the Orange Line to DFW from 2004-2014 and the D2 Study which began in 2007.
“I like working on the D2 Subway project because I have seen the downtown Dallas area grow so much in the past ten years with residents and actual communities.  In Community Engagement, we see a thriving downtown Dallas residential community as a great opportunity for new public input and feedback to help make the D2 Subway line the best possible system for many future generations.”

Meet Ernie, Project Manager

Ernie has worked for DART since 2000, after having had previous stints at transportation agencies in Austin.  He’s worked on roadway and transit projects throughout his career, and has focused exclusively on light rail and some streetcar in Downtown Dallas since 2007.
“What sets this transportation project apart from others I’ve managed, and why I love working on the D2 project, is because I’ve been exposed to stakeholders and individuals that represent Downtown businesses, projects or programs that they’re passionate about. The project is important for multiple reasons, including that it serves regional travel (i.e. provides capacity to the main artery of the light rail system and complementary regional rail network that serves the DFW area) and plays a part in enhancing the livability/marketability of Downtown.”

Meet Kay, Project Manager

Kay has more than 20 years of transportation planning experience, ranging from small site-specific studies to large, complex corridor projects.  Kay managed DART Transit System Plan update for the Year 2030 and is actively involved in a variety of planning projects including streetcar, bus and light rail.  She is currently managing the 2040 Transit System Plan effort.
“It’s a critical step towards adding capacity that will sustain our system and position both DART and the region for further expansion in the future.”

Meet Steve, Vice President of Capital Planning

As Vice President, Capital Planning for DART he directs all rail corridor-planning activities for the agency. His duties include multimodal system planning, rail corridor planning, and travel demand forecasting. He also ensures compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
“The second alignment will bring greater flexibility to the overall system. I am most looking forward to watching it interact with the rest of DART’s transit solutions.”

 Join Us

The D2 Subway Team is excited to continue the development process for this project, and we will continue to collaborate with the public as we move toward a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).  Be sure to join the team for an online conversation about finalizing the LPA, progressing toward our milestones, and how the project is helping move North Texas forward during our upcoming Facebook Live Event on June 22 at 12 PM CDT. Together, we can design a D2 Subway alignment that works for all of North Texas.

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Where to DART This Weekend

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There’s another DARTable weekend in store – from free live music to one of the tastiest festivals of the year. Check them out:

Friday, June 9
The Irving Concert Series features the Three Quarters Fast Jazz Band – in keeping with the theme of this year’s series, the music of New Orleans. Authentic New Orleans food will be on hand, too. The free concert happens at 7 p.m. at Whistlestop Plaza, near Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station.

Fair Park Friday Night Jazz Concerts is a free series at the Old Mill Inn patio in Fair Park. Bandleader S-Ankh Rasa and his jazz group – the house band of nearby club Sandaga 813 – are the headliners. Food is available, as is beer and wine. The band is blowing from 5 until 8, making this the perfect segue form workweek to weekend.

Saturday, June 10
Taste of Dallas has hundreds of exhibitors and tons of local restaurants offering reduced-price samplings of their wares. This year’s event will be highlighted by the new BBQ, Burgers & Brews Experience, curated by Tim Byres of Smoke. It all happens in the Automobile Building in Fair Park, very near Fair Park Station.

The Movie on the Square in Downtown Carrollton is Moana, a film that can be enjoyed by all ages. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. in Downtown Carrollton Square, a short walk from Downtown Carrollton Station.

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Public Input Meetings in Irving, Farmers Branch and Dallas Next Week About Proposed Fare Restructure

Pre-Public Hearing community meetings continue Monday, June 12, 2017, with meetings next week in Irving, Farmers Branch and Dallas.

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

Monday, June 12, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Hampton-Illinois Branch Library
2951 South Hampton Road
Dallas, TX 75224

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Eastfield College – Pleasant Grove Campus
802 South Buckner Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75217

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Irving City Hall
825 West Irving Boulevard
Irving, TX 75060

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Farmers Branch City Hall
13000 William Dodson Parkway
Farmers Branch, TX 75234

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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Join Us for the D2 Subway Facebook Live Event


If we look back over the past year, we have made a lot of progress in determining just what the downtown rail alignment will look like, where it will go, and how DART will proceed in planning and building the D2 Subway. We still have work to do, but we’re coming up on the critical milestone of finalizing a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).

DART understands there is a lot of interest in the D2 Subway and where the alignment will go; therefore, we thought we’d take the D2 Subway conversation online. Our experts will be answering the questions you may have about where we are in the process, project updates, or the alignment itself.

Here are the details:

  • What? This is an opportunity for you to participate in the ongoing conversation that is happening surrounding the D2 Subway! That’s right, DART is hosting a D2 Subway Facebook Live Event to discuss updates and address questions about the project and the LPA.
  • Where? Log in to Facebook and find our page. In addition, follow the hashtag #Get2KnowD2 for real-time updates!
  • When? Thursday, June 22 at 12PM CDT
  • Why? As the D2 Subway will impact North Texas, DART believes it’s important to have open and meaningful conversations with the folks of North Texas to discuss the road ahead for the project, address questions or concerns, and provide a look into which LPA options will best serve the region.
  • How do I participate? If you’d like to ask the D2 Subway Team a question about the project or a LPA, use the hashtag #Get2KnowD2. We’ll be answering questions during the live event!

We’re committed to ensuring the public is involved in the D2 Subway process every step of the way, so mark your calendars and tune in on June 22!

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Have a Tasty Time This Weekend

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Taste of Dallas has become one of the area’s most anticipated annual festivals, with hundreds of exhibitors and tons of local restaurants offering reduced-price samplings of their wares. Tens of thousands of people attend each year, and there’s truly something for everybody. Over 70 indoor and outdoor restaurants will be on hand – along with the Culinary Marketplace, Sweet Factory and an event called the Taste of the Town.

This year’s event will be highlighted by the new BBQ, Burgers & Brews Experience. The event is curated by Tim Byres of Smoke, and it’s guaranteed to offer some of the best barbecue and burgers in Dallas, along with samples from more than 20 great craft beer breweries.

The festival also hosts vendors selling homemade and crafted goods, and includes many activities for kids — including an indoor, air-conditioned Family Fun Zone, a petting zoo, hands-on activities, and arts and crafts.

It all happens Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, in the Automobile Building at Fair Park. Take the Green Line to Fair Park Station, and you’re there!

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School’s Out!

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School’s out and the fun is on. Lots of venues in North Texas are family-friendly, and getting there by DART is part of the adventure!

Explore the arts. Bring the kids and enjoy free admission and fun family programming at Target First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center, held on the first Saturday of every month. The sculpture center is a few blocks from St. Paul Station.
www.nashersculpturecenter.org

Have a seaside experience … in Dallas. Pet the stingrays at Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. Hands-on Stingray Bay is one of six interactive exhibits. Other enthralling marine life ranges from albino alligators to 11 species of sharks, and it’s all steps from Fair Park Station.
www.childrensaquariumfairpark.com

Immerse yourself in history. Irving Heritage Park is packed with memorabilia such as a settler’s cabin and an antique caboose. While you’re in the heart of Old Irving, grab a bite at Irving’s Big State Fountain Grill, a drugstore/soda fountain that serves up nostalgia along with great burgers and breakfasts. The trip down memory lane starts at Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station.
http://cityofirving.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Heritage-Park-40www.bigstatefountaingrill.com

Feast family-style. Babe’s Chicken Dinner House makes legendary fried chicken and family-style sides in Carrollton. It’s located in a quaint downtown area with shops, boutiques and even a kid-friendly rock-climbing gym. The district is served by Downtown Carrollton Station.
www.babeschicken.com

Go wild. Kids love animals — and trains. So, it’s a doubly fun excursion to take the Red Line to the front entrance of the Dallas Zoo, where 8,000 animals await. The zoo gives visitors a journey through several distinct wildlife habitats, which offer interactive experiences such as feeding birds, lorikeets and even giraffes – and it also offers discounts to children. It even has its own DART stop – Dallas Zoo Station.
www.dallaszoo.com

Be a square. Get the whole family in on the fun at Garland’s Plaza Theatre, located on the historic square near Downtown Garland Station. The fully restored 1941 theater hosts stage productions, concerts and – here’s the kicker – free, family-friendly movies. The surrounding square is worth exploring, too, with plentiful shops, casual eateries and a brewpub. It’s all directly south of Downtown Garland Station.
http://www.garlandtx.gov/gov/eg/arts/plaza/

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Policy and Legislative Updates

We recently told you about how the government can affect public transportation in North Texas.  From local city councils, to the federal government, public policy shapes how public transportation systems are built and funded across the nation.

Since policy influences the type of public transportation projects our region undertakes, DART will continue to bring you the latest updates on any relevant policy changes.

Federal Policy and Public Transportation

President Trump’s Budget: The president recently released his budget proposal that includes pertinent changes to public transportation funding.  Now that the president has submitted a proposed budget to Congress, the House and Senate will commence drafting budget legislation that considers the president’s budget proposal.  Once this legislation is drafted, Congress will ultimately vote on a final report that is put before the president for a signature or veto. In the president’s current budget, he has proposed significant cuts for public transportation. Though the budget in its current form is unlikely to pass through Congress, it decreased funds to the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grant Program (CIG), TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act programs.  These cuts may jeopardize transit projects in a large number of states, including Texas. The federal budget is significant to DART because of federal funds the agency is currently pursuing from the CIG program to help fund the D2 Subway.  DART will continue to keep you updated on the federal government’s budget, the status of federal funds for public transportation, and any other federal funding options DART may pursue.

State Policy and Public Transportation

Senate Bill 385: The Texas Legislature wrapped up their regular session on May 29.  S.B. 385 by Sen. Konni Burton of Fort Worth, which required voter approval from all cities a commuter rail project passes through to use federal funds to build a commuter rail line, did not pass.  This legislation would have affected public transportation projects such as DART’s Cotton Belt or the T’s TEX Rail. If the Governor calls the legislature into a special session, Sen. Burton could refile this bill. However, remember the Governor determines the legislature’s agenda during special sessions. 

Local Policy and Public Transportation

Dallas Sales Tax Diversion:  The Dallas pension fund for police and fire employees is currently in crisis, with the fund having approximately 28 percent of what it needs to pay retirees.  In February, several Dallas city council members proposed diverting 1/8th of the one-cent sales tax voters pledged to DART and sending it to the City to pay down some of the pension system’s shortfall. It’s estimated that such a diversion would have cost DART $35 million per year, jeopardizing transit service in Dallas. However, since our last post, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed House Bill 3158 to fix the fund and mitigate losses. This bill does not include utilizing the one-cent sales tax pledged to DART.

Policy can change due to different administrations, amendments, and new information. Since DART must abide by transportation policy on the local, state, and national level, we will continue to bring you updates. Understanding the impacts of transportation policy will allow DART to create the best transportation plans that will drive North Texas forward.

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