Rider Insider: All Aboard the Trains at NorthPark Exhibit



This weekend, through Jan. 8, you can catch the Trains at NorthPark exhibit, showcasing the most elaborate toy train displays in all of Texas.

Witness more than 4,000 square feet of train-themed environments as you join the more than 6,000 people who visit the exhibit each season. The Trains at NorthPark benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and offers both children and adults a fun experience.

The exhibit runs weekdays through Saturday,  from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $3-$7.

To DART to the exhibit, take the Red Line or Orange Line to Park Lane Station, then hop on the NorthPark Shuttle (Route 702).

For more information about the NorthPark exhibit, visit: thetrainsatnorthpark.com.

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Route 883 to Serve Apartments Along Frankford Road



For those of you living at the apartments on Frankford Road, modifications to Bus Route 883 West will make it easier for you to reach your destination.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 9, the Route will expand to serve apartments along Frankford Road and continue as the most popular and busiest bus route near the University of Texas at Dallas.

The 883 West will turn right onto Dickerson Street and continue to Frankford Road before returning to campus via Coit Road.

No stops are being removed, but some stops will be served by different routes. For example, the Mc Callum Express will serve the last two stops on McCallum Blvd., as well as the stops on Meandering Way and on Campbell (to Coit), on its way to campus. In addition, the McCallum Express will now operate Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Departure times for both 883 West and McCallum Express have been adjusted to accommodate the expansion of the route:

  • 883 West (M-F): From campus at :00, :20 and :40 past the hour; from McCallum at :15, :35 and :55 past the hour (weekend service unchanged).
  • McCallum Express (M-F): From campus at :00 and :30 past the hour; from McCallum at :12 and :42 past the hour (weekday service only).

Visit www.utdallas.edu/services/download/Comet_Cruiser_Map.pdf to view a map of the new route.

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Growing Together: 2016 in Retrospect


Local photographer Michael Blachly captures the Green Line in motion to win first place in the City Scape category for the State Fair of Texas’ 2016 Creative Arts Competition.

Looking back, 2016 has been a year to remember. Take a look down memory lane to see just how vital your role has been in DART’s success.

  • In January, you helped DART reinforced rider safety in the See Something, Say Something™ campaign and stayed vigilant to recognize and report signs of human trafficking.
  • A couple of months later, in March, you chose DART as the best way to attend Dallas’ 37th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, an event that attracts thousands to Dallas each year.
  • DART took home top honors in May from the American Public Transportation Association and Bus and Paratransit Conference in Charlotte, NC. The honors revealed that our bus operators commit to bringing you safely to your destination.
  • DART Rail turned 20 years old on June 14. What began as an 11-mile network of Red and Blue lines from Pearl Station to 8th and Corinth Station in 1996, now extends 93 miles of rail with 64 stations in eight cities.
  • As gunfire broke out in Downtown Dallas on July 7, DART and Dallas police officers were on the scene to ensure the public’s safety. DART’s family grieved the loss of officer Brent Thompson and were grateful for the lives of the three DART officers injured during the protest. We witnessed the strength of the Dallas community and were grateful for the countless expressions of support from you and many around the world.
  • In August, the Dallas Streetcar offered riders like you a new route to Bishop Arts District.
  • In October, DART invited you on a journey to new opportunities and new destinations with the new Blue Line Extension into South Oak Cliff.
  • A new University of North Texas study revealed that transit-focused development near DART Rail produced $7 billion in economic growth, which continues to ignite vitality in your North Texas community.
  • In December, we announced Dallas Community College District’s partnership with DART to cut students’ transportation costs with free transit passes.

Thank you for your support throughout the year and may DART continue to be your choice for easy transit travel.

Have a happy and safe New Year from all of us at DART.

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DART to Watch Reunion Tower’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display



Five. Four. Three. Two. One!

Complete your countdown to 2017 with a dazzling fireworks display at Reunion Tower.

Hunt Realty and Reunion Tower are teaming up with AT&T to bring you AT&T Streaming Lights at Reunion Tower, a spectacular event that will light up the Dallas sky on New Year’s Eve.

The fireworks show will begin at 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 31. The show will feature more than 4,000 pyrotechnic special effects with the magnificent downtown skyline as its backdrop. Enjoy the show as you listen to a simulcast of music from NOW 102.9 FM.

Due to safety requirements, the Reunion Tower lawn will be closed to the public, but you can make plans to DART to a few watch parties in Dallas.

A Few DARTable Viewing Locations:

  • Trinity Groves – Take Bus Route 052 from Rosa Parks Plaza to the Singleton at Herbert stop.
  • Old Red Museum – Take the Green or Orange lines to West End Station, then walk four minutes to the museum.
  • W Hotel Victory Dallas– Take the Green or Orange lines to Victory Station, then walk four minutes to the hotel.
  • Happiest Hour – Take the Green or Orange lines to Victory Station, then walk seven minutes to the bar.
  • Alamo Drafthouse Dallas – Take the Blue or Red lines to Convention Center Station then walk seven minutes to the Alamo Drafthouse.
  • Checkered Past Winery – Take the Blue or Red lines to Cedars Station, then walk three minutes to the winery.

For more information about the fireworks show, visit www.reuniontower.com.

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The Road Ahead: A Refresher on Funding DART Projects

The New Year is around the corner and many people view this time of year as an opportunity to organize their personal finances and develop a budget to help them spend the money they make wisely.  DART is always assessing its budget to fund all planned Capital Investment Projects; projects intended to make North Texas a more connected, accessible, and economically vibrant place for all. 

But How Will You Pay For It?

DART frequently is asked, “How will you pay for this?”  The funding process for DART’s Capital Investment Projects is unique to the size and scope of each individual project.  In fact, funding from the federal government (which allows us to build the projects that will make our region strong, without placing the entire cost burden on our residents) can come from multiple agencies through multiple programs.

DART’s goal is to develop Capital Investment Projects that give taxpayers the biggest bang for their buck. We work to balance the cost of the project (and the cost to the taxpayer) with the greatest benefit a transportation system can bring to our region. To achieve that balance, DART seeks federal funding from the federal agency and program whose requirements align most closely with the project DART wants to build.  

Current Projects and Funding 

For example, DART is seeking funding for D2 from the Federal Transportation Agency (FTA)’s Core Capacity Program and the Interrelated Projects program. This is the type of program that would help fund other projects such as Platform Extensions, and the Central Dallas Streetcar Project. A few of the Core Capacity stipulations require the transit project to:

  • Be located in an area that is at or over capacity or will be in five years
  • Increase capacity by 10 percent
  • “Not include project elements designated to maintain a state of good repair” (which means a project that is not intended to repair or improve the existing transit system)

D2 fits these requirements, but other DART Capital Investment Projects do not. That’s why DART works to match the funding tool with the project. For example, the Federal Railroad Administration’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) is the best fit for the Cotton Belt. Under this program, DART hopes to obtain a low-interest federal loan that is specific for commuter rail and freight projects.

The Road Ahead

By carefully planning for DART’s and North Texas’ future, we make sure we have enough money to pay for all of DART’s Capital Investment Projects. Seeking funds from the right federal agency and program is key to bringing the best transit system to North Texas and providing our area with an accessible and affordable transit system that moves our entire region forward.

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Ride DART Free this New Year’s Eve with Miller Lite Free Rides

fullsizerenderDART and MillerCoors are teaming up to help you bring in the New Year with Miller Lite Free Rides.

For the second year in a row, MillerCoors will pick up your transit tab this New Year’s Eve and offer you 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.

You can ride free without a pass or coupon from 6 p.m. until the end of service on Dec. 31.

Remember, buses and trains operate on reduced schedules for the holidays. To view those schedules, visit DART.org and TrinityRailwayExpress.org.

For more information about Miller Lite Free Rides, visit  DART.org or contact DART’s Customer Information Center, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. For schedule information, call 214-979-1111.

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Ride DART to the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl


It’s almost game time.

Ride DART to the seventh annual Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl and see the Mean Green of University of North Texas face the United States Military Academy’s Black Knights in a rematch today at 11 a.m. at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium.

The Heart of Dallas Bowl is the first bowl game in the country honoring First Responders, and you can easily reach the game riding DART to either of two Green Line stations:

  • Fair Park Station, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds,
  • and MLK, Jr. Station, located south of R.B. Cullum Blvd. and convenient to both the MLK fairground entrance (Gate 6) and the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

It’s easy to 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.

If you’re riding the Denton County Transportation Authority’s (DCTA) A-train to DART’s Trinity Mills Station, you can switch to a Green Line train and head straight to Fair Park or MLK stations. Additional details about DART service are available at DART.org or by calling Customer Information at 214-979-1111. DCTA schedules can be found at dcta.net.

A Local Day Pass for use on DART Rail and buses is $5 and can be purchased by cash or credit card at ticket vending machines located at all DART stations. Purchase a day pass using the GoPass℠ app. The app is available for Android and Apple smartphones through Google Play or the App Store.

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Injured DART Officer Comes Home for the Holidays


DART Police officer Justin Ellis spent months in the hospital after a truck driver ran a red light and struck Ellis on his motorcycle in October.

Friends and volunteers renovated Ellis’ home to make it wheelchair-accessible before he was released from the hospital (see video above). Now, he gets to be home for the holidays.

See Ellis receive a warm send-off from the hospital in this video from WFAA reporter Sebastian Robertson’s Facebook page.

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DCCCD Partners with DART to Give Transit Passes to Students


Students walking at North Lake College. The college is part of the Dallas County Community College District, which recently approved $1.2 million to provide DART passes to eligible students at all DCCCD colleges.

For some college students, the money-saving struggle is all too real.

DART and the Dallas County Community College District are cutting students’ transportation costs and making it easier for them to get to class with a free DART pass.

Earlier this year, the Dallas County Community College District Board of Trustees approved $1.2 million to provide a free DART pass to eligible students at all DCCCD colleges through DART’s Higher Education Pass Program.

To qualify, students must enroll in six or more credit hours for either the fall or spring semester, and they must enroll in three or more credit hours during the summer semester.

Continuing education students attending any of DCCCD’s colleges also can obtain the free DART Student GoPass. They must enroll in 96 or more contact hours for either the fall or spring semester or 48 or more contact hours for the summer semester.

For more information about DCCCD’s involvement in the program visit, DART.org/news or DCCCD.edu.

To learn more about DART’s Higher Education Pass Program, visit DART.org/collegepass.

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Students Can Now Submit Entries for DART’s 2017 Art Contest


DART’s 2016 Student Art Contest Best of Show winning piece by Kassandra Castañeda, previous 4th grader from Frank Guzick Elementary in Dallas ISD.

Kindergarten through 12th grade students are invited to channel their inner artist as they depict how riding DART begins an adventure.

DART is now accepting entries for its 2017 Student Art Contest where students can compete to earn a spot for their design on DART buses and trains, plus cash and other prizes.

Contest Details:

  • The contest is open to public school, private school and home-schooled students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • Designs must be original work by the student and should illustrate the theme “The adventure starts here.”
  • Entry deadline is Feb.28, 2017. Students who submit their artwork early receive a special prize.
  • No group entries are allowed.
  • All entries must measure 11″ high by 17″ wide and be laid out horizontally.
  • Student’s name, grade level, school name, school address, teacher’s name, email address and phone number should be easily viewed on the back.

DART will notify winners by March 20. All artwork becomes the property of DART and may be used with appropriate credit to the artist. By entering, contestants consent to have their name and photograph appear as one of the winners.

A gallery of the previous art contest winners is available for viewing at dart.org/artcontest. For more information about the contest, contact Jessica D. Lennon, DART Education Outreach Manager, at jlennon@dart.org, or call 214-749-2582.

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