Save the Date: Older Americans Information and Health Fair is May 11

Valuable health information, free screenings and entertainment are just a few of the reasons to attend the Older Americans Information and Health Fair May 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Centennial Hall in Fair Park. Attendees are encouraged to ride DART’s Green Line to Fair Park Station.

This annual event is hosted by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), in partnership with the Community Council of Greater Dallas/Dallas Area Agency on Aging, city of Dallas and Dallas Police Department. Media partners include NBC 5, Telemundo 39, The Dallas Morning News and Al Día.

To learn more about the Older Americans Information and Health Fair, please visit DART.org/seniors. Call 214-979-1111 for information on riding DART.

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New Service Changes will Improve Access to Employment Centers

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Buses like these soon will be a familiar sight at Plano’s Parker Road Station.

North Texans working in the booming Legacy area of  Plano and the Cypress Waters area of Dallas will find it easier to get to work with DART’s new bus service changes beginning March 13.

Legacy Area Bus Service Improved

With the service change, Express Bus Route 208 will extend north from Northwest Plano Park & Ride into Legacy West, directly serving JC Penney, JP Morgan Chase, FedEx Office, Toyota, Liberty Mutual and Frito Lay. This service will operate on alternate trips, approximately every 30 minutes, during morning and late afternoon rush hours.

In addition, the new east-west Express Bus Route 211 will operate non-stop, every 15 minutes, at peak periods only, between Parker Road Station and Northwest Plano Park & Ride. This Route will run primarily along Spring Creek Parkway, then continue into Legacy, serving Chase, JC Penney, FedEx, Liberty Mutual and Toyota.

If you who ride DART Bus routes that end at Northwest Plano Park & Ride, you can reach Legacy West on Routes 211, 346 and 452.

Also in addition, a revised Route 346 will combine existing Routes 346 and 348, to serve destinations not reached by either Route 208 or Route 211, such as Granite Park, Bank of America and Yum Brands. Route 346 will run during peak times only.

Service  Changes for Cypress Waters and Freeport Routes

For those of you living and working in the Cypress Waters area of Dallas, DART is making it more convenient to reach Belt Line Station with two existing routes.

Route 500 will no longer serve the Freeport area near DFW Airport on weekday trips. It will instead use Premier/Gateway routing (U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and currently a part of Route 510). This will reduce travel time between Belt Line Station in Irving and Cypress Waters corporate headquarters in Dallas, such as 7-Eleven and Core Logic. Weekend service will remain unchanged.

Route 510 will no longer serve the USINS Premier/Gateway segment and instead pick up Freeport service currently provided by Route 500 on weekdays; weekend service via Freeport will continue to be available on Route 500. Passengers will be able to connect to DART Rail at either Belt Line or Irving Convention Center stations.

D-Link to Deep Ellum

DART’s extending its free D-Link service to Deep Ellum. The popular bus shuttle now stops at the corner of Elm Street and Good-Latimer Expressway, near the neighborhood’s main drag.

The D-Link runs from 11 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday. To accommodate these route changes, service levels will be adjusted to every 16 minutes between 4 and 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, but will remain 15 minutes at all other times.

For more information about these and other service changes, call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111 or visit to DART.org, especially to learn more about routes 2, 42, 52, 59, 76, 161, 164, 350, 360, 400, 409, 415, 463, 515, 521, 535, 574, 704 and 705.

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DART: Your Ride to the North Texas Irish Festival

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Session in the Park. Photograph by Art Nardiello

Experience the rich traditions of the Irish and Celtic cultures and ride DART to the North Texas Irish Festival March 3-5 at Fair Park.

Anticipate lively music, dance, exhibitors, workshops, plays, demonstrations and an annual parade featuring pipers, horses and vendors among other things.

To DART to the Festival, ride the Green Line to Fair Park Station or MLK, Jr. Station. For more information about the festival festival, visit ntif.org.

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DART’s 2017 Student Art Contest Deadline One Day Away

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North Texas K-12 students, the deadline to submit your entries for DART’s 2017 Student Art Contest is only a day away — 5 p.m., Feb. 28 to be exact. Don’t miss your chance to depict how riding DART begins an adventure.

Contestants 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 the 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, education outreach manager, at jlennon@dart.org, or call 214-749-2582.

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Rider Insider: Experience ‘The Servant’s Last Serve’

d13833320faad174ff83f236dc3d24a2If you’re looking to add a little mystery and comedy to your weekend, ride DART to watch “The Servant’s Last Serve” at the Garland Civic Theatre. The show runs through March 18.

Uncover the mystery of the missing feline, Master Fifi, who inherits the bulk of his owner’s estate to the dismay of the owner’s niece and servants.

Watch hilarity take place as members of the household try to lure the feline to its death and as a clumsy inspector investigates the cat’s disappearance.

To watch the performance, ride DART’s Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station. For more information about the performance, visit garlandcivictheatre.org.  And, to learn more about other events happening this weekend, visit our Rider Insider.

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DART: Your Ride to the DFW South Asian Film Festival

Immerse yourself in a three-day showcase of local and international features, shorts and documentaries and ride DART to the DFW South Asian Film Festival March 3-5.

The event gives you a cinematic look inside the South Asian community in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond.

Opening night will commence at the Perot Museum and the second and third days of the festival will take place at the AMC Village On The Parkway 9.

Ride DART’s Red, Blue, Green or Orange lines to Akard Station, then walk approximately half a mile to the Perot Museum on Field Street. To visit the AMC Village On The Parkway 9, ride DART Bus Route 463 to Montfort and Sakowitz.

For more information about the festival, visit www.dfwsaff.com.

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Get Your Green On: Ride DART to St. Patrick’s Festivities

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Dallas’ St. Patrick’s celebrations on Saturday, March 11 offer great fun for all ages, and the best part is…they’re DARTable!

The day gets underway at 8 a.m. with the St. Paddy’s Dash Down Greenville 5K. This event is open for all ages, but you’ll have to leave your strollers and furry friends at home. So put on your festive attire, lace up your sneakers, purchase your DART transit pass on the free GoPass℠ app, then head to Central Market by Lovers Lane Station for check-in.

A DART local day pass is only $5, and children 5-14 ride for a reduced rate. Take the Red or Orange line to Lovers Lane Station. For more information on the race, visit runproject.org/dashdowngreenville.

After the race, stick around for the largest St. Paddy’s Day celebration in the Southwest. The Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival begins at 11 a.m. at Greenville Avenue and Blackwell Street, and then continues south to SMU Boulevard. The all-day festival includes incredible food, beverages and entertainment.

DART’s Mockingbird and Lovers Lane stations put festival goers within easy walking distance of all the action. Families with strollers or wagons can roll right on the center car of any DART Rail vehicle, which has a low-floor section that’s level with the rail platform. DART’s new fleet of buses also has low-floor sections and is equipped with ramps that deploy for level boarding from the curb.

Learn more about the St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival at dallasstpatricksparade.com.

The fun continues with the Dallas Observer St. Patrick’s Day Concert at Energy Square. Headlining the concert is rock band Jimmy Eat World. Click here for ticket information.

Need help making the connection from your home to the nearest DART bus stop or rail station? DART is partnering with Uber, Lyft and Mothers Against Drunk Driving to get you safely to and from the March 11 festivities.

For more information, please visit DART.org or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

 

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Deadline Approaches for DART’s 2017 Student Art Contest

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This photo shows DART’s 2016 Student Art Contest’s second place winning piece in the kindergarten-second grade category. The piece is by Sanjana Arudala, who submitted it as a second grader from McCoy Elementary in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD.

There’s just one week left for K-12 students to submit entries for DART’s 2017 Student Art Contest. Don’t miss your chance to capture how riding DART begins an adventure.

Contestants 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 the 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, education outreach manager, at jlennon@dart.org, or call 214-749-2582.

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Five Ways DART Express Offers a More Convenient Ride

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In case you’re still deciding whether to give DART Express a try, here are five ways the new buses offer you a more convenient ride:

Speedy Commute: Express buses operate on a faster schedule than regular DART buses, with limited stops.

Comfortable Ride: You can enjoy the buses’ climate-controlled environments, foot rests and high back seats.

Connectivity: Easily connect to Dallas and neighboring communities, including Addison, Glenn Heights, Lake Ray Hubbard, Plano and Red Bird.

Community: DART Express buses can offer a sense of community on wheels, where you can get to know your operator and see familiar faces on board.

Affordability:  You can save money on gas and parking as well as limit wear and tear on your vehicle.

We enjoyed seeing you at our blue carpet events this morning at Northwest Plano Park & Ride and Wednesday at Red Bird Transit Center. Check out the interactive photo gallery below to view scenes from both events:

To learn more about how DART Express offers you fewer stops and more comfort, visit DART.org.

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DART: Your Ride to the Dallas 2017 Senior Games

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For some, getting older means getting stronger, more agile and competitive.

DART to the Dallas 2017 Senior Games beginning Feb. 22 and watch an Olympic-style fitness and leisure competition.

For the first time since 2007, the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department is reviving the games, which feature 12 different competitive sports and more than 32 different events.

From walk/run races to Texas Hold ’em matches, you can witness contestants 50 years and older compete for the win.

The 2017 Senior Games kick off Feb. 22 at 9 a.m. with a 5K run and a 1K walk at Fair Park. The Opening Ceremony follows at the Fair Park Women’s Building at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public and invites you to enjoy vendors, entertainment, games and a host of activities.

Hop on the Green Line to Fair Park Station to attend the kick off runs, Opening Ceremony and the bridge, dominoes and Texas Hold ‘em matches. For more information about the games, including a list of other event locations, visit dallasparks.org.

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