DART Adds Service for Texas-Oklahoma Football Rivalry

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Rivalry football games are exciting for teams, fans and programs, and none is bigger than the annual AT&T Red River Showdown between the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Oklahoma, Sat., Oct. 14. DART will be ready with additional service as thousands travel to the State Fair of Texas to be a part of the game day atmosphere.

Arrive early since trains typically begin filling more than two hours before kickoff. DART staff will be at Parker Road, Victory and Pearl/Arts District stations four hours before game time to assist customers with ticket purchases.

Buy transit and fair passes using GoPass®
The GoPass mobile ticketing application makes it easy to buy tickets. The app is available for both Apple and Android. Local Day passes for DART Rail, local bus and passengers riding the TRE from CentrePort or Dallas County stations are $5.

Customers coming from Tarrant County or Denton County must purchase a Regional Day Pass for $10. The fares are good for trains, buses or both. Passes are also available at ticket vending machines located at all DART and TRE stations.

Save money for corn dogs and cotton candy by buying your State Fair of Texas general admission tickets using the GoPass app. Just show your purchased fair ticket on GoPass at the gates to get in. You can save $2 on every ticket by using GoPass. You do not have to buy a DART transit ticket in order to take advantage of the State Fair discount tickets. Details are available at www.DART.org/RedRiverShowdown or DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

DART to the rivalry
The fairgrounds are served by two Green Line stations — Fair Park, located on Parry Avenue at the main fair entrance, and MLK, Jr., located south of R.B. Cullum Boulevard and convenient to the Gate 6 entrance and the Cotton Bowl Stadium. To accommodate the game day crowd, DART will place into service additional light rail, buses and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) trains:

  • Southbound Green Line trains will leave every 10 minutes from North Carrollton/Frankford Station for MLK, Jr. Station as early as four hours before the game. These trains will not serve Victory, West End, Akard, St. Paul, Pearl/Arts District, Deep Ellum, Baylor and Fair Park stations. Transfer to the Green Line circulator at Union Station to reach those stations. The special Green Line circulator starts four hours before the game and operates six trips per hour. The circulator does not stop at Convention Center or Cedars stations and operates continually until approximately four hours after the game.
  • Northbound Green Line trains leave every 10 minutes from Buckner Station for MLK, Jr. Station as early as three hours before kickoff. These trains will not stop at Fair Park.
  • Southbound Red and Blue Line passengers can transfer to the Green Line Circulator at Pearl/Arts District Station while northbound Red and Blue line passengers can transfer at Akard Station.
  • Specially marked southbound Red Line trains will leave every 10 minutes from Parker Road Station to MLK, Jr. Station starting as early as four hours before kickoff. The specially marked southbound Red Line trains will not stop after Cityplace/Uptown Station and will head directly to MLK, Jr. Station. Passengers on these trains will not need to transfer.
  • Southbound Red Line trains going to Westmoreland Station will operate on a regular Saturday schedule with departures every 20 minutes.
  • Northbound Red Line passengers will follow a regular Saturday schedule.Southbound Blue Line trains to Pearl/Arts District Station will leave every 15 minutes from Downtown Rowlett Station starting four hours before kickoff.
  • Northbound Blue Line passengers will follow a regular Saturday schedule.
  • Eastbound Orange Line passengers from DFW Airport and Irvings five stations will transfer to the Green Line at Bachman Station.
  • TRE passengers will transfer at Victory Station to shuttle buses to complete their trip to the fairgrounds.

Ride a direct bus
To help customers avoid rail crowding DART is offering direct bus service to Fair Park from Victory, Bachman (Green, Orange Line), CityLine/Bush, Mockingbird (Red, Blue Line), Pearl/Arts District (Blue, Green Line) and Trinity Mills (Green Line) rail stations. Buses will depart these stations when full or approximately every 10 minutes.

Tarrant County & DCTA
Customers coming from Tarrant County on the TRE can begin leaving as early as 5:51 a.m. from the T&P Station. Customers riding from Denton County via the Denton County Transportation Authority are advised to board the first train departing from their originating station. Additional DCTA information can be found at dcta.net.

From DFW Airport
On game day, customers arriving at DFW Airport will board the Orange Line at DART’s station at Terminal A to Bachman Station then transfer to a southbound Green Line (Buckner) train. Volunteers will be at Bachman Station to assist DART riders. If you are not going to the game, transfer again at Union Station to Red (Parker Road or Westmoreland) or Blue Line (Rowlett or Ledbetter) service to reach Plano, Richardson, Rowlett, Garland and south Dallas.

If heading to the airport on game day and traveling southbound on Red and Blue Lines, transfer to the Green Line (N. Carrollton/Frankford) at St. Paul, Akard or West End Stations. Switch again to the Orange Line at Bachman Station to reach DFW Airport Station. Those using the Green Line north or southbound should transfer to the Orange Line at Bachman Station (DFW). From northbound Red and Blue Lines transfer to a Green Line (N. Carrollton/Frankford) in downtown Dallas at West End, Akard or St. Paul Stations then to the Orange Line at Bachman Station (DFW).

Online tools
Riders can locate the nearest DART or TRE station or stop at DART.org/TravelTools. Game day updates are available throughout the day via Twitter (@dartalerts), email or a special subscription text service. Sign up by texting DARTTXOU to 41411. Services are offered free by DART, but users may incur charges from their wireless provider.

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Watch Our Video: A Day in the Life of DART

The sun rises over North Texas.  The hustle and bustle of the day begins.  Early risers head off to work, coffee in tow. Businesses set up for the day.  Students hurry to early morning lectures.

While the daily routine for North Texans may not look the same there is an underlying current that connects them all: transit.

Whether we realize it or not, DART touches our lives every day.  A stalwart of the community, DART helps ensure the flow of people, commerce, goods and services keep moving across our region.

Watch below to see how DART’s transit options make life a little easier – for riders and non-riders alike —  and help keep moving North Texas forward.

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New Tool Makes It Easier for DART Customers to Report Suspicious Activities

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Being aware of your surroundings and alert to suspicious behavior is good practice whether you are riding DART to work, school, or special events like the State Fair of Texas. In September, DART rolled out a new reporting mobile app that makes it easier for riders to anonymously and discreetly report incidents on the agency’s buses and trains.

“DART Say Something” is a free app by ELERTS and is available for iPhone and Android devices. It features a drop-down menu that allows riders to select the type of activity they wish to report, as well as the location. Customers can submit photos and video, and there is a notes field that allows them to type any additional information before hitting Say Something Cell Home Screen lrg“send report.”

Two-way communication allows police dispatchers to request further details and allows riders to respond to alerts they receive. Already, more than 1,700 people have downloaded the app from either the App Store and on Google Play.

Non-smartphone users can use the system’s text-a-tip service at 214-256-1819.

Learn more about the DART Say Something app at http://www.dart.org/riding/dartpoliceelerts.asp

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5 Ways to Make This Year’s State Fair the Best Yet


The State Fair of Texas has been a tradition in North Texas since 1886! As one of the longest running and highest attended fairs in America, we’re sure you have already gotten your tickets. In case you haven’t, you can buy your State Fair of Texas general admission with GoPass and save two dollars on every fair ticket! DART is bringing you the top 5 ways to make 2017’s fair visit the best one yet.

Tip #1: Take DART to the Fair

Did you know there’s a light rail station at the front gate of the Fairgrounds on the Green Line? Additionally, the MLK, Jr. Station can also get you to the Fair dropping you off a short walk from Gate 6. It’s easy to hop on the Green Line to get you to the Fair Park Station and the MLK, Jr. Station. Families and riders coming from other rail lines or the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) can transfer downtown to a Green Line train headed towards Buckner, Lawnview, or Fair Park.

Tip #2: Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

DART provides reduced fares for seniors, persons with disabilities, and Medicare card holders. You can buy a DART pass at a rail station, with cash on a bus, or on our DART GoPass app.

Tip #3: Stay Safe When You Ride DART!

The DART Say Something Safety and Security App is new and offers anyone who’s riding on public transit a safe and discreet way to report concerns to DART Police.  Download from the App Store or Google Play today by searching “DART Say Something.”  If you don’t have a smartphone, no worries! Text a tip to 214-256-1819.

Tip #4: Take Advantage of DART—Even If You’re Driving
You can take advantage of DART even if you drive! Park for FREE at DART transit centers or rail stations with Park & Ride lots. You can take a look at all locations here.

Tip #5: A Safe Ride Home

Take advantage of all the fair has to offer this year, knowing that you have a safe and reliable way to get home. For adults, there are great craft beer locations and the State Fair Wine Garden. Remember, if you’re drinking please don’t drive. Instead, consider using DART as a way to get home.

DART can make your fair experience even better, getting you there reliably, affordably and efficiently. We’re proud to be a community partner and find new ways to help support events like these that make North Texas so special.

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Columbus Day + State Fair + DART = Great Fun

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Columbus Day is Monday, October 9, and that means no school for many North Texas students. It also means bigger crowds on DART and at the State Fair of Texas.

From live entertainment, to food, games and more, Columbus Day at the Fair is a great way to spend the day. Use DART’s reduced student and children’s passes to get to all the fun. These reduced fares cover:

  • Children ages 5-14 (Children under age 5 may ride free when accompanied by an adult with valid local, regional or reduced fare [up to two children].)
  • High school students with valid DART High School Student IDor student high school photo ID. High school fares are valid Monday through Friday only.
  • College/Trade School students with valid DART-issued college/trade student photo ID for full-time undergraduate students registered at schools which are located in the DART Service Area and are not participating in the Higher Education Program. Click hereto view a list of schools participating in the Higher Education Program.

High volumes of visitors are expected to attend the fair on Columbus Day. Make sure and take DART’s Green Line to the fair to avoid traffic congestion. The Green Line gives visitors a choice of two stations — Fair Park, located on Parry Avenue at the main entrance to the fairgrounds, or MLK, Jr., located south of R.B. Cullum Blvd., close to Gate 6 and the Cotton Bowl Stadium. Before hopping on the Green Line, you can take advantage of free parking available at many DART stations.

DART and the Trinity Railway Express are operating special schedules for the State Fair of Texas. For more information about these services visit DART.org/statefair.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Lots going on this weekend, from the artsy, to the musical, to, well, tacos. Take a look:

Friday, Oct. 6

Cake comes to the South Side Ballroom with their wide-ranging and ironic take on indie rock. Expect droll lyrics, deadpan vocals and eclectic music with plenty of front man John McCrea’s signature trumpet. The ballroom is about halfway between Convention Center and Cedars stations.

Saturday, Oct. 7
The first Saturday of every month means free admission and fun family programming at the Nasher Sculpture Center. It’s Target First Saturdays, and it’s a great way to bring out your preschool-to-elementary-school child’s artistic talent. The program features a lineup of activities that encourages creative thought through a monthly “Big Idea.” This go-around, the Big Idea is “Poses,” and the art project is “Get Wiki With It.” Take any DART Rail line to St. Paul Station and walk three blocks north to Flora Street, or catch the D-Link.

Enjoy The Marketplace Garland, with its fresh produce, baked goods, jams & jellies, sweet breads, culinary items, unique items from local artisans and craftsmen and more. The Marketplace Garland supports Good Samaritans of Garland and you’re welcome – but not required – to donate canned and boxed food items. This is the second-to-last market of the season! It takes place in the heart of Garland’s historic downtown square, near Downtown Garland Station.

The Farmers Branch Market is open this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Grove @ Mustang Crossing. In addition to the myriad vendors selling everything from fresh produce to artisan foods and arts and crafts, there will be live music, pumpkin decorating, a corn maze, train rides, food, drinks and more. The Grove @ Mustang Crossing is steps from the Downtown Farmers Branch Station. The Farmers Branch Market closes for the 2017 season Oct. 28.

The Irving Arts Center Farmers Market will feature “The Community Garden.” Irving residents we be selling their homegrown fruits and vegetables. Take the Orange Line to University of Dallas Station and Bus Route 505.

Dallas’ largest taco festival is back. Don’t miss the 3rd annual Tacolandia. More than 30 taco vendors will be on site sampling the tacos that have been making their restaurants the best for generations. The festival is at Dallas Farmers Market, accessible via the D-Link (Route 722).

Sunday, Oct. 8

There is an art to having fun at Cottonwood Art Festival, which started Saturday and runs through today at Richardson’s Cottonwood Park. The free semi-annual event showcases the nation’s top visual artists and has been a part of Richardson life for over forty years. In addition to art, there’s a great lineup of music. The festival is right alone Bus Route 400.

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Locals Dialogue with DART Police on Coffee with a Cop Day

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DART Police spent time with locals answering questions about law enforcement, crime, transit issues and DART in general during DART’s Coffee with a Cop event Wednesday morning at Norma’s Café in Dallas.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative that encourages communication and positive interactions between law enforcement agencies and the public.

The celebration of National Coffee with a Cop Day began as part of National Community Policing Week in 2016 and now continues each year on the first Wednesday in October, furthering efforts nationwide to bridge the gap between the community and the law.

DART Police Officer Wood said the event fosters two-way communication between law enforcement and members of the community and allows locals an opportunity to get to know DART Police better.

DART Police Officer Palmer said the event allows the public and law enforcement to come together on friendly terms, and gives people an avenue to express their concerns.

“It’s a good way to come together with the community and learn what they want from us,” Palmer said.

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DART Police Host National Night Out Tonight and ‘Coffee with a Cop’ Tomorrow

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Photo captured at an October 2016 ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event.

DART Police Department will host a free National Night Out against crime event today from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to meet officers, staff and neighbors in the parking lot of police headquarters, 2111 S. Corinth Street Road, located at Illinois Station on DART’s Blue Line.

The event includes health and wellness literature, crime prevention and safety information, food, beverages and music. Free face painting and haircuts (with student ID) will also be provided to kids along with lots of giveaways.

On Wednesday, DART Police Department’s Southwest Operations is inviting everyone out for a cup of coffee and a chat. The annual ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event will be held at Norma’s Café, 1123 W. Davis St., Dallas, Oct. 4, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

DART Police and Coffee with a Cop will team up for the second year to help answer questions about law enforcement, crime, transit issues and DART in general.

Coffee with a Cop is dedicated to encouraging communication and positive interactions between law enforcement agencies and the public. It began as part of National Community Policing Week in 2016 and now continues each year on the first Wednesday in October furthering efforts nationwide to bridge the gap between the community and the law.

 

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Senior Citizens Get into Fair Free Each Thursday; DART is Best Way to Get There

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State Fair of Texas

Riding DART to the State Fair of Texas is a terrific way to spend time with friends or your family, whether you’re enjoying a live show, exploring the Creative Arts entries, or sampling some of the delicious – and often deep-fried – food. Big Tex® will greet you with a warm “howdy” when the gates swing open Sept. 29 for this year’s Fair, which runs through Oct. 22.

Seniors age 60 and older get into the Fair free each Thursday. Every other day, the best price on Fair admission tickets is through DART’s GoPass app® where senior/child tickets are only $12 versus $14 at the gate or $12.50 online. Both your DART pass and your Fair tickets will be right there on your phone and scanned at the gates.

Fair Park or MLK, Jr. Station

Most DART riders are familiar with Fair Park Station. But MLK Jr. Station also serves Fair Park at Gate 6, near the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Passengers riding DART Rail and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to downtown Dallas can transfer easily to the Green Line. From downtown Dallas, Green Line trains going to the fair will read “BUCKNER,” “LAWNVIEW” or “FAIR PARK.”

DART Fares and Passes

DART Senior Citizen Annual Pass holders have everything they need to take DART to the State Fair.

For those who are not annual pass holders, reduced fares are available for seniors ages 65 or older (with a valid DART photo ID), non-paratransit certified persons with disabilities (with valid DART photo ID) and Medicare card holders. Reduced Local Day Passes are only $2.50 each. Everyone ages 15-64 pays regular fare and a Local Adult Day Pass is $5.

You may obtain a DART Senior Photo ID by visiting the DART Store, located at DART Headquarters at 1401 Pacific Ave. (Akard Station). The DART Store is open Monday-Friday, and photo IDs are made between 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. only.

You must bring proof of age such as a driver’s license, passport or other substantiating documentation. There is a $2 fee to cover the cost of the photo. A DART Store agent will take your picture and create your DART Senior Photo ID card.

DART passes can be purchased at any rail station from the ticket vending machines (TVMs), which take cash, debit cards and credit cards. When purchasing a pass on a bus, exact cash or change is required. Bus operators cannot provide change.

GoPass app

Smartphone users should download the free DART GoPass app, available in the App Store and the Google Play store. On GoPass, you can purchase your DART passes and State Fair of Texas tickets in advance, but DON’T ACTIVATE them until the day you go to the fair.

The app also features travel tools, such as a trip planner, Where’s My Bus® and Where’s My TrainSM locators, links to ridesharing services and travel alerts.

Learn more at DART.org/GoPass.

 Park free at a DART station

Save time and gas; skip the hassle and expense of parking at Fair Park. Free parking is available at many DART transit centers or rail stations with Park & Ride lots. Find locations at DART.org/parking.

 Enjoy Level Boarding

The center car of every DART Rail vehicle is a low-floor section that offers level boarding 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.

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

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Are you a history buff? Take our DART history quiz!

Maybe you can recall details and dates at the drop of the hat.  Test your knowledge and see if you know all about DART’s history.  Although we haven’t been around for a hundred years like other systems, we’ve done a lot to build the multi-modal transportation system North Texans depend on every day.

Take Our DART History Quiz!

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