DART: The Greener Choice

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DART is your ally in making North Texas more environmentally friendly.

While transit is eco-friendly by nature – taking cars off our congested roadways and reducing harmful greenhouse and air pollutant gases that contribute to air quality problems – DART takes every measure to ensure its activities in the community have minimal impact on the environment as well.

Reducing our Carbon Footprint
This spring, DART expects to receive seven zero-emission, all-electric buses. Made by Proterra, the agency will use the buses on D-Link, a route connecting arts and entertainment destinations in downtown Dallas’. The new battery-electric vehicles will offer clean, quiet transportation.

These Proterra buses join DART’s electric light rail trains and the Dallas Streetcar vehicles as zero-emission vehicles.

Switching to Compressed Natural Gas
Several years ago, DART made the decision to replace its aging bus fleet – some 650 buses – with clean-burning, compressed natural gas-fueled vehicles. Operating CNG vehicles promotes clean air and reduces fuel costs.

Respecting Nature
In October 2016, DART completed the three-mile Blue Line extension south to the University of North Texas at Dallas. Comprised mostly of aerial track, the Blue Line coasts over rugged terrain while also avoiding floodplains and creeks, wildlife paths and road crossings.

In accordance with the Dallas Tree Ordinance, the agency hired an arborist and tree survey staff to identify trees for preservation and revegetated disturbed areas using native species of comparable size, as well as use drought-tolerant plants at the stations. DART also limits mowing to certain times of the year so as not to disturb migratory bird nesting in the area.

Going Green
The lights in approximately 90 percent of DART’s passenger shelters are solar-powered and the agency has 120 freestanding solar lights at bus stops throughout the system.

DART Police Headquarters, located in the historic Monroe Shops building, was honored by the United States Green Building Council as the first publicly owned building listed on the National Register of Historic Places to achieve the LEED® Platinum Certification, the organization’s highest recognition.

DART’s Maintenance Department has gone green as well, using only the lowest-impact chemicals for cleaning parts and other tasks. The agency also recycles up to 22,000 gallons of antifreeze per year, and recycles all plastic jugs, aluminum cans and tons of paper.

Participating in EarthX
DART will participate in the 2018 EarthX event April 20-22 at Fair Park in Dallas. Stop by our booth. We’ll be there to answer questions and give you a peek at what we’re doing to make a greener future for North Texans. One of our new electric buses also will be on display.

For more information about riding DART to EarthX, visit DART.org.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

DART gets you to the best of this weekend’s fun, which includes a number of theatrical productions. There’s also a ton of springy, outdoor events, including a great music festival and an especially happening weekend in downtown Garland.

Thursday, April 12

It’s technically not the weekend yet, but you can get an early start at the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk. This “sip-and-shop” event lets you sample selected wines at the cute shops of the Downtown Plano Arts District, while enjoying live music, curated art exhibitions, and special discounts. Check-in is at McCall Plaza. Update: This event has sold out.

Friday, April 13

Friday is the world premiere of WaterTower Theatre’s Bread. This compelling family drama pits hopes, fears, thwarted dreams, and dark secrets against a turbulent backdrop of racial tension and social upheaval. The venue is a short walk from Addison Transit Center, served by numerous bus routes.

It’s also a great weekend to catch Driving Miss Daisy in its short run (April 12-16) at the Eisemann Center. A classic of American theater, the play concerns an aging, cantankerous white Southern lady and a proud, soft-spoken black man. They form an unlikely friendship in this warm, funny and moving play. The Eisemann is just a few steps from Galatyn Park Station on the Red Line.

Saturday, April 14

The Boho Market is a unique event at the Shed in the Dallas Farmers Market. Boho is old-school slang for “bohemian,” and the offerings here tend toward the artsy: creatively presented succulent plants, original jewelry, toys – you name it. There will also be live music and food stalls. More shopping and dining – including a brewery taproom – await inside the Market building. The D-Link is the best way to get to the Farmers Market. It departs from Convention Center Station and passes close by several other connection points.

It’s a big weekend in downtown Garland. The city periodically screens free movies at the Plaza Theatre, and this weekend – Friday through Sunday – they’re going all out with a Film Noir Festival. You can enjoy classics such as Detour and The Big Sleep gratis, along with concessions for next to nothing. On Saturday, the charming historic district hosts The Urban Flea, a market where dozens of vendors showcase vintage finds, one-of-a-kind antiques, and artsy, repurposed goods. There will also be live music.

As if all that weren’t enough, the annual Garland Heritage Celebration (this year, dubbed Hats Off to Garland) has more live music, along with free cotton candy, mechanical bull rides, children’s activities and much more. The Landmark Museum will premiere a special exhibit commemorating 100 years of men’s hat-manufacturing in Garland. The Blue Line takes you to Downtown Garland Station, steps from all the action.

It’s a music-packed day in downtown Dallas, as well, with the Old 97’s County Fair offering a stellar lineup in Main Street Garden Park. Taking the stage will be Lord Huron, The Mavericks, Valerie June, Paul Cauthen, The Bottle Rockets, Erika Wennerstrom, Jaime Wyatt, and, of course, the local rock royalty (that would be the Old 97’s) themselves. Part county fair, part indie festival, the event has lots of comfort food, carnival games and even a Ferris wheel. Any DART Rail line will take you to St. Paul Station, three blocks from this beloved yearly tradition. The D-Link will get you there, too.

Sunday, April 15

Sunday features the last performances of Down for #TheCount One-Act Play Festival at Bishop Arts Theatre Center. The festival focuses on short plays written by women of all backgrounds. Productions range from exciting, to humorous, to heartbreaking. Bus Route 11, which departs from West Transfer Center, will get you there; so will Route 405, which hits Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station on the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and Ledbetter Station on the Blue Line. The venue is near Tyler and Jefferson in Oak Cliff.

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Transit Siblings

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Happy National Siblings Day!

When you’re a transit agency service, being a sibling looks a little different. From buses to trains to shuttles and vanpools, DART keeps you connected with our close and extended family of services.

DART Service Siblings:

DART Buses
You can use the online DART Trip Planner or Google Transit any time to create personalized trip plans, customized schedules and find the nearest DART Bus stops to your location.

DART Rail
The DART Rail System features 64 stations across the DART service area. Click here to explore where you can go on DART Rail. Use the online DART Trip PlannerGoogle Transit or call 214-979-1111 for help.

DART On-Call
DART On Call, your personalized neighborhood service to shops, restaurants, the DART System and more, is economical, efficient and easy. The fare is a local fare, and our eight zones are accessible by a single reservation number, 214-452-1827.

GoLink
The new GoLink provides more flexible transit service, combining the low cost of public transportation with the convenience and technology of ride-sourcing. GoLink vehicles cover a zone rather than follow a route, and they may go anywhere within that zone. Learn more at DART.org/GoLink.

To learn about other DART services, visit DART.org/riding.

Our Extended Family:

Trinity Railway Express 
DART and the Trinity Metro provide the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), a commuter train that connects the downtown areas of Dallas and Fort Worth, with stops in the Mid-Cities and DFW Airport. Trains operate Monday through Saturday.

Ride DART’s Red or Blue Line to Union Station or Green or Orange Line to Victory Station and transfer to the Trinity Railway Express.

M-Line Trolley
The M-Line Trolley  is a nostalgic streetcar that links the downtown Dallas Arts District with the trendy shops, galleries and bistros of Uptown, including West Village.

Dallas Streetcar
DART operates the Dallas Streetcar for the city of Dallas. You can see the Dallas Streetcar daily on the Oak Cliff landscape. Service begins at 5:30 a.m. and the cars run until midnight, making connections with the final DART Rail trains at Union Station. Trains operate every 20 minutes.

Denton County Transportation Authority
Ride DART’s Green Line to Trinity Mills Station and transfer to the Denton County Transportation Authority to visit Denton.

Have a photo of you and your sibling riding DART? Share it with us on Facebook or in the comment section below.

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New Elevators to Provide Safer Access

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Elevators are more than a convenience. They are a matter of safety and a requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act. DART’s Passenger Amenities and Facilities Services (PA/FS) team, which oversees elevator maintenance, is replacing 10 elevator cabs along the Red Line of the DART system.

“Fully operational elevators are essential in providing our mobility impaired riders safe access to our platforms,” said Brenda Sadberry, manager of PA/Facility Services. “If our elevators aren’t working, we must make accommodations for these riders, such as bus bridges. This is inconvenient for our customers.”

There are two elevators each at Park Lane and Forest Lane stations. Work is currently underway at the south elevators at each of these stations and should be completed in April. Work on the north elevators at each of these stations will begin when the others are completed.

Elevators at the following stations are expected to be replaced by the end of fiscal year 2019:

• Walnut Hill, two elevators
• Spring Valley, two elevators
• Cityplace/Uptown, one elevator
• Mockingbird, one elevator

This project is more than repair and maintenance; this is a full replacement of the elevators, including new cabs, cables and controls.

“When complete, DART riders will get a major upgrade. Our elevators will be modern and standardized,” Sadberry said.

Preventive maintenance on the older elevators will continue until they are replaced.

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DART to Great Brews

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Bankhead Brewing Co. in downtown Rowlett spurs community pride and stands as an example of new developments near DART stations which continue to add revenue to North Texas’ economy.

If you’re a beer nerd, you probably don’t need an excuse to explore North Texas’ great and growing brew scene. But Saturday, April 7, is National Beer Day. And luckily, you’ve got plenty of DARTable options for grabbing a cold one – from British-style ale houses, to brewpubs, to cafes.

Four Corners Brewing makes an array of popular brews, and it has new digs on nearly two acres just a block from Cedars Station. A 1925 warehouse has been renovated to accommodate 16,000 square feet of brewing space – and, of course, there’s a taproom, inside a separate building that used to serve as stables for the Ambassador Hotel across the street. The brewer also hosts regular Saturday tours.

For great shared plates and craft beer made on-premises, head to Bankhead Brewing Co., a charming spot near Downtown Rowlett Station. The food is cooked in wood-burning ovens, and the premium, house-crafted beers come in a wide variety. Traditional German and English recipes get a lot of play here. The inviting space features plentiful outdoor seating.

The hip Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery is located within walking distance of Downtown Garland Station in the heart of the town square. Not only does Intrinsic offer a seasonal selection of its own handcrafted beers, but also keeps a rotation of guest beers and its very own homemade sodas on tap as well.

You’ve seen the beers on supermarket shelves and at bars and pubs – but did you know that Deep Ellum Brewing Company has a taproom? The cool industrial space is open seven days a week and gives tours from 12-3 p.m. every Saturday. Just up the street, don’t miss Braindead Brewing, another spot with a huge and rotating roster of both in-house and craft beers, and a patio perfect for people-watching. They’re both near Deep Ellum Station or the Deep Ellum stops of the free D-Link bus shuttle.

And you won’t run dry near Downtown Plano Station, either. The Fillmore Pub serves it up British-style, with a plenty of beer options and great fish and chips.

And that’s just a start. You want more? Try the terrific drafts at the Irish-to-the-core Trinity Hall (Mockingbird Station), or the almost encyclopedic selection at The Ginger Man (M-Line Trolley).

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

It’s spring! It’s winter! It’s spring! Looks like the late season cool snaps are coming to an end for the year (don’t hold us to that), and Sunday promises to be gorgeous. This weekend’s DARTable happenings tend toward the outdoorsy. Hopefully, the coolest thing going will be you, in your favorite shades, with a cold beverage in your hand, catching some tunes or noshing on gourmet eats. Of course, nothing says “cool” like a DART pass. It’s the best way to get to these awesome events.

Friday, April 6

Don’t think our region rocks? Head to the Deep Ellum Arts Festival that starts Friday night and runs through Sunday. Yep, there will be plenty of rock – and various other genres – on six stages, 100 musical acts in all. But it’s the namesake art that is the lifeblood of this festival. In that department, you’ll find more than 200 juried artists selling and commissioning original works. There will be no question you’re deep in the art of Texas once you catch the Green Line to Deep Ellum or Baylor University Medical Center Stations (the D-Link will get you there, too), head to Main Street, and soak in all the rockin’ awesomeness that North Texas has to offer.

Saturday, April 7

Target First Saturdays is a fun way to introduce your kids to the world of art. The Nasher Sculpture Center offers free admission and asks you and your family to focus on a “Big Idea” – explored through a hands-on craft, take-home activity and scavenger hunt. There’s an interactive tour for the whole family, as well as storytellers from the Dallas Public Library, a NasherKids Live! performance, live artist demos and more. This month’s Big Idea is “Abstract,” and the corresponding Art Project is themed “Get It Together.” Take any DART Rail line to St. Paul Station and then walk a few blocks, or catch the D-Link.

The Marketplace Garland offers fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, unique items from local artisans… you get the idea. It’s awesome, and it happens in Garland’s historic downtown square, on 6th Street. Get on the Blue Line and get to Downtown Garland Station, a short walk from this great, foodie-friendly market. 

We had you at “foodie,” right? We’re not done yet. How about 60 local restaurants, brewers and food trucks all in one place – which just happens to be the heart of Oak Cliff? We’re in, and you should be, too. Taste of Oak Cliff is a one-day food experience taking place over several blocks centered on the corner of 10th Street and North Beckley Avenue. It’s free – just take the Dallas Streetcar to the Bishop Arts stop, or bus routes 1 or 11 to get to the action.

Sunday, April 8 

Mutts Gone Nuts Canine Cabaret at the Eisemann Center is unique: a comedy dog show with plenty of thrills. There are incredible high flying frisbee dogs, tightwire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs, and the one and only Sammie the Talking Dog. Part physical comedy act, part circus show, this family-friendly performance benefitting the Richardson Animal Shelter is full of havoc and hilarity. The Eisemann is steps away from Galatyn Park Station on the Red Line.

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Register Online for the Older Americans Information and Health Fair

Are you coming to this year’s Older Americans Fair? Let us know.
Now is the Perfect Age to Engage!

Click Here to Register Online.

Questions about the event?
Visit DART.org/seniors or call DART Community/Education Outreach at 214-749-3494.

GET REWARDED FOR RIDING.
Simply present your valid DART pass to receive a special prize.
Plus, DART will recognize the center or organization that brings the most seniors on DART.

Ride DART to the Older Americans Month Information & Health Fair
Thursday, May 10, 2018 10 A.M. – 1 P.M.
Centennial Hall in Fair Park
Green Line To Fair Park Station

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Featured Photo: City Lights

Thanks Instagram user @photos_by_pat_ for sharing this photo of a DART bus passing by in Downtown Dallas.

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Faces of DART: Kendrick’s Story

Faces of DART is all about showcasing the many North Texans who make our region special.  Today, we’re taking a closer look at Kendrick Brown’s story to see how public transportation helps veterans and other North Texans access the critical health care services they need.

The VA North Texas Health Care System helps deliver vital services to more than 120,000 veterans in our region. As Kendrick’s story makes perfectly clear, public transit is an absolute essential in fulfilling their mission to treat our nation’s military veterans with high-quality, comprehensive health care.

In order to access the services North Texas veterans need, many rely on DART’s rail and other transit services provide easy, efficient access to the VA and other health care centers and facilities.  With the ability to use easy and efficient transit, veterans can get to their appointments in a timely manner or receive the treatments they need to thrive. Not only that, it gives volunteers, visitors, and staff more flexible transit options to travel to and from the VA’s facilities in downtown Dallas.

More than just increasing mobility, DART is helping support and strengthen health care for veterans and other patients across North Texas. That’s the power of transit.

What’s your transit story? Share it with us and you could be one of the Faces of DART! Visit the Faces of DART page to tell us what transit means to you today!

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Your Cotton Belt Questions Answered: Act One!

DART’s recent Cotton Belt Facebook Live was an opportunity for North Texans to get their questions answered and learn more about North Texas’ newest regional rail project.

Didn’t have a chance to tune in? Or maybe you had to jump before your question was answered?

Don’t worry! We’re continuing to answer your questions from the Cotton Belt Live, and bring you more information about some of the project’s finer points and details.

Two viewers, Paul and Brandon, had similar questions, which probably means there are more North Texans out there wondering the same thing. They asked, “How fast will the Cotton Belt travel? What are the travel time estimates? And how will it compare to rush hour traffic in our region?” As Chad explained:

  • It will take 60 minutes or less to get from Plano to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport, down from the hour and 45 minutes or more it currently takes to ride rail that same distance. The Cotton Belt creates a significant time savings by eliminating the need to travel through downtown Dallas and limit transfers if not using the Orange Line.
  • The Cotton Belt itself will travel at a speed of about 30 miles an hour, when you factor in all the stations, stops, curves, etc.
  • A one-way trip from Addison to DFW will take about 30 minutes. If you’ve ever driven that stretch in rush-hour traffic, you know that it can take a lot longer than that. There are also additional costs to factor in when you consider the toll roads, gas costs, etc.

Another participant—Angie from Carrollton Heights—asked, “How will the Cotton Belt be different from current trains? Will it be as loud as current trains? Will the Cotton Belt be a single rail option?” As Kay explained:

  • Carrollton Heights is near a freight-switching yard called Mercer Yard, which can create a lot of noise. As part of the Cotton Belt project—and in response to the growth in Carrollton—the freight-switching yard will be moved to the east. While freight lines will still pass through the area, the noise associated with the switching activity will be greatly reduced by this move.
  • The Cotton Belt alignment is planned to be a double-track rail with all brand-new track, which means a quieter operation for both freight and passenger rail. The Cotton Belt will also be a new-technology train that is designed to be quieter by nature.
  • All combined, the Cotton Belt will help minimize the noise concerns in the region while promoting some of the redevelopment efforts Carrollton is undertaking in its downtown area.

We also got a great question from Sydney, who asked, “What timeline is DART currently projecting for completion?” Chad fielded this one and—here’s what he said: 

  • DART anticipates the Cotton Belt will open in December 2022, with construction taking place between 2019 and 2022.
  • To help fund the project, DART is seeking a Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Loan (RRIF) of $908 million from the federal government.
  • Additional local funds from the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Regional Transportation Council, as well as other sources, will also help bring the Cotton Belt to life.

These are all great questions, and we’re so glad our experts were able to answer them during our Cotton Belt Facebook Live video. Stay tuned and we’ll cover a few more of our audience questions soon!

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