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New DART GoLink Zones Begin Operating on December 6

To prepare riders for the launch of the DARTzoom new bus network, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will begin operating all GoLink zones beginning December 6 while maintaining the existing fixed-route bus service.

An essential part of DART’s new bus network is the expansion of GoLink, DART’s on-demand, curb-to-curb microtransit service solution that operates in zones across the DART service area. GoLink offers services with connections to DART transit facilities as well as anywhere within each specified zone.

With the start of the new bus service on January 24, 2022, 13 new GoLink zones will be added, replacing traditional fixed-route service, bringing the total to 30. In addition, weekend hours have been added to many GoLink zones, with 13 zones offering Saturday service and 6 zones offering Sunday service.

GoLink is available to customers at no additional cost with a valid DART fare. The UberPool shared-ride program is also an option as part of the GoLink service. 

GoLink is available to customers at no additional cost with a valid DART fare. The UberPool shared-ride program is also an option as part of the GoLink service. With UberPool, travel to or from any DART station or transit center within a zone is $1, and travel to or from any destination within a zone is $3. The $1 fee has been waived during the introductory period. Prices are per trip, per person. GoLink riders can book and pay for trips with either the DART GoPass app or by calling 214-515-7272. UberPool riders will need to download the Uber app as well to book their trip. Both apps are free from the Apple Store and Google Play.

For complete service information by zone, key destinations, maps, and more, please visit www.dart.org/GoLink.

A New Bus Network

With the goal of providing greater frequency, longer service hours, and improved access to destinations across North Texas, DART’s new bus network launches on January 24, 2022. The new bus system is designed to ensure passengers have quick and easy access to employment, education, and entertainment opportunities.

Greater Frequency

Core Frequent Network service will provide bus frequency matching or better than light rail service – 15-minute peak and 20-minute midday. Light rail service will also return to pre-pandemic levels, providing 15-minute peak service and more frequent evening service.

Expanded Coverage

With the implementation of the new bus network service changes, 74% of DART service area residents will have access to transit services within walking distance. This is an increase of 6% above the current bus network design.

More Direct Routes

By making the new bus routes more direct, focusing on major transit corridors, and reducing the number of bus stops, DART bus service will be faster, ensuring passengers get to their destinations quicker and improving connections.

Longer Hours of Service

With a focus on transit riders working non-traditional hours, all local DART bus routes will provide service 7 days a week between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and midnight at a minimum. The 22 core frequent bus routes will operate between 4:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.

Improved Access to Jobs

The new bus network will increase the number of jobs that a resident of the DART service area can reach in one hour by 34% compared to the existing bus network.

More information about DART’s new bus network is available at www.dartzoom.org.

DART Honors Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks

To honor the life and legacy of the late Rosa Parks, whose efforts sparked a national civil rights movement for racial equality, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will reserve a seat at the front of every DART bus this week to commemorate her historic and unwavering efforts in support of equality for all.

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama when she refused to give up her bus seat to make room for a white passenger. Her act of defiance in the face of an unjust law led to the Montgomery bus boycott, which lasted several months and led to both the desegregation of public transportation in our country and the beginning of the modern civil rights movement.

Rosa Parks’ lifelong dedication to civil rights played a pivotal role in raising both national and international awareness of the unjust plight of African Americans and the civil rights struggle.

During the 87th Texas Legislative Session, DART and its Board of Directors fully supported House Bill 3481, authored by State Representative Toni Rose and sponsored by State Senator Royce West, which officially designated December 1 as Rosa Parks Day in Texas.

State Representative Toni Rose, who authored House Bill 3481, issued the following statement: “December 1st is a historic day in which we honor a courageous African American woman whose legacy encompasses the everyday acts of resistance that defines America’s long fight for racial equality. Rosa Parks Day allows us and future generations to remember our progress as a nation and continue the movement towards freedom for all Americans.”

House Bill 3481 was a bipartisan bill that unanimously passed both the House and Senate chambers and was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott.

Grand Prairie City Council District 8, At-Large Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for Dec. 8

Council Member Junior Ezeonu invites residents to attend a District 8, At-Large Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Main Library, 901 Conover Dr. 

City departments providing an update at the meeting will include Police, Fire, Code Compliance, Parks, Arts & Recreation, and more. For those unable to attend, the meeting will be live-streamed through Zoom. Visit gptx.org for more information.

Grand Prairie’s Epic Waters Indoor Water Park Offers Events Through the New Year

Epic Waters, North Texas’ largest indoor waterpark, is currently offering a series of programs, shows, and activities under the banner “H20lidays.” Not only do these family-friendly events celebrate the holiday season, but they also mark the Park’s third anniversary. Here is what’s in store for H20lidays:

DECEMBER:

Breakfast with Santa

  • Dates: 12/11, 12/12 and 12/18, 12/19
  • Time: 9am – 11am (Doors open at 8:30am)
  • Description: Enjoy a festive holiday spread with Santa himself! Santa is making a pitstop at Epic Waters and is bringing Mrs. Claus and even the workshop elves to join in on the party! Guests can expect an immersive meet-and-greet experience with Santa while enjoying some tasty food, activities, and more. All tickets include full-day admission into Epic Waters plus one take-home photo with Santa! 

Epic Family New Year

  • Date: December 31,2021 – January 1, 2022
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
  • Description: North Texas’ largest indoor waterpark is celebrating the holiday spirit to Grand Prairie with a New Year’s Eve Bash that is sure to amaze! Spend your New Year’s Eve on the beach with our Epic Crew as we ring in 2022! Add to your experience with a delicious New Years’ dinner like no other! Guests can enjoy immersive activities, delicious eats, and live entertainment as we keep the party going all night long. 

4th Annual Epic Plunge 

  • Date: February 6, 2022
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Description: Guests can kick off the new year and take the Epic Plunge with our Crew into anticipated water temperatures in the 50’s! Afterward, they can thaw off with a cup of hot chocolate while inside the waterpark, which is kept at a pleasant 84 degrees. All participants willing to brave the cold and take the plunge will receive an “I Conquered the Epic Plunge” long-sleeved t-shirt, hot chocolate after they take the plunge, as well as a full-day admission ticket to enjoy everything Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark has to offer. 

For more information, visit https://epicwatersgp.com/

SILHOUETTES BY HAND BRINGS TRADITION, HANDCRAFT AND HISTORY TO THE CHRISTMAS CAPITAL OF TEXAS®

Visit the Grapevine Christmas Village and experience portraiture that predates the invention of the camera! On Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5, world-renowned silhouette artist Lauren Muney of “Silhouettes by Hand” will hand cut a silhouette of you or a loved one. Within moments, you will own a classic portrait that is reminiscent of historic portraits from centuries past.

Her work is done freehand with only scissors and without drawing, tracing a shadow or using any machine. She employs only her eyes, paper and scissors to craft silhouettes.

Ms. Muney is one of only a handful of freehand-scissoring silhouette artists working in the world. She is self-taught and specializes in history events, helping visitors experience the past by participating in their own historical portrait. Ms. Muney has been featured in regional, national and international events, fairs, and museums, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Smithsonian Institution, international museums and events across the USA, in Canada, Australia and Europe. She is a nine-time Master Traditional Artist, working around the world demonstrating her historical silhouette skills to many thousands of people each year.

$40 per person includes two copies of one silhouette. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Walk-ups accepted if time allows. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Duration: 5 minutes per person.

To order tickets, call 817-410-3185 or visit https://tickets.grapevineticketline.com/event/silhouettes-by-hand.

Ribbons for Madison Dubiski

Earlier today, a group of Grand Prairie ISD staff and students put up pink ribbons at Dubiski Career High School in honor of Madison Dubiski who was killed in the crowd surge at the Travis Scott concert in Houston.

Madison was the granddaughter of John Dubiski, a long-time GPISD educator and namesake of the John A. Dubiski Career High School. Madison’s father, Brian, graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1987.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dubiski family and their many friends in Grand Prairie ISD.

Please feel free to use any of the raw footage that we shot earlier today at the campus: https://live.myvrspot.com/iframe?v=OTliZjQ5MDFiNzg1YzAxZGE0N2E2ODNjMjRjNDA0YTc

Preserve Halloween Festival THIS WEEKEND at Irving Convention Center

Halloween is an oft-misunderstood time of the year with steep traditions in Gaelic and Celtic lore (among others), conjuring imagery of our world’s veil being lifted and allowing for Aos Si and other remnants of pagan beliefs and nature’s spirits to walk among us.

For many, it is and was simply a time to celebrate the harvest and the cyclical nature of life and death. The Earth replenishes itself (and us along with it) with the death cycle that is necessary for new life to spring forth.

For others, it is and was a time to honor our departed loved ones, offering them a safe place to rest, if even for just one night, whether it be through the Christian traditions of All Saint’s Day and Hallowmas, the Wiccan beliefs of the festival of darkness, Sabbats, and the wheel of the year, or your own personal belief system.

For some, it’s a time of mumming and guising, now known simply as trick or treating, and going door to door in costumes to collect various treats and candy (and maybe even soul cakes and Calaveras), while being illuminated not by the turnips and mangel-wurzels of the past, but with pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns (which may or may not still represent spirits and/or ward off evil spirits).

It can be a time of fun and laughter, gathering with your friends and others in your community, and celebrating one of the United States’ (and the world’s) longest-running and most popular holidays.

The Halloween Preservation Society is dedicated to the education, appreciation, observance, and recognition of the diverse history and practices associated with the holiday of Halloween.

Halloween has quickly become one of the largest holidays in the United States, but its history and origins still remain a mystery to so many. We want to ensure that Halloween’s origins and rich bloodline aren’t lost in the decorations each year, all the while celebrating the fun and pageantry involved with this great holiday.

The last day in October has become the source of so much joy to so many, is a mix of both religious and secular importance, and continues to bring together people from all walks of life through its customs and sense of community.

Preserve Halloween.

Check out the Schedule HERE.

Take a sneek peek below:

Move over, Instagram influencers: Welcome to the era of the independent creator

BY NICOLE LAPORTE

[Source images: herreid/iStock; ninitta/iStock]

Despite the boom of the so-called influencer economy over the past decade-plus, creators who make their living posting content on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and more are continuing to face now-familiar challenges: the perils of building a business on the back of an ever-changing algorithm determined by Big Tech companies; the grueling reality of having to post multiple pieces of content a day; and, ultimately, for many, the meager financial reward. Indeed, for every TikTok star that is raking in millions, there are thousands of other creators who can barely make ends meet. 

This reality, coupled with a rise of new platforms such as Substack, Gumroad and Kajabi, which allow creators to connect with their fans and earn money from them directly, has led to what a new report dubs “the rise of the independent creator.”

Commissioned by Mighty Networks, another one of those new-ish platforms that allow creators to be more in control of their profits, and conducted by Nonfiction Research and Bodacious Strategy Studio, the report looked at 1,624 creators who earn an income from what they do and analyzed their work life. (Although the report’s findings clearly benefit Mighty Networks, the study was conducted across the entire creator economy.)

The conclusion: “When you look under the hood at a creator’s business, the foundation is shaky AF,” the report reads.

Continue Reading from FastCompany

The ‘Grandmother of Juneteenth’ and a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Break Bread in Irving

A historic luncheon at which Ms. Opal Lee, 95, who is known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth” because of her activism to make June 19 a federally recognized holiday, met with Raveen Arora, 72, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, for the first time on November 10 at Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving.

Ms. Opal Lee gives a big hug to Raveen Arora

Before the luncheon, Arora released this statement:

This meeting today with Ms. Opal Lee is one of the highlights of my life.

The circumstances of our lives have been different, yet we have much in common. We both have experienced the pain of discrimination and racism at an early age, she from white supremacists who burned down her home when she was a child—racism made worse by violence. My family experienced institutional racism leftover from British rule of India, the same racism that I had to overcome as a child. I was present when my grandfather was forbidden to enter a ‘whites only’ cricket club because ‘Indians and dogs were not allowed.

But those same circumstances of my life led me to meet many famous people who helped shape the person I am today. These have included Mother Teresa when I was six years old. She became my mentor and teacher as I was growing up, teaching me compassion, humility, dignity, and respect. Later in life, at the age of 11, I met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with whom I discussed the inequality that I had experienced in India, and which had triggered my passion for helping others. He taught me that it is good to be blessed, but it is better to be a blessing. Much later, I met Muhammad Ali and then-Congressman John Lewis, and learned much from both men.

All these people left a profound impact on me and the way I lived my life and operated my businesses. I think the results can be seen in some of the awards I was lucky to receive and that was the underpinning of my nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize. These included the Mother Teresa International Service Award; the Martin Luther King Jr Diversity Award; the National Restaurant Association Face of Diversity – American Dream Award; and the National Diversity Council’s Diversity First Award.

I list these awards not to highlight myself, but to show the similarities between what I work towards and what Ms. Lee also works towards and what she has achieved—she is already in the history books for her achievements! Our similarities lie in our beliefs about equality, diversity, and opportunity.

My signature phrase is “I am human. Nothing human is alien to me.” Hers is “None of us are free until we’re all free.”We are in fundamental agreement on both phrases.

Both high-achieving people share the same message of freedom and basic human rights.

Continue reading at NewsBreak

DART Announces Thanksgiving Holiday 2021 Service Schedule

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) buses, light rail trains, and Dallas streetcar services will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thursday, Nov. 25, and a Saturday schedule on Friday, Nov. 26 for North Texas riders.

The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will not operate on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, and will provide Saturday service on Friday, Nov. 26.

DART and TRE holiday changes will continue until regularly scheduled transit service resumes Saturday, Nov. 27.

DART Mobility Management’s Paratransit Call Center will be closed Thursday through Sunday. Customers wishing to schedule trips by phone for any of the four days will need to do so by Wednesday, Nov. 24. Customers can also schedule, view, and cancel trips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.DART.org/paratransit.

On Thursday, Nov. 25, and on Friday, Nov. 26 the Inland Port GoLink Zone will operate on a Sunday schedule (5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.). There is no service in any of the other GoLink zones.

DART’s Customer Information Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and open Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The administrative offices, Customer Care Center, and Lost and Found will be closed both Thanksgiving Day and Friday.

Schedule information can be found at DART.orgTrinityRailwayExpress.org, or by calling 214.979.1111.

2021 Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

Buses in Downtown Dallas, Deep Ellum, and North Oak Cliff could see delays on Thanksgiving morning and be affected by detours or reroutes, especially those running near the 2021 Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot, one of the largest multi-event races in the country.

DART Rail will operate three additional Red Line trains and one additional Blue Line train on Thursday morning due to the Turkey Trot.

Additional Red Line trains from Parker Road Station depart at 7:13 a.m., 7:43 a.m., and 8:13 a.m. and arrive at Convention Center Station at 8:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 9:00 a.m. These trains operate to all stations between Parker Road and Cedars stations.

An additional Blue Line train from Downtown Rowlett Station departs at 7:22 a.m. and arrives at Convention Center Station at 8:05 a.m. This train operates to all stations between Downtown Rowlett and Cedars stations.

The race will impact bus service and place several routes on detour Thanksgiving morning beginning at 7 a.m. Routes affected include: 2, 11, 12, 19, 21, 26, 29, 35, 52, 59, 60, 76, 81/82, 110, 111, 161, 164 and 749. Click here to view bus detour information.