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DART Extends Free Transit for Riders through February 6

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has extended the free ride program for the New Bus Network through February 6.

DART will also offer 50% off full-fare rides purchased with any contactless payment option from February 7 until end of service on February 21. Learn more about contactless payment methods at GoPass.org. Contactless payment options include:

  • GoPass® app
  • GoPass® Tap card
  • Contactless Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover cards with contactless payment at the validators
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay, and more with contactless payment at the validators

DART Paratransit services will be free from January 24 – February 6, and $1.00 from February 7 – February 21.

The DART New Bus Network Free and Reduced Rides promotions are valid on all DART transit services throughout the entire DART Service Area including buses, light rail, TRE (between EBJ Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station), GoLink, Dallas Streetcar, and Paratransit Services.

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

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

Dareia Jacobs Announces Her Candidacy for Dallas County, Precinct 4, Place 2

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Dareia Jacobs is proud to announce her candidacy for Justice of the Peace for Dallas County, Precinct 4, Place 2 during this voting season. As Justice of the Peace, Jacobs will work to expand access to housing support services, reduce absenteeism in schools, and restore trust between the community and the justice system. If elected, Jacobs will bring a community-centered approach to the bench and lead with fairness.

Mrs. Jacobs graduated with a B.A. from Lane College in Mass Communications and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Since college, Jacobs has achieved much in the field as a TV and radio commentator, author, and educator. She took these opportunities to use her voice to empower, educate, and inspire hearts and minds. She strives to help motivate students to reach their highest potential.

Jacobs is married to Bishop Eli Jacobs, pastor of the Resurrection Body of Christ Church in Dallas, TX. In her spare time, she enjoys serving her community and creating family memories with her husband and son, Eli Jr.

Her platform consists of four points, which make up the acronym FAIR:

  • F: Fair – As Justice of the Peace, I will adjudicate cases fairly and uphold the position with integrity.
  • A: Accessible – I will work to make the court system accessible and easy for the community to navigate through online forms, simple payment options, and extended hours.
  • I: Innovative – I will come up with innovative approaches to improve the courtroom experience and draw from best practices from JP courts across the state of Texas. I will also provide fair accommodations to individuals with special needs including those with physical limitations or mental health challenges. 
  • R: Responsive – I will work hard to earn the community’s trust and be responsive to your needs. I will bring a community-centered approach to the bench.

“I’m on assignment. I’m not necessarily all deep off into politics and being a politician,” Jacobs said. “I’m on assignment because there is a need for our community. And with that need, connecting as an educator and being deeply involved with a lot of students, hearing their stories, hearing their needs, especially during a pandemic, is so important. Right now, I’m looking at evictions because I had a student come to me and tell me he hasn’t been to school, not because he doesn’t want to learn, but because, ‘My Daddy left my mom, my grandmother got COVID, and my mom got a pink slip. Now we got to find a place to stay.’ I’m here to help our beautiful communities,” she added.

Read more about Jacobs and her campaign at VoteDareiaJacobsForJP.com.

DART Welcomes Deanna Leggett as EVP of Growth and Regional Development

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Deanna Leggett has been selected as the new executive vice president of growth and regional development at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). A nationally recognized transit leader, Leggett brings over 20 years of experience in the planning, development, and operation of public transportation projects across the country.

“We are very excited to welcome Dee to the DART family,” said Nadine S. Lee, DART president & CEO. “She is a proven transportation leader who brings a unique combination of strategic thought leadership and an extensive record of operations performance, project delivery, and innovation that will expand the leadership capacity at DART. I’m looking forward to Dee’s contributions to our efforts to enhance the public transportation experience for all our riders.”

In her role, Leggett will oversee DART’s Capital Planning, Real Estate, Environmental Compliance, Transit-Oriented Development, Capital Program Support, Service Planning, Commuter Rail, and Design and Construction departments, as well as an extensive array of design consultants and construction contractors.

“DART is a world-class organization focused on providing transformative mobility solutions to the region,” said Leggett. “I am honored to join their leadership team to help plan and deliver programs, projects, and services that meet the future needs of our transit riders and our communities.”

Leggett comes to the agency from HatchLTK where she served as the vice president of the south-central region and director of zero-emissions technology. In that role, she oversaw projects and client engagement for all transit and rail clients in the South-Central region of the United States. She also served as the subject matter expert and project manager for transit contracting, transit planning, transit operations and maintenance, grant funding, and federal regulatory requirements.

“DART has always been a driver of growth and innovation across the North Texas region,” said Michele Wong-Krause, chair of the DART Board of Directors. “The knowledge, experience and drive that Dee brings to her role will allow the agency to build on our mission to provide outstanding and customer-driven service to our Service Area city residents.”

Before joining HatchLTK, Leggett also served as chief operations officer at Bowman Engineering and Consulting, as well as the southwest region vice president of transit contracting and region vice president of transit management at First Transit.

A graduate of Leadership APTA, as well as one of Mass Transit‘s Top 40 Under 40, Leggett holds a Bachelor of Science in History/Political Science from Union University in Jackson, TN, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Grapevine Police investigating deadly crash involving motorcycle

At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, a man was driving near westbound SH-114 and Texan Trail when he spotted a motorcycle on the grass. He stopped to check on the rider and called 9-1-1.

The rider was unresponsive and medics pronounced the man dead at 10:58 p.m.

Officers noted skid marks on the road leading to the curb where the motorcycle crashed, along with a downed highway sign. 

Investigators believe speed was a factor. The victim is a 23-year-old man from Grapevine. The medical examiner will release his name after notifying next of kin.

DART Offers Free Rides the Week of January 24

To celebrate the launch of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) New Bus Network on January 24, all rides will be free the week of January 24 – 30.

DART will also offer 50% off all rides purchased with any DART contactless payment option from January 31 until the end of service on February 14. Contactless payment options include:

  • GoPass® app
  • GoPass® Tap card
  • Contactless Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards with contactless payment at the validators
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay, and more with contactless payment at the validators

Paratransit services will be $1. Learn more about contactless payment methods at GoPass.org.

The New Bus Network Free and Reduced Rides promotions are valid on all DART transit services throughout the entire DART Service Area including buses, light rail, TRE (between EBJ Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station), GoLink, Dallas Streetcar, and Paratransit Services.

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 destinations.

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.

New GoLink Zones

GoLink, DART’s on-demand, curb-to-curb microtransit service solution 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.

13 new GoLink zones have been 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. 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.

More information about DART’s new bus network is available at dartzoom.org. A new DART Trip Planner tool, where you can compare your old and new route options, is available under “Find My New Route.”

Grapevine Police Investigating Second Fatality Crash

Grapevine Police are investigating a deadly crash on Sunday that claimed the life of a 44-year-old Dallas woman.

On Sunday, January 16, 2022, at approximately 4:15 p.m., the driver of a gray Jeep was traveling east on SH-121, when the car suddenly swerved right to take the ramp onto eastbound I-635. 

The Jeep crashed into an arrow truck parked at the split, then hit the barrier wall of the I-635 ramp. The driver was taken to the hospital and died a short time later. 

No other vehicles or people were involved in the accident. The crash remains under investigation. Witnesses believe speed may be a factor.

The medical examiner will identify the victim after notifying the next of kin. 

Grapevine Police Investigating Deadly Accident

Grapevine Police are investigating a single-vehicle traffic accident that claimed the life of a 59-year-old Grapevine man.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2022, Grapevine dispatchers received a call from a motorist who discovered the aftermath of a crash in the 2700 block of Dove Road.

The driver of the SUV was lying in the road, while the SUV was stopped nearby with front-end damage. Grapevine Fire personnel immediately began treating the victim and rushed him to the hospital for treatment.

Several hours later, officers were notified by hospital personnel that the driver died from his injuries. He has been identified by the medical examiner as 59-year-old Stevie Mowery of Grapevine.

It is not believed any other vehicles were involved. Tire marks show where the SUV left the road, went over a curb, and hit a tree. Investigators are still looking into why the car left the roadway. 

TSA Extends Federal Face Mask Requirement for Public Transit through March 18

As a reminder, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the face mask requirement (SD 1582/84-21-01C) for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, on board commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems through March 18, 2022.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will continue to require that a CDC approved face mask be worn over the mouth and nose by passengers, operators and contractors at all times while on DART vehicles including buses, trains, and paratransit vehicles, Trinity Railway Express trains, in buildings and onboard the Dallas Streetcar.

Refusing to wear a mask, unless exempted or excluded under the CDC guidelines, is a violation of federal law and failure to comply will result in denial of boarding or removal, and passengers may be subject to federal penalties, including a fine ranging from $500 for the first offense up to $3,000 for repeat offenders.

Face masks and hand sanitizer dispensers are installed on buses, light rail vehicles, TRE vehicles, and Dallas streetcars, and will continue to be available to all passengers.

If a DART passenger is concerned with someone not wearing a mask, they can contact DART Customer Service at (214) 979-1111, or use the “DART Say Something” app, which can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play for free.

Staying Safe While Riding DART

DART remains committed to doing everything possible to keep both our patrons and employees safe through this pandemic. The agency remains in close contact with local, state, and national health authorities, including the Texas Department of State Health Services and the CDC. DART encourages passengers who feel sick or are experiencing symptoms to stay home and avoid public places.

Cleaning and Protection

DART continues to undertake aggressive agency-wide cleaning and safety protocols on buses, light rail, paratransit vehicles, and properties. In addition to thorough nightly cleanings, DART buses and trains are also cleaned on a rotating basis with hydrogen peroxide-based cleaning solutions to sanitize and disinfect each vehicle.

Social Distancing

DART recommends maintaining a six-foot distance between both fellow riders and your DART operator, leaving an open seat between yourself and other riders when available, avoiding large groups and staying home if you feel sick or are experiencing symptoms.

You can find more information about how DART is working to keep our passengers safe at www.dart.org/health.

Upcoming Oncor Work – January 12 – 22

Oncor Electric and their contractor, Southeast Power, will be conducting a fiber optic installation on Oncor’s transmission line from Kimball Avenue to Texan Trail, which includes a large portion along the TEXRail corridor.

This work has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 12 through Saturday, January 22. Due to the physical size restraints of the work area, Oncor will be utilizing a helicopter to shuttle both linemen and materials to the top of the poles. Intermittent roadway lane and sidewalk closures will be conducted during these project dates. A flight path map for this project may be viewed at bit.ly/3HXLzWr or on the graphic below.

Mother Son Date Night: Space Blast

Ready, set, BLAST OFF! Attention all moms and sons! Are you ready for a date night that is out of this WORLD? Then be sure to sign up for a night out together that will take you to Neptune and back!

This space-tacular event is guaranteed to be a blast with intergalactic entertainment, activities that will take you to another planet, and food from across the galaxies. Come ready to glow like the stars as we blast off to space!

Ticket prices are per person and will be available for purchase at GoGrapevine.com/MotherSon. Space is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door.

  • Dates: Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5
  • Location: Foundations Church Grapevine, 1520 W Wall Street
  • Time: Friday, 7:00 – 9:30 pm, Saturday, 3:30-6:00 pm, 7:00-9:30 pm
  • Ages: 2-18 years old
  • Fee: Grapevine Residents – Ticket sales begin 1/17- $20 per person; Non-Resident- Ticket sales begin 1/24- $25 per personRegistration Deadline: Wednesday, March 2
  • Additional Information: Dinner and dessert provided. Check the website closer to the event date for the full menu.