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GRAND PRAIRIE HOURS OF OPERATION MLK DAY

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the City of Grand Prairie administrative offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17. Other city services that will be closed are:

  • The Betty Warmack Branch Library, the Main Library, and the Tony Shotwell Branch Library: Items may be renewed online at gptx.org/library. Items may be returned to book drops at the Main and Shotwell Libraries, the Lake Parks Book Locker, or the Epic Reads (located inside the Epic Recreation Center) any time the Epic is open.
  • Water bill payment offices
  • The Municipal Court
  • The Summit, Charley Taylor, Dalworth and Tony Shotwell Recreation Centers
  • The Kirby Creek Indoor Pool
  • The Animal Shelter
  • Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark

City of Grand Prairie services that will remain open on Monday, Jan. 17:

  • The Epic Recreation Center
  • Prairie Lakes Golf Course and Tangle Ridge Golf Club
  • The Landfill and Garbage Collection/Recycling: Normal collection on Monday. 
  • The Tourist Information Center

DART Bus Schedules for January 24 Service Changes are Available

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) new bus network is designed to ensure passengers have improved access to employment, education, and entertainment destinations across North Texas. Bus schedules for the new bus network, which launches on January 24, are available at dart.org/newbus.

Here are some of the improvements you can expect with the DART new bus network:

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.

With the start of the new bus service on January 24, 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. 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.”

Welcome to 2022

Happy New Year, dear readers, and THANK YOU for your support!

DART: 2021 Year in Review

January: DART Asks North Texas Young Artists to Share Their Heroes

The annual DART Student Art Contest started the year by asking all North Texas students to share their heroes through art. The theme of this year’s contest was “Everyday Heroes Ride DART.” Heroes come in many forms and this year’s art contest gave young artists the chance to salute the hometown heroes that have kept our community going during the pandemic – everyday people that have made a positive impact in the lives of others.

February: DART Silver Line Construction Continues with Josey Lane Bridge in Carrollton

Work continued on the DART Silver Line Regional Rail project with the start of construction on the Josey Lane bridge in Carrollton.

The Silver Line Regional Rail Project’s primary purpose is to provide passenger rail connections and service that will improve mobility, accessibility, and system linkages to major employment, population and activity centers in the northern part of the DART Service Area.

March: DART Applauds Jonathan’s Place for Service During National Safe Place Week

The Safe Place program, operated locally by Jonathan’s Place, partners with businesses and community organizations to provide immediate safety and support for local youth. DART began the collaboration with Safe Place in 2015 as part of its ongoing effort to address human trafficking. Local Safe Place locations include all DART trains and buses and Dallas County QuikTrips. As youth enter a designated Safe Place and ask for help, trained staff members connect them to the appropriate youth shelter for assistance.

The national Safe Place program consists of a network of more than 22,000 partnering businesses and community locations, such as fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, fire stations, public buses, and libraries, which display the Safe Place sign in their windows.

April: DART Celebrates Opening of Hidden Ridge Station in Irving

On April 9, DART celebrated the opening of the Hidden Ridge Station at Carpenter Ranch in Irving, the 65th station in the DART network. Developed in partnership with the City of Irving and Verizon Communications, the new station is located on the Orange Line between North Lake College and Irving Convention Center stations.

May: The DART Student Art Contest Celebrated Local North Texas Artists

DART celebrated the accomplishments of local young artists at the DART Student Art Contest Awards Ceremony. Collin Chon, a 5th-grade student at Greenhill School in Addison, was this year’s Best of Show winner. Collin’s artwork, based on this year’s theme “Everyday Heroes Ride DART,” was selected from 688 entries from students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

June: DART Celebrated 25 Years of Rail Service in North Texas

On June 14, DART celebrated 25 years of providing light rail service to the residents of North Texas.

The DART light rail system debuted on June 14, 1996. The original starter system was 11.2 miles long, with Blue Line service between Illinois Station and Pearl/Arts District Station, and Red Line service between Westmoreland Station and Pearl/Arts District Station.

Over the last 25 years, the DART light rail system has grown into a 93-mile, 65 station network – the longest light rail system in the country – improving the quality of life for all North Texas residents, and providing access to greater mobility options to jobs, health care, and even educational opportunities.

July: DART Honors Police Officers at 5th Anniversary Memorial Service

On July 7, the DART Police department held a memorial service honoring the sacrifice of the police officers from both the Dallas and DART police departments following a protest march in Dallas on July 7, 2016.

Dallas Police Sergeant Michael Smith, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Officer Michael Krol, Officer Patricio Zamarripa, and DART Police Officer Brent Thompson sacrificed their lives to protect the lives of others.

DART Police Officer Thompson, 43, became the first DART police officer killed in the line of duty when he gave his life, saving the lives of countless civilians and fellow officers.

August: The DART Discount GoPass Tap Card Supports Riders in Need

DART launched the Discount GoPass® Tap Card pilot to ensure riders who qualify have access to jobs, health care, and educational opportunities, reducing social and economic inequalities by making mobility financially feasible to more people. The program provides riders using any one of nine support assistance programs with a 50% discount on the regular price of a DART pass.

September: DART Board of Directors Unanimously Approves Bus Network Redesign Plan

The DART Board of Directors unanimously approved the DARTzoom Bus Network Redesign Plan. With the goal of providing greater frequency, longer service hours, and improved access to destinations, the redesigned network goes into effect on January 24, 2022.

As the North Texas region continues to experience unparalleled growth, becoming a national and international destination for both residents and corporations, DART has undertaken a complete blank-slate redesign of the existing bus system. Working with all 13 Service Area cities, employers, community leaders, and transit riders, DART has developed a new bus system that is designed to ensure passengers have safe and easy access to employment, education, and entertainment areas across the DART service area.

October: DART Named a Best-in-State Employer by Forbes

For the second year in a row, DART was been recognized as a Best-in-State Employer by Forbes. The Best-in-State Employer award winners, given out by Forbes and Statista Inc., were chosen from a sample of 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees across the U.S.

“We are honored to once again be named as a Best-in-State Employer by Forbes,” said Nadine Lee, President & Chief Executive Officer. “DART is an incredible place to work and develop your career because of the fantastic people who have chosen to be part of the DART family. Our employees’ dedication to DART’s mission and values and determination to put our customers at the heart of everything we do, is the key to our success.”

November: DART Launches Three-Year On-Demand Service for Joppa Community Residents

DART launched the Joppa Rides program, an on-demand transportation service for the neighborhood of Joppa for the next three years. Funded by the City of Dallas to mitigate the impact of closing the current Linfield Road at-grade crossing, the program will serve residents of the Joppa neighborhood, located six miles southeast of Downtown Dallas.

December: 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, DART reserved 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.

Irving Police Dept NOW HIRING

The Irving Police Department is looking for quality officers to join their ranks. Whether you’re just starting out or are a lateral hire, visit https://www.cityofirving.org/1453/Police-Recruiting for more information.

GRAND PRAIRIE CITY SERVICE HOURS HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

In observance of Christmas and the New Year, the City of Grand Prairie administrative offices will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24, Monday, Dec. 27, and Monday, Jan. 3. Other city services affected are:

  • The Main LibraryShotwell Library and Warmack Library will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 -Monday, Dec. 27; and Saturday, Jan. 1-Monday, Jan. 3. Items may be renewed.online at gptx.org/library. Items may be returned at the Main Library, Warmack Library, Shotwell Library and Epic Reads (located inside The Epic Recreation Center) any time The Epic is open.
  • Water bill payment offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 24-Monday, Dec. 27 and Monday, Jan. 3.
  • The Summit 50+ Adult Activity Center –The Summit will be closed Friday, Dec. 24- Saturday, Dec. 25; Monday, Dec. 27; Saturday, Jan. 1 and Monday, Jan. 3. The Summit will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31.
  • DalworthShotwell and Charley Taylor Recreation Centers will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 – Monday, Dec. 27; Saturday, Jan. 1 and Monday, Jan. 3. Recreation centers will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31.
  • The Epic Recreation Center will be open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24; closed Saturday, Dec. 25-Sunday, Dec. 26. On Friday, Dec. 31 The Epic will be open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 1 will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Prairie Lakes Golf Course and Tangle Ridge Golf Club will be closed Saturday, Dec. 25. On Friday, Dec. 24, Prairie Lakes is offering a Christmas Eve Scramble at 9 a.m. and the last tee time at Tangle Ridge Golf Club will be at noon. Holiday rates apply.
  • The Kirby Creek Indoor Pool will be closed Dec. 24-27 and January 1 and 3. Kirby Creek Indoor Pool will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31.
  • The Landfill and Garbage Collection/Recycling will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 1. There will be no garbage collection on these dates.The landfill will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 24, Thursday, Dec. 30 and Friday, Dec. 31.
  • The Municipal Court will be closed Friday, Dec. 24; Monday, Dec. 27 and Monday, Jan. 3.
  • The Animal Shelter will be closed Friday, Dec. 24; Saturday, Dec. 25 and Saturday, Jan. 1.
  • The Tourist Information Center will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 25.

DART Announces Christmas Day Schedule

Friday, December 24, 2021

  • DART Buses and Light Rail: Operating on a Sunday schedule
  • TRE: Saturday schedule
  • DART GoLink – GoLink will operate only in zones that provide Sunday service. These zones include Northwest Dallas, Inland Port, Rylie, West Dallas, North Dallas and Park Cities. No service in any other zones.
  • DART Customer Information Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • DART Customer Care Center and Lost and Found: Closed
  • DART Administrative Offices: Closed
  • DART Paratransit: Paratransit services will operate on a Sunday schedule. DART Mobility Management’s Paratransit Call Center will be closed Friday through Sunday. Customers wishing to schedule trips by phone for any of the three days will need to do so by Thursday, Dec. 23. Customers can also now schedule, view and cancel trips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.DART.org/paratransit. The Call Center will reopen Monday December 27.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

  • DART Buses and Light Rail: Operating on a Sunday schedule
  • TRE: No service
  • DART GoLink – GoLink will operate only in zones that provide Sunday service. These zones include Northwest Dallas, Inland Port, Rylie, West Dallas, North Dallas and Park Cities. No service in any other zones.
  • DART Administrative Offices: Closed
  • DART Customer Information Center, Customer Care Center and Lost and Found: Closed
  • DART Paratransit: Paratransit services will operate on a Sunday schedule. DART Mobility Management’s Paratransit Call Center will be closed Friday through Sunday. Customers wishing to schedule trips by phone for any of the three days will need to do so by Thursday, Dec. 23. Customers can also now schedule, view and cancel trips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.DART.org/paratransit. The Call Center will reopen Monday December 27.

Route and schedule information can always be found by calling 214-979-1111 or at DART.org and TrinityRailwayExpress.org.

Free Christmas Trees Available December 23

On Thursday, December 23 promptly at 9 p.m. more than 200 free live Christmas trees that have been a part of the Snowy Christmas Forest will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Trees are available after the final North Pole Express® ride of the season, sponsored by Trinity Metro TEXRail and Great Wolf Lodge.

Trees may be picked up in the Cotton Belt Depot, located at 705 S. Main St., beginning at 9 p.m. Those picking up trees should bring their own rope and supplies to secure their tree for transport.

Hillwood Urban and DART Partner to Bring Victory Station Plaza

Victoria Station Plaza/DART

Hillwood Urban and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) have partnered to build Victory Station Plaza, bringing a one-acre public green space to the heart of Victory Park, adjacent to the DART Victory Station with direct connectivity to DART’s transit system. The large, landscaped plaza is located across the street from the American Airlines Center and adjacent to Victory Commons One, Hillwood Urban’s new 365,000 square foot Class-A office building. Both the new Plaza and Victory Commons were completed on November 19, 2021. 

“This was a terrific partnership with DART, where together, we were able to bring a great new public park into an urban environment that will enhance the quality of life for those who work, live, and travel throughout Victory Park and beyond,” said Ken Reese, Executive Vice President of Hillwood Urban. “This Park space was always part of DART’s plan for this land going back 20 years to when Hillwood originally built the AAC [American Airlines Center]. We are excited to help make this happen and enhance the neighborhood, not to mention provide great views from the office space overlooking the park.”

The football field-sized plaza, designed by TBG Partners, was designed for the DART commuter, the arena sports fan, the office worker, and the people and pets that call Victory Park home. Commuters who travel to or through Victory Station will be able to take advantage of the Plaza. DART’s Victory Station was opened in 2001 and is served by the DART Light Rail Green and Orange Lines and Trinity Railway Express, as well as DART Light Rail Red and Blue Lines used for special events. As with all DART stations across the North Texas region, Victory Station was developed with a focus on art as well as function, including unique elements by renowned local artist Pamela Nelson that reflect the neighborhood and residents it serves.

“The new Victory Station Plaza is a fantastic opportunity to provide much-needed green space to the area while ensuring our passengers have enhanced access to Victory Station,” said Nadine Lee, president & CEO at DART. “We continue to see the movement by both developers and communities to provide housing and activity centers near rail stations. Connectivity and access to public transit are increasingly important in our rapidly urbanizing Dallas-Fort Worth region.”

From office towers to corporate campuses, Hillwood Urban has built a reputation for its ability to bring key partners together to create activated environments that inspire and attract talent. Offering a unique urban office environment, Victory Commons will offer a large outdoor rooftop terrace with views of the Dallas skyline as well as a ground floor tenant lounge and coffee bar. Hillwood Urban is working to bring the first downtown Dallas skyscraper in more than three decades, Field Street Tower, to the Uptown neighborhood.

About Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is the public transit agency for Dallas and 12 surrounding North Texas cities. It operates a multi-modal network of buses, light rail, Trinity Railway Express commuter rail, and paratransit. It is a global leader in the emerging field of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) which incorporates smartphone technology into fare payment and trip planning and scheduling and greater use of smaller vehicles. DART moves more than 220,000 passengers per day across its 700-square-mile service area. For more information, visit www.dart.org.

About Hillwood Urban

Hillwood Urban combines their land development and office development expertise together with Hillwood’s existing multifamily and retail development groups, providing a complete urban office and mixed-use development capability. The team recently completed the new Victory Commons One office building in November 2021. Hillwood Urban is marketing these projects to large corporate end-users, while also seeking new opportunities for both urban and suburban tracts for mixed-use development located in the major growth corridors of North Texas.

About Hillwood

Hillwood, a Perot company, is a premier industrial, commercial and residential real estate developer and manager with projects throughout North America and Europe. With a diverse portfolio of properties that have become home to many of the world’s leading companies, Hillwood is committed to bringing long-term value to our customers and partners and the communities in which we serve. Hillwood also served as the lead developer of marquee projects nationwide, from the Air Force Memorial in Washington, D.C. to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the American Airlines Center in Dallas. For additional information, please visit www.hillwood.com.

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.