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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.

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.

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.

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

On Monday, November 15, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (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 the closure of the current Linfield Road at-grade crossing, the program will serve residents of the Joppa neighborhood, located six miles southeast of Downtown Dallas.

All Joppa area residents are eligible for the program with registration and proof of residency. Once registered, residents will be able to book a ride to one of 15 designated neighborhood locations for drop-off and pickup. Residents can register online at https://www.dart.org/joppa or by mail.

To request a ride, a passenger must be at least 18 years of age. Anyone under that age must be accompanied by an adult. Each Joppa Rides Uber trip can include up to four people. Riders can book a trip online at m.Uber.com or they can make a same-day trip reservation over the phone at (214) 515-7272. They can also schedule trips and request an accessible vehicle at (214) 515-7272.

The Joppa Rides program operates 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week, and riders can book up to two free Uber trips per day.

Plan Ahead for your DART Ride to the Red River Showdown

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is your ticket to the excitement of the AT&T Red River Showdown on October 9 at Cotton Bowl Stadium. The annual rivalry game between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Oklahoma Sooners is expected to bring 100,000 people to the State Fair of Texas, and DART is ready with additional service to make getting to the game safe and easy.

DART riders are encouraged to arrive early for the game. Trains typically begin filling up more than three hours before kickoff. To help accommodate the large crowds, DART is adding light rail service, buses and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) trains with special connections.

Photo: Courtesy of Texas Monthly

Look for DART staff as early as four hours before game time at key stations to help customers purchase tickets and make connections. After the game, DART staff will be on hand to help customers on their return trip. This special service continues for at least three hours after the game.

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

DART to the Game

Two DART Green Line rail stations serve the fairgrounds – Fair Park Station, located on Parry Avenue at the main entrance to the fairgrounds, and MLK, Jr. Station, located south of R.B. Cullum Blvd. and convenient to the MLK fairground entrance (Gate 6) and Cotton Bowl Stadium.

If you’re riding DART Rail or the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to downtown Dallas, you can transfer easily to the Green Line. From downtown Dallas, board Green Line trains marked “BUCKNER,” “LAWNVIEW” or “FAIR PARK.”

  • Southbound Red and Blue Line passengers can transfer to the Green Line at Pearl/Arts District Station.
  • Northbound Red and Blue Line passengers can transfer to the Green Line at Akard Station.
  • Eastbound Orange Line passengers from DFW Airport and Irving’s six stations can transfer to the Green Line at Bachman Station.
  • Northbound Green Line trains leave every 10 minutes from Buckner Station for MLK, Jr. Station. These trains will not stop at Fair Park Station.

After the game, remember to go back to the station where you arrived to return to your starting location. If you arrive by bus, DART will have buses available for your return trip along Parry Ave. in front of Fair Park Station. The post-game buses will serve Pearl/Arts District, Victory and EBJ Union stations.

Learn more about DART service on October 9 at www.DART.org/RedRiverShowdown.

TRE and DCTA Riders

TRE passengers have two options to get to the game:

  1. Transfer to the Green Line circulator at EBJ Union Station to complete your trip to the fairgrounds.
  2. Transfer to a shuttle bus at Victory Station to continue your trip to the fairgrounds.

Learn more about TRE service on October 9 at TrinityRailwayExpress.org/StateFair.

Customers coming from Denton County via Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) are advised to board the first train departing their originating station. DCTA A-train passengers transfer to the Green Line at Trinity Mills Station. DCTA information can be found at DCTA.net.

Smoothing Out Your Ride with Contactless Payments

DART offers four great contactless options that make buying your pass fast, safe, and convenient:

  • Credit or debit card: Now you can buy your DART pass with a contactless credit or debit card. Just tap your contactless card to a reader on a DART Rail platform or bus prior to boarding.
  • Mobile device: Using Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay, tap your payment-enabled mobile device to a reader on a DART Rail platform or bus to buy your pass.
  • GoPass® app: Download the latest version of the app for free from the App Store or Google Play. Just be sure to activate your DART pass before you board.
  • GoPass® Tap card: Available at 7-Eleven and hundreds of participating retailers, GoPass Tap is the reloadable transit card that automatically gives you the best fare every time you ride. Simply tap your card to a reader on a DART Rail platform or bus prior to boarding, and your fare is deducted automatically.
Map Courtesy of DART

Download a copy of the map HERE.

DART Holds Bus and Rail Operator Hiring Event on August 3

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will host a second hiring event for Bus and Rail Operators on Tuesday, August 3, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the DART Ways, Structures & Amenities – North Division Building (9717 Abernathy Avenue, Dallas)

With DART’s redesigned bus network scheduled to launch in January of 2022, providing greater frequency and longer hours, as well as better access to jobs, DART is hiring passionate and motivated Bus and Rail Operators in preparation for the planned increase in service. DART is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, supporting diversity in the workplace.

At the event, jobseekers will have the opportunity to meet with DART staff and interview on-the-spot. It is recommended that candidates complete their applications online (Bus Student Operator and Rail Student Operator) to expedite their interviews, but there will also be an opportunity to apply on-site at the event.

DART offers employees a competitive salary and benefits package, including:

  • Paid training for CDL licensing
  • Health, vision, dental, life and AD&D insurance
  • Medical coverage after 30 days
  • Retirement Plan
  • 401K retirement plan
  • Wellness Program
  • DART paid training begins at $17.60/hour; after successful completion of training, pay will increase to $20.31/hour
  • Opportunities for advancement

The full job description for the DART Bus Student Operator and Rail Student Operator positions can be found online. An overview of the DART benefits programs can be found on the DART website.

DART Discount GoPass Tap Card Supports Riders in Need

Graphic courtesy of DART

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Discount GoPass Tap Card provides riders using any one of nine support assistance programs with a 50% discount on the regular price of a DART pass.

DART launched the pilot-program 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.

All new and current DART riders who participate in any of the following programs are now eligible for DART services at half the fare:

  • CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)
  • TANF (Texas Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
  • CEAP (Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program)
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
  • Housing Choice Vouchers
  • DHA Housing Solutions for North Texas program
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Texas WIC (Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)

Online registration is available at DART.org/TapForHalf. Discount Tap Cards can be used on any DART bus or light rail, including Trinity Railway Express (TRE) between EBJ Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Station.

More information is available at DART.org/TapForHalf or by calling DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111, Option 1.

M-Line Trolley Celebrates 32 Years of Service to Dallas

On Thursday, July 22, the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA) will celebrate 32 years of streetcar service to Dallas residents, businesses, and visitors.

In 1983, MATA was founded to return heritage streetcars to the urban fabric of Dallas. Two Dallas residents, Phil Cobb and Ed Landrum, began championing the idea after discovering tracks on McKinney Avenue that had been paved over and forgotten. On July 22, 1989, the McKinney Avenue Trolley celebrated the grand opening of its 2.8-mile route.

The M-Line has expanded several times over the years, eventually reaching a total of 4.6 miles in length. The first expansion opened in 2002, extending the route north to connect to DART’s Cityplace/Uptown Station, followed by the construction of a turntable in 2011. The second expansion opened in 2015, creating the southern loop in downtown Dallas that connects riders to the DART’s St. Paul Station.

Currently served by seven vintage cars, the M-Line trolley provides more than 600,000 rides every year within Uptown and Downtown Dallas. You can learn more about the M-Line Trolley and the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority at http://www.mata.org/.

DART Silver Line Virtual Community Meetings

With revenue service scheduled for 2024, the 26-mile Silver Line project will traverse seven cities between DFW Airport, Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson, and Plano, and include 10 new stations. The primary purpose of the Silver Line 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.

The Silver Line will connect with the Trinity Metro TEXRail commuter rail line at DFW North station providing access to Downtown Fort Worth and various other Tarrant County locales. The Silver Line will also connect with the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) A-train commuter rail line providing access to various Denton County locations, DART’s Green Line providing access to Dallas Love Field and Downtown Dallas via Downtown Carrollton Station, and DART’s Red and Orange Lines at CityLine/Bush Station, giving riders easy access to Downtown Plano and the eastern side of the DART network.

DART will hold Silverline Community Meetings VIRTUALLY in:


* Coppell / Cypress Waters

Monday, July 19, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Phone #: (469) 391-0632
Conference ID: 469 991 010

* Carrollton

Wednesday, July 21, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Phone #: (469) 391-0632
Conference ID: 603 227 673

* Addison

Thursday, July 22, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Phone #: (469) 391-0632
Conference ID: 662 024 173

* Richardson

Tuesday, July 27, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Phone #: (469) 391-0632
Conference ID: 947 152 510

* Plano

Wednesday, July 28, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Phone #: (469) 391-0632
Conference ID: 290 948 296

* Dallas

Tuesday, August 3, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Phone #: (469)391-0632
Conference ID: 528 886 184

To find your virtual meeting link and learn more about the DART Silver Line Regional Rail project, please visit www.dart.org/silverline.

Federal Face Mask Requirement Extended Through September 13

The Transportation Security Administration has extended the face mask requirement for all transportation networks, including public transportation, through September 13, 2021.

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

Face masks and hand sanitizer dispensers are installed on all buses, light rail 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. DART 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.

To enforce social distancing practices and protect customer and employee well-being, all transit center waiting areas have been temporarily closed. DART riders can still use the outdoor areas for boarding buses and light rail vehicles.

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