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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.

What’s going on with gas prices?

A sign warns consumers on the avaliability of gasoline at a RaceTrac gas station on May 11, 2021, in Smyrna, Georgia. (Photo: Elijah Nouvelage | AFP | Getty Images)

Yesterday, its average US price climbed to over $3/gallon for the first time since 2014. That’s in part because of last week’s ransomware attack on one of the US’s largest fuel pipelines. Operators just began to fully restore service to the pipeline that supplies 45% of fuel to the East Coast. But the disruptions stoked fears of gas supply shortages. And prompted people to panic buy at the pump. (As if we didn’t learn our lesson over toilet paper.) Now, gov officials are reminding people to stop hoarding and not store gas in plastic bags. Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina have declared states of emergency – allowing state governments to regulate prices. Meanwhile, President Biden signed an executive order to try to beef up the US’s digital defenses.

Everything else. Yesterday, a Labor Department report confirmed what you might have noticed: prices for clothes, food, cars, insurance, and housing have gone up by over 4% – the fastest rate since 2008. Things like greater demand, supply disruptions, understaffed companies, and rising fuel costs have contributed to your wallet’s pain. Now, Americans are paying more for basic goods and it’s got many (like the stock market) wondering how long this will last. But the Feds are saying, ‘This is likely all temporary.’

Source: The Skimm


National average for gasoline tops $3 a gallon amid pipeline shutdown, rush to buy in Southeast

The national average for a gallon of gas jumped above $3 on Wednesday for the first time since 2014, as much of the crucial Colonial Pipeline remains offline.

Amid fears of a supply shortage, consumers in Southeastern states are heading to the pump, creating long lines and in some cases wiping fuel stations dry.

On average, Americans are now paying $3.008 for a gallon of gas, up from $2.985 on Tuesday and $2.927 one week ago.

Read more from CNBC…

DART GoLink Pilot Program for South Dallas/Fair Park Area Begins April 26

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) South Dallas GoLink program, an on-demand, personalized, curb-to-curb service for areas around South Dallas and Fair Park, begins its six-month pilot program on Monday, April 26.

Working with the South Dallas/Fair Park (SDFP) Transportation Initiative group, a survey of 200 residents within ZIP codes 75210 and 75215 was completed that identified concerns that the pilot demonstration hopes to rectify.

Through the survey, the SDFP group noted that the South Dallas-Fair Park neighborhood has extensive bus and rail service, but that bus travel within the neighborhood can be difficult for very short trips, particularly to the recreation center and grocery stores. The area is currently served by four DART rail stations, MLK, Jr. Station, Fair Park Station, Hatcher Station and Cedars Station, as well as 10 bus routes.

Already available in Western Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Southeast Garland, Glenn Heights, Inland Port, South Irving, Kleberg/Rylie, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, North Dallas, Park Cities, Legacy West, Far North Plano, North Central Plano/Chase Oaks and Rowlett, the GoLink pilot for South Dallas and Fair Park will cost $50,000, includes one dedicated accessible taxi supplemented by an Uber Pool and covers an 8.5-sq. mile area.

Additional GoLink information can be found at www.dart.org/golink.

Dallas City Council Approves DART D2 Subway Resolution

On Wednesday, March 24, the Dallas City Council unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) D2 Subway project, a second light rail line through downtown Dallas that will extend from Victory Park to Deep Ellum. The resolution includes a commitment to continue to work towards addressing community concerns on the east end of the alignment.

“The DART D2 Subway project is an important regional project,” explained Paul N. Wageman, chair of the DART Board of Directors. “The second light rail alignment through downtown Dallas is a long-term investment in mass transit to support both the city’s and the region’s goals of a more walkable, transit-oriented and sustainable region. The DART Board appreciates the Dallas City Council’s continued support of this transportation initiative.”

The DFW area continues to experience unprecedented growth, with new businesses and residents moving to the area every day. The primary purpose of the D2 Subway project is to add long-term passenger carrying capacity to the DART light rail system and provide operational flexibility and added reliability – especially important for the thousands of riders that use the DART system every day to get to work, services, and school.

DART began planning for the D2 Subway project in 2007 and the 30% level of preliminary design was completed in October of 2020. DART will continue to work with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to request re-entry into the Capital Investment Grant program engineering phase as a core capacity project.  The first step in this process will be for the FTA to issue the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision along with the 30% design package. Public, agency and stakeholder involvement will continue to be integral to the process.

“The DART D2 Subway project demonstrates a commitment to strengthening the DART system and creating a more transit-oriented and accessible network for the benefit of our riders and the residents of North Texas,” said Wageman. “The next several months will be focused on continuing the collaborative, multi-agency effort among DART, the City of Dallas, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and TxDOT to evaluate any proposed refinements, enhancements, and/or modifications to the east end of the corridor in coordination with stakeholders.”

More information about the DART D2 Subway project can be found at www.dart.org/D2.

DART Transit Fare Equity Survey Begins March 22

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) in collaboration with the North Central Texas Council of Governments will conduct a fare equity survey to gather a range of customer data from public transit users beginning Monday, March 22.

DART bus, rail and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) customers who participate will answer questions to collect demographic information and details about the use of public transportation including fare payment and trip-making behaviors. The transit survey project will continue through mid-May 2021.

Survey staff will be at rail station and transit centers as well as ride buses and trains to administer surveys. Survey staff will wear blue vests with a badge indicating DART and TRE logos, and labeled “SURVEY TEAM” on the back. All surveys are completely voluntary, and answers will be kept confidential.