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Media Relations Contact:
Morgan Lyons
Mark A. Ball

March 4, 2014

DART begins "Top O' the Mornin'" on St. Pat's Day

We can't give you bagels and green beer for breakfast, but we can give you an earlier start on St. Patrick's Day festivities. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) continues its tradition of going green a little early this year with 10-minute rail service southbound from Parker Road Station and northbound from West End Station on Saturday, March 15, to accommodate the Dallas St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Parade goers can wear their favorite green garb and take advantage of added trains and capacity as Red and Orange Line trains from Plano operate from 6:18 a.m. to 7:08 p.m. bringing them safely to either Mockingbird or Lovers Lane stations for the 11 a.m. parade and festivities on Greenville Avenue.

Irish eyes will be smiling for Carrollton, Farmers Branch and Dallas parade goers too. They can ride DART's Green Line and change to either the Orange or Red Line in downtown Dallas where additional trains will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Passengers riding the TRE to the parade can easily transfer to the Orange Line at Victory Station.

Won't cost 'a pot of gold'
GoPass A Local Day Pass for riders headed to the St. Patrick's Day parade and back is only $5 for bus or light rail and can be purchased by cash or credit card at ticket vending machines located at all DART stations. Make your trip easier by purchasing a day pass in advance by using the new GoPass℠ mobile ticketing application for Android and Apple smartphones available for free through Google Play or the App Store.

DART's Fair Share Parking contractor, Platinum Parking, will have additional signage and personnel available at lots located at Parker Road, North Carrollton/Frankford and Belt Line stations. The daily rate to park at any of these three locations is $2. Riders who have purchased monthly parking passes and residents of DART service member cities who have acquired parking stickers in advance will not have to pay. More information on Fair Share Parking is found at DART.org/PaidParking.

Bus detours
Passengers who normally use bus routes 502 and 583 at Lovers Lane Station will be unable to do so for much of the day Saturday, March 15, due to the parade on Greenville Ave. Both routes will be detoured from Lovers Lane to serve Mockingbird Station until approximately 3 p.m. Route 502 will continue to serve Park Lane Station.

If you don't have legitimate Irish blood running through your veins you can still get additional details concerning St. Patrick's Day service by calling DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111 or by visiting DART.org.

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