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Morgan Lyons

November 1, 2004

DART to Victory Station for big shows, big times

Victory Station imageThe home of the Mavericks, Stars, the Greatest Show on Earth, and musical events for every taste -- American Airlines Center -- becomes home to Victory Station, the newest stop on DART's popular light rail system, on November 13.

DART celebrates the opening with Super Saturday and Super Sunday customer celebrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 13 and 14. Enjoy live music, DART Safety presentations, and children's entertainment. Ride DART Rail from West End Station.

Taking in the Texas Stampede on Saturday or Sunday? Take DART Rail. Special trains will operate before, during and after the rodeo and concerts at American Airlines Center.

Ride to Victory in 2 easy steps!

1.  Go to any DART Rail Station and buy a Day Pass (good for round-trip service) from a Ticket Vending Machine.
2.  Take any Red Line or Blue Line train to West End Station, and transfer to any train displaying the word "DART" in its overhead destination signs. Even better, if you're already on a train with "DART" in its destination signs keep your seat. Your next stop is Victory Station at American Airlines Center!

Victory Station image When you're ready to head home, just use your Day Pass to board these trains:
•  North Dallas, Richardson or Plano: Red Line to Parker Road
•  White Rock or Garland: Blue Line to Downtown Garland
•  West Oak Cliff: Red Line to Westmoreland
•  South Oak Cliff: Red Line to Westmoreland, transfer to Blue Line to Ledbetter at 8th & Corinth Station

Trinity Railway Express (TRE) service from Fort Worth, the mid-cities, and Irving to Victory Station hasn't changed. It's still available Monday through Saturday for special events.

DART Rail cutting the ribbon at Victory Station
A DART Rail train cuts the ribbon at Victory Station
on Friday, November 12, 2004
U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison speaks at the opening ceremonies for Victory Station.  Left to right: former DART Board Chair Adlene Harrison, Senator Hutchison, U.S. Representative Pete Sessions, Texas Representative Dan Branch, DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas, current DART Board Chair Huelon Harrison.
U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison speaks at the opening ceremonies for Victory Station. Left to right: former DART Board Chair Adlene Harrison, Senator Hutchison, U.S. Representative Pete Sessions, Texas Representative Dan Branch, DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas, current DART Board Chair Huelon Harrison.

Look for minor DART Rail changes November 15
DART Rail is making minor schedule changes that will improve schedule reliability. Departure times will vary by only 1-2 minutes in most cases, but all hours of operation on weekdays will be affected. Weekend service will remain unchanged. Details about changes to each trip are available in the new customer rail timetables onboard trains, at the DART Store (1401 Pacific Ave.), or at information kiosks along the rail line.

DART Rail Expansion On Track
DART currently serves 57,000 daily riders over its 44-mile, 34-station light rail system. The opening of Victory Station marks the start of a 49-mile DART Rail expansion to the southeast and northwest. Through 2018 DART Rail will link Pleasant Grove, South Dallas, Fair Park and Deep Ellum to the southeast with the Medical/Market Center, Love Field, northwest Dallas, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Las Colinas, Irving and DFW Airport to the northwest. In addition, service will extend south from Ledbetter Station in South Oak Cliff to I-20 and northeast from Downtown Garland Station to Rowlett.

High-resolution maps are available for download in the DART Newsroom Image Library.

To meet growing demand for DART Rail service, the agency will add 20 new light rail vehicles to its 95-car fleet in 2005.

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