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Just for fun
Athletes and nature lovers can ride DART on their favorite urban cycling adventures. White Rock Station on the Blue Line overlooks the region's largest hike and bike trail system — the 7.5-mile White Rock Creek Trail and the 12-mile White Rock Lake Park Trail. Here are some other DART-accessible hike-and-bike trails:
Take DART And Call Me In The Morning
Baylor University Medical Center has a new prescription for getting employees to work on time, relaxed and ready to start the day: a money-saving DART Annual Pass.
Now, for just $40 per employee per year, nearly 6,000 workers at Baylor's main campus on Gaston Avenue and corporate offices in downtown's Bryan Tower can enjoy unlimited rides on DART trains and buses — all year long. That's a $610 savings over DART's regular local fares!
"The ability to offer excellent benefits to our employees is important to us," says Baylor Human Resources Director Wendie Carlson. "We're very excited about working with DART."
With five other area health care organizations offering the DART Annual Pass as a recruitment incentive, Ms. Carlson said Baylor hopped on board the program to remain competitive. An internal marketing message says it all: "Baylor and DART: Another reason why Baylor is the best place to work and care for patients."
And It's Got A Hemi!
Television's rambunctious Duke boys may have driven circles around Hazard County's sheriff's deputies in the Dodge Charger they dubbed "The General Lee," but they had nothing on today's DART Police. The department recently replaced nine Ford Crown Victorias with 2006 versions of the Dodge Charger — and every one's got a Hemi! In fact, the citified high-performance patrol cars are so fast, officers have to qualify on a test course before they hit the streets. Unlike the General Lee, the new DART Chargers sport doors that actually open so officers don't have to climb through the windows. But, Police Captain Edward Golden says they do have one thing in common with their famous TV relative: "They will fly," he says.
DART Rail ridership got a strong basketball bounce in April and May as the Dallas Mavericks pushed all the way to the NBA Finals. Average weekend ridership for the eight months ending May 31 was up 25.6% on Saturday and 15.4% on Sunday.
Lap up the luxury
A poorly aging 1960s-era hotel has been transformed into Dallas' newest bastion of opulence. The four-star Palomar Hotel, operated by San Francisco's exclusive Kimpton Hotels, opened in September and is the centerpiece of a $90-million development directly across Mockingbird Lane from DART's Mockingbird Station. In addition to the Palomar, which incorporates the original hotel tower, the project includes condominiums, private villas and lofts, as well as retail. The development is being billed as a "luxury urban resort," and it will feature a spa, restaurants and the resurrection of Trader Vic's in its original space. The complex is also right on the path of a planned future expansion of the Katy Trail to Mockingbird Station.
Ride Green With DART
Turn that newspaper into yesterday's news by recycling it today in bins at participating rail stations and transit centers. You may not make the headlines for helping, but at least you'll konw you made a difference. Now that's a nice story.
Passes With A Plus
DART's new program puts a DART Pass directly into every employee's home mailbox. And participating employers get helpful monthly reports documenting their participation for great tax breaks. Businesses recently taking advantage of this great employee benefit include New York Life, Hughes & Luce LLP, Univision 23 and Renaissance Hotel-Richardson. For more information about DART's family of money-saving employer pass programs, call 214-749-2724 or go to www.DART.org.
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