DART News Release
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December 19, 2002
New holiday destinations
DART shows off the Metroplex
New rail service to Garland, Richardson and Plano makes DART the best way to show visiting relatives and friends the sights and sounds of the Metroplex, including shopping, festivals, art, sporting events, restaurants, historical sites and more.
Riding DART only costs $2 for an all-day pass, available from ticket vending machines at all stations. It's also easy to get help planning a trip on DART. Trip planners at 214-979-1111 will give personal service, or route and schedule information is available at DART.org.
Downtown and Uptown Dallas
Whether visitors are staying at a plush hotel like the Crescent Court or the Adolphus, or they're houseguests in one of DART's 13 member cities, it's easy to get a train at any DART Rail station, on either the Red or Blue Line.
In the Dallas Central Business District, must-see locations include the Sixth Floor Museum and the West End entertainment district at DART's West End Station, Neiman Marcus, the grand dame of quality shopping, and the newly revitalized Main Street dining, entertainment and retail area two blocks from Akard Station.
From Union Station, visitors can walk over to the Hyatt Regency at Reunion, then ride up the 50-story Reunion Tower to take in the view from the observation deck or enjoy a meal in the Antares restaurant, as it slowly revolves for a 360-degree view of Dallas.
Another fun way to see downtown and Uptown is on the historic M-Line, a combination of DART's downtown Trolley-Bus circulator and the historic McKinney Avenue Streetcar line, which features four lovingly restored turn-of-the-century vehicles. Rides on the M-Line are free. A top destination is the new West Village at McKinney and Lemmon avenues, a transit village that combines condominium residences with upscale dining and shopping.
The streetcar, which operates daily from 7 a.m. to 9:50 p.m., hooks up with DART's downtown Trolley-Bus circulator at the intersection of St. Paul and Ross. Since the M-Line serves DART's Cityplace Station, day-trippers can do downtown on the circulator, transfer to the streetcar to tour McKinney Avenue restaurants, art galleries and boutiques, and then jump back on a modern DART light rail train at Cityplace for still more adventures.
Just a short walk from DART's St. Paul Station in downtown are the Dallas Museum of Art and the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, two attractions sure to please any art lover.
From downtown Dallas, all DART trains stop at Mockingbird Station, one of the nation's most successful transit villages. There, visitors can enjoy a movie, grab lunch or dinner at the many convenient and trendy restaurants, or shop at the fashionable stores and boutiques.
Another key entertainment venue at Downtown Garland Station is the Plaza Theater, which just got a $1.2 million facelift.
Plano's classic downtown center features specialty shops, restaurants and antique shops. Just a short walk away is historic Haggard Park, which boasts a museum of the old Interurban Line within the Interurban Station. The DART station is also the front door to Eastside Village, a transit village that is home to more than 700 people, as well as retail shops.
A visit to the Metroplex isn't complete without a trip to Fort Worth. There's no better way to reach Cowtown than by taking DART Rail to Union Station and transferring to the Trinity Railway Express, for a 60-minute trip to the ITC Station in the heart of the city.
At the ITC, convenient shuttle buses are available to the many attractions in Fort Worth. Nearby in downtown is Sundance Square, a vibrant 20-block section that features trendy shopping and a hot entertainment and dining scene.
Another must for art lovers is the internationally acclaimed Fort Worth arts district, home of the Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and more. Together with the beautiful Bass Performance Hall in downtown, the arts district has given Fort Worth a worldwide reputation as a cultural center.
With knowledgeable customer service representatives standing by at 214-979-1111 from early morning to late at night, and complete schedule and fare information available at DART.org anytime, it's easy to plan a trip on the Southwest's most popular and successful transit system. Featuring clean, new equipment and an expanded list of destinations, DART is a great holiday adventure.
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