Media Relations Contact:
Mark A. Ball
September 19, 2014
DART is "Deep in the Heart of Texans"
With Texas pride this year's theme, take pleasure in riding the longest light rail system in North America to the 2014 State Fair of Texas and enjoy American Idol auditions, Texas Sports Legends, soccer history displays, top entertainers, football, Big Tex, a Cotton Bowl music fest and award winning fried foods. The State Fair of Texas - "Deep in the Heart of Texans" -- runs Sept. 26 through Oct. 19.
Ride comfortably on DART's Green Line to two stations: Fair Park, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds, and MLK, Jr., located south of R.B. Cullum Boulevard and convenient to the Gate 6 entrance and the Cotton Bowl stadium. Extra Green Line trains will be available approximately every 15 minutes between Victory and Lawnview stations from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends.
Connect to Green Line
All DART Rail and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) passengers can transfer easily to the Green Line. Trains going to the fair will say "Fair Park," "Buckner" or "Lawnview."
Orange Line passengers from Irving transfer to the Green Line at Bachman Station. Southbound Orange, Red and Blue line passengers transfer at Pearl/Arts District or St. Paul stations. Northbound Red and Blue line passengers transfer at Akard Station. TRE passengers transfer to the Green Line at Victory Station. Details are at TrinityRailwayExpress.org.
The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) will be adjusting its schedule during the fair. Customers should check DCTA.net for departure and arrival times and to ensure smooth connections at Trinity Mills Station to DART's Green Line.
Special rail service
DART is adding rail service. Effective Monday, Sept. 22, through Sunday, Oct. 19, the changes include:
A different schedule will be in place for the football game on Saturday, Oct. 11. Information can be found at www.DART.org/RedRiverShowdown.
- All Orange Line trips extend to Parker Road Station
- Red/Blue/Orange Lines have two-cars while Green will use three-cars
- Green Line short service will be provided between Lawnview and Victory Stations from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays
- Red and Blue Line service will have additional service after 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays for transfer traffic
- Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will operate on all four Sundays during the fair.
Day Pass and GoPass app
Purchase a Local Day Pass for $5, good for DART Rail, local buses and riding the TRE from CentrePort Station. Tarrant and Denton County customers need to purchase a Regional Day Pass for $10. Passes are available at ticket vending machines located at all DART and TRE stations and on the GoPass app available for both Apple and Android.
This year you can also buy your State Fair of Texas general admission with the GoPass app. Just show your purchased fair ticket on GoPass℠ at the gates to get in. To make the deal sweeter, save $2 on every fair ticket by using GoPass. You do not have to buy a DART transit ticket in order to take advantage of the State Fair discount ticket. Details are available at DART.org/StateFair or by calling DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111.
Special games, special service
DART and the TRE will provide additional service to the Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic featuring Prairie View A & M and Grambling State universities on Saturday, Sept. 27, and the AT&T Red River Showdown game between Texas and Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 11. Details are available at DART.org/StateFairClassic and DART.org/RedRiverShowdown.
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