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DART News Release

Media Relations Contact:
Morgan Lyons
Mark A. Ball

September 5, 2008

State Fair service from Pearl Station

DART to the Fair's fried food fest

Ride DART to the State Fair of TexasEvery Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 to Oct. 19, the DART State Fair Shuttle takes you directly from Pearl Station, in downtown Dallas, to the country's biggest state fair. Plus, you get a coupon for $2 off fair admission just for riding.

With DART, you're just four steps away from the winning tastes of chicken fried bacon, fried banana splits, fried grilled cheese sandwiches and deep fried S'mores.

  • Step One: Park free at any DART Rail station park & ride lot and buy a $5.00 Premium Day Pass from a Ticket Vending Machine.

  • Step Two: Ride DART Rail to Pearl Station. (No parking available at Pearl Station.)

  • Step Three: Board the State Fair Shuttle departing every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and midnight. The drop-off and pickup location at the fairgrounds is the parking lot near the Center (formerly the Smirnoff Music Center).

  • Step Four: Get a coupon good for $2 off admission.

DART State Fair Shuttle

New pass rules for 2008
Riders with an Annual Premium or Monthly Premium Pass and riders with a Reduced Monthly or Reduced Day Pass (valid DART-approved photo ID required) do not have to pay an additional $2 for round-trip service from Pearl Station to the State Fair. Children under age 5 may ride free when accompanied by an adult with valid fare (up to four children).

Big Tex Express
Also on Saturdays and Sundays, motorists can ride the free "Big Tex Express" train from auxiliary parking at the fairgrounds to a gate near the Cotton Bowl. The State Fair of Texas offers acres of lighted and secured parking off Haskell west of Dolphin Road -- easily accessible from I-30. Parking is $10. The service operates continuously from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Special service for Texas - OU
The buses roll at 7 a.m., Saturday, October 11, for the annual Texas - OU football game. Southbound DART Rail trains will operate every 10 minutes on the Red Line and every 15 minutes on the Blue Line between 7 a.m. and the scheduled kickoff at 11 a.m.

Regular DART Service to Fair Park Monday through Friday
DART has regular bus routes to Fair Park available Monday through Friday.

Regular DART fares apply to these routes. Call 214-979-1111 or visit for schedule details on these routes or any DART service.

DART Rail Green Line construction continues around Fair Park
The Fair Park area will be home to two DART Rail stations with the arrival of the Green Line in September 2009. Again this year DART will suspend construction at those stations during the State Fair, but some street closures and detours are still in effect. Please allow for additional travel time. Visit for the latest Green Line information. Be sure to stop by our information booth in the Tower Building for all the latest DART news and check out a new SLRV on display at the Fair Park Station on Parry Ave.

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