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DART 2022: Year in Review

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As 2022 comes to a close, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) looks back on all of the accomplishments of this year.

January: DART Launches New Bus Network

With the goal of providing greater frequency, longer service hours and improved access to destinations across North Texas, DARTs new bus network launched on January 24. The new bus system is designed to ensure passengers have quick and easy access to employment, education and entertainment destinations.

To celebrate the launch of the New Bus Network, all rides were free the week of January 24 – 30. DART also offered 50% off all rides purchased with any DART contactless payment option from January 31 until end of service on February 14.

February: DART Asks Young Artists: Where Would You Like to Go?

The annual DART Student Art Contest began accepting individual entries from all North Texas students. The theme of this year’s contest is “DART’s New Bus Network: Simpler. Better. Faster. Easier!”

2022 Student Art Contest. DART's New Bus Network: Simpler. Better. Faster. Easier!

Kindergarten through 12th grade students throughout North Texas competed for the opportunity to have their artwork featured on DART rail stations, buses and inside trains. The winner’s artwork was displayed at the Dallas Museum of Art, Love Field Airport, and on DART’s website.

March: DART Board Chair Michele Wong Krause Selected as 2022 Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Award Winner

DART Board Chair Michele Wong Krause was selected by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) as a 2022 Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Award winner.

The Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by COMTO and recognizes women in transportation from across the nation that have provided inspirational leadership by opening career pathways for women and for their extraordinary achievements in the industry.

April: DART Offering Up to $2,000 Sign-On Bonus for New Bus Operators

With DART’s redesigned bus network providing greater frequency and longer hours, as well as better access to jobs, DART offered a sign-on bonus of up to $2,000 for passionate and motivated bus student operators.

Up to $2,000 Sign-on Bonus* for New Bus Operators! Apply today. *Sign-on bonuses offered through June 24, 2022.

Bus operator applicants with an active Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and passenger endorsement will be eligible to receive a $2,000 bonus. Bus operator applicants without a CDL, but with an active Commercial Learner Permit (CLP), will be eligible to receive a $1,000 bonus.

May: DART’s Annual Bike to Work Day Event

On May 20, DART invited North Texans to pedal to work as part of the Dallas area’s 2022 Bike to Work Day annual event.

Launched in 2001, Bike to Work Day is a national event to encourage people to try bicycle commuting as a healthy and safe alternative to driving. DART buses and trains have features that make it simple to combine riding your bike with riding transit. On the front of DART buses, you’ll find easy-to-use storage racks, while on rail you can just roll your bike onto the train. At rail stations and transit centers, DART offers bike racks as well as bike lids. Both are free of charge and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

June: Nadia Nesich Wins “”Best of Show”” at 2022 DART Student Art Contest

Nadia Nesich, a 7th grade student at Pegasus School of Liberal Arts & Sciences in Dallas, is this year’s Best of Show winner in DART’s annual Student Art Contest.

July: DART Silver Line Community Meetings Begin July 25

DART announced the next series of Silver Line Regional Rail Biannual Community Meetings. DART staff and our design-build contractor, Archer Western Herzog (AWH), were on hand to outline the latest design and construction developments and answer questions.

With revenue service scheduled for 2024, the 26-mile Silver Line project will traverse seven cities between DFW Airport, Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson, and Plano, and include 10 new stations. The primary purpose of the Silver Line is to provide passenger rail connections and service that will improve mobility, accessibility and system linkages to major employment, population, and activity centers in the northern part of the DART service area.

August: DART Welcomes Charles Cato as New DART Chief of Police

After an extensive national search, Charles Cato was selected as the new chief of police at DART. A public safety executive with almost 33 years of law enforcement and leadership experience, Cato will direct and oversee the DART Police Department including sworn officers, emergency preparedness, security services and related functions to carry out DART’s safety, security and emergency preparedness initiatives.

September: DART and Assurance Wireless Partner to Offer Free Cell Phone Service to Eligible DART Riders

DART partnered with Assurance Wireless to offer free cell phone service and a free cell phone to eligible DART riders who are currently enrolled in a qualifying federal or state assistance program. Participants can also receive a Discount GoPass® Tap Card, with a 50% discount on the regular price of a DART pass.

October: DART Police Host National Night Out on October 4

The DART Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out on Tuesday, October 4.

The public were invited to meet DART police, fare enforcement officers, staff and neighbors in the parking lot of police headquarters, located at Illinois Station on DART’s Blue Line.

DART’s event was fun for the entire family with health and wellness literature, crime prevention and safety information, food, beverages and music.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

November: DART Launches Clean Team Initiative on Light Rail Trains

DART launched a new pilot program that will substantially increase the agency’s commitment to riders to provide a safe and clean transit experience.

The DART Clean Team Initiative utilizes on-board contract cleaning personnel from United Community of Faith to remove trash and debris aboard DART light rail vehicles as they operate throughout the DART network, supplementing the extensive cleaning protocols already in place.

December: Inaugural DART Holiday Train and Buses Bring Holiday Cheer

DART proudly rang in the season with its first annual holiday train and buses hitting the road. Each car of the DART Holiday Train is wrapped with snowmen and hundreds of twinkling holiday lights to create holiday cheer for our riders and everyone who sees them.

Gordon Shattles

External Relations

Dallas Area Rapid Transit |1401 Pacific Avenue | Dallas TX 75202

Office 214-749-3010 | Cell 469-515-0465 | gshattles@dart.org

DART Hiring Event

2022 Red River Showdown
2022 Red River Showdown

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will host a hiring event for Bus Operators, Police Officers and Fare Enforcement Officers on Saturday, October 15, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at DART Headquarters, 1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas.

2022 Red River Showdown

DART Bus Operators

With DART’s redesigned bus network providing longer service hours, as well as better access to jobs, DART is hiring passionate and motivated bus student operators. In addition to a starting pay of $21.13/hour, DART offers a competitive benefits package including paid training, medical coverage after 30 days, pension plan and 401(k) contributions after 180 days, and opportunities for advancement.

Bus operator applicants with an active Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and passenger endorsement will be eligible to receive a $3,500 bonus.

  • $1,000 awarded after successful completion of training
  • $1,000 awarded after successfully completing a six (6) month probationary period
  • $1,500 awarded after twelve months after probation ends (18 months)

Bus operator applicants without a CDL, but with an active Commercial Learner Permit (CLP), will be eligible to receive a $1,800 bonus.

  • $400 awarded after successful completion of training
  • $400 awarded after successfully completing a six (6) month probationary period
  • $1,000 awarded twelve months after probation ends (18 months)

New Bus Operators who live outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth region (more than 150 miles) will be eligible for a relocation stipend of $1,500, which will be paid after their first pay period.

DART Police and Fare Enforcement Officers

Employing a community oriented policing approach that emphasizes service, courtesy, assistance and conflict resolution, DART Police and Fare Enforcement Officers are responsible for the security and safety of customers and employees across DART’s 13 city, 700 square mile service area.

The DART Police Department is offering a signing bonus of $5,000 for new DART Police Officers, and $2,000 for new DART Fare Enforcement Officers. Signing bonuses will be paid in two installments, with the first paid on the first paycheck upon being hired, and the second installment paid upon completion of field training.

DART Police Officers are licensed peace officers of the State of Texas who have all the rights, privileges, obligations, and duties of any other peace officer in the state of Texas while on the property under the control of DART or in the actual course and scope of their employment.

DART is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, supporting diversity in the workplace. Job descriptions and online applications can be found at DART.org/jobs. An overview of the DART benefits programs can be found on the DART website.

Gordon Shattles

External Relations

Dallas Area Rapid Transit |1401 Pacific Avenue | Dallas TX 75202

Office 214-749-3010 | Cell 469-515-0465 | gshattles@dart.org

DART Board Chair Michele Wong Krause Selected as 2022 Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Award Winner

Michele Wong Krause
Michele Wong Krause
Michele Wong Krause

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board Chair Michele Wong Krause has been selected by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) as a 2022 Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Award winner.

The Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by COMTO and recognizes women in transportation from across the nation that have provided inspirational leadership by opening career pathways for women and for their extraordinary achievements in the industry.

“I am honored to be included among such a distinguished group of women transportation leaders from across the country,” said Wong Krause. “Since 1971, COMTO has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities and leadership training for minorities in the transportation industry, while developing members to take their place as our future leaders.”

Chair Wong Krause will be honored at the 11th Annual Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Awards Breakfast on March 16.

COMTO is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing minorities and other underrepresented groups in the transportation industry. With 35 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, COMTO’s mission is to ensure opportunities and participation in transportation for minorities, veterans, people with disabilities and certified minority, women or disadvantaged-owned businesses through leadership training, professional development, scholarship and internship funding, advocacy, partnership building and networking opportunities.

DART Extends Free Transit for Riders through February 6

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has extended the free ride program for the New Bus Network through February 6.DART will also offer 50% off full-fare rides purchased with any contactless payment option from February 7 until end of service on February 21. Learn more about contactless payment methods at GoPass.org. Contactless payment options include:

  • GoPass® app
  • GoPass® Tap card
  • Contactless Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover cards with contactless payment at the validators
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay, and more with contactless payment at the validators

DART Paratransit services will be free from January 24 – February 6, and $1.00 from February 7 – February 21.

The DART New Bus Network Free and Reduced Rides promotions are valid on all DART transit services throughout the entire DART Service Area including buses, light rail, TRE (between EBJ Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station), GoLink, Dallas Streetcar, and Paratransit Services.

With the goal of providing greater frequency, longer service hours and improved access to destinations across North Texas, DARTs new bus network launched on January 24. The new bus system is designed to ensure passengers have quick and easy access to employment, education and entertainment destinations.

More information about DART’s new bus network is available at dartzoom.org.https://www.dart.org/news/news.asp?ID=1624

DART holds bus operator hiring event

DART Holds a Bus Operator Hiring Event

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) hosted a Hiring Event for Bus and Rail Operators recently at the DART Ways, Structures & Amenities – North Division Building at 9717 Abernathy Ave, Dallas.

DART is hiring Bus Student Operators and Rail Student Operators in preparation for the planned redesigned bus network scheduled to launch in January of 2022, providing greater frequency and longer hours, as well as better access to jobs.

Gordon Shattles-DART Director, External Relations
Gordon Shattles-DART Director, External Relations

DART offers employees a competitive salary and benefits package, including:

  • Paid training for CDL licensing Health, vision, dental, life and AD&D insurance
  • Medical coverage after 30 days Health, vision, dental, life and AD&D insurance
  • Medical coverage after 30 days
  • DART paid training begins at $17.60/hour; after successful completion of training, pay will increase to $20.31/hour
  • Opportunities for advancement

The full job description for the DART Bus Student Operator and Rail Student Operator positions can be found on the DART website: https://www.dart.org/

JBJ Management Featured in 25th Anniversary Salute to DART in International Transit Magazine

Willis Johnson
Willis Johnson
Willis Johnson CEO JBJ Management

Dallas citizens voted for a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system in 1983 and 13 years later the light rail system opened on time and on budget. Today, as the rail system celebrates its 25th anniversary, Tramways & Urban Transit, an international light rail magazine located in London, England says it is one of the largest light rail systems in North America.  The magazine features DART as its cover story in its August 2021 edition. The monthly magazine, which was founded in 1938, is about light rail transportation and tramways throughout the world and has an international audience.

The 18-page article includes, not only a history of DART in detail, but its partnership with JBJ Management, a management consulting firm headed by Willis Johnson. A partnership, according to Johnson, that has lasted over 17 years.

The first contract JBJ Technology Division signed with DART prepared specifications for a new two-way radio system that provided voice, mobile data, AVL, and video transport for DART’s revenue and non-revenue vehicles. “This newly designed system incorporated state-of-the-art two-way radio technology utilizing digital techniques and a packet communications protocol that service DART’s bus, light rail, paratransit, police, maintenance, fare collection and other operations,” said Johnson. “The system services some 2,000 mobile users covering DART’s 12 member cities for the next 10 to 15 years.” At the time, DART’s transportation network included a fleet of more than 700 buses servicing about 130 routes over a 700 square-mile service area, a Light Rail system of approximately 45 miles, 31 freeway miles of HOV lanes, about 203 Paratransit vehicles for mobility-impaired customers, and 35 miles of diesel commuter Trinity Rail Express (TRE) jointly operated with the Fort Worth “T”™. In addition to this infrastructure,

DART was in the process of adding an additional 45 miles of light rail development.

JBJ Technology was also contracted with DART Paratransit to provide turnkey two-way radio services in support of Veolia for 5 years, and later MV Transit’s paratransit outsourcing contract for an additional 7 years. Specifically, JBJ provided design, installation, operations, and maintenance for this new radio system. The system services over 251 mobile users operating in DART’s 12 member cities from 2006 and lasting a minimum of 15 years.

In 2016, DART was faced with new challenges that included managing a complex set of service and safety requirements, political fulfillments, and community awareness goals while serving varying demographics. JBJ was hired to utilize its marketing and public engagement Divisions to create a strategic plan to handle the wide range of ridership diversity and unique crisis management services as DART started two new projects, the D2, and the Silver Line.

During a tense political climate, the regional cities surrounding Dallas disagreed on the potential effects of the new projects and threatened to end both projects. “A series of key meetings involving City Council members and community influencers and educational open houses for interested citizens were needed to advance the projects,” said Johnson. “We developed and implemented a strategic solution that offered more effective communications and clarification between the City of Dallas and DART properties.” The firm also offers additional consulting services in some under-served areas which has prompted DART to fund over $600,000 in reduced-fare bus passes.

As DART celebrates its 25th anniversary, clearly an important milestone, you have to wonder what the future holds. This spring the 65th light rail station opened in Hidden Ridge, which is located between North Lake College and Irving Convention Center stations on the Orange line. “What that means to me is there will continue to be a new generation of light rail stations just waiting to open,” said Johnson.

To read the entire article on DART  click on this link http://www.tautonline.com/25-years-dart-light-rail/

DART Board approves Public Hearings

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The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors has approved a public hearing for the proposed DART January 2022 transformation of its entire bus service network. The Board received requests for additional time for the public to submit comments on the bus network changes and has extended the public hearing period to accept comments. Comments will be received on Tuesday, June 22, during the scheduled DART Board Meetings.

Proposed service changes include:

  • replacing all local bus routes with a newly designed bus network featuring more frequent service and consistent hours of operation,
  • adding new GoLink Zones and expanding existing GoLink Zones,
  • restoring light rail service to pre-pan- demic levels with 15-minute peak service,
  • more frequent evening light rail ser- vice on weekdays.

Final board approval is planned for August with implementation of the new service changes scheduled for January 24, 2022.

Process for Receiving Comments

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of our customers and employees, DART will conduct a virtual public hearing to receive comments on the proposed January 2022 service changes.

Written comments and emails received any time before the hearings are adjourned will become part of the official hearing record. Those comments may be submitted via email to dartpublichearing-comments@dart.org prior to the public hearing or mailed in advance to:

DART Community Engagement – 7232 January 2022 Service Changes Public Hearing

P.O. Box 660163, Dallas, TX 75266 The public hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 22, 2021. To view the public hearing visit DART.org/BoardVideo and select “Board of Directors Live.”

Visit www.DART.org/Meetings for more information.

DART Board approves Public Hearing for January 2022 Service Changes

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The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors has approved a public hearing on the proposed DART January 2022 service changes. The public hearing is planned for Tuesday, June 8, during the DART Board Meeting.

Proposed service changes include:

  • replacing all local bus routes with a newly designed bus network featuring more frequent service and consistent hours of operation,
  • adding new GoLink Zones and expanding existing GoLink Zones,
  • restoring light rail service to prepandemic levels with 15-minute peak service,
  • more frequent evening light rail service on weekdays.

Final board approval is planned for August with implementation of the new service changes scheduled for January 24, 2022.

Process for Receiving Comments

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of our customers and employees, DART will conduct a virtual public hearing to receive comments on the proposed January 2022 service changes.

Written comments and emails received any time before the hearing is adjourned will become part of the official hearing record. Those comments may be submitted via email to dartpublichearingcomments@dart.org prior to the public hearing or mailed in advance to:

DART Community Engagement – 7232 January 2022 Service Changes Public Hearing P.O. Box 660163, Dallas, TX 75266

The public hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8. To view the public hearing visit DART.org/BoardVideo and select “Board of Directors Live.”

DART holds Older Americans Month Celebration Drive-Thru

Older Americans

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Dallas Park and Recreation held the annual Older Americans Month Celebration Drive-Thru event on Friday, May 21. To ensure the safety of everyone and enforce social distancing, this year’s celebration was a drive-thru event with three locations to choose from:

  • Singing Hills Recreation Center, 6805 Patrol Way, Dallas
  • Samuell Grand Recreation Center, 6200 East Grand Avenue, Dallas
  • Campbell Green Recreation Center, 16600 Park Hill Drive, Dallas

This year’s theme was Communities of Strength. Older adults have built resilience and strength over their lives through successes, failures, joys, and difficulties. Their stories and contributions help to support and inspire others. There are many things we all can do to nurture ourselves, reinforce our strength, and continue to thrive. Connecting with others is one of the most important—it plays a vital role in our health and well-being, and in that of our communities.

DART and Dallas Park and Recreation partnered to host the event along with community partners including the City of Dallas, the Dallas Police Department, the Area Agency on Aging, The Senior Source, the Community Council of Greater Dallas, and Baylor Scott and White Health and Wellness at Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center. Media partners include Al Día, fyi 50+, NBCDFW.com Channel 5, Seniors BlueBook, Seniorific.com, Telemundo 39 and The Dallas Morning News.

Older American Month Celebration Communities of Strength – May 21

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Dallas Park and Recreation will host the annual Older Americans Month Celebration Drive-Thru event on Friday, May 21, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. To ensure the safety of everyone and enforce social distancing, this year’s celebration will be a drive-thru event with three locations to choose from:

  • Singing Hills Recreation Center, 6805 Patrol Way, Dallas, TX 75241
  • Samuell Grand Recreation Center, 6200 East Grand Avenue, Dallas 75223
  • Campbell Green Recreation Center, 16600 Park Hill Drive, Dallas 75248

This year’s theme is Communities of Strength. Older adults have built resilience and strength over their lives through successes, failures, joys, and difficulties. Their stories and contributions help to support and inspire others. There are many things we all can do to nurture ourselves, reinforce our strength, and continue to thrive. Connecting with others is one of the most important—it plays a vital role in our health and well-being, and in that of our communities.

DART and Dallas Park and Recreation are partnering to host the event along our community partners including the City of Dallas, the Dallas Police Department, the Area Agency on Aging, The Senior Source, the Community Council of Greater Dallas, and Baylor Scott and White Health and Wellness at Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center. Media partners include Al Día, fyi 50+, NBCDFW.com Channel 5, Seniors BlueBook, Seniorific.com, Telemundo 39 and The Dallas Morning News.

Giveaways are available on a first come, first serve basis for this free event.

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