Make DART your first ride to Texas sized fun at the State Fair
Ride DART to a wide variety of entertainment, art, agriculture, history and cuisine at the 2017 State Fair of Texas Sept. 29 through Oct. 22, where there is something for everyone and every kind of interest.
More than 2.8 million rode DART light rail to the fair in 2016. Expecting similar ridership numbers DART has scheduled the following changes:
- Extra Green Line trains between Victory and Lawnview stations from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends; all trips will feature 3-car trains;
- Orange Line extended to Parker Road on all trips, weekdays and weekends;
- Added Green and Blue line service after 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays;
- Extra buses on Routes 60 and 409 Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
- Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will operate on all four Sundays during the fair.
- DART Police will be present in the State Fair Emergency Operations Center troubleshooting issues immediately as they occur.
Direct to the fair
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, are your choices on DART's Green Line. 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.
Connecting is easy
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.
Customers using the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) should check DCTA.net for departure and arrival times and to ensure smooth connections at Trinity Mills Station to DART's Green Line. The DCTA will be adjusting their schedules 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 a Regional Day Pass for $10. Purchase passes at ticket vending machines at all DART and TRE stations or on the GoPass app available for both Apple and Android.
Save $2 and buy your State Fair of Texas general admission with the GoPass app. Show your purchased fair ticket on GoPass? at any gate to gain entrance. It is not necessary to buy a DART transit ticket 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.
Additional service to two football games played at the historic Cotton Bowl will be provided by DART and the TRE. The Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic between Prairie View A&M University and Grambling State University is on Sat., Oct. 7, and the AT&T Red River Showdown game between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Oklahoma Sooners is on Saturday, Oct. 14. Details are available at DART.org/StateFair.
Other popular special event dates to consider riding DART are Columbus Day, Mon., Oct. 9, Lower Grade School Day, Fri., Oct. 13, and High School Night, Fri., Oct. 20.