Survive State Fair of Texas Game Days With a Little Help from DART

Howdy, Addison! It’s finally football season: a time of friendly (and not-so-friendly) competition, cooler weather and delicious food! If you love watching colleges square off on the field – or you just enjoy spending a day at the State Fair of Texas – then follow the DART’s handy DART Game Day Survival Guide to make it through.

The State Fair of Texas is running from now through Oct. 20 at Fair Park in Dallas. Use the DART to get there quickly, avoid parking fees and lines, and not have to worry about calling a designated driver afterward! If you are excited about football games (read: if you are a normal person), then come at 11 a.m. Oct. 12 for the AT&T Red River Showdown. This game between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners will determine which side of the Red River is better: Texas or Oklahoma. And at 2 p.m. Oct. 19, the State Fair Showdown will take place, a second annual showdown between the Southern University Jaguars and the Texas Southern University Tigers. This exciting event will also include a step show and an epic band showdown that you won’t want to miss!

“This is our favorite time of year at Dallas Area Rapid Transit, when riders across the state come out to enjoy football, corny dogs and easy access to everything the State Fair of Texas has to offer on DART,” said Gordon Shattles, director of external relations at DART. “We’re making sure everyone’s trip is safe and stress-free with two drop off locations at the fair, extended rail service and $2 off fair admissions with the DART GoPass app.”

All you have to do to have a perfect State Fair Game Day, is to follow the DART’s six plays: first, Saturday = Game Day.Be sure to allow extra time when coming to the fair on these Saturdays, as it is sure to be extra crowded.

Next, Park and Ride and Tackle Traffic with DART.North Dallas Corridor residents can leave their cars (for free!) at the Addison Transit Center, located at 4925 Arapaho Road in Addison, then hop on a DART bus. Next, make your connection to a DART train that will take you to Fair Park Station or MLK, Jr. Station (located near Gate 6) to avoid traffic and get you closer to the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

From there, Make GoPass Your Top Option. Download the DART GoPass app on your phone, which will give you $2 off fair admission and make it easy to buy a pass and plan your trip. The app is free to download on the App Store or Google Play. Just remember: you can purchase your transit pass in advance, but don’t activate it until the day you go to the fair. If you don’t want to get the app, you can also get GoPass Tap, which is DART’s new reloadable transit card that automatically gives you the best fare every time you ride. Purchase and add value to this card at hundreds of retail locations, such as participating 7-Eleven and Tom Thumb stores, then scan at the reader on a DART Rail platform and buses and you’re good to go.

Run the Option, but Play it Fair is the next step on the list. Make sure you know the right fare for you. For example, the College/Trade School reduced pass is only for students registered at schools in the DART Service Area, who have a DART-issued college/trade school photo ID. Learn more here.

Finally, Run a Spread Offense. To avoid overcrowding, spread out on the rail platform and avoid “huddling” near the first train car. Score a better seat by boarding through doors where crowds haven’t gathered. Note that the center section of each rail vehicle has low floors that are level with the platform – perfect for those with strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices.

If you have any questions, ask the “coaching staff,” AKA DART volunteers stationed throughout the system to help. Good luck to you and the team you are rooting for!

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