I've been sitting on two videos with which I'd planned to end the day. But Dallas Area Rapid Transit just sent its rather lengthy list o' travel plans for Thursday morning's Mavs title parade, so I thought I'd share one -- Kiddrae's gorgeous short "MAVS in 6.," set to a snatch of Jon Brion's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind score. Shot downtown following Sunday night's seal-the-deal Game Six win, it's the exact opposite of my Sunday-night driving experience, which is to say: The creative director of Centre turned chaos and noise into something approaching ... beauty. Well done, Mr. Taplin. Well done.
Now, then. To the more mundane, but perhaps more helpful task of outlining how to get in and out of downtown Thursday morning whether you're taking DART or the Trinity Railway Express. Jump for the details.
DART, TRE plans set for Thursday Mavs celebration
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will have expanded service to support the Dallas Mavericks' parade and celebration at the American Airlines Center on Thursday, June 16.
DART Rail will operate a rush hour schedule between 6 and 9 a.m. with trains every 15 minutes.
DART Rail Red Line trains north of downtown Dallas will operate every 7.5 minutes as scheduled.
All DART trains will convert to 10 minute service no later than 9 a.m. from end of the line stations. This will continue through the parade and AAC events.
All Green Line trains will operate with three cars through the event. It connects customers directly with Victory Station and there's ample parking at North Carrollton/Frankford, Trinity Mills, Bachman, Market Center, Buckner, Lake June and Lawnview stations.
DART Rail ridership is growing and the lots at Parker Road, Bush Turnpike and Downtown Garland stations have limited vacant space. Consider using Arapaho Center Station if Parker Road and Bush are full or Forest/Jupiter or LBJ/Skillman if Downtown Garland is full.
The parade route is an easy walk from any of these stations: Akard, West End, Union or Convention Center. Akard and West End serve Red, Blue and Green lines. Union and Convention Center serve the Red and Blue lines.
Convenient DART bus service is available from the Addison Transit Center (Routes 205 and 183) and Lake Ray Hubbard Park and Ride (Route 283). Midday service is available for post-event trips.
60 additional buses will be available at West End Station (25) and Victory Station (35) after the events.
TRE is adding rail cars where possible to the seven trains arriving at Union Station between 6:38 and 9:26 a.m. Additional trains will be stationed at Union Station for post-event service.
Although DART and the TRE are adding service, with an anticipated turnout of 250,000 Mavs Maniacs, customers should plan to arrive early and expect some delays after the events.