Clare Meyers, Staff Writer
The opening of the University of Dallas station on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Orange Line has been one of the biggest changes on campus this year.
According to a DART press release, the public transportation system will host an Education Breakfast and an Education Fair to celebrate the opening of two new Orange Line stations. UD and nearby North Lake College will have fully completed the construction of the stops by Dec. 3. The event will take place at the North Lake College station on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from noon to 4 p.m.
DART officials hope to raise awareness of the new connection with area universities. “Our target audience will be college students and Irving high-school students,” DART official Carlos Huerta said in an email to UD Vice President for Administration, Patrick Daly. The Education Fair aims to attract young people with music, food and giveaways.
“[It’ll be] very similar to a Super Saturday,” Huerta said, referring to an event the transportation system puts on to kick off the opening of new stations. Event organizers put a twist on this particular celebration – in addition to the usual festivities, the Education Fair will feature displays from local educational institutions. In addition, booths run by area employers will be set up. Students who attend the event will be able to talk to representatives from corporations about internships and future careers.
“We would love to invite all UD students to hop on the Orange Line and join us to celebrate,” Huerta said.
The DART will continue its expansion process through the end of the semester. The Belt Line Road station will open on Dec. 3. The transit system will also include a bus route that takes passengers to the Dallas – Fort Worth International Airport.
“Students can use the train [and] bus connection to get to DFW for their Christmas break travel,” Daly said.