Within a week of coming to the University of Dallas you will probably hear the word “DART” more times than you can count. That word conjures up anything from groans to grins.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is the public transportation system for the city of Dallas and surrounding suburbs. UD is situated right by two DART bus stops and is a half-mile walk from the University of Dallas Station on the DART train line. If you invest the $5 in a student ID pass issued by a DART office, you can get a student day pass to use the DART system for $2.50. While in theory you can go anywhere in the Dallas area on DART — from Plano to Mesquite — not every place in Dallas is easy to get to or worth the travel time spent using public transit.
On the other hand, some locations in Dallas are great for using DART. You can save money on gas and parking while enjoying what Dallas has to offer.
The 505 Bus
The 505 bus stop is right across the street from PDK Foods and heads straight into Irving on weekdays. If you are looking for a new place to study you can grab a quick ride to the West Irving Library.
If you ran out of coffee or need to grab some quick essentials the bus will also take you to Walmart.
Finally, while the Galleria Mall in Dallas is tricky to get to by DART, the Irving Mall is very easy. While you won’t be able to window shop at Tiffany’s here, the Irving Mall is better priced for the college student, featuring stores such as Five Below and Ross Dress for Less.
Right across the street from Baylor University Medical Center Station is Deep Ellum. Known as a hub for good food, street art and local talent, Deep Ellum is a quirky place.
If you’re in the mood for Neapolitan pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, you can try pizza at the Cane Rosso, nominated as the “Best Pizza in Dallas” by D Magazine for four years in a row. If you’re in a mood for a good burger in quirky surroundings, try Twisted Root Burger Co. If you’re of age you can also try the Twisted Root’s milkshakes with Bailey’s, amaretto or creme de menthe thrown in.
Other places of interest in Deep Ellum include 1920s style High & Tight Barber shop with speakeasy bar in the back, Deep Ellum Brewing Co. with its variety of delicious craft beers and Emporium Pies with its “fine pies for fine folk”.
St. Paul Station
St. Paul Station is the gateway to fine art in Dallas. Right off the bat you can visit the well-known and completely free Dallas Museum of Art. Right next door you can visit the Crow Collection of Asian Art, also free, and the Nasher Sculpture Center — $5 admission for students.
Right across the street is Klyde Warren Park, where you can enjoy a meal from the line of nearby food trucks.
For a prayerful end to your trip and a chance to visit a beautiful Catholic church, you can stop inside the Cathedral Guadalupe, which has Mass in Spanish and English every day of the week.
Mockingbird Station is a bit longer of a train ride than the previously mentioned places, but it’s well worth the trip. At Mockingbird Station you will first see the Angelika Film Center & Cafe, which features foreign, independent and art movies.
If you are hungry you can stop for Irish food at Trinity Hall Irish Pub and Restaurant or French food at Edith’s French Bistro.
For shopping, Mockingbird has a variety of well-known chain stores such as Urban Outfitters, but also Accents which features independent and local brands of clothing from emerging designers
While the DART may not get you anywhere fast, it is the cheapest option to discover everything the city has to offer. Many train stations are centers of business hubs in Dallas in corporate efforts to gain better accessibility to their products, resulting in a convenient transit system for exploring different parts of the city. As long as you plan your trips ahead of time, the DART is an excellent way to explore the city.