DART announces service for Texas-OU Oct. 8 game

Dallas Area Rapid Transit passengers can expect some changes on Saturday Oct. 8 when the Texas-OU college football game impacts service.

From the four hours prior to the 11 a.m. kickoff until about three hours after the final play, customers using bus-to-rail connections should start trips at least an hour earlier than normal, according to DART officials.

Some changes in Green and Orange line service will remain in effect during those hours:

Green Line trains operating south from Carrollton to Buckner will bypass Victory Station and continue to Union Station, then proceed non-stop to MLK Jr. Station and resume regular routing; passengers boarding in downtown and going to MLK and points south must board their train at Union Station.

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Green Line stations missed by this detour – West End, Akard, St. Paul, Pearl/Arts District, Deep Ellum, Baylor and Fair Park – will be served by special “Fair Park” trains operating east from Union Station.

Northbound Green Line service will be unaffected, but will not open doors at Fair Park Station.

Orange Line trains will operate between DFW and Bachman stations only, requiring customers to transfer to/from the Green Line at Bachman.

Customers coming from Tarrant County on the Trinity Railway Express or Denton County via the Denton County Transportation Authority are advised to board the first train departing from their originating station, according to DART. Additional DCTA information can be found at dcta.net.

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To help customers avoid rail crowding, DART will offer direct bus service to Fair Park from these rail stations: Victory, Bachman (Green, Orange Line), Bush Turnpike, Mockingbird (Red, Blue Line), Pearl/Arts District (Blue, Green Line) and Trinity Mills (Green Line). Buses will depart those stations when full or at least every 10 minutes. 

Meanwhile, the GoPass mobile ticketing application allows customers to buy tickets before game day. The app is available for both Apple and Android. Local Day passes for DART Rail, local bus and passengers riding the TRE from CentrePort or Dallas County stations are $5. Customers coming from Tarrant County or Denton County must purchase a Regional Day Pass for $10. The fares are good for trains, buses or both. Passes are also available at ticket vending machines located at all DART and TRE stations.

On game day, customers arriving at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will board the Orange Line at DART’s station at Terminal A to Bachman Station then transfer to a southbound Green Line (Buckner) train. If not going to the game transfer again at Union Station to Red (Parker Road or Westmoreland) or Blue Line (Rowlett or Ledbetter) service to reach Plano, Richardson, Rowlett, Garland and south Dallas.

Online tools are available to assist customers in locating the nearest DART or TRE station or stop. They are available at DART.org/TravelTools. Game day updates will be available throughout the day via Twitter (@dartalerts), email or a special subscription text service. Customers may sign up by texting DARTTXOU to 41411. The services are offered free by DART, but users may incur charges from their wireless provider.