Taking DART or driving yourself to Fair Park? There are some things you should know before the big day.
DART Plans for Red River Rivalry 2010
You may remember the mayhem that was Texas-OU weekend last year; furious fans who tried to take Dallas Area Rapid Transit to Fair Park for the annual Red River Rivalry, but didn't make it to the game in time for kick off.
Well DART says it has learned its lesson and has been taking several steps to make sure history does not repeat itself.
In May, DART began testing the trains to make sure service to the Cotton Bowl is better, and in August announced the addition of more trains and buses as well as online ticket sales to avoid the ticket kiosk malfunctions of a year ago.
And just in case there are too many people for the trains, DART will have buses at the rail stations that can take passengers where they need to go.
As Saturday nears, DART is on a media blitz to make sure that everyone knows what's going on before the big game -- and that they want a second chance.
So here's what you need to know about DART travel to Fair Park on Saturday:
- If you take DART, allow 3 hours to guarantee on time arrival for the 2:30 p.m. Texas-OU game.
- Green Line trains will stop ONLY at the Fair Park station and not MLK as they do on other days.
- Red Line specials from Plano to the game will come and go from the MLK station.
- TRE trains will arrive at Victory Station which will NOT serve the Green Line Saturday. Special buses at Victory Station will take TRE riders to the game.
Special lines and signs at Fair Park will help people leave the same way they arrived. It is very important to remember how you arrived, because the normal train stations may not apply.
Is your head spinning? Don't worry DART has a special website for everything Texas-OU, including some handy maps you can print and take with you. And if that's not enough, you can sign up for emails about services to the State Fair of Texas or you can follow DART on their RSS feed or Twitter page.
Parking Outside Fair Park
So. You don't trust DART or you just want to drive your car decked out with Longhorn or Sooner flags, stickers and shoe-polished windows? Well there are some things you should know to avoid anything that appears to resemble the towing troubles that plagued football fans in 2008.
You remember, Texas and OU fans said they were baited into illegal lots and their cars were towed, then it took them hours and hours to get their cars back. Well Dallas investigated the towing troubles and even developed a plan to deal with illegal lots.
So what do you need to know before you put your car in park and hoof it to the fairgrounds?
The city of Dallas issues special permits and signs for approved lots, and Dallas police as well as Texas Department of Licensing officials will be on patrol around Fair Park.
If you plan to park in an off-site private lot or in someone’s yard, you should look for the official GREEN sign that shows that the owner of that property has a valid city permit allowing the operation of a parking lot. Take note, this is different than last year, when the signs were red. So don't be fooled by red signs.
A "towing enforced" sign should also be visible on the property.
“We want to make sure people have a great time at the game and at the State Fair of Texas and that their vehicle is waiting for them where they left it,” said Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway, Chair of the Public Safety Committee.
What should you do if you see illegal activity or have a complaint? Call non-emergency services at 311.