For the first time in the nine year history of MegaFest, Bishop T. D. Jakes has brought the festival home to Dallas. An estimated 100,000 people have converged on the city of Dallas, and DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) has partnered with MegaFest to ensure a smooth ride for all. DART has added several services along with staff positioned at key locations throughout town.
Robbie Douglas, AVP of marketing and advertising at DART, says they are thrilled to have MegaFest in Dallas. It is a good thing for DART and the city of Dallas. They are happy to be in a position to provide services to help conference attendees move around the city with ease while exposing them to what is great about Dallas. The DART team is ready and eager to facilitate that in any way that they can.
Services include dedicated shuttles that run every 10-15 minutes from 7am to 11:30pm everyday of the conference, along with a special fare, 3 day, 2 day, or a day pass that allows access not just to the dedicated shuttle but also the light rail system which incidentally is the longest light rail in the country. In addition, visitors can access any of the DART systems, so they can get to shopping, any of the arts and cultural districts and other city sites.
Crystal of Dallas was very pleased with her DART experience using both the bus and the light rail and Jennifer of Arlington, a first time DART passenger, was intrigued by the convenience of it all and will definitely be using DART and Metro Arlington Express (MAX) in the future.
When asked what to expect from DART post MegaFest, Douglas was excited to share that DART is days away from launching their new GO pass. One of the first completely electronic systems in the country with a transit agency where you can purchase your ticket online, no paper pass, no fuss. You can purchase it anywhere anytime and activate it anywhere anytime. This new technology is launching September 19.
Click through the gallery below for more photos of DART in action at MegaFest 2013.