Tuesday, April 07, 2015

BTAC 2015 DART Mass Transit Options

The excitement is building for me as the April 27-May 3 dates for the 4th annual National Black Trans Advocacy Conference & Awards Gala in Dallas, TX approach and instead of me flying around to country to see y'all, you transpeeps and allies get to come to my home state for a few days.

And yes, I also love this conference because it falls close to my birthday, and it feels like an extended birthday party around my extended trans family for me.  In addition to the great seminars and the Black Trans Advocacy Awards Gala, it also includes the Black Trans International Pageants, the Black Diamond Ball and the Family Fun Day at Austin Ranch.

Will be interesting to see who will win the Monica Roberts Advocacy Award this year   Was pleased to hand it to Tiq Milan in 2014.   Who will I hand it off to on May 1?

This year BTAC attendees who are flying into Dallas will have the option of using their expansive light rail system to get to the conference hotel.

Back in August 2014 the DART Rail Orange Line was finally completed to DFW and the DFW Airport Station was opened for service.   So until 11:35 PM during the weekday you'll be able to ride the Orange Line in the Parker Road direction through downtown Dallas to the Lovers Lane Station, the one closest to the Doubletree Campbell Center.   Trains are scheduled to run from the DFW Station until 1:38 AM, but they end in downtown Dallas.

Once you arrive at the Lovers Lane Station, you will call the front desk and they will send the hotel shuttle bus to pick you up. 

If you're flying into Love Field, you can catch DART to and from the hotel as well.  You'll find your way to the DART Love Field terminal bus stop, then board the DART Love Link 524 bus to the Inwood Rd/Love Field Station at street level.  From there you will catch an Orange Line train in the Parker Rd. direction from the elevated platform to the Lovers Lane Station.

Lovers Lane StationFor you Megabus riders into Dallas, you can also access the DART Orange Line to the BTAC conference hotel. The Megabus drops off at the Downtown Dallas Transit Center on East Olive St, and you are only a short two block walk from the transit center to the Orange Line's Pearl/Arts District Station.    Catch the next train in the Parker Rd direction to the Lovers Lane Station.

If you take Greyhound into Dallas, the Greyhound terminal is three blocks south of the DART West End Station where you will catch the DART Rail Orange Line to the Lovers Lane Station.

So what's the DART fare?   It's $2.50 for a two hour ticket or $5 for an all day pass that lasts until 3:00 AM the next day on all transportation modes.

Hope this pointing out the DART travel options to the BTAC conference hotel helps solidify your decision to attend this amazing conference.   Hope to see you peeps there.

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