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Seniors Save at the State Fair with DART

What goes up, but makes prices go down? Age. 

At the State Fair of Texas®, senior citizens 60 years and better get into the Fair FREE every Thursday. On DART, if you’re 65 or older with a valid DART Senior Photo ID, you ride at a discounted rate. 

What better way to spend a Thursday than eating fried foods, enjoying world-class shows, immersing yourself in cultural exhibits and paying zero admission to get in? The Senior Days this year are Oct. 3, 10 and 17. 

DART is the fastest way to get to the State Fair of Texas. Here are some tips to make sure you have a smooth ride on Fair day.

DART Passes
DART Senior Citizen Annual Pass holders have everything they need to take DART to the State Fair.

For those who are not annual pass holders, reduced fares are available for seniors ages 65 or older (with a valid DART photo ID), non-paratransit certified persons with disabilities (with valid DART photo ID) and Medicare card holders. 

A DART Senior Photo ID lets you prove you qualify for reduced transit fares without the risk of losing your Medicare card. You may obtain a DART ID by visiting the DART Store, located at DART Headquarters at 1401 Pacific Ave. (Akard Station). The DART Store is open Monday-Friday, and photo IDs are made between 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. only.

You must bring proof of age such as a driver’s license, passport or other substantiating documentation. There is a $2 fee to cover the cost of the photo. A DART Store agent will take your picture and create your DART Senior Photo ID card.

More Ways to Pay
Avoid the lines at the ticket vending machine (TVM) with DART’s free GoPass app. If you aren’t getting into the Fair for free, you can even buy your fair admission through the app and save $2. Download GoPass from the App Store or Google Play.

A new option for this year is the GoPass® Tap card, a reloadable fare payment card. You purchase and add value on the card at hundreds of retail locations, such as participating 7-Eleven and Tom Thumb stores. Then simply “tap and go” at card readers located on DART rail platforms and buses. 

Find out more at GoPass.org.

DART passes also can be purchased at any rail station from the TVMs, which take cash, debit cards and credit cards. When purchasing a pass on a bus, exact cash or change is required. Bus operators cannot provide change. 

Get on the Green Line
The Green Line takes you straight to Fair Park in Dallas. Two stations – Fair Park and MLK, Jr. – put you within steps of the iconic Texas experience. 

If the station you board at isn’t on the Green Line, no worries. You can transfer between DART’s light rail lines at numerous points in and around downtown Dallas. If you ride the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) or DCTA A-train, you’re in luck there, too. Transfers are a snap since both connect directly to the Green Line at Victory Station. 

Park and Ride
You can park at any of DART’s Park & Ride lots. To find the location closest to you, visit DART.org/parking or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111.

Enjoy Level Boarding
The center car of every DART Rail vehicle is a low-floor section that offers level boarding with the rail platform. DART’s new fleet of buses also has low-floor sections and is equipped with ramps that deploy for level boarding from the curb.

For more information, visit DART.org/StateFair or call DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111. 

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