After the commute to the Dallas and the MegaFest press conference, a decision was made. Asking: "Do I spend money on gas and parking averaging about $35 a day or do I take the TRE which will put me at the AAC (the epicenter of MegaFest) everyday ?" The decision for the latter was made and this article will take you along for the ride to (and from) MegaFest. In total, about 50 dollars was saved by purchasing an all day pass(3 days, $10 each day) and the MegaFest shuttle pass. Read about it here:
For the thousands of MegaFest attendees that descended upon Dallas last week, transit to and from events was a major focal point. For many, MegaFest began at home away from Dallas. Many, like this examiner began their transit to Dallas in Fort Worth and surrounding areas.
Days began early and lasted late into the evening and both the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) rose to the challenge of transporting attendees to and fro. The TRE announced a special schedule that ran a final train after the final event for the night. Most events ran late into the night and TRE riders would have to leave concerts and services before the conclusion. Early service departures notwithstanding, the TRE was the most convenient method of travel for attendees who either had no transportation,were on a limited budget or simply had no desire to face the infamous Dallas traffic and pay the parking fees downtown.
Bishop T.D. Jakes touted DART's participation in the event at last Wednesday's press conference. Shuttle service was provided between the American Airlines Center and the Dallas Convention Center and adjoining Omni Hotel. Shuttle passes were available for purchase and service was provided until the conclusion of each night's activities. The walking distance between the two main venues was 20-30 minutes. Many chose to brave the grueling walk while many others chose to take advantage of the shuttle service and escape the heat.
It's no secret that the shuttle provision was a pivotal part of the MegaFest success! When MegaFest returns to Dallas, perks like the shuttle will be high on the list for attendees. Many thanks to the TRE and DART for the exceptional service provided to local riders and MegaFest attendees on last week. Exceptional service by the drivers and supervisors was key and was a major contribution to the smooth execution of transport at MegaFest.
At Wednesday's press conference, Bishop Jakes shared a familiar quote from his grandmother: "If you see a turtle on a fencepost,you know he didn't get there by himself!" For Megafest attendees from surrounding cities and thanks to the TRE and DART services, this was also true in Dallas for MegaFest. Thank you!