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June 14, 2011

Trains, buses will be ready for those who want a ride to the Dallas Mavericks victory parade

Dirk Thousands of people from Fort Worth, Arlington and elsewhere in Tarrant County likely will attend Thursday's Dallas Mavericks victory parade, and no doubt many of them will drive.

The parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., with a procession from the Dallas Convention Center to the American Airlines Center.

Parking promises to be a challenge in downtown Dallas. But there are other options. For those who would rather leave the driving to someone else, area transit agencies are working on plans to put additional buses on the streets and rail cars on the tracks to accommodate as many people as possible.

 "There's a maximum capacity for public transit. If everyone comes at one time it just can't serve the purpose. But if you come early, just like you would at D/FW Airport on a holiday, and anticipate delays it ought to be a reasonably fun time," said Dallas Area Rapid Transit spokesman Mark Ball.

DART plans to add trains to its light-rail system, and to position about 50 buses at the AAC to help get people to any nearby rail stations at the conclusion of the event, Ball said.

From Fort Worth, residents can take the Trinity Railway Express commuter rail line to Victory Station near the AAC. A round trip is $10, or less for students, seniors and people with disabilities.

Officials with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, which co-owns the Trinity Railway Express along with DART, haven't yet announced any plans to add trains to the commuter line. However, those discussions are taking place today.

In any event, there are ample trains available for the ride to Dallas, especially for those who go early. For those who want to leave downtown Fort Worth, trains depart for Dallas at 4:58, 5:40, 6:10, 6:57, 7:41, 8:27 and 9:44 a.m. Two other Dallas-bound trains are available beginning at Richland Hills Station at 6:51 and 7:33 a.m.

For more scheduling and fare information, go to the Trinity Railway Express website.

-- Gordon Dickson, gdickson@star-telegram.com

Twitter: @gdickson

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In any event, there are ample trains available for the ride to Dallas, especially for those who go early.

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