FORT WORTH, Texas (March 31, 2014) – Transportation to the 29th annual MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) is easier than ever with a variety of options made available to the public. From April 10-13, 2014, the Dallas/Fort Worth community will have the option to travel downtown by shuttle, bus, bike, car or train, at discounted rates.
What started as a three-day event involving 140 artists, 60 performance groups, 600 volunteers and approximately 80,000 people in attendance has grown into the largest arts and music festival in Texas. 29 years later, the now four-day-festival will feature 214 artists, more than 100 performance groups, 1,200 volunteers and hundreds of thousands of people in attendance.
Local public transportation has created multiple opportunities for simplified travel to this year’s MAIN ST. Attendees are encouraged to utilize special offers from the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), Fort Worth Bike Sharing (B-cycle) and MAIN ST.’s free Bike Corral, made possible by the Fort Worth Bicycle Association and Bicycle’s, Inc.
In addition to its regular bus routes, The T will also offer specialized MAIN ST. Park-and-Ride shuttles that will travel to and from the festival every 20 minutes on Friday and Saturday.
- On Friday, April 11, the MAIN ST. shuttles will run between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
- On Saturday, April 12, the MAIN ST. shuttles will run between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.
- Pick-up and drop-off from the Stockyards/Billy Bob’s Texas area, located off North Main and 27th streets, and Farrington Field, located on the corner of University Drive and Lancaster Avenue, in the east lot behind the stadium
- Cost is $1 each way
- No operation on Thursday or Sunday
The TRE station at the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), located at Jones and 9th streets, is within walking distance of the festival. The TRE will be running all four days of the festival, and will add extra service cars to accommodate attendees from across the Metroplex.
- On Thursday, April 10, the last eastbound train will depart the ITC station at 9:46 p.m.
- On Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, the last eastbound train will depart the ITC station at 11:35 p.m. and will travel to downtown Dallas’ Union Station. Note: DART rail services will not be operating at this time
- On Sunday, April 13, the TRE will run a special schedule to and from Dallas between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
For more information regarding The T or TRE services, visit: www.The-T.com/MainStreet.aspx.
Fort Worth Bike Sharing (B-cycle) has 14 bike sharing stations located within walking distance of the festival zone. All MAIN ST. attendees who use B-cycle can take advantage of half-price bike rentals and $4 access, simply by using the promo code, “76102.” For a full B-cycle system map, learn about B-cycle membership opportunities, and more, visit: www.FortWorthBikeSharing.org.
Attendees who plan to ride their own bicycle to MAIN ST. will have access to the free Bike Corral, located at 4th and Commerce streets. The Bike Corral will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Parking and Street Closures
For those who intend to drive to this year’s MAIN ST., parking will be available at various free and paid lots throughout downtown. For information and a detailed map of options, visit www.FortWorthParking.com.
Many streets will be closed as a result of the festival beginning on Monday, April 7, from 12:01 a.m. through Monday, April 14, at 6 a.m.
The closures in effect include:
- Main Street from 2nd Street to 3rd Street
- Main Street from 5th Street to 9th Street
- 9th Street from Houston Street to Commerce Street
- 9th Street from Commerce Street to Calhoun Street
- 8th Street’s southbound lane and parking curb from Houston Street to Main Street will be closed
- Houston Street’s northbound lane from 11th Street to 9th Street will be closed to all but local traffic due to closure of 9th Street to Houston Street
For more information and updated street closures, visit: www.MainStreetArtsFest.org/festival-guide/street-closures/.
For additional event information, visit MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival online at www.MainStreetArtsFest.org, “like” its Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MainStreetArtsFest, follow it on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MainStreetArts, or download the official MAIN ST. iPhone app via the iTunes App Store℠, here: bit.ly/MainStreetiPhone.
ABOUT MAIN ST. FORT WORTH ARTS FESTIVAL
The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 29th year in 2014 and is presented by Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth. Official Sponsors for 2014 are Sundance Square, Tarrant County College, the Tarrant Regional Water District, The University of Texas at Arlington, and Wells Fargo. Media Sponsors include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) and Trinity Railway Express (TRE), 92.1 HANK FM (KTFW-FM), and 95.9 The Ranch (KFWR-FM). Supporting Sponsors include Bank of Texas, RadioShack, the Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association and the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival is produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 to complement the work of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and the Public Improvement District by providing a funding pathway for charitable, educational and public-purpose activities, such as community festivals, residential development and park management. Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc. also produces the XTO Energy Parade of Lights. These events have an economic impact of more than $27 million annually and attract thousands of visitors to Downtown Fort Worth each year. For more information, visit www.DFWI.org.