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Dart leads the way with Mass Transit trends

 With 65 rail stations and 50 miles of light rail track, 13 bus transfer facilities and over 130 routes,  DART buses and trains operate daily from approximately 5 a.m. to midnight. DART Rail offers service every 7½-15 minutes during rush hours, and 20 minutes during the midday and weekends, and 30 minutes late at night. One Local fare allows you to travel to all the cities in the DART service area. 

 The DART Rail system consists of four lines. The Red Line links Westmoreland in West Oak Cliff north to Parker Road in Plano, the Blue Line from Ledbetter in southern Oak Cliff to Downtown Rowlett. The Green Line connects Pleasant Grove in southeastern Dallas to the far northwest suburb of Carrollton, and the Orange Line supplements the busiest portions of the Red and Green lines and extends light rail service to DFW Airport's Terminal A. All rail lines serve downtown Dallas.

 Another piece of North Texas’ mass transit puzzle is the Trinity Railway Express (TRE or T) .  This commuter train connects the downtown areas of Dallas and Fort Worth, with stops in the Mid-Cities and connections to DFW International Airport. Trains operate Monday through Saturday. Under DART's fare structure, a Local fare will be charged for a trip between Dallas Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station, and a Regional fare for trips extending beyond CentrePort and access to all the attractions served by the T in Fort Worth.

DART’s  goal now is to reduce the distance a person must travel to get to or from a transit stop..  They are working with numerous transportation partners to increase the options available to bridge the distance and make riding transit a viable choice for more people

Other services offered by DART in it’s  effort to democratize mass transportation in North Texas are:

 DART ON-CALL

 

A demand-responsive curb-to-curb van service, available in nine suburban neighborhoods, transports riders between  home and nearby DART rail stations, transit centers, shopping and other popular destinations, all for the price of a local fare.

 FLEX SERVICE

This unique mode combines the advantages of a fixed route with the convenience of curbside pickup and delivery. Six routes serve the Telecom Corridor area of Plano and northern Richardson, South Irving, South and East Plano, Rowlett and southeast Dallas. A Local fare will be charged for Flex trips and advance reservations are required.

 VANPOOLS

Passenger vans — complete with maintenance, insurance and emergency taxi rides home — are available to groups of six to 15 commuters with common origins and destinations. DART Vanpools are often fully or partially subsidized by employers.

DALLAS STREETCAR

 

Dallas Streetcar is a 1.6-mile dedicated streetcar track that provides access for commuters in Oak Cliff to rail connections at Union Station in Dallas. .

M-LINE TROLLEY

This nostalgic streetcar links the downtown Dallas Arts District with Uptown, including West Village, where you can transfer to or from DART Rail at Cityplace/Uptown Station. An additional connection to DART Rail is expected to be available soon with the completion of an M-Line extension along Olive Street through Klyde Warren Park to near St. Paul Station.

UBER AND ZIPCAR PARTNERSHIP

 Partnering with ride-sharing service Uber, DART has added a  link to the Uber mobile site in the "Events & Offers" section of the GoPass℠ mobile ticketing application. Travelers who begin or end their trips in places not easily served by DART now can take the train or bus for the longest portion of the trip, and Uber for the short leg.  As well, ride-sharing service Zipcar has leased spaces for its vehicles at select DART stations, allowing DART customers  to rent Zipcars to combine with other forms of transportation for seamless mobility.

 For  DART schedules, to schedule pick-up service  and to get the DART mobile app, visit DART.org.

For more articles like this read Natural Awakenings Dallas-Ft.worth  Metroplex Magazine at www.NADallas.com 

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