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Media Relations Contact:
Morgan Lyons

August 29, 2002

DART customers urged to give their views

Proposed changes to bus service operations presented in community meetings

DART is holding a series of community and public meetings to gather input on more proposed bus service changes.

The meetings will focus on proposed bus route changes or eliminations. If approved by the DART Board, the modifications will be implemented as part of the December 9 service change.

The following proposed bus route modifications are in addition to previously proposed bus route changes to coordinate with DART's light rail expansion. The Blue Line extends to the new Forest/Jupiter and Downtown Garland stations on November 18 and the Red Line extends to the new Bush Turnpike, Downtown Plano and Parker Road stations on December 9. The light rail system will more than double to 44 miles and 34 stations before the end of 2002.

Proposed route changes or modifications are:

Route 183 Combine schedule with Route 205 to reduce duplication.
Route 202 Eliminate service extensions at DFW Airport; DFW shuttles are available as alternatives; combine with Route 310 on weekends.
Route 205 Combine schedule with Route 183; modify downtown routing.
Route 321 Eliminate midday service; maintain Addison T.C. to Brookhaven connection.
Route 475 Eliminate "extra" trips that were added for transfers prior to the Lake June Transit Center opening.
Route 515 Reduce span of ten-minute frequency during peak periods.
Route 539 Widen frequency to 35 minutes peak and 60 minutes base to reduce vehicle requirement.
Route 574 Eliminate midday service.
Route 701 Eliminate route and extend Route 444 to Ledbetter Station during midday periods.
Route 704 Eliminate route; connections to North Irving T.C. and Neiman Marcus are available on other routes.

Community and public meetings
Here's the schedule of public meetings on the proposed changes:

What: Pre-Public Hearing Community Meeting
When: Wednesday, September 4, 2002 6:30 pm
Where: Lancaster-Kiest Public Library
3039 Lancaster Road, Dallas MAPSCO 55-X
 
What: Pre-Public Hearing Community Meeting
When: Monday, September 9, 2002 3:00 pm
Where: Brookhaven College, Room A-203 (Building A)
3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch MAPSCO 14-N
 
What: Pre-Public Hearing Community Meeting
When: Monday, September 9, 2002 6:30 pm
Where: Rock of Faith Church
7151 Fieldview Lane, Dallas MAPSCO 71B-F
 
What: DART Public Hearing
When: Tuesday, September 17, 2002, 6:30 p.m.
Where: DART Board Room, 1401 Pacific Avenue, Downtown Dallas
MAPSCO 45-K

For more information, contact DART Community Affairs at 214-749-2543 or visit DART.org.

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