The North Texas region will continue to grow rapidly into the future, adding nearly 4 million new residents and approximately 2.2 million jobs by the year 2045. At the same time, the mobility landscape is changing with new technology and innovative services. To address this rapid growth and new mobility trends, DART's mission statement was updated this year - to benefit the region by providing a sustainable system of innovative, affordable, reliable, and safe mobility options for our riders that enhances quality of life and stimulates economic development.
DART is in the process of updating our long-range Transit System Plan so that we can focus on meeting this mission and sustaining the DART system for our current and future customers.
The framework for the 2045 Transit System Plan is illustrated below. You can learn more about the themes, our key opportunities, as well as draft goals and actions in this brochure (en español). Virtual public meetings were held on December 3rd (click to view recording) to provide an opportunity for the public to learn more, chat with our team, and provide input on draft goals and actions.
A draft plan is scheduled to be available in Spring 2021 and additional outreach will be done at that time. After public and stakeholder review, the DART Board of Directors will consider approving the final plan in Summer 2021.
As we explore potential opportunities to improve our transit system, we have several methods for you to provide input and stay informed about the process. We encourage you to sign up for alerts and get involved in whichever method best fits your schedule. Thank you for your participation!
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
DART Community Engagement
Attn: Transit System Plan
P.O. Box 660163
Dallas, TX 75266-7232
DECEMBER 3, 2020 PUBLIC MEETINGS
Virtual public meetings were held on December 3, 2020. If you weren't able to attend you can view the recording or the PDF.
Click here for a recording of one of our December 3 meetings (YouTube video opens in a new window)
Click here for the December 3rd Meeting Presentation (11MB PDF file opens in a new window)
RECENT PROGRESS AND RESOURCES
DART has made a lot of progress since our last Transit System Plan. View our 2019 Progress Report here. The next Transit System Plan has been developing over the last few years in phases:
During 2014-2015, DART focused on the bus network through a Comprehensive Operations Analysis (COA) effort to identify efficiencies and improvements to benefit our customers and build ridership. The COA findings led to several bus service improvements starting in 2016, with the most recent changes taking effect August 2019.
In 2016-2017, DART began to evaluate longer-term transit service improvements, projects and programs, and identify regional expansion opportunities.
During 2018, DART reviewed and updated its Service Standards and continued to be a leader in innovative technology and partnerships that are changing how we approach providing service to our customers. These updated service standards and innovative service delivery options will be used to guide DART's transit service strategy for the future.
In 2018-2019, DART developed new criteria to evaluate potential future high capacity transit corridors focused on ridership and cost-effectiveness, with an initial focus on potential long-term viability for rail investments. Initial findings and recommendations for these corridors is documented in the following report.
In 2019, DART initiated a new Bus Service Plan, DARTzoom, focusing on how to best balance ridership and coverage priorities with limited resources. This new plan will focus on near term improvements to our bus network and be integrated into the Transit System Plan.
In 2020, DART created a new structure for the 2045 Transit System Plan: Our System, Our Opportunity, and Our Guide. We have created five themes to focus our future work and drafted goals and actions for new improvements, programs, and services.
In 2021, DART staff will develop a Transit System Plan that incorporates the new Bus Service Plan and also outlines:
DART's committed capital expansion program and future opportunities to enhance and/or expand transit network and sustain it into the future;
DART's Mobility as a Service (MaaS) strategy, which will ensure we keep up with growth, enhance access and mobility, integrate technology, and remain flexible and adaptable to emerging technologies;
Potential streetcar opportunities within the DART Service Area, to be documented in a Streetcar Master Plan; and,
Key regional opportunities beyond our 13-city Service Area.
If you want to learn more about prior transit system plan work, click below.
2014-2015 COMPREHENSIVE OPERATIONS ANALYSIS (COA)
The COA included a detailed analysis of each DART bus route as well as shuttles, on-call service, and flex routes. Coupled with a market and travel pattern analysis and a comprehensive public outreach program, the effort identified opportunities to increase efficiencies, thus identifying potential cost savings that could allow for operating improvements that can benefit our customers and build ridership. The recommendations from the COA effort are summarized in the COA Bus Service Plan Executive Summary (click here to view). Any future service changes would be subject to the DART public hearing process and would require approval by the DART Board of Directors.
On October 24, 2006, the DART Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2030 Transit System Plan. When the plan was adopted, it was envisioned that the recommended rail expansion projects would be implemented by year 2030. Due to the economic downturn in 2008-2009, the majority of projects were deferred to post-2030 due to funding constraints. These deferred projects as well as potential new ideas for projects, programs and services are being evaluated in the Transit System Plan. DART is using the most up to date information on land use, demographic growth, and travel patterns in our region to support the effort.