The North Texas region continues to grow rapidly, adding new residents and jobs every day. With this rapid growth, DART's mission remains the same - to operate a safe, efficient and effective transportation system that provides mobility, improves 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 continuing to meet this mission and sustaining the DART system for our current and future customers.
DART has made a lot of progress since our last Transit System Plan. Take a look at our Progress Report to see accomplishments and what's next as we develop the next plan.
The next Transit System Plan is being developed 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 2019, DART will initiate a new Bus Service Plan, 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 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.
Public meetings and open houses were held in February/March 2019 to provide an opportunity for the public to review proposed August 2019 Service Changes as well as provide input to the Transit System Plan effort. A Draft Transit System Plan is scheduled to be available in summer 2020, and after public review, the DART Board of Directors will consider approving the plan in fall 2020. Additional outreach and meetings will be held over the next year as the draft plan is developed.
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!
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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.