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DART News Release

Media Relations Contact:
Gordon Shattles
Mark A. Ball

July 10, 2019

DART Renews Four-Year Agreement with Parkland Hospital

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors has approved an interlocal agreement that extends a four-year site-specific shuttle service with Parkland Hospital for $5,480,000.

The approval on Tuesday, July 9, requires DART to continue free fares on Routes 704 and 705 and add Route 706 to serve off-site employees on weekdays.

That new route, to start August 12, reaches Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station, Parkland's Off-Site Employee Offices and the Parkland Employee Physician Office with service every 15-minutes from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

DART approved a policy in 1998 to allow shuttle services that connect to rail stations or transit centers where an employer or other entity agrees to pay for it.

A five-year agreement for shuttle service between DART's Green Line and Parkland Hospital began in 2011 and extended an additional four years in 2015. Since the start, the shuttles have helped area hospitals and medical district offices by providing transit to employees, patients and visitors.

Ridership on Routes 704, 705 and 706 are projected to be 380,000 boardings annually with Parkland funding 100 percent of DARTs operating costs.

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