DART News Release
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January 18, 2022
DART Offers Free Rides the Week of January 24
Updated: DART Extends Free Transit for Riders through February 6
Paratransit services will be free the week of January 24-30 and $1.00, January 31-February 14.
The New Bus Network Free and Reduced Rides promotions are valid on all DART transit services throughout the entire DART Service Area including buses, light rail, TRE (between EBJ Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station), GoLink, Dallas Streetcar, and Paratransit Services.
With the goal of providing greater frequency, longer service hours and improved access to destinations across North Texas, DART's new bus network launches on January 24, 2022. The new bus system is designed to ensure passengers have quick and easy access to employment, education and entertainment destinations.
Core Frequent Network service will provide bus frequency matching or better than light rail service - 15-minute peak and 20-minute midday. Light rail service will also return to pre-pandemic levels, providing 15-minute peak service and more frequent evening service.
With the implementation of the new bus network service changes, 74% of DART service area residents will have access to transit services within walking distance. This is an increase of 6% above the current bus network design.
More Direct Routes
By making the new bus routes more direct, focusing on major transit corridors and reducing the number of bus stops, DART bus service will be faster, ensuring passengers get to their destinations quicker and improving connections.
Longer Hours of Service
With a focus on transit riders working non-traditional hours, all local DART bus routes will provide service 7 days a week between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and midnight at a minimum. The 22 core frequent bus routes will operate between 4:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.
Improved Access to Jobs
The new bus network will increase the number of jobs that a resident of the DART service area can reach in one hour by 34% compared to the existing bus network.
New GoLink Zones
GoLink, DART's on-demand, curb-to-curb microtransit service solution operates in zones across the DART service area. GoLink offers service with connections to DART transit facilities as well as anywhere within each specified zone.
With the start of the new bus service on January 24, 13 new GoLink zones will be added, replacing traditional fixed-route service, bringing the total to 30. In addition, weekend hours have been added to many GoLink zones, with 13 zones offering Saturday service and 6 zones offering Sunday service.
GoLink is available to customers at no additional cost with a valid DART fare. The UberPool shared ride program is also an option as part of the GoLink service. With UberPool, travel to or from any DART station or transit center within a zone is $1, and travel to or from any destination within a zone is $3. The $1 fee has been waived during the introductory period. Prices are per trip, per person. GoLink riders can book and pay for trips with either the DART GoPass app or by calling 214-515-7272. UberPool riders will need to download the Uber app as well to book their trip. Both apps are free from the Apple Store and Google Play.
More information about DART's new bus network is available at dartzoom.org. A new DART Trip Planner tool, where you can compare your old and new route options, is available under "Find My New Route."
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