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December 2012 Individual and Corporate Fare Restructure and FY13 Budget

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DART FARE STRUCTURE
Effective - December 3, 2012

BASE TWO-HOUR FARE
  Local (1) $2.50
  Regional (2)
$5.00
  Reduced Fare*
$1.25
  Child** $1.25
  High School***
$1.25
  College/Trade School (non-participating)****
$1.25
  Paratransit Demand Response Van/Sedan Service
$3.00
  Paratransit trips to fixed-route stops
$0.75
  Paratransit eligible riders on fixed-route services FREE
 
MID-DAY FARE
  Mid-Day (Pass that allows unlimited travel between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday) (3):
        Local $1.75
        Regional $3.50
 
PREPAID MULTI-RIDE FARES
  Annual Pass:
        Local $800.00
        Regional $1,600.00
        Senior $480.00
  Monthly Pass:
        Local $80.00
        Regional $160.00
        Reduced* $40.00
        High School*** $40.00
        College/Trade School (non-participating)**** $40.00
  Weekly Pass:
        Local $25.00
        Regional $50.00
  Day Pass:
        Local $5.00
        Regional $10.00
        Reduced* $2.50
        Child** $2.50
        High School*** $2.50
        College/Trade School (non-participating)**** $2.50
  Regional Day Pass Book of Ten***** $30.00
  10-Ticket Paratransit Coupon Book $30.00
  Lone Star Card ******

* Reduced Fares are applicable on bus and rail for the following:
   (a) Seniors and Non-Paratransit Disabled with valid ID
   (b) DART Shuttle Bus Routes
** Child Fares are applicable on bus and rail for children, elementary through middle school; Children under 5 are free (maximum of two per trip) when accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older) paying the appropriate Local, Regional, or Reduced fare. Any additional child under the age of five traveling with that adult, or any child accompanied only by person(s) younger than age 18, shall be charged the reduced fare.
*** High School Fares are applicable on bus and rail and valid Monday through Friday only.
**** College/Trade School Fares are applicable on bus and rail with a DART Student ID for full-time undergraduate students in the service area whose schools are not participating in the Higher Education Program.
***** Regional Day Pass Book of Ten is available only to government and non-profit institutions to be issued to DART Service Area clients.
****** Lone Star cardholders with TANF benefits are eligible to purchase Monthly Passes at a 50% discount from listed fares. This discount does not apply to Reduced or High School Monthly Pass purchases.

FOOTNOTES:

Fare, Pass, and Ticket Descriptions

1.   Local: All DART buses and trains; Trinity Railway Express service between Union Station and CentrePort Station; DART On-Call and Flex service.
2. Regional: All DART buses and trains; all Trinity Railway Express service; The T in Fort Worth; the A-Train and DCTA in Denton.
3. Mid-Day Pass: Pass that allows unlimited travel between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Below is information updated as the discussion continued prior to the board vote on August 28.

Introduction

DART's Board of Directors is considering a fare change that, if adopted by the Board, would take effect December 3, 2012 with the opening of the Blue Line Extension to Rowlett and Phase 2 of the Orange Line from Las Colinas to Belt Line Station.

Notice of Public Hearing
Current and "Proposed" Fare Structure
Pre-Public Hearing Community Meetings
Tweet Chat
Process for Receiving Comments
Title VI Analysis

An Overview of the Proposed DART Fare Increases for December 2012

All of DART's revenue sources, including local sales taxes and passenger revenue, must grow to continue to sustain the growth in DART's service program. Periodic fare increases are included as a key component of DART's long range Financial Plan. The FY13 fare increase has been part of the adopted financial plans as the next regularly scheduled increase. The effective date coincides with the introduction of the next group of light rail expansions and the beginning of the full deployment of new buses for both regular and Paratransit service. The fare increase will help financially support the continued expansion and maintenance of the existing transit system.

Some of the goals associated with this increase are:
  • Balance Peak loads by encouraging additional Off-Peak ridership;
  • minimize impact on transit dependent;
  • improve system-wide fare consistency; and
  • simplify the fare structure.
Major Service Enhancements to be introduced in FY13 include:
  • opening of the Orange Line (I-2) and Blue Line to Rowlett;
  • new reverse direction bus service to Legacy in Plano and DFW Airport in Irving;
  • deployment of the new Smart Bus service, the phased in introduction of the new fullsized CNG bus fleet, and the deployment of the new Paratransit MV fleet;
  • customer communication investments on platforms and buses to include expanding safety and security initiatives will be made for FY13.
Summary of key changes to the current fare structure are outlined below. This fare increase will bring to the existing customers and new riders several benefits and enhancements which will improve the riding experience. They are as follows:
  • 2-hour Peak fare (pass) replaces single ride fare - allows customers who can go and return within two hours to reduce their cost (replaces bus single-ride fare and LRT 90-minute fare)
  • 5-hour mid-day fare allows multiple trips for less than half the price of a day pass today for passengers who have time-flexibility - savings of up to 75%
  • Lone Star Card pricing of no greater than 80% of listed fares
  • Reductions to the price for CR Zone 1, Express Bus, On-Call, and Flex bus service riders - 28% reduction to single ride/day pass/weekly pass; 30% reduction to monthly and annual passes
  • No increase to Paratransit fares
  • No increase to CR Zone 2 Day Pass and Weekly pass
  • Reduction from three fare classes (Local, System, and Regional) to two fare classes (System and Regional)
  • Increase in the Day Pass, Weekly, Monthly and Annual passes

Notice of Public Hearing

December 2012 Individual and Corporate Fare Restructure

Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
DART Board Room, 1401 Pacific Avenue, Downtown Dallas (Akard Station)


On May 22, 2012, the DART Board of Directors called for a public hearing on DART's fares. Key elements would include:
  • reduction to the price for CR Zone 1, Express Bus, On-Call, and Flex bus service
  • replacement of single-ride/90-minute fares with a 2-hour pass
  • low-cost fares for non rush-hour riders
  • unchanged rates for Paratransit, CR Zone 2 day pass and weekly pass fares
  • elimination of the Local fare category
  • amendments to the Reduced rider eligibility
  • restriction of Reduced fare to off-peak hours
  • increases to monthly and annual pass costs
  • pricing and policy adjustments to the Corporate Fare Program
  • potential discount on monthly passes for qualifying Lone Star cardholders
On Tuesday, June 26, DART will hold a public hearing to present suggestions for modifications to a fare structure that remains among the nation's lowest. Public input at this hearing is encouraged and welcomed. Based on the outcome of the hearing, and in accordance with our 20-year Financial Plan, the proposed fare restructure would go into effect in conjunction with system-wide service changes on December 3, 2012.

CURRENT FARE STRUCTURE
Fare Category Local System Regional Reduced
Single Ride $1.75 $3.50 $5.00 $0.85
Day Pass $4.00 $7.00 $10.00 $2.00
7-Day Pass $20.00 $35.00 $50.00 --
Monthly Pass $65.00 $100.00 $120.00 $32.00
Annual Pass $650.00 $1,000.00 $1,200.00 $384.00*
Corporate (Normal SL) $312.00 $480.00 $576.00 --
Corporate (High SL) $468.00 $720.00 $864.00 --
* Available to Senior Citizens with valid DART Photo ID only
LOCAL Good on DART trains and Local buses, FLEX Service along the fixed route
SYSTEM Good on all DART trains and buses, including FLEX and DART On-Call, Trinity Railway Express between Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station
REGIONAL Good on all DART trains and buses, including FLEX and DART On-Call, Trinity Railway Express, the T in Fort Worth, Denton County Transportation Authority trains and buses
REDUCED Good on all DART, TRE, the T and DCTA services for qualified riders


"PROPOSED" FARE STRUCTURE
Fare Category System Regional
2-Hr. Pass $2.50 $5.00
Day Pass $5.00 $10.00
7-Day Pass $25.00 $50.00
Monthly Pass $80.00 $160.00
Annual Pass $800.00 $1,600.00
Mid-day 5-Hr. Pass $1.75☨ $3.50☨
Reduced 2-Hr. Pass $1.25☨☨ $2.50☨☨
Corporate (Single SL) $600.00 $1,200.00
☨ These passes would be valid between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday only
☨☨ These passes would be valid between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and after 7 p.m. weekdays and all day Saturdays and Sundays to eligible Reduced riders
SYSTEM Good on all DART trains and buses, including FLEX and DART On-Call, Trinity Railway Express between Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station
REGIONAL Good on all DART trains and buses, including FLEX and DART On-Call, Trinity Railway Express, the T in Fort Worth, Denton County Transportation Authority trains and buses


Pre-Public Hearing Community Meetings

In advance of the public hearing, there will be a series of pre-Public Hearing community meetings. These are listed as follows:

Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Richardson Civic Center, 411 West Arapaho Road
Richardson, TX 75080/MAPSCO 7X

Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Arts Center, 1115 Fourth Avenue
Carrollton, TX 75006/MAPSCO 12C

Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Irving City Hall, 825 West Irving Boulevard
Irving, TX 75060/MAPSCO 31B-S

Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Farmers Branch City Hall
13000 William Dodson Pkwy
Farmers Branch, TX 75234/MAPSCO 12V

Monday, June 11, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Hampton-Illinois Branch Library
2951 South Hampton Road
Dallas, TX 75224/MAPSCO 53V

Monday, June 11, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior Center
2901 Pennsylvania Avenue
Dallas, TX 75215/MAPSCO 46T

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Garland City Hall, 200 North Fifth Street
Garland, TX 75040/MAPSCO 19Z

Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Rowlett City Hall, 4000 Main Street
Rowlett, TX 75088/MAPSCO 30D

Thursday, June 14, 2012, from 1-2 p.m.
Tweet Chat via Twitter @dartmedia
Follow the conversation using #DARTFareChange

Thursday, June 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Dallas West Branch Library
2332 Singleton Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75212/MAPSCO 43N

Monday, June 18, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Plano Municipal Center, 1520 K Avenue
Plano, TX 75074/MAPSCO 659S

Monday, June 18, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Glenn Heights City Hall
1938 South Hampton Road
Glenn Heights, TX 75154/MAPSCO 83Z

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Cockrell Hill City Hall, 4125 West Clarendon Drive
Dallas, TX 5211/MAPSCO 53J

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Addison Town Hall, 5300 Belt Line Road
Addison, TX 75254/MAPSCO 15A

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Fretz Recreation Center
6998 Belt Line Road, Room A
Dallas, TX 75254/MAPSCO 15H

Thursday, June 21, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Skyline Branch Library, 6006 Everglade Road
Dallas, TX 75227/MAPSCO 48J

Thursday, June 21, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
Eastfield College Pleasant Grove Campus
802 South Buckner Boulevard, Room 109
Dallas, TX 75217/MAPSCO 58Q

Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 12 p.m. (noon)
DART Board Room, 1401 Pacific Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202/MAPSCO 45K

Monday, June 25, 2012, at 12 p.m. (noon)
DART Board Room, 1401 Pacific Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202/MAPSCO 45K

Tweet Chat

DART is also taking to Twitter to encourage more customer feedback on the proposed fare changes. The agency will host a Tweet chat through its @dartmedia Twitter account on Thursday, June 14, from 1 until 2 p.m. Finance and Planning staff will be available to answer questions posted to the page. Follow the conversation using #DARTFareChange. The conversation on Twitter, marked with the hashtag #DARTFareChange, will be tracked and will be included as a part of the official public record regarding the agency's proposed fare changes for 2012.

  • View the Tweet Chat transcript through 4 p.m., June 14 (opens in a new window)


  • Public Hearing

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.
    DART Board Room, 1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202/MAPSCO 45K

    Process for Receiving Comments: The DART Board of Directors encourages public comments on the night of the public hearing or in writing beforehand. Those desiring to speak should contact DART Community Affairs at 214-749-2543 to register. Advance registration will be accepted until 1 p.m. on the day of the hearing. Those who have not preregistered may sign up immediately before the hearing begins and will be scheduled to speak after those who have preregistered. In addition, written comments received any time before the hearing is adjourned will become a part of the official hearing record. Written comments may be submitted the night of the hearing or mailed in advance to:

    DART 2012 Individual and Corporate Fare Restructure Public Hearing
    P.O. Box 660163 - 1401 Pacific Ave.
    Dallas, TX 75266-7232


    Those sending comments should include their name, address and telephone number.

    Notice for the hearing and visually impaired: If you wish to attend the Public Hearing and need sign language interpretation, please notify DART at least 24 hours in advance by calling the Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) number: 214-749-3628. A Braille version of materials will also be made available upon request.

    For additional information: Please contact DART Community Affairs at 214-749-2543.

    Title VI Analysis


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