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Facts about Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is a regional transit agency authorized under Chapter 452 of the Texas Transportation Code and was created by voters and funded with a one-cent local sales tax on August 13, 1983. The service area consists of 13 cities: Addison, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Garland, Glenn Heights, Highland Park, Irving, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett, and University Park.

Geographic Service Area13 cities, 700 square miles
FY15 operating budget$475.9 million
FY14 operating budget$459.3 million
FY14 actual operating expenses$448.4 million
FY14 sales tax revenue$485.7 million
FY15 budgeted positions3,682
FY14 revenue miles (fixed route)37.3 million
FY14 systemwide ridership (all modes)92.1 million passenger trips
FY14 fixed route ridership69.1 million
FY14 subsidy per passenger (all modes)$3.99
FY14 subsidy per passenger (fixed route)$4.87
 
Bus System
Total vehicle fleet652
Number of transit centers9 + 2 passenger transfer locations
Number of bus stops11,973
FY14 bus ridership37.4 million passenger trips (includes charter)
FY14 Average weekday ridership126,229 passenger trips
FY14 Average Saturday ridership60,804 passenger trips
FY14 Average Sunday ridership35,752 passenger trips
FY14 subsidy per passenger$5.32
 
DART Rail (light rail)
Length of system90 miles
Number of stations 62
Total vehicle fleet163
FY14 ridership 29.5 million passenger trips*
FY14 Average weekday ridership96,380 passenger trips
FY14 Average Saturday ridership57,056 passenger trips
FY14 Average Sunday ridership36,755 passenger trips
FY14 subsidy per passenger$4.21
* Light rail ridership is tabulated using Federal Transit Administration-approved automatic passenger counters (APCs) as its official methodology.
 
Trinity Railway Express (diesel commuter rail)
Length of line34 miles
Number of Stations10
Vehicle fleet9 locomotives,
17 bi-level coaches,
8 bi-level cab cars, 13 rail diesel cars
FY14 ridership2.3 million passenger trips
FY14 Average weekday ridership8,190 passenger trips
FY14 Average Saturday ridership3,600 passenger trips
Average Sunday ridershipTRE does not operate on Sunday
FY14 subsidy per passenger$5.96
 
General Mobility Programs (vanpool)
FY14 ridership893,000 passenger trips
FY14 number of vanpools181
FY14 subsidy per passenger$0.00
 
General Mobility Programs (HOV)
FY14 HOV Commuter Trips**21.4 million passenger trips
FY14 subsidy per passenger$0.05
** In 2012, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) assumed from DART responsibility for operations, maintenance and enforcement of the regional system of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes as it transitioned to tolled managed lanes. DART remains a capital funding partner in the I-635 HOV/Managed Lanes currently under construction by TxDOT. DART is permitted to continue reporting HOV usage (i.e. ridership) and the revenue miles from DART's operation of buses on the HOV lanes within its service area to continue receiving the associated FTA formula funds that support DART's ongoing transit operations.
 
Paratransit (van service for disabled customers)
Certified participants (as of 9/30/13)11,550
FY14 ridership753,398 passenger trips
FY14 subsidy per passenger$39.59
Number of paratransit vehicles186

Revised 4/22/15

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