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DART Transit System Plan

DART currently operates an extensive transit system consisting of:
  • 90 miles of DART Rail with 62 stations
  • 34-mile Trinity Railway Express (TRE) commuter rail between Dallas and Fort Worth
  • More than 150 bus routes, including on-call zones, flex routes, shuttles, and new Rapid Ride services
  • Paratransit and mobility management services for mobility impaired customers
On October 24, 2006, the DART Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2030 Transit System Plan. The Plan provides a blueprint for the next generation of transit operating programs and capital investments for the 13-city DART Service Area. When the plan was adopted, it was envisioned that the recommended projects would be implemented by year 2030. Due to the economic downturn of the past few years, the majority of projects have been deferred post-2030 due to funding constraints.

DART is continuing to plan, design and build several projects identified in this and prior Transit System Plans, including:
  • Design and construction for the South Oak Cliff Blue Line extension from Ledbetter Station to UNT-Dallas has been initiated to support an opening date in late 2016.
  • An Alternatives Analysis (AA) for a second LRT alignment (D2) through downtown Dallas.
  • Planning documentation and conceptual engineering for the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor has been done to support potential innovative funding approaches that may accelerate project delivery.

2040 Transit System Plan Update

DART is initiating the next update of the Transit System Plan with a horizon year of 2040. Given funding constraints through 2030, the 2040 Transit System Plan will emphasize smaller, low-cost services, programs and projects through 2030 that can optimize the current transit system from both a customer and a operating perspective. The timeframe from 2030 to 2040 will examine capital expansion opportunities, including a re-evaluation of projects recommended in the 2030 Transit System Plan, and identification of new potential projects that respond to changing land use and travel patterns. D2 will be a priority in the planning process given its regional significance for overall system sustainability and core capacity.

The 2040 Transit System Plan will also assess needs outside the DART Service Area to identify opportunities for expansion in communities not currently served by DART.

If you would like more information or would like to be involved in the next update, please feel free to contact us:

Kay Shelton
Transit System Plan Project Manager
Email: kshelton@DART.org

DART Contact Information
Telephone:    Community Affairs
214-749-2543
Mailing Address:    Dallas Area Rapid Transit
P.O. Box 660163
Dallas, Texas 75266-7232

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