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Since adoption of the 2030 Transit System Plan in 2006, the region has continued to experience rapid growth. With this rapid growth, DART's mission remains the same - to operate a safe, efficient and effective transportation system that provides mobility, improves quality of life, and stimulates economic development. The development of the 2040 Transit System Plan will focus on continuing to meet this mission and sustaining the DART system for our current and future customers. Since regional growth trends and mobility needs extend beyond the DART Service Area boundary, the 2040 plan will also identify regional opportunities to expand transit and mobility choices.

The 2040 Transit System Plan is being developed using a phased approach. Phase One focused on the bus network through a Comprehensive Operations Analysis (COA) effort in order to identify efficiencies and improvements to benefit our customers and build ridership. Phase Two is underway to develop the 2040 Transit System Plan, which will evaluate longer-term projects and programs, integrate the COA bus recommendations, and identify regional expansion opportunities.

Public meetings and "pop-up" meetings at DART facilities will be held in Fall 2016 to provide an update on progress, including the COA Bus Service Plan and initial corridor screening evaluation.

DART 2040 Transit System Plan Newsletter

DART 2040 Transit System Plan Public Meeting Presentation

Phase One Comprehensive Operations Analysis (COA) and Bus Service Plan

The COA included a detailed analysis of each DART bus route as well as shuttles, on-call service, and flex routes. Coupled with a market and travel pattern analysis and a comprehensive public outreach program, the effort identified opportunities to increase efficiencies, thus identifying potential cost savings that could allow for operating improvements that can benefit our customers and build ridership. Any opportunities to identify and implement efficiencies in our bus network will serve to complement Phase Two of the Transit System Plan.

While some COA recommendations can be implemented over the next ten years through DART's service change process, many of the COA recommendations will need to be integrated into the overall 2040 Transit System Plan as funding becomes available. The recommendations from the COA effort are summarized in the COA Bus Service Plan Executive Summary (click here to view). This plan will guide potential service change opportunities through the year 2025 and beyond. Any future service changes would be subject to the DART public hearing process and would require approval by the DART Board of Directors.

Meetings were held in January and February 2015 for the COA. Draft recommendations for the 10-Year Bus Service Plan resulting from the Phase One COA effort were presented at the March 2016 public meetings when Phase Two was kicked off.

Public Meetings Presentation

PHASE TWO Development of the 2040 Transit Plan

On October 24, 2006, the DART Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2030 Transit System Plan. When the plan was adopted, it was envisioned that the recommended projects would be implemented by year 2030. Due to the economic downturn in 2008-2009, the majority of projects have been deferred to post-2030 due to funding constraints. These deferred projects as well as potential new ideas for projects, programs and services are being evaluated in the 2040 Transit System Plan. DART is using the most up to date information on land use, demographic growth, and travel patterns in our region to support the effort.

The figure below illustrates the planning process. DART is in the process of completing the screening evaluation of initial alternatives and will advance the best performing corridors in 2040 Transit System Plan scenarios for further evaluation. This information will be presented at public meetings in Fall 2016.

Plan Development Process and Key Milestones
The initial alternatives that were analyzed during the screening evaluation are described in the alternatives facts sheets ( click here to view).

ONGOING PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

While the 2040 plan is underway, DART is continuing work on several projects identified in the last Transit System Plan, including:
  • Construction and testing on the South Oak Cliff Blue Line extension from Ledbetter Station to UNT-Dallas is nearing completion to support an opening date in October 2016.
  • Project Development is underway for the Dallas CBD Second Light Rail Alignment (D2), which entails development of Preliminary Engineering plans and Environmental Impact Statement (PE/EIS). This project is anticipated to be open in 2021.
  • Platform Modifications are under design for 28 stations on the Red and Blue Lines to enable these stations to accommodate 3-car trains like the rest of the system, thereby increasing the overall capacity of DART Rail. These improvements will be phased in by 2020.
  • While the Cotton Belt regional rail project was identified in the 2030 Transit System Plan, its anticipated service date is currently 2035. The Draft FY2017 20-Year Financial Plan proposes acceleration of this project to approximately year 2022. The Cotton Belt would provide an east-west linkage between Richardson/Plano towards DFW Airport.
View the DART 2030 Transit System Plan
View the Final DART 2030 Transit System Plan (8.5MB PDF file)
View the 2030 Transit System Plan Map

How to Get Involved and Stay Informed

As we explore potential opportunities to improve our transit system, we have several methods for you to provide input and stay informed about the process. We encourage you to sign up for alerts and get involved in whichever method best fits your schedule. Thank you for your participation! If you would like more information, please feel free to contact:

Rosa Cavazos Rosteet
Community Engagement Representative
Email: rrosteet@DART.org

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

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

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