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Morgan Lyons

January 18, 2001

Non-stop service to downtown Dallas

DART speeds express bus service to every 15 minutes or less

DART's bus service change going into effect January 29 includes improving the frequency of all express bus service to every 15 minutes or less.

The non-stop luxury cruiser service from suburban locations to downtown Dallas, which costs $2 one way, is designed for commuters who don't yet have a light rail or Trinity Railway Express commuter train available to downtown Dallas.

"In adjusting service to better meet commuter requests, we heard that express service riders would like more trips, especially during rush hours, so if they miss one bus, there's another one right behind it," said Tim Newby, assistant vice president of planning for DART. "We're trying to make the service attractive to more commuters."

"Under the new schedule, all express routes have rush hour service every 15 minutes, and on more heavily traveled routes, it can be as quick as every three to five minutes," he said. "We add to the convenience of non-stop travel between the suburbs and downtown by having the bus make a loop downtown to let everyone off within walking distance of their office."

DART added more trips to six routes: the 200 from East Plano Transit Center, the 201 from Richardson Transit Center, the 207 from Rowlett, the 210 from West Plano Transit Center, the 247 from Farmers Branch and the 278 from Red Bird Transit Center. It also changed schedules to improve rush hour frequency on four other routes: the 202 from North Irving Transit Center, the 281 from South Garland Transit Center, the 282 from Garland Central Transit Center and the 283 from Lake Ray Hubbard Transit Center.

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