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Media Relations Contact:
Morgan Lyons

February 12, 2003

Coming March 3

DART rolls out service improvements, new fares

On Monday, March 3, DART will introduce its first fare increase since 1995 - a 25-cent hike in the basic $1 fare and similar moderate increases for other services.

The increase will also help offset the rising cost of operating DART's growing transit system, which includes new light rail service to North Dallas, Richardson, Plano and Garland. DART funds about 10 percent of its operating budget from transit fares.

Fare changes affect local single-ride fares, premium single-ride fares, day passes, monthly passes, employer passes and paratransit coupon books. The reduced fare for seniors, non-paratransit disabled customers, high school students with valid ID and children (elementary through junior high) will remain 50 cents.

Other changes include increasing the cost of the 10-ride paratransit coupon book from $20 to $25 and the cost of a daily convention pass from $2 to $2.50. DART also will introduce a high school semester program that will provide students with discounted fares, and a 7-day pass that allows customers to purchase a week's worth of service at a time.

Fare Change Brochures dated March 3 will be available on DART buses and trains and at DART transit centers, transfer locations, rail stations and downtown Dallas DART Stores.

DART's new fares effective March 3, 2003 are:

Fare Type Current Fare New Fare
Local Fare $1 $1.25
Premium Fare
(Express bus service, one-way TRE service to Fort Worth)
$2 $2.25
Local Day Pass $2 $2.50
Premium Day Pass
(Round-trip express bus service, round-trip TRE service to Fort Worth)
$4 $4.50
Monthly Local Pass $30 $40
Monthly Premium Pass $60 $70
Reduced Monthly Pass $10 $15
Paratransit Fare $2 $2.50

Minor bus schedule adjustments
Also on March 3, all connecting bus routes serving LBJ/Skillman Station (60, 488, 569, 583) will have modified timetables to reflect current route detours. Routes serving Westmoreland Station (438, 445, 518, 548, 549, 568, 574) will have slightly modified departure times when leaving the station to improve operational performance. Other bus routes with adjusted schedules are: 19, 26, 29, 76, 183, 202, 205, 302, 311, 358, 360, 463, 475, 513, 519, 522, 539, 550, 566, 567 and 573.

New bus timetables, dated March 3, are available on DART buses, at DART transit centers and downtown Dallas DART Stores.

For information about DART services and fares call 214-979-1111 to speak with a customer service representative. Information about DART services, fares, schedules, trip planning and maps is always available at DART.org.

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