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Media Relations Contact:
Morgan Lyons

September 15, 2003

Public invited to learn how to use service

Meetings set to introduce DART On-Call to residents of East Plano, Farmers Branch and North Dallas

DART has scheduled community meetings September 23-25 to introduce customers to DART On-Call, a curb-to-curb van service that's being expanded to East Plano, Farmers Branch and North Dallas on Monday, October 6.

DART On-Call will replace portions of bus Routes 321, 322, 503, 567, 570, 575 and 761 in those communities. The three meetings will introduce residents to the service, providing them with information on how to book trips and plan their daily commute. DART On-Call debuted in North Central Plano in May 1999. The service also is available in East Rowlett and the Lakewood neighborhood in East Dallas.

DART On-Call Service
Residents within the East Plano DART On-Call area may call 972-880-5723 for reservations at least one hour in advance. Hours of operation will be 5 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. The East Plano DART On-Call zone is bounded by the Cotton Belt railroad alignment on the south, Shiloh Road on the east, Parker Road on the north and Avenue K on the west (also extending to the North Central Expressway service road between 18th Street and Park Boulevard). Vans based at Parker Road Station will provide service to and from area residences and, during midday hours, specified businesses (Albertsons, Collin Creek Mall, Olé Foods and Tom Thumb), the Plano Municipal Center and Downtown Plano Station.

Residents within the Farmers Branch DART On-Call area may call 972-880-7786 for reservations at least one hour in advance. Hours of operation will be 5 a.m.- 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Farmers Branch DART On-Call zone is bounded by the Interstate 635 service road, Myra Lane, Villa Creek Drive and the Farmers Branch city limits on the south; Denton Drive and Bee Street on the west; Spring Valley Road, Fyke Road and Garden Brook Drive on the north; and Marsh Lane, Valley View Lane, Alpha Road and Midway Road on the east. Vans based at the Farmers Branch Park & Ride will provide service to and from area residences and, during midday hours, specified businesses (Albertsons, Eckerd, Kroger, Walgreens and Wal-Mart) and community facilities (Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch City Hall, Farmers Branch Manske Library and Farmers Branch Senior Center).

Residents within the North Dallas DART On-Call area may call 972-880-7772 for reservations at least one hour in advance. Hours of operation for the service will be 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. The North Dallas DART On-Call zone is bounded by Northwest Highway on the south, Preston Road on the west, Forest Lane on the north and North Central Expressway on the east. Vans based at Walnut Hill Station will provide service to and from area residences and, during midday hours, specified businesses (Minyard Food Store, NorthPark Center, Preston Center and Tom Thumb) and community facilities (Medical City Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital).

The cost for the DART On-Call service is $2.25 one way. The reduced fare for students, seniors and passengers with disabilities is 50¢ one way.

The meeting schedule is:

What: Community Meeting (area formerly served by Bus Routes 570, 575 & 761)
When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Where: Plano City Hall (Bldg. Inspections Training Room)
1520 Avenue K, Plano, TX 75074 (MAPSCO 659-2)

What: Community Meeting (area formerly served by Bus Routes 321 & 322)
When: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Where: Farmers Branch City Hall (Council Chambers)
13000 William Dodson Parkway, Farmers Branch, TX 75381 (MAPSCO 12-V)

What: Community Meeting (area formerly served by Bus Routes 503 & 567)
When: 6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 25, 2003
Where: Hillcrest High School (Library)
9924 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, TX 75230 (MAPSCO 25-M)

For more information on these meetings, please contact DART Community Affairs at 214-749-2543.

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