Moving North Texas Forward
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
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Progress Report FY 2017
MOBILITY ON DEMAND
Using grant dollars from the Federal Transit Administration's Mobility on Demand Sandbox Demonstration Program, the agency is developing technology needed to modify its GoPass mobile app to integrate on-demand software and payment platforms for pilot programs such as demand-responsive service and dynamic carpooling.
Since many riders do not live or work within walking distance of a bus stop or train station, the agency is testing new transit services to solve that "first-mile/last-mile" challenge. DART also is watching progress on emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles and new models of ride-sharing/ride-sourcing services.
On-demand service reaches new ridersA new pilot program combines the low cost of public transportation with the convenience and technology of ride-sourcing.
Branded as GoLink, the two pilot areas serve North Plano and parts of southern Dallas. Riders can use GoLink to complete their trip from a DART Rail station, transit center or other location to reach employers, shopping destinations and points of interest.
Customers will request GoLink through an app, just as they would other ride-sharing services. They also will be able to track the vehicle's location through the app.
DART began testing the technology in fall 2017. The agency partnered with Toyota Motor North America, Inc., to implement a lunchtime pilot service in the Legacy area of Plano.
Learn more: DART.org/GoLink
New carpooling app matches passengers with driversPeople who cannot easily access their jobs by DART Rail or bus soon will have a new alternative: GoPool.
Set to launch in 2018, GoPool is a dynamic carpooling service facilitated by DART and designed to solve the transportation gap in areas where fixed bus routes aren't viable. Using the GoPool app, drivers and riders can find the perfect match - someone who lives and works nearby, and shares a similar work schedule.
DART is focusing on two areas for the pilot: the Legacy area of Plano and the International Inland Port of Dallas, a huge freight trucking and rail hub in southern Dallas County.
The agency is working with key employers to promote the program.
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