Bus

Dallas' DART launches downtown circulator route

Posted on November 5, 2013

Photo courtesy DART
Photo courtesy DART

Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) D-Link buses began circulating through downtown Dallas and neighboring districts on Monday. The free shuttle — a partnership among DART, the city of Dallas and Downtown Dallas Inc. —   connects major tourist attractions and employment centers in the city center.

D-Link buses, identified by a vibrant magenta and yellow bus wrap, arrive every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. More than 30 matching signs and ground graphics identify key bus stops, with nearly 70 stops total along the route.

"Rail brings people into downtown; D-Link takes them to the doorstep of their destination,” said DART president/executive director Gary Thomas.

The circulator route links such downtown destinations as the American Airlines Center, Klyde Warren Park, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, The Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas Arts District, Main Street hotels and restaurants, Omni Dallas Hotel and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

“This circulator represents another advance in our ongoing efforts to revitalize downtown and provides a much-needed link to southern Dallas,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “I am excited about the potential of new stops being added in the future as our city continues to grow south.”

To encourage ridership, project partners are offering the D-Link service for free, eliminating the need to figure out fares or locate a ticket machine. Passengers still must purchase a DART pass to transfer to other bus and rail services. DART Police will have a regular presence on the buses to safeguard passengers.

The entire route takes approximately 45 minutes and crosses 10 of Dallas' districts.

While D-Link is a tourist and convention visitor resource, the frequency and route also make it easier to reach employers located in and near downtown, including hospitals, restaurants, hotels, office buildings, cultural attractions and retail. Employees gain greater options for lunch and after-hours dining; urban residents can get around without driving.

D-Link is designed to complement other current and future transit services, including the DART system, Trinity Railway Express and Amtrak. The Union Station to Oak Cliff Dallas Streetcar and the M-Line Urban Circulator projects both will be complete by 2015, and the D-Link route will adapt accordingly.

The opening of the Orange Line extension to DFW Station in December 2014, combined with D-Link, will enable travelers to work or play in Dallas without renting a car. Local North Texas residents also will be able to explore more areas of the city without driving.

View a timelapse video of the new buses getting wraps here.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Grande West, Alliance Bus Group land 100 Vicinity bus order

Grande West’s total firm orders for 2017/2018 delivery are for over 350 buses valued at over $130 million.

Scully named ‘Outstanding’ Business Member

The award recognizes service to the organization, and particularly in Scully’s case, legislative advocacy on behalf of North American mass transit.

MCI unveils D45 CRT LE coach at APTA EXPO

Deliveries of the Buy-America compliant, Altoona-tested clean-diesel coach are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018. An all-electric version is also in development and will be released in 2020.

Proterra Catalyst E2 sets world record, drives 1,101 miles on single charge

Proterra’s 40-foot Catalyst E2 max traveled 1,101.2 miles with 660 kWh of energy storage capacity. For the last three consecutive years, the company has demonstrated improved range and battery performance.

Nova Bus designing vehicles to handle city’s toughest challenges

From standard 40-foot buses to high-capacity articulated BRT vehicles, clean diesel to hybrid-electric, and from 100% electric to natural gas propulsion, Nova buses have the capacity to respond to any type of service demand at any time.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close