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DART, The T to Operate Connector Route

The boards of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) have joined the city of Arlington, TX, in approving an Interlocal Public Transit Service Agreement that will provide bus service between downtown Arlington and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) CentrePort commuter rail station in Fort Worth. The T and DART jointly own and operate TRE.

The two-year pilot project would operate and manage an express bus service with connections via TRE to Fort Worth and Dallas. The stop in Arlington will serve the University of Texas at Arlington and the downtown area.

Arlington is among the largest U.S. metropolitan areas not served by public transportation.

“It was important for Arlington that both The T and DART be partners with their city because they wanted access to both sides of the Metroplex,” said Dick Ruddell, president of The T. “The T believes this is an important step forward for transit connectivity across the region and a great operation partnership between the two transit agencies and Arlington.”

DART will use its buses and operators for the route, along with providing fare collection and ridership tracking services. The T will be responsible for providing and maintaining the bus stop at its CentrePort Station. The T’s planners also took the lead in developing the route and recommending route detours as necessary due to traffic or construction—based in part on bus shuttles the agency operated between CentrePort and Arlington during the 2011 Super Bowl.

 

This wrapped bus will provide service between downtown Arlington, TX, and the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort Station.

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