Restored Service Supports Increasing RidershipImproved frequency increased bus, rail and GoLink service
DART restored nearly 90% of pre-pandemic service levels beginning Oct. 19, based on increasing ridership and the continued reopening of the North Texas economy.
The agency implemented temporary adjustments to both rail and bus service in April to reflect decreased ridership demand resulting from the Texas governor's stay-at-home orders and temporary business closures. The changes, made to weekday service only, also helped address passenger and operator safety.
The DART Board of Directors approved the service restorations after determining that operating costs were within the proposed FY 2021 budget and 20-Year Financial Plan allocations.
"As more people begin to return to their normal activities, the bus and train frequency will be there to help them get to their destination," said Todd Plesko, vice president of planning and development.
The agency does not expect to make any significant adjustments during 2021. DART has tentatively scheduled three minor bus service changes for January, May and September of 2021.
DART now is focused on "DARTzoom: A New Bus Network," the agency's bus network redesign initiative. Following DART Board adoption of a new plan, the agency plans to begin implementation with a major service change in January 2022.
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