DARTzoom: A New Bus Network
An effective bus network is critical to DART's ability to provide Mobility as a Service (MaaS). A blank-slate redesign is needed to address population and employment growth throughout North Texas.
DART hired a leading transit planning and policy consulting firm, Jarrett Walker + Associates (JWA), to conduct the public and stakeholder outreach process and design the new bus network. To date, JWA has completed a Choices Report analyzing the current service and ridership; conducted workshops with DART and municipal staff; and started the first round of public involvement.
The agency postponed in-person events due to COVID-19 precautions but started holding web-based meetings in late April, with over 200 participants. A new project website - DARTzoom.org - contains a survey, reports and other resources. Nearly 600 people completed the survey as of June.
With input from riders, employers, stakeholders and community leaders, the DART Board will solidify its priorities between the extremes of pursuing high ridership and providing broad coverage. JWA and DART staff hope to present a final draft bus network plan for board and public consideration in Spring 2021.
The agency is still evaluating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the financial plan, but the decrease in revenue will affect resources available for the new bus network.
Upon approval of the plan by the DART Board later in 2021, the agency could begin executing the first phase of the DARTzoom Bus Service Plan as early as January 2022. DART staff will implement as many recommendations as possible with available financial resources.
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