What is the New Bus Network?

A bus network redesign is a collaborative planning effort to decide where bus lines should go, when they should run, and how frequent the service should be, starting from a clean slate. The DARTzoom: A New Bus Network project will examine the DART bus network in all 13 of the cities that collect sales taxes to fund DART services.

Did you know?

Some DART bus routes have been running the same paths since World War II, and most of the network was designed in the 1980s.

Ridership has been falling

Fewer people are finding the bus and light rail useful. Ridership has fallen since 2006, even considering changes in service levels.

A Network from the 1980s

In recent decades the urban area has grown enormously and the places people go for work, shopping and other purposes have changed. The rail and bus network was originally designed around downtown Dallas, but more of the region’s activity happens far outside of that center today. While DART has made small changes over the years, a fresh look is needed.

DART is designing a new bus network to better serve the residents of North Texas, both now and in the future.

Read the Draft Bus Network Report

Why redesign the network?

Much of the current network is designed to get a little bit of service close to people in many places, even where there are not many people. A redesign allows DART to ask the public:

How can the transit network best serve peoples’ values today? 

What values can transit serve?

Connect Residents to Opportunities

Transit can give businesses access to more workers, and workers access to more jobs, and give students more access to education and training. Transit can also allow for continued economic growth beyond what congestion would prevent. By providing people the ability to reach more places, a transit system can be a tool for personal liberty, empowering people to make choices and fulfill their individual goals.

Affordability & Equity

Transit can help meet the needs of people who are in situations of disadvantage, providing lifeline access to services and jobs. A bus route through a neighborhood provides residents insurance against isolation, even if the route is infrequent and few people ride it.

Transit routes can also fulfill political or social obligations; for example by getting service close to every taxpayer or into every municipality.

Environment & Quality of Life

Increased transit use can reduce congestion, and thus air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Useful transit can also reduce the need to own or use a vehicle, which improves the quality of life for residents young and old.

Transit can also enable more compact development, help conserve land, and promote more walkable neighborhoods

A network designed for higher transit ridership would get the most useful service near the greatest number of people and activities.