How Did We Get Here?



Network Concepts

Spring 2020 - Summer 2020*

In the Spring and Summer of 2020 DART led a bus network design phase where DART developed a pair of contrasting bus Network Concept choices and gathered feedback from stakeholders (including municipal partners, transit riders, employers, workers and community leaders) on how DART should make major choices in the redesign of the network.


Draft New Bus Network

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021*

In Spring 2021 DART is presenting the Draft New Bus Network to the public. The Draft Network uses the same limited budget as the existing bus network, and was designed based in input from Phase I. Phase II goes through June 8.

The Draft Network would put more service in the places where the most people ride today.


Final New Bus Network

Summer 2021 - Fall 2021*

After gathering input from the public, municipal stakeholders and the DART Board, a Final New Bus Network Plan will be created in Summer 2021. DART is planning to make service changes based on the Plan in January 2022.


How is the Draft Network different?

The Draft New Bus Network was drawn from a blank slate. Some routes are similar to the routes running today, but there are proposed changes to nearly every single route in the system utilizing the same limited budget.

In consideration of public input, the DART Board decided to make a modest shift to a higher ridership network.

The biggest difference, and the change that drives all of the other differences, is that the new network focuses more of DART’s bus service in the places and the routes where the most people ride.

Better access to jobs
Compared to the existing network, the Draft New Bus Network would increase by 28% the jobs that the average resident of the DART service area could reach in an hour. Low income and minority populations would experience an even bigger improvement in job access
Better frequencies and longer hours
Focusing on the highest ridership routes means that DART can offer better frequency and longer hours in the places where the most people live and ride.
More direct routes
Routes designed for high ridership mostly go straight, rather than deviating or wiggling. The majority of riders want to go straight to major destinations. In the Draft Network, more DART routes go straight, and fewer routes deviate or take circuitous paths.
More coverage provided with GoLink
To cover places where ridership is low, DART can use an on-demand service rather than a scheduled transit route, called GoLink. The Draft New Network includes more GoLink zones, and in some places, it extends GoLink to weekends as well.
Timed connections for better crosstown trips
Today, DART carefully times some routes so that people can make quicker transfers among buses and trains without a long wait. In the Draft New Network, more timed connections are added, at Addison, Downtown Irving, and South Garland transit centers. The result is good for many other cities, like Plano, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, because it means people can travel through major transit centers, to jobs beyond, with less waiting.



Existing Network Map

All routes in the Draft New Network have new numbers! Check what routes would be near you in the interactive map or the route-by-route guide.


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Draft New Network Map

Want to see maps of downtown Dallas, or local areas? Download the report or use the interactive map.


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Route-by-Route Guide

Interactive Map

Draft New Network Report


Access to Jobs in the Draft New Network

The map at right shows how residents’ job access would change.

  • In most places, and for the great majority of residents, more jobs would be reachable; they are shown in shades of blue.
  • In a few places, fewer jobs would be reachable; they are shown in shades of orange.
  • On this map, more dots mean more people, so the more intense the color the more people experience that gain or loss.

The Draft New Network would increase job access, or shorten commutes, for most residents and riders.

To look closely at how job access would change for a place you care about, explore the interactive map.


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