According to a release, DART received federal relief operating funds during the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds were used for COVID-related supplies and cleaning, regular operating expenses and to replace fare revenue that was lost due to the pandemic.
As part of these federal funds, DART did not utilize all of its tax collections, which it plans to distribute to its cities.
DART offers public transit services for 220,000 passengers per day across a 700-square-mile service area in Dallas and 12 neighboring cities, including Richardson and Plano. The public transit network includes the DART Light Rail, the Trinity Railway Express commuter rail, bus routes and other transit services.
The funds are expected to be used for a number of programs including special transportation services for a person who is elderly or has a disability, medical transport services, assistance in street modifications and any other transportation-based needs.
In addition, the service area cities are encouraged to partner with DART and the North Central Texas Council of Governments to leverage additional funds. For more information, visit www.dart.org.