Dallas Area Rapid Transit to make service revisions to redesigned bus network

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit is planning several minor modifications to its newly redesigned bus network on April 18. (Courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit)

Dallas Area Rapid Transit is planning several minor modifications to its newly redesigned bus network on April 18. (Courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit)

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit is planning several minor modifications to its newly redesigned bus network on April 18. (Courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
A little over two months after launching its newly redesigned bus network, Dallas Area Rapid Transit plans to implement a number of minor modifications to the system April 18.

Based on rider feedback, DART is planning changes to routes 15, 238 and 423 as well as schedule changes to routes 228, 241, 408 (Galatyn Park), 412 (Medical City), 413 (TI Forest Lane), 417 (TI Main North) and 419 (TI Main South).

In Richardson, service will be removed from Route 238 on Lindale Lane between Belt Line Road and Lockwood Drive as well as on Lockwood Drive between Lindale Lane and Inge Drive, according to a DART news release. However, service will be added along Belt Line Road between Lindale Lane and Inge Drive, and on Inge Drive between Belt Line Road and Lockwood Drive.

That routing has been used as a detour since Feb. 2 and will become permanent with the April 18 service change, the DART release states.

The schedule change to Route 241 in Plano will add a new early morning weekday trip leaving Northwest Plano Park & Ride at 4:45 a.m., according to the release.


DART officials described the schedule adjustments on shuttle routes 408 (Galatyn Park), 412 (Medical City), 413 (TI Forest Lane), 417 (TI Main North) and 419 (TI Main South) as "minor" in the release.

Additionally, several DART GoLink zones will be expanded or modified to better serve customers, according to the release. GoLink service offers on-demand, curb-to-curb shuttles to anywhere within each specified zone. According to an agency news release, the charge for a GoLink ride is the same as a regular DART fare.

In addition to changes to the Park Cities GoLink, Preston Hollow GoLink, South Irving GoLink, East Irving GoLink and Inland Port GoLink zones, DART also plans to modify the boundaries of the North Dallas GoLink and South Central Plano GoLink zones.

For the North Dallas GoLink zone, the northern boundary will be extended to Preston Road and Forest Lane, with Forest Lane Station and Park Lane Station added to Walnut Hill Station as GoLink connections. For the South Central Plano GoLink zone, modifications to its boundaries will be made to include Medical City Plano Hospital and the Brain Injury Network of Dallas, according to the release.

Service levels on these and all other GoLink zones will continue to be monitored and updated, based on performance and rider feedback, according to the release. Additional information on the GoLink zone changes is available here.

Further bus network changes may be scheduled throughout 2022 based on rider feedback, according to the DART release.

DART launched the redesigned bus network, known as DARTzoom, Jan. 24 in Plano, Richardson, Dallas and the other cities in the transit agency's service area. The revised bus network was designed to improve service frequency and hours buses are available in areas with the heaviest ridership. DARTzoom is the first major bus network redesign to address the significant growth the North Texas area has seen since the service was created in 1983.

The transit agency began working on the redesign in 2019.

Additional details on the planned April 18 changes can be found at www.dart.org/servicechange.
By William C. Wadsack

Editor, Plano

William joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2019. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana.