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Dallas’ web of interstates and highways transformed the city in the 1960s, allowing people and families to prioritize cars and spread out.

But recently, the “commuter city” identity has been challenged.

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Life hasn't changed much since we visited Jubilee Park three years ago. It's a neighborhood on the financial edge, in the shadow of Interstate 30 in Old East Dallas. Chris Crowley was born and raised there. He's got a better job now, but he's spending 24 hours a week commuting.

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Dallas has a ways to go in providing more accessible public transportation to people across the city who need it most.

A new report commissioned by the city explores the state of mass transit in Dallas, specifically its affordability, coverage area, frequency and accessibility.

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Amid an increasingly tense regional debate over how transportation dollars should be spent, the Dallas City Council on Wednesday replaced four of its appointees to North Texas’ largest transit agency, sweeping out board members criticized for rubber stamping staff proposals that favor the region at the expense of its urban core and for not being strong enough advocates for improved bus service.

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At Dallas City Council's first meeting on Wednesday, newly inaugurated members and familiar faces from South and West Dallas will fill the seats of four ousted incumbents.  


DART made a big decision this week on two major transportation projects. Brandon Formby has been following that story, along with legislative races in Dallas County. The longtime Dallas Morning News reporter moved to the Texas Tribune this month. He’s working out of the KERA newsroom, as a part of the station’s partnership with the statewide online news source.

DART Approves Rail Expansion, But Debate Over Priorities Isn't Over

Oct 26, 2016
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Amid warring political pressure from North Texas’ urban and suburban leaders, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board on Tuesday approved a plan to finance two major rail expansions and an overhaul of bus service.

New Urbanists Are Skeptical Of DART's Expansion Plan

Oct 25, 2016
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North Texas’ largest transit system says it has figured out a way to fast track a controversial suburban passenger rail line that connects to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport without jeopardizing plans for a downtown Dallas subway.

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Beginning Monday, Dallas’ free streetcar from downtown to Methodist Dallas Medical Center is expanding. It stretches even farther into Oak Cliff. The ground-breaking line now reaches the Bishop Arts District.

Courtesy of the Fort Worth Transit Authority

Construction on a $1 billion rail project is about to get underway in North Texas. TEX Rail will link Fort Worth with DFW International, giving Tarrant County a direct route to the airport. 


A new light rail extension, which runs from the Ledbetter Station in South Dallas to the University of North Texas Dallas campus, had its first test run.


Five things that have North Texas talking: DART’s Jesus Rodriguez drove a 40-foot bus better than 39 others to win the title; most Texas water utilities don’t meet conservation standards, report found; working dogs are sniffing out a common nuisance for lake-goers; and more.


On this day 60 years ago, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery, Ala. Today, Dallas Area Rapid Transit is honoring her by reserving the front seat of more than 500 DART buses.

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit is running the country’s first hybrid streetcar without the signature overhead cable from start-to-finish. Batteries power the car over the Houston Viaduct, where the bridge’s historic designation prohibits visible electric cables. Other cities want what Dallas has.

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s collaboration with online car services – Lyft is the latest – is a national first.  Dallas transit users can now complete their door to door trips with help from these ride-share service applications that show up within DART’s own app.

Why Walkability Matters In North Texas

Apr 29, 2015
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Chances are you probably didn’t walk to work today – but walkability is one of the big topics at the 23rd annual Congress for the New Urbanism being held in Dallas this week. 

Bill Zeeble

Falling gasoline prices have not affected bus service operations in Dallas and Fort Worth. The T and DART buses use compressed natural gas (CNG). But low prices have been bad news for light rail service in the past. Not so this time around.

Morgan Lyons, vice president of communications for Dallas Area Rapid Transit, explains.


Several downtown stretches of DART rail lines have been shut down for the past few weekends for track replacement. The agency recently posted two time-lapse videos showing some of the work that’s been going into the project. 


Five stories that have North Texas talking: a Dallas man’s Halloween decorations are raising eyebrows, a historic downtown Dallas building gets a revival, cooler temperatures aren’t helping the region’s water shortages, and more.

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Weekend commuters on the DART will have to find alternate ways to get around downtown Dallas. The agency will be temporarily suspending service there for several weekends in order to replace tracks along Pacific Avenue and Bryan Street.


You can now take a DART train all the way to DFW International Airport.

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DART trains will soon be arriving at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The train service starts Aug. 18. 

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A free downtown Dallas shuttle service starts today. It’ll make stops at downtown attractions, as well as the Bishop Arts district in Oak Cliff.

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Downtown Dallas is getting a FREE shuttle to move visitors, residents and office workers to restaurants, convention meetings, and downtown attractions.  It’ll be running in time for the large crowds expected for the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.


Up to a hundred thousand people are expected in Dallas Thursday through Saturday for Bishop TD Jakes’ 9th annual Megafest. DART users will see big changes as the transport system gears up for the massive faith and entertainment event.

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As state lawmakers meet in a third special session to consider new road funding North Texas planners are staring at some sobering facts. 

The population of the DFW region is expected to grow almost 50% in the next two decades.  But planners say the new money would only pay for one fifth of what’s needed to eliminate the gridlock.

It’s why they’re encouraging drivers to park their cars and change their lifestyles.

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Starting Monday, June 3, North Texas commuters can make a deal for a free week on buses and trains: swap a gasoline receipt for a regional transit pass. 

A nine-story building near Griffin and Elm Streets in downtown Dallas caught fire shortly before noon which resulted in suspended DART service. The fire sparked on the fifth floor of a vacant high-rise being converted into a hotel. Reports are that no one was injured.

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The first five of DART’s cleaner, quieter compressed natural gas buses are on the road.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus and rail fares rose Monday for most riders. Passengers didn’t necessarily like it, but accepted the hike.