Dallas Area Rapid Transit has faced many challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak, including a decrease in ridership. Still, here they are working to keep buses sanitized to prevent spreading the virus.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

Dallas Area Rapid Transit says its buses and trains provide 62.5 million rides in 13 North Texas cities each year. But that task has become challenging during the COVID-19 outbreak, especially because of a substantial decrease in riders.

So what's changed for DART and the people who rely on it? 


A man who hijacked a DART bus before being killed in a shootout had been wanted for questioning in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, authorities said.


A man opened fire on a Dallas-area public bus on Sunday, hijacking it with two people aboard and leading officers on a chase that ended in a shootout in which the man was killed and three officers were wounded, according to police officials.


Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is reconsidering some of its routes, and that could affect service to people who’ve come to rely on it. KERA's Justin Martin talked about the potential changes with reporter Juan Pablo Garnham, who's been covering the issue for The Texas Tribune.

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Commuters in the historically low-income neighborhood of West Dallas have adapted their morning routines to new bus routes since August. That’s when Dallas Area Rapid Transit, North Texas’ largest public transit agency, redrew two lines that used to zigzag through the residential area to instead run mainly along major streets farther from many residents’ doorsteps.

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DART bus riders, get ready for some changes beginning Monday. Schedule modifications on 18 routes system-wide will go into effect Jan. 13, along with one route revision in Deep Ellum and one detour that will become permanent.

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The yearly Red River Showdown kicks off tomorrow at Fair Park, and that usually means larger-than-average crowds at the State Fair and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Using public transit is a good idea for those looking to avoid traffic and high parking fees, but DART spokesman Mark Ball says trains will also be busier than usual.

Stephanie Kuo / KERA News

Longer trains will soon be cruising down two DART lines. It was announced that the Federal Transit Administration will put $61 million into expanding capacity on the Red and Blue lines.

They'll be able to hold a third more riders.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Starting March 30, Dallas Area Rapid Transit will be closing several light rail stations in the heart of downtown Dallas every weekend through September. 

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A driver died and a passenger was hurt Thursday when their vehicle collided with a DART train in Richardson.


The holiday season tends to be less safe for drivers, and the early hours on New Year's Day are no exception.

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As the neighborhoods in and around downtown Dallas redeveloped in recent decades, they became hotbeds for millennials who, more than their parents did, rely on everything from walking and shared bikes to light-rail trains and ride-hailing apps to get around.

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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.

The Texas Tribune

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.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

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.


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.

DART bus

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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.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

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.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

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
Jeff Whittington / KERA News

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. 


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