Written by Staff
By Amanda Casanova
For nearly a year now, the long awaited Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has ferried people from Irving stations, and now transit leaders are hoping the service will expand to the University of Texas at Arlington.
DART officials, along with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, the T, have proposed a two-year pilot bus route from CentrePort to downtown Arlington. If Arlington city officials approve the proposal, the agreement could create a route for Irving residents looking to head into Tarrant County and also provide Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) students with a ride to classes at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), which is in downtown Arlington.
“If DART developed an orange-line extension to UTA, that route obviously would offer DCCCD students an accessible option so that they could pursue a bachelor's degree,” Ann Hatch, director of media relations for DCCCD said. “They are beginning to use the orange line to travel to North Lake College, so are employees who have meetings at that location as well.
“Access to DART for DCCCD students across Dallas County — regardless of which of our seven colleges they attend – makes it easier and more affordable to get to their classes,” she said.