Dallas: A New Bus Network Proposal Seeks Your Feedback

We have been working with DART in Dallas for almost two years to develop a new network concept for the bus layer of the DART system. The agency covers the City of Dallas and 12 surrounding smaller cities.

You can now review the draft plan here, in English or Spanish.  You can also download our friendly and readable Draft Plan Report to understand the plan and its benefits in detail, as well as the process and public conversation that led it to look as it looks today.

Some key facts:

  • More frequent service.  The plan doubles the number of residents and jobs on 15-minute service.
  • Expanded access!  The average resident can get to 28% more jobs in transit in 60 minutes.
  • Equity: The access benefit is identical or better for the average Black or Hispanic resident.
  • The plan retains service to 97.9% of existing riders within 1/4 mile, and 99.6% within 1/2 mile.  Why not 100%?  That’s a result of a Board decision about the balance of ridership and coverage goals, which was the result of a public conversation last year.

There is also a fun and helpful tool that you can use to explore the network and see where you could go in a fixed amount of time.  Just select a location and click “60 minute travel.”  It will show you a blue blob of the area you can get to, with light blue meaning new area you can reach in 60 minutes and grey meaning places you can no longer get to in that time.  The box also shows how many more jobs you could reach in 60 minutes.

If you live in the DART area be sure to fill out their survey at the link above.  Remember, if you like the plan, you must say so!  Too often, people who like the plan are silent, so the survey results make it look like everyone hates it.  Comments are open through June 8.

3 Responses to Dallas: A New Bus Network Proposal Seeks Your Feedback

  1. Jacob April 5, 2021 at 10:34 pm #

    Love the micro transit aspect to this but it’s funny…

    HT was incredibly anti-microtransit (and so loudly vocal about it) before this. Funny how fast a client’s $$ can change a firm’s views.

    But let’s say it was different cities needing “different mixes of tools.” 😉

    • Jarrett April 6, 2021 at 8:04 am #

      Sorry, Jacob. I’ve been designing demand-responsive transit services for almost 30 years. They have a place in network planning when coverage is the goal. I’ve objected to the overhyping of “microtransit” as “the future of public transit,” as opposed to what it is: a niche product with a small but important area of relevance.

  2. Val Ismaili April 7, 2021 at 7:52 am #

    Hi Jarrett, that tool is really useful. Got me wondering how you’re running those queries? Can see it’s hosted on AWS – are you hosting an OpenTripPlanner instance on there and allowing users to query the graph there and then with the population datasets also stored there? I do this kind of connectivity analysis in the UK a lot but always take results from fixed key locations and present the results of that rather than providing a wrapper to a live graph which you can interact with. The interactive results are great! Curious to hear the details of how you’re running this tool?!