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DART pitches hybrid option for bus network
of the larger ridership network gaps where expanded GoLink service does not make sense and would have a 70%-75% focus on ridership and a 25%-30% focus on coverage, the presentation showed. At $12 million per year, 11 routes would ll a portion of network gaps, and about 25%-30% of the routes would operate every 20 minutes on weekdays at midday. There would be small areas left uncovered in some cities, such as Plano and Richardson, but a majority of those gaps generate few riders in the current system or are relatively undeveloped, according to the presentation. The hybrid option would also place about 65%-70% of residents within a half-mile of service and would expand GoLink in areas where it is most useful. Board members requested more information on the eects of the hybrid option on residents and work- ing riders. A recommendation will be necessary in early October for drafting and review of a bus network plan at the beginning of 2021.
BY LIESBETH POWERS
A new option for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s bus network redesign has been added to the four existing variations deliberated in recent months. A hybrid option was created after committee members expressed interest in a middle ground between ridership and coverage. About 55% of DART’s bus service currently focuses on high ridership routes, while the rest is used to provide coverage to a broader area, according to Richardson Transpor- tation Director Mark Nelson. If the transit agency focused its redesign around ridership, that share would shift to 85% ridership, 15% coverage, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper . This 85/15 variation would expand the GoLink on-demand, curb-to-curb shuttle service in ridership coverage gaps, but in a way that would not be cost-eective, according to a Sept. 22 presentation to the DART board of directors. The hybrid option would ll some
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