This is an excerpt from an article in the Inmotion May 2016 issue.
At The University of Texas at Dallas, located in Richardson, the Comet Cruiser Route 883 connects the campus to the rest of the DART System via CityLine/Bush Station, as well as to nearby apartments and shopping destinations. Public transit is a lifeline for the many international, out-of-state and other students who don’t have vehicles. And for faculty, staff and students looking to reduce commuting costs, the shuttles create a viable travel alternative.
“As we examined the infrastructure of our rapidly growing university, we decided to take a multimodal approach to transportation and parking,” said Dr. Calvin Jamison, UT Dallas vice president of administration. “I think we’ve created a positive, comprehensive model of how to use public transit to move individuals on and off an urban college campus.”
UT Dallas and DART launched the Comet Cruiser shuttle – which the university subsidizes through student transportation fees – in 2008 with two buses. Nearly six buses are now needed to handle the ridership demand. In 2015, more than a million passenger trips made it the busiest bus route in DART’s network.