Extending Light Rail Service to Irving

 

Bill M. relocated to North Texas a year ago. He chose to live in Irving because he wanted to be near public transit, especially since his employer participates in the DART Employer Annual Pass program – making his commuting costs very affordable. He takes the Orange Line from North Lake College Station to his job in Downtown Dallas. Bill said he appreciates the convenience and dependability of DART.

“On DART, I’m not worried about highway construction or traffic jams. It’s a less stressful commute. I know when I need to be at the station and how long it will take to get to the St. Paul Station. If for some reason I miss my train, I trust another one will arrive in 15 minutes,” he said.

Commuters like Bill have been able to ride DART Rail to and from Irving since July 2012 when the first three stations opened: University of Dallas, Las Colinas Urban Center and Irving Convention Center. Less than five months later, the agency opened two more stations – North Lake College and Belt Line – in early December.

Since opening of the Orange Line in Irving, ridership has remained steady.

“Investment in DART has been worthwhile for many reasons. First, we are providing residents and employees in our city with a viable alternative to driving. Second, access to public transit is a real draw for residential and commercial development. And finally, the extension to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has made DART a gateway to the world,” said Rick Stopfer, who represents Irving on the agency’s Board of Directors.

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