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Advances in technology continue to change the way people get around. The Federal Transit Administration is funding projects throughout the nation to improve the efficiency of transportation by integrating transit services with innovative technologies. Dallas Area Rapid Transit was awarded $1.2 million to upgrade GoPass into an integrated, multimodal mobile application. The goal is to leverage ride-sharing services to improve access to DART stations, particularly in non-walkable areas underserved by transit.

A graphic explaining the money allocated for GoPass app upgrades.

This project will identify opportunities for innovative transit services and partnerships that maintain federal compliance. Part of DART's project includes creating a reloadable transit card to make the system more accessible to low-income individuals who may not have a credit card or mobile device. Additionally, NCTCOG formed the Mobility on Demand Working Group in January 2017. The working group can discuss, coordinate and promote the demonstration of Mobility on Demand concepts and solutions. It also provides a forum for transit agencies, local governments and other interested parties. For more information, visit NCTCOG is updating Access North Texas, which aims to improve public transportation for older adults, people with disabilities, low-income individuals and others who rely on transit. This plan includes prioritized strategies to make the most of the region's public transit services.


DART Blue Line

DART opened new stations at Camp Wisdom and the University of North Texas at Dallas as part of a three-mile Blue Line expansion in October. This allowed DART to connect an area known as the Education Corridor to downtown Dallas. More people are now able to discover the academic programs offered not only at UNT Dallas, but also at Paul Quinn College and Cedar Valley College.


In November 2016, the first full month of operation of the extension, the average weekday ridership at the UNT Dallas Station and the Camp Wisdom Station was over 1,000 passengers each weekday.


A chart showing annual passenger trips by small transit providers.
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TEX Rail

The TEX Rail commuter rail project between Fort Worth and DFW Airport is on schedule to begin serving customers in late 2018. The $1.034 billion project is under construction and is now fully funded after the Fort Worth Transportation Authority received a $499 million grant from the FTA in December 2016. The project will provide passenger rail service to two stations in downtown Fort Worth before moving across Tarrant County, through North Richland Hills and Grapevine, and concluding at Terminal B at DFW Airport. DARTplans to add connecting commuter rail service from DFW Airport to Plano along the Cotton Belt at a later time. For more information on TEX Rail, visit


Love Field Surveys

Aviation is also an important part of connecting people. NCTCOG and Dallas Love Field surveyed passengers in 2014 and 2015 to gauge how the expiration of the Wright Amendment affected travel. The amendment had limited longhaul flights from the airport.

Business and vacation travel from Love Field experienced the most significant impact. Before the restrictions were lifted, 57 percent of passengers took work-related trips. The following year, 48 percent did so, according to the survey data. There was a 7 percent increase in vacation/pleasure trips from 2014 to 2015.


Graphic howing daily operations at DFW Airport and Love Field.

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High-Sped Rail


The proposed DFW Core Express between Dallas and Fort Worth could connect the Dallas-to-Houston high-speed rail to anpother corridor serving Oklahoma and South Texas. NCTCOG has selected firms for three station-area studies as part of the project.


  • Fort Worth Station
  • Arlington Station
  • Dallas Station

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