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Bus Service Debuts in Arlington, Texas
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 3:30 PM  

Arlington logoThe biggest city in the nation to not have public transportation just got bus service last month.

Arlington, Texas  - with a population of about 375,000 -  is now getting nonstop, commuter bus service from The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T).  The service began on Sept. 2 and runs morning and evening between two Arlington park-and-ride lots and the downtown Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center.

Commuters in this North Texas city pay $2.50 one way or $80 for a monthly pass. Transfers and children under five ride for free. This pilot program is scheduled to run one year.

Arlington, located midway between Fort Worth and Dallas, has a population of about 375,000. Three times, voters rejected public transit initiatives. An agreement between the T and the city of Arlington pays for the cost of this new bus service with funds from the Sue Pope Fund-North Texas Pollution Reduction Program and the Downwinders at Risk paying for Arlington's portion. The Sue Pope Fund is a North Texas organization that gives grants to reduce ozone emissions in North Texas.

"This partnership between the T and the city of Arlington should help reduce peak Fort Worth traffic congestion, as well as demonstrate to Arlington residents the benefits of mass transit," *** Ruddell, president of the T, told Passenger Transport magazine, a publication of American Public Transportation Association.

A kick-off event on Aug. 29 highlighted the T's new compressed natural gas-powered commuter buses from North American Bus Industries.   

Comments

Peter Wang said:

Good for them. I hope they have bike racks on their buses. DART is getting bike racks on their bus fleet. That will help many people.

# October 14, 2008 8:26 PM

DominicMazoch said:

Now, is that NABI bus have that thing in the middle of it?

# October 14, 2008 9:22 PM

Richard Mack said:

Uh, your profanity filter has blocked out Mr. Ruddell's first name. His name is Richard, but he goes by... well, you know.

# October 15, 2008 7:55 AM

Cy Guy said:

Not to commandeer this topic (Congrats to Arlington and ****), but speaking of Park and Rides, I notice that Metro has published their fare increases to take effect in November. I'm going to see over a 25% increase in what I pay to ride the bus from the Cypress Park and Ride.

One question for Mary. Can you start a topic on the fare increases please so that people can discuss? I'd love to talk about elephants, or Arlington, or sharpshooting scuba divers, but I think there is a more important topic that is affecting everybody riding Metro on a daily basis.

Thanks!

# October 15, 2008 10:45 AM
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