Dallas TX has plenty of transportation options to choose from. With fast and efficient rail and bus services spanning virtually every sector of the city, getting around is simple.
Although the favoured form of transportation in Dallas TX is the automobile, efforts are being made to significantly increase the availability of public transportation.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
DART is the Dallas TX public transportation authority and operates bus services, rail services and a light rail system.
The light rail system first began operating in 1996, and is constantly expanding. There are currently four light rail lines in service – red, blue, green and orange – with a combined total length of 93 miles. There are currently further plans to increase the DART light rail system, which will include a Downtown rail system and bring the total line length in excess of 150 miles.
DART transport service operates a system called GoPass. This allows passengers to purchase tickets from their phones. Passes are available for anything from a single journey to up to one month, and can be purchased via the iTunes or Google Play app stores. GoPass is valid on all trains and buses that DART operate. Reduced fees are available for students, children and the elderly.
DART operates 113 fixed bus routes, including 32 in Downtown Dallas alone. Many of these services also connect to Uptown through a total of 12,322 bus stops. All of the DART buses use CNG fuel, which was implemented by the state government during 2013 in order to reduce CO2 emissions.
Dallas TX is home to two commercial airports: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Dallas Love Field. There are also various aviation companies that operate outside the city limits.
DFW is the second largest airport in the United States and the sixth busiest in the world. It is the primary base of American Airlines, which operates the majority of passenger traffic. Love Field is closer to the city at around 6 miles northwest of the Downtown area; however, unlike DWF, it only has national reach.
Walking and Cycling Trails
Development of walking trails in and around Dallas TX is increasing. The most well-known trails are: the Katy Trail, which is built over the Katy Railway and goes through Uptown; Trinity River and the Texas Buckeye Trail.
Dallas TX has over 800 miles of cycle lanes. Many of the trails run parallel to the roadways, making them hugely accessible to most areas of the city. Pedestrian Tunnels have also been installed throughout the city.
In addition to light railways, bus services and public cycle paths, there are various trolley services which operate on the freeways providing cheap and efficient transportation along major highways, which is especially beneficial to non-drivers.