How is the study being funded?
In 2018, the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) received several transit requests from elected officials and other interested parties in North Central Texas asking for assistance in planning and implementing transit service outside transit authority service areas. The RTC approved federal transportation funding to conduct three transit studies for Collin, Dallas, and Tarrant Counties with each county conducting an independent study. The Best Southwest Partnership, which includes Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Lancaster, requested a transit study for Southern Dallas County to support planning and implementation efforts of a regional transportation system in those cities.
How can I provide my ideas and input for the study?
You can provide your ideas and input for the study by participating in the study’s public engagement activities including the public input survey and public meetings. Click here to review public meetings. You can also provide input for the study and/or sign up for project email updates by contacting us directly. Please email email@example.com or call (469) 749-7541 to communicate with our project team.
What is the goal of this study?
The goal of the study is to assess transit needs in the study area and to recommend services over a 5 to 10-year planning horizon. The study will provide recommendations for service and funding for future transit and mobility options for Southern Dallas County. Ultimately, this study will be included in NCTCOG’s long-range Mobility 2045 plan.
What kind of transportation options will be considered in this study?
The study will consider all options for transit and mobility based on the needs and the resources available. The types of transit considered for the study will include local bus, express bus, micotransit (GoLink, STARNow), circulator buses, shuttles, and taxi/ride hailing options. In addition, the study will assess opportunities for mobility hub locations and improved access to transit services. While this study will not focus on light-rail options, it will help establish the foundation for long-range transit solutions including rail options identified in the Mobility 2045 plan.
What is the schedule for the project?
How has COVID-19 impacted this study?
The study will consider and plan for the potential impacts of COVID-19 in the near and long term. The planning process will analyze travel trends and employment growth in the study area.