The 2014 NCTCOG Regional Transit Study indicated 83% of transit users in the region walk to access a transit system. This as an indicator of the need to prioritize implementation of first-mile/last-mile solutions in the study area. The 2014 Study also showed that roughly 45% of all transit trips in the region were for other uses. The Southern Dallas County Transit Study will look at other destinations people access using transit and evaluate the patterns of these trips to help provide the basis for supplemental services such as mobility-on-demand and micromobility in the study area.
It should also be noted, only STAR transit offers transit service within any of the Best Southwest Partnership (BSWP) cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster. DART services are provided through fixed-routes, GoLink zones and express bus service in some areas of the Inland Port and City of Glenn Heights, however there are no other DART services in the study area.
The Inland Port, a large master-planned logistics park that includes several distribution centers, such as Amazon, Kohl’s, and The Home Depot, as well as shipping centers for FedEx and DHL, makes freight and trucking mobility, as well as safety, very important to the commerce and quality of life of the local communities. The strategic location of the Inland Port to major highways, dual rail and intermodal facilities provides a unique opportunity to plan for the future movement of goods within and outside of the region.