DALLAS — For the next six months, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will offer curb-to-curb service for communities around South Dallas and Fair Park through its pilot program, South Dallas GoLink.
As of now, the area has 10 bus routes and four DART rail stations, including Cedar, Fair Park, Hatcher and MLK, Jr. Stations.
The pilot program will give residents the ability to travel shorter distances as a result of a survey taken by 200 people for the South Dallas/Fair Park (SDFP) Transportation Initiative group. The survey included residents in the 75210 and 75215 zip codes who identified concerns that DART wants to solve with the program. According to DART, the group said even though “extensive bus and rail service” cover the area, bus travel within the neighborhood tends to be difficult for trips to the grocery store and recreation center.
The GoLink program for South Dallas and Fair Park will cost $50,000 and will consist of an accessible taxi, supplemented by Uber Pool and cover an 8.5 square mile area. With the help of service providers, DART hopes the on-demand service results in less waiting for its users to get to doctor’s appointments or run errands.
Those interested in reserving a ride have multiple ways to do so. GoLink allows booking through a smartphone via the GoPass app, which is free. Also, walk-ons won’t be allowed, and children 12 and under have to be accompanied by an adult. If booking isn’t available by the app, reservations over the phone are accepted Monday through Friday beginning at 4:30 a.m. by calling 214-515-7272.
Currently, the GoLink Program serves areas in Western Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Southeast Garland, Glenn Heights, Inland Port, South Irving, Kleberg/Rylie, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, North Dallas, Park Cities, Legacy West, Far North Plano, North Central Plano/Chase Oaks and Rowlett.
For more information, visit www.dart.org/golink.