Reliable in-city mass transit is an amenity many North Texas communities have yet to offer. DART and Trinity Railway Express make traveling in, to and around Irving simple. With easy access to DART light rail and bus services, Las Colinas Area Personal Transit System and Trinity Railway Express commuter rail, mass transit options make Irving one of the most accessible North Texas cities. In addition to convenience, mass transit benefits include saving gas, time and money.
DART stops strategically placed throughout the city make mass transit a viable option for a significant portion of the Irving community. In addition, Irving is home to two transit centers, which offer convenient park-and-ride options for riders. The South Irving Transit Center is located on Rock Island Road and O’Connor Boulevard. The North Irving Transit Center is located at the corner of O’Connor Boulevard and Spur 348. From these centers, mass transit riders can get to popular destinations in Irving and around the Metroplex.
“Public transit in Irving offers potential benefits to the environment as well as the community,” said Councilman Brad LaMorgese. “In addition to helping residents get around the city, the system is set up so that visitors can easily get to the Las Colinas Urban Center and some of Irving’s most popular destinations for work or play.”
Use of mass transit by those who work near the Las Colinas Urban Center has grown in popularity because of the expansion of the area’s tram. After arriving at the Las Colinas Urban Center via the DART Orange Line, riders can catch a ride on the tram and get dropped off right at the office door.
Popular in-city destinations easily accessible via mass transit include local libraries, the Las Colinas Urban Center, downtown, the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, and local institutions of higher learning — University of Dallas and North Lake College.
When plans call for trips outside of Irving, DART and TRE make some of North Texas’ most popular destinations as close as the nearest bus stop or train station. A trip from the South Irving Transit center to the American Airlines Center in downtown dallas, for example, can be completed in under 15 minutes using the TRE (Mass transit riders also save money on parking fees.). Also, from the South Irving Transit center, TRE provides riders with easy access to downtown Fort Worth.
City leaders have worked diligently to ensure mass transit options for Irving residents continue to expand. By the end of this year, DART Orange Line riders can make a quick trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (see rendering above).
Mass transit riders also can comfortably enjoy the sights of the cities traversed while traveling. DART and TRE have gone through great lengths to ensure mass transit customers enjoy the ride. There are waiting stations equipped with restrooms, climate-controlled waiting areas, seating and accommodations for wheelchairs. In addition, TRE riders can enjoy free WiFi access while traveling to various destinations.
Irving residents are encouraged to discover how mass transit can meet their traveling needs in and around the city. Trip planning assistance, maps and schedules for DART as well as TRE are available at dart.org.