At July 9th’s DART Board meeting, the team approved a revised route for the new shuttle service that will run from Downtown to North Oak Cliff via an extended loop through the Winnetka Heights neighborhood.
At first, only two routes were planned for the shuttle — Route 21 from the Arts District to Bishop Arts with a loop from W. Davis St. to Jefferson Blvd. via
Llewellyn and Zang, and Route 49 from the Medical District to the Cedars via Stemmons Corridor, American Airlines Center and the Convention Center. Now, Route 722 has been added to bring riders a little further West, continuing down Davis to Edgefield, heading East on Jefferson and back up Zang Blvd.
The shuttle is planned to run every 15 minutes between 11 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, making it ideal for tourists and visitors hoping to frequent Bishop Arts and N. Oak Cliff without worrying about parking. The new route will also include hotspots along the Davis corridor such as Bolsa and the Kessler Theater, the many restaurants and shopping options on Jefferson Blvd., and the Texas Theater.
According to an article on the Dallas Morning News site, the shuttle’s start date has been pushed back from late August to Nov. 4th in order to allow time for the shorter, 30-foot buses to arrive. The shuttles will distinguish themselves from DART buses with their shorter length and a unique wrap that will brand the shuttle. They will also have their own fare structure, though Downtown Dallas, Inc., one of the major funders of project, hopes to eventually make it a free service.
You can read DART’s report on the new service here.