Passengers to pay $5 to $8 bus fare on Arlington pilot bus project

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ARLINGTON - Riders using a proposed bus service between downtown Arlington and the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort Station could be asked to pay a fare between $5 and $8, city officials said this week.

In early May, the Arlington City Council is expected to vote on a joint contract with Dallas Area Rapid Transit and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority to provide shuttle bus service between the two designations as part of a two-year pilot project.

The contract, if approved, is expected to cost $700,000 a year. Half of the contract is being paid by the city. The University of Texas at Arlington and the business community have pledged to pay the other half the cost of the shuttle service during the pilot phase.

"It is a truly joint proposal where both entities would be responsible for the planning, marketing implementation of it," Community Development and Planning Director Jim Parajon told council members this week.

Details are still being worked out, but a bus stop is expected to be located downtown near UT Arlington's new College Park District, Parajon said. Up to three buses, with 37 seats each, would travel Monday through Friday to and from CentrePort Station, where riders could catch a train to Dallas or Fort Worth.

Parajon said the proposed fare would pay for a daily roundtrip pass for the shuttle service and would also let the bus rider access the TRE without have to pay an additional $5 fare to take the train east or west.

DART and T will work with the city's communication office to market the new service, especially to senior citizens, college students and commuters, Parajon said. The buses would also be wrapped to help brand the Arlington service.

"This is not a DART service. This is not a T service. This is a pilot project that's specific to Arlington, like an Arlington Express," Parajon said. "All the marking materials will represent that."

The service, which would transport an estimated 300 to 600 riders each week, could start in August to coincide with the start of the university's fall semester.

Susan Schrock, 817-709-7578

Twitter: @susanschrock

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