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DART Board Votes On New Downtown Tourist Shuttle Service

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) could start a new shuttle bus service in downtown this summer. On Monday the Transportation and Environment Council Committee was briefed on the Downtown Dallas Shuttle Project.

Officials say the shuttle is meant to supplement, not duplicate, service already provided by DART Rail.

According to Todd Plesko, vice president of planning and development for DART, the service would provide transportation to a number of downtown tourist attractions. "We've tried to design a shuttle that really targets the tourist and visitor market, downtown employee market, but also local citizens including those citizens who are now increasingly becoming residents of downtown."

Funding for the shuttle would be split between the City of Dallas, Downtown Dallas Inc., DART and money from grants. The estimated cost of the project is more than $1.2 million.

Dallas City Council Member Linda Koop supports the shuttle project because it will link some of the city's top tourist destinations. "It's something that the whole city I think has been really desirous of and that is some type of circulator for visitors coming to town and also for our downtown trying to get to Bishop Arts, and trying to get to Klyde Warren Park."

As it stands, there are two shuttle routes being proposed. Route 21 would serve Main Street and the Arts District, while Route 40 would serve Southside and the area near the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Proposed fares would range from a $1.75 midday pass, to a $5 day pass. And there could possibly be lower rates for an introductory promotional period.

DART officials are set to vote on the idea today and final board approval is expected later this month.

Officials hope to have the shuttle service up and running by the last week of August, in time for T. D. Jakes MegaFest religious conference.

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