DART maintains suspended rail service and limited bus service through Friday – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas Area Rapid Transit said it is maintaining Operating Scenario 2 of its severe winter weather operating plans through the end of service Friday due to persistent weather conditions in North Texas.

DART said rail operations will remain suspended and bus routes will operate on a Sunday schedule from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

DART says operating crews are working diligently to complete inspections and make necessary repairs to the light rail right-of-way to restore regular service Saturday morning.

The final determination of the service schedule will be confirmed Friday afternoon, DART said.

According to DART, passengers should continue to check for travel changes on the DART website or by signing up for DART alerts at www.dart.org.

DART said that in light of the current forecast for roads and overpasses to refreeze on Friday night, riders should expect delays until midday Saturday, when temperatures are expected to rise above freezing.

DART will continue to operate 14 shuttle routes between stations, the agency said. Shuttle routes for Operation Scenario 2 are available on the DART website at www.dart.org/winterweather. A shuttle service will be available every 45 minutes.

For passengers requiring service to Central Business District stations, route 560/960 is a downtown circulator serving West End, Akard, St. Paul and Pearl/Arts District stations.

Passengers should look for the red “Rail Disruption” bus stop signs located near each station to board a shuttle, DART said.

According to DART, bus lines will operate normal Sunday hours with limited service added on express lines 306, 308, 378 and 383 between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The Trinity Railway Express will operate a regular weekday service on Saturday. More information is available at https://trinityrailwayexpress.org/.

DART said the Dallas Light Rail will not be operating at this time, but there will be a shuttle to and from EBJ Union Station and the Bishop Arts District.

According to DART, the GoLink on-demand service will operate on a Sunday schedule with service from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday service is available in the Rylie, Inland Port, Park Cities, North Dallas, Northwest Dallas and West Dallas areas. Information about GoLink services is available at www.dart.org/riding/GoLink.asp.

All DART Paratransit subscription rides for Friday will be canceled except for rides for medical purposes, DART said. To check the status of a trip, visit www.dart.org/ridepara or call 214-515-7272.

DART said the following transit centers will be available from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. to ensure passengers stay warm and help plan their trip. DART staff will be at each location to allow passengers to enter the transit center.

  • Addison Transit Center
  • Arapaho Central Station
  • Buckner Station
  • Western Central Business District (CBD) Transfer Center
  • Central Business District (CBD) Eastern Transfer Center
  • Garland Town Center Station
  • Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station
  • JB Jackson, Jr Transit Center
  • June Lake Station
  • Ledbetter Station
  • Parker Road Station
  • South Garland Transit Center

The Cockrell Hill transfer location will be available between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., DART said.

Due to the TSA security directive which remains in effect until March 18, a CDC-approved face mask must be worn over the mouth and nose by passengers, operators, and contractors at all times . DART said social distancing will also be enforced.

DART said the agency will continue to monitor weather conditions in North Texas for the safety of passengers and employees.

More information about DART’s extreme winter weather operating plans can be found at www.dart.org/winterweather.

Melvin Z. Madore