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5 Things to Know About Riding DART

This article appeared in an August 2016 issue of the student newsletter.

With 62 rail stations and 11 bus transit centers, a DART pass is like a key to the city — putting you within steps of the places you go every day. Before you hop on and head out exploring, check out these helpful travel tips below.

1. Operation Hours

DART buses and trains operate daily from approximately 5 a.m. to midnight. DART Rail offers service every 8-15 minutes during rush hours, every 20 minutes during midday and weekends, and every 30 minutes late at night.

2. Ticket Fares

Need a ticket just for the day? You’ll want to purchase an “Adult Local Day Pass” from the free GoPass mobile app or a Ticket Vending Machine, the latter of which can be found at all DART Rail stations. This will cost you $5 for local trips.

Reduced fares ($2.50) are available to those with a valid DART photo ID including seniorspeople with disabilities and students, to name a few. To learn more about ticket fares and passes, visit

Qualified students at the El Centro College Downtown Campus can ride DART free when enrolled in at least six Spring or Fall semester credit hours or 96 contact hours in a single quarter for continuing education students. Visit the Cashier’s Office for more information or to obtain a pass.

3. Trip Planning

Attending an event downtown? Heading west to the airport? Use the online DART Trip Planner or Google Transit to create a blueprint for your adventure. You can also contact DART Customer Service at 214-979-1111 for assistance or view the DART Rail System Map online

4. College Visits

Heading to a class or meeting at one of the Dallas Community Colleges? You can easily plan your route with DART using the new, mobile-friendly, college maps. Visit and click on the "Colleges and Higher Education" link.

You’ll notice two of the seven DCCCD colleges have DART Rail stations literally right next to campus: North Lake College and El Centro College. These rail stops are North Lake College Station and West End Station, respectively.

The district website's Public Transportation page has more DART-related information for the colleges and locations of DCCCD.

5. Neighborhood Services

Need a little extra help using public transit? Find information on how to ride at Learn about services like the Travel Ambassador Program, which provides free travel orientation to anyone who needs it. This includes individual or group instruction on how to prepare a trip plan, pay fares and travel safely. 

Another cool program is DART On-Call, a bus service that picks up passengers at their doors and takes them to destinations within eight specific zones. Reservations are required at least one hour in advance, and rides cost $2.50 one way.

Go Further

Want to learn more about riding DART railpurchasing passes or exploring schedules and maps? Visit The website even has a section on how to ride DART to special events like the State Fair of Texas.