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More room to ride on Red Line, more frequent DART trains for rush hours

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Dallas South News Wire (DART)

DART Rail customers on the Red Line North/Orange Line will have more frequent trains during the morning and afternoon rush hours starting April 11 when more trains depart every 7.5 minutes instead of every 15 minutes.

The adjustment to Red and Orange Line trains operating north of downtown Dallas is in response to rising ridership. It increases rush hour capacity 28 percent during morning and afternoon rush hours. The capacity will be increased by adding more frequent service over longer periods of time; creating more 7.5-minute departures instead of the current 15-minute departures. Four trips will be added during morning rush and six during the afternoon rush.

The increased Red Line North frequency was originally planned for implementation with the opening of the Orange Line to Irving in 2012. There are no plans to increase capacity on Red Line South, Blue Line or Green Line trains based on current and projected ridership. No bus routes are presently experiencing excessive loads, but staff is continuing to monitor ridership and will make adjustments as needed.

These rail service changes will require adjustments to some weekday rush hour Red, Blue and Green Line trips. Midday, evening and weekend rail schedules, along with all bus schedules, will remain the same. New timetables and station information is available on DART vehicles and at all passenger facilities. Updated schedule information is online at www.DART.org or available by calling Customer Information, 214.979.1111.

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