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Public DART Meetings Regarding Fare Increases Begin

By Matt Goodman, CBSDFW.com
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The first of 18 scheduled meetings concerning a proposed DART fare increase is tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Richardson.

In April, Dallas Area Rapid Transit officials announced a proposal that will jump prices for single way tickets from $1.75 to $2.50 and boost daily passes from $4 to $5.

The cost of a monthly pass will increase from $65 to $80, a nearly 23 percent jump.

“The fare increase will help financially support the continued expansion and maintenance of the existing transit system,” a DART document issued in April said.

DART will also replace single ride fares with a two hour pass for $2.50 and a five hour mid-day fare for $3.50.

The meetings, which begin Tuesday and continue through June 25, lead up to a public hearing before the DART Board of Directors. Officials are using these meetings to gauge the public’s response ahead of that hearing.

The increases, dubbed the 20-year financial plan, would go into effect on Dec. 3., which coincides with the opening of the Orange Line rail from Las Colinas to D/FW Airport and the Blue Line extension from Garland to Rowlett.

Below is the list of meetings:

Tuesday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m.
Richardson Civic Center, 411 West Arapaho Road, Richardson 75080

Wednesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Arts Center, 1115 Fourth Avenue, Carrollton 75006

Wednesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m.
Irving City Hall, 825 West Irving Boulevard, Irving 75060

Thursday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Farmers Branch City Hall, 13000 William Dodson Pkwy, Farmers Branch 75234

Monday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m.
Hampton-Illinois Branch Library, 2951 South Hampton Road, Dallas 75224

Monday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior Center, 2901 Pennsylvania Avenue, Dallas 75215

Tuesday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m.
Garland City Hall, 200 North Fifth Street, Garland 75040

Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m.
Rowlett City Hall, 4000 Main Street, Rowlett 75088

Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m.
Dallas West Branch Library, 2332 Singleton Boulevard, Dallas 75212

Monday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m.
Plano Municipal Center, 1520 K Avenue, Plano 75074

Monday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m.
Glenn Heights City Hall, 1938 South Hampton Road, Glenn Heights 75154

Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m.
Cockrell Hill City Hall, 4125 West Clarendon Drive, Dallas 75211

Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m.
Addison Town Hall, 5300 Belt Line Road, Addison 75254

Wednesday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m.
Fretz Recreation Center, 6998 Belt Line Road, Room A, Dallas 75254

Thursday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m.
Skyline Branch Library, 6006 Everglade Road, Dallas 75227

Thursday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m.
Eastfield College – Pleasant Grove Campus, 802 South Buckner Boulevard, Room 109, Dallas 75217

Saturday, June 23, at 12 p.m. (noon)
DART Board Room, 1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas 75202

Monday, June 25, at 12 p.m. (noon)
DART Board Room, 1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas 75202

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