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A Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus sits at a bus station in downtown Dallas. (credit: Dallas Area Rapid Transit)

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas is getting a poor rating when it comes to mass transit effectiveness and its ability to connect workers and their jobs.

A new study by the Brookings Institution shows serious transportations gaps in North Texas.

Lead researcher Adi Tomer says while both the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth have great transit, the suburbs are lacking.

“Especially for those that are not in the DART service area, so for those extra counties the opportunity to be serviced by transit is far, far lower,” he said.

The study found that, when traveling by bus or train less than15-percent of North Texas jobs can be reached in 90 minutes or less.

Tomer said the numbers indicate that mass transit expansion hasn’t kept up with the dramatic growth of the suburbs.

“Really there’s a tremendous amount of suburban areas and then of course Arlington, the largest city in the United States without transit, and that really kind of brings down the metropolitan performance numbers that we found.”

The study ranks the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area as 81st out of 100 when it comes to jobs located near mass transit.

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