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Monday, November 4, 2013

Free D-Link Connects Downtown, Uptown and Oak Cliff

Photo credit: The Dallas Morning News
Museum Tower residents can now enjoy an easy, free ride to all of their favorite destinations and restaurants thanks to the new D-Link.

The following Dallas Morning News article has all the details about this exciting, much needed addition. 

Dallas Area Rapid Transit on Monday launches D-Link, a circular bus route that takes riders through south Uptown,
downtown and north Oak Cliff. The route is meant to offer free access to and from places like Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, American Airlines Center, Klyde Warren Park and the Bishop Arts District.
“Basically places that show off the downtown area as a fun and vibrant place to be,” said John Crawford, president and CEO of advocacy group Downtown Dallas Inc.
“As Dallas gets more urban, as we get more people, we don’t want to have a one-dimensional transportation system that only relies on the car,” said Dallas City Council member Scott Griggs, whose district includes the area of Oak Cliff that will be served.
D-Link, or Route 722, will run buses in both directions every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. After 6 p.m. on those days, the service will extend into the Cedars. Buses on the route are bright pink and are branded especially for the D-Link. It is the agency’s first free bus route aimed at connecting people to destinations throughout the city, not just other DART stops and stations.
A primary goal is to provide visitors staying in downtown or Uptown hotels a way to get to some of the city’s most popular arts, dining and historic destinations.
“We want it to be convenient and easy for people to get around from destinations and to destinations,” Griggs said.
But it’s also seen as a way to get downtown residents and workers around the area or into Uptown, the Cedars and Oak Cliff for lunch or after-work socializing.
“It’s an important ingredient in creating a downtown urban area that people will enjoy being in,” Crawford said.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science opened in Uptown last year. Downtown has its beloved Arts District and has seen chic restaurants open in and near Klyde Warren Park. Meanwhile, Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff has become a wildly popular dining and shopping destination.
Read the full, original article from The Dallas Morning News here.
Article Credit: Brandon Formby, Transportation Writer, The Dallas Morning News