Arlington, Now with a Single Bus Route, Loses Crown as Largest City Without Mass Transit

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Metro Arlington Xpress
Arlington is celebrating this morning. After decades as the largest U.S. municipality without mass transit, the city now has a bus service. So park your Ford Excursion and prepare to retire your warmed-over gibes about Arlington as the ultimate suburban wasteland.

All done? OK, now bring them back out of retirement. Metro Arlington Xpress (MAX for short) is entirely composed of a single bus route.

The bare-bones nature of the bus system isn't the fault of Arlington officials. It's the fault of Arlington residents, who have thrice in recent decades rejected proposals to fund a more robust public transit network. City leaders were left to scrape together enough money and good will from DART and The T, Fort Worth's transit agency, for a two-year pilot that will connect the University of Texas at Arlington and the Trinity Railway Express' CentrePort Station.

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This is good news for UTA, whose students and faculty can now get to or from Dallas and Fort Worth without a car. For the vast majority of Arlington's 374,000 residents, however, the bus service will mean very little, since it neither picks up nor stops where any non-college students live.

There is some indication that a successful MAX could spur the further growth of public transit in Arlington. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram suggests Arlington could join either DART or The T, or it could spur the creation of a "single, region-wide entity to oversee the area's bus and rail system."

But expansion is far from certain. The former option would require buy-in by Arlington voters, the latter by the transit agency's governing boards. Both would be a tough sell. Which means all those Arlington-as-suburban-dystopia insults will remain as fresh as ever.


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29 comments
Sebastian Gluzman
Sebastian Gluzman

so a single bus route is considered mass transit?? only in America

Paddy Martini
Paddy Martini

DART means little other than higher taxes for the vast majority of the residents of Dallas and surrounding areas.

ruddski
ruddski

Now maybe Arlington will become more progressive and diverse, assuming this bus has a Walmart on the route.

Dub919
Dub919

"spur the creation of a "single, region-wide entity to oversee the area's bus and rail system."

This is what needs to happen.  DCTA, DART, and The T/TRE under one umbrella could result in properly-timed connections and better coverage.  Of course, figuring out how to fund it in a way the cities served would be a train-wreck (no pun intended).

Dub919
Dub919

Now give me a bus to/from Rangers Ballpark and I'll be a happy camper.

Tyler Atnip
Tyler Atnip

oh well problem solved... I mean they already have a fleet of school buses right? " or it could spur the creation of a "single, region-wide entity to oversee the area's bus and rail system."" THIS... this is what needs to happen. Just like NTTA or the midcities highway systems.

Dallas Observer
Dallas Observer

Hey Tyler, come on, that's like 40 people they can move around now.

Tyler Atnip
Tyler Atnip

I certainly would say it still doesn't have 'mass transit' ...

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Why do we want to make easy for Arlingtonians, (Arlingites? Arlingtinians?) to get out?

ruddski
ruddski

Arlington resisted public transit to keep the lower economic strata out of town. It didn't work.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@Max Bailey That's what she said...

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Dub919 once in Arlington there are lots of buses/trolleys that will pick you up around the entertainment/hotel district and take you to the games?  Some start at the bars, others in downtown.  

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Montemalone eh, I thought it was about trying to make it easier for the hipster no car people to get in

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@ruddski That's right.  I understand that they have some inbred Arkansas hillbillies that come there on the weekends in the fall.


(My apologies to the other inbred Arkansas hillbillies.)

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