The City of Arlington, under Texas Transportation Code Chapter 458, serves as an urban transit district for the part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (DFWA) urbanized area (UZA) within its service area and therefore receives state funding. Arlington provides two transit programs, Handitran and Via Rideshare.
Handitran service began in 1981 providing demand-response services for elderly (65 or older) and persons with disabilities (must be certified). The current service area extends 1.5 miles beyond the city limits. Most of the service area falls within Tarrant County and is urbanized. The remaining parts of the DFWA UZA are served by two regional transportation authorities (Dallas Area Rapid Transit [DART] and Trinity Metro), two other limited-eligibility transit providers (the City of Grand Prairie and Northeast Transportation Services), and the City of Mesquite. Handitran connects to the Trinity Tail Express at the Bell Spur and Centreport stations, and one bus stop of Trinity Metro in northwest Arlington. The Transportation Department for the city of Arlington comprises of Handitran and a TNC contracted public rideshare service. It is governed by the city council. There is a seven-member Special Transit Advisory Board reviews operations and complaints.
The Arlington Via Rideshare service began in late 2017 and provides convenient and affordable rides to the general public, using ADA accessible vehicles on request. Services are provided within City limits only except for a connection to the CentrePort TRE Station.
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