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. The transit program, Handitran, provides demand-response service only for people who are elderly and people with disabilities.
The earliest Handitran service began in 1981. The current service area extends 1.5 miles beyond the city limits. The vast majority of the service area falls into 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 METRO ArlingtonXpress operated by DART, the Trinity Tail Express at the Bell Spur and Centreport stations, and one bus stop of Trinity Metro in northwest Arlington.
Handitran is the transit department of the City of Arlington. It is governed by the city council. The seven-member Special Transit Advisory Board reviews operations and complaints.
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