The City of Grand Prairie, under Texas Transportation Code Chapter 458, has served as an urban transit district for the part of the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington (DFWA) urbanized area (UZA) within the city limits of Grand Prairie since 1998 and therefore receives state funding. The transit program, Grand Connection, provides demand-response service only for people who are elderly and people with disabilities within the city limits of Grand Prairie. In 2015, the city, in partnership with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and Texas Department of Transportation, opened the first park-and-ride (P&R) facility on the eastbound side of Interstate Highway 30 to promote alternative transportation options.
The service area of Grand Connection crosses Dallas, Ellis, and Tarrant Counties, and the vast majority 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 Arlington and Northeast Transportation Services), and the City of Mesquite. Public transportation options are extensive in the region, including intercity bus services, Amtrak passenger rail service, the rail and bus services
of DART and Trinity Metro, and a rural transportation service provided by Community Services, Inc. Grand Connection connects with the DART West Irving light-rail station at the north border of the city. Grand Connection and the P&R are administrated by the Transportation Department of the City of Grand Prairie and are governed by the Grand Prairie City Council.
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