The City of Mesquite, 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 Mesquite since 1994 and therefore receives state funding. The City of Mesquite was a limited-eligibility transit provider until 2015, when demand-response service became available for the general public. In addition, the City of Mesquite provides a commuter bus service called COMPASS to its residents.
The service area of the City of Mesquite is the city limits, crossing Dallas and Kaufman Counties. Two regional transportation authorities (Dallas Area Rapid Transit [DART] and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority) and three limited-eligibility transit agencies (Arlington, Grand Prairie, and Northeast Transportation Services) serve the DFWA UZA beyond the city limits of Mesquite. STAR Transit is the public transportation provider in the rural areas of Kaufman County.
The City of Mesquite maintains interlocal agreements with STAR Transit. STAR Transit operates the demand-response service for the city. STAR Transit also operates commuter bus service, COMPASS. In addition to state funds, the demand-response service utilizes Section 5310 funds awarded by the North Central Texas Council of Governments and is supported by municipal grants; COMPASS utilizes Section 5307.
The governing board for the transit services of the City of Mesquite is the Mesquite City Council.
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