Transit Trends

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Public transportation continues to evolve in North Central Texas and across the nation. No longer limited to the familiar buses and trains that have been used for decades, public transportation agencies are embracing new technologies and new service models to better serve communities.

New transit technologies and modes being introduced and planned in the region include high-speed rail, Hyperloop, autonomous vehicles, and the electrification of transit fleets. The implementation of these technologies is being explored and planned by NCTCOG and its partner transit providers in the region. These technologies are being planned to integrate into a more comprehensive, safer, and cleaner regional transportation system that can better serve the needs of all residents, workers, and visitors in North Central Texas.

NCTCOG has partnered with the Community Council of Greater Dallas and My Health My Resources of Tarrant County for implementation of the MyRide North Texas service that assists riders in planning trips across the region. Transit Staff have also hosted quarterly Regional Mobility Manager meetings to enable regional mobility management coordination and discussion. Click here to learn more about existing Transit Providers in the region.

North Central Texas is a host to several new service models to increase mobility beyond traditional transit. This includes the concepts of Mobility-on-Demand (MOD) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) through services like Via in Arlington and the implementation of new On-Demand zones through DART and Trinity Metro in areas previously underserved by traditional transit. Learn more about our Mobility on Demand Working Group.

The dashboard below displays ridership trends for 2021 across various fixed-route services in the NCTCOG region.  Ridership performance, aggregated by quarter, can be viewed by transit mode (rail or bus) as well as by Transit Authority.  Though the impact of COVID-19 on transit ridership has been drastic (especially in 2020), 2021 data shows steady ridership improvement across the various modes- certainly trending in the right direction.

To enlarge a chart, click-on the expand icon on the top-right corner of each chart. To filter data points, click on the Legend elements to toggle categories on/off.  Open on a desktop for best viewing experience.  

NOTE: The Hover Labels show ridership in decimal format rounded to the nearest tenth, not actual values.

Data Sources: DART, Trinity Metro, DCTA, and MATA.
Update Cycle: Quarterly


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