The Way We Roll: DART-linked Comet Cruisers Debut
Free Shuttle Begins Service Connecting Campus With Rail Stop, Retail Areas
The shuttle-bus service backed by students in a vote last school year is rolling and ready to connect the UT Dallas campus with nearby destinations.
The Comet Cruisers – two orange, green and gold full-sized buses – link campus with the DART rail station at the Bush Turnpike, providing quicker access to the DART system for campus commuters.
Comet Cruiser service will also ferry riders to shopping areas near the intersection of Coit Road and McCallum Boulevard, giving on-campus residents service to Tom Thumb, Home Depot, Target and many nearby restaurants.
The free shuttles began making their rounds Thursday Jan. 3, in time for the start of spring semester. They are operated by a private contractor in conjunction with Dallas Area Rapid Transit.
The route is identified as DART Route 883 and is open to the public as part of the DART system. The route runs on campus along Rutford Drive and Drive A. (See map for more detail.)
Details for riders:
- Rides are free. No passes or identification are needed.
- Weekday service will be available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday service starts Jan. 12 and runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Riders can exit or board buses at any designated DART bus stop along the route. Riders will be able to transfer to Route 362 for travel to Addison or to Route 451 for convenient access to the shopping area on Coit Road near the Bush Turnpike.
- UT Dallas students and faculty and staff members are eligible for free transit passes to ride DART’s other buses and trains. Sign-up is available online.
- Current DART service to campus via bus Route 362 will continue as scheduled until March. At that time, Route 362 will stop entering campus but will continue as routed otherwise along Campbell Road and will provide a link to Addison from Coit Road.
- Schedules will be posted at the stops, on the UT Dallas Web site and on DART’s site.
- Beginning Monday Jan. 7, transportation will be provided between the Richardson campus and the Center for BrainHealth and the Callier Center in Dallas.