The free D-Link bus route that circulates around downtown Dallas is being extended to the edge of Deep Ellum, giving downtown Dallas denizens a bigger free ride.
D-Link is the free bus route paid for by DART, Downtown Dallas, Inc., and the City of Dallas. It was launched in 2013 as a way to make the sights and sounds of downtown more easily accessible to tourists and visitors. Destinations include Klyde Warren Park, the Sixth Floor Museum, and Dallas Arts District. In 2016, its route was altered to include the Dallas Farmers Market and other downtown hotels and attractions.
It operates every 15 minutes, from 11 am to 11:30 pm Monday-Saturday.
Beginning March 13, D-Link, aka Route 722, will reach east to Good Latimer Expressway, between Canton and Gaston. There will be two new stops, both on Good Latimer: one will be northbound at Elm Street, the other will be southbound at Main Street. The route can be found here.
To accommodate these route changes, service levels will be adjusted to every 16 minutes between 4 and 6:30 pm on weekdays, but will remain 15 minutes at all other times.
Deep Ellum businesses began lobbying for the free service in 2015 and DART responded by adding a series of connector bus routes that riders could use to get to the D-Link route. Those will change. Details on the changes can be found online at DART.org.
But hooray that Deep Ellum gets access to the free bus. If only we all got our buses for free. Free buses for everyone!