Dallas public transit fans are on standby for the Dallas Streetcar, the new trolley running from downtown to Bishop Arts. It makes its official debut on August 29, with two new stops and an increase in frequency.
With that launch, some key bus routes will change, including the chipper little shuttle known as the D-Link, aka Route 722. With the streetcar taking over, D-Link will focus its entire route on downtown. No more carting hipsters to Oak Cliff for the snazzy pink bus.
D-Link will now be — ta-da — the Downtown D-Link, and it will run a bi-directional route between the Kay Bailey Hutchison Dallas Convention Center and Uptown, eliminating the current clockwise and counter-clockwise loops. From the Convention Center, buses will travel on Lamar, Wood, Houston, Ross, Field, Main, Harwood, Marilla, Cesar Chavez, and Pearl, then loop over Flora and Olive to Cedar Springs and turn back over Pearl to basically the same route in reverse.
The new D-Link will extend to the Dallas Farmers Market and other downtown hotels and attractions. It'll be a free route that operates every 15 minutes, from 11 am to 11:30 pm Monday-Saturday.
Service into the Victory Park area will be provided by Route 749 (formerly 49), as well as the Green and Orange rail lines, and the Trinity Railway Express.
The late-evening D-Link extension to Cedars will be discontinued, but customers can still connect to Convention Center or Cedars Stations on the Red or Blue DART Rail lines.
Oak Cliff's new Route 723 Bishop Arts Service will cover the outer portion of the current D-Link route and will run every 20 minutes from 9:34 am to 11:54 pm, seven days a week. It will operate in a counter-clockwise loop over Davis, Polk, Jefferson, and Zang. Local fares apply since Route 723 will no longer be a part of D-Link.
A new route 749 Stemmons/Design District Service will take over the old route 49. The rebranded route will provide a direct connection between Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station, the Dallas Design District, Stemmons corridor hotels, Market Center, and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, plus other downtown Dallas attractions. Service along Wood, Market, and Commerce will be deleted from the route. The schedule will remain unchanged and regular DART fares will be charged.