DART your way to school

Need a way home or to classes? Parents and siblings can’t drive you in the mornings and/or in the afternoons? Don’t have a car? Here’s a solution; let someone else drive.

 With the help of DART, full-time Richland students can ride buses and trains for half price with the DART student pass.

“Students should print out the Reduced College/Trade School Student ID Application on the DART website and take it to the school registrar to be stamped,” said Lousie Rogers Keim with the Office of Student Life. “Take the completed form, a current ID, registration summary and $2 to the DART Store at the Akard Station to get the DART-issued student ID. The Office of Student Life does not issue DART passes.”

Full-time students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours to qualify for the reduced rate. The application is available online at DART.org. Click on Fares & Passes, then scroll down until you see Reduced with an asterisk by it. Select the College/Trade school student optionsw. Follow the link to the application. Look for the headline “HOW TO GET YOUR DART-ISSUED STUDENT ID.” Print out the form, fill it out and take it to the administration office in Thunderduck Hall Room T170. Get everything signed and stamped, then go to the DART Store (Akard Station, 1401 Pacific Ave, Dallas, TX 75202). It is open Monday-Friday 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.

DART passes are different prices, depending on where you want to go. A local day pass is $5 and includes travel on all DART buses, trains, DART On-Call, FLEX service and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) between Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. A regional day pass is $10 and includes travel on all routes within Dallas County and includes travel on The T in Fort Worth and DCTA in Denton County. A reduced price day pass is $2.50 for seniors, students and children ages 5-14 and is available for travel on DART, TRE, The T and DCTA. 

There are also buses for the mobility impaired. With a special pass, DART can pick you up, drop you off at your destination and even provide a travel ambassador to accompany you on your trip.

For those who are traveling to Richland College, take the DART Rail Red Line, get off at Walnut Hill, and get on the 583 bus that will take you to the campus.