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Commuting Alternatives in North Texas

freewayThe Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) metropolitan area ranks as one of the most congested urban areas in the country, according to the Texas Transportation Institute's annual report of vehicle travel and urban mobility. If you commute by car, chances are you're one of the many people stuck in the seemingly endless bumper-to-bumper traffic during the peak traffic hours. Congestion not only leads to frustrated drivers and lost travel time, but less apparent social costs, such as lost productivity, higher insurance rates, and increased air and noise pollution.

So what can you do to improve this gridlock scenario? Quite a few alternatives exist to simply driving alone to work or school. Use the links below to explore your options.

Travel Demand Management
Travel Demand Management (TDM) markets alternative forms of transportation to DFW commuters. TDM efforts are being implemented in urban areas across the country and in DFW in order to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, and to increase efficiency of the transportation system. Some TDM programs currently being implemented in the DFW region include a regional employer trip reduction (ETR) program, a regional vanpool program, development of transportation management associations (TMAs), and the construction of park-and-ride (PNR) lots.

Bus Transit
The North Central Texas region boasts of transit services provided by two excellent authorities. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) operates in the Greater Dallas area. The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) operates services in the City of Fort Worth and in Tarrant County. Greyhound provides bus services throughout the region and the continental United States.

Rail Transit
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) operates an extensive network of light rail. DART and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) jointly operate the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) commuter rail between downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth.

Other Types of Transit
The region also boasts of several non-traditional transit options, such as the McKinney Avenue Trolley and the Las Colinas People Mover.

Ride-Sharing: Carpools, Vanpools & HOV lanes
Sharing a ride to work can save you time and money, especially if you take advantage of the available high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.

Telecommuting
Recent technological advantages have made telecommuting a reliable option for many employers. Working from home or while out in the field may be the right choice for you.

Bicycle Commuting
Exercising your mind and body while commuting to work? Why not? Exclusive bicycle trails are available in many areas for a safe bicycle commute.

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