DART Launches Discount GoPass Tap Card
Participants in any of eight support assistance programs now qualify for Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) Discount GoPass® Tap Card for riding public transit at half the fare.
DART is promoting their new, two-year, pilot-program designed to lend a hand to riders who need assistance affording public transit with outreach through media, printed materials and a partnership with eligible agencies to inform eligible riders.
Anyone, current or new riders, who participate in any of the following programs is now eligible for DART services at half the fare:
- CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program),
- TANF (Texas Temporary Assistance for Needy Families),
- CEAP (Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program),
- SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program),
- Housing Choice Vouchers,
- Texas WIC (Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children).
There are additional merits of the program besides transportation options at a reduced rate. This program can reduce social and economic inequalities by making mobility financially feasible to more people, discounted fares can help retain low income riders and it could attract additional customers.
To apply, bring proof of participation in one of the eight programs listed to the DARTmart, located at DART Headquarters (Akard Station), 1401 Pacific Ave., Dallas, TX 75202, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Program participants will need to purchase a Discount GoPass Tap Card with an initial loaded value of $6.00, good for two discount-fare day passes.
The payment system will deduct fares at a 50 percent discount as the customer rides DART and will automatically monitor and provide the benefit of daily and monthly fare capping.
Cards can then be used on any DART bus or light rail, including TRE between EBJ Union Station and Centerport/DFW Station.
How to Apply
It’s easy to get moving with your Discount GoPass® Tap Card. Just follow these simple steps.
|1. Confirm your eligibility.
If you’ve already met the qualifications for any of these eight assistance programs, you automatically qualify for a Discount GoPass® Tap Card!
Children’s Health Insurance Program
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Housing Choice Vouchers
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children
2. Apply in person at DARTmart.
DARTmart is located on the first floor of DART Headquarters at Akard Station (1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202). IDs are made 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
|3. Bring proof of eligibility from one of the qualifying assistance programs.
Present a current ID card or documentation letter from the program at DARTmart.
4. Get your personalized Discount GoPass® Tap Card.
Simply provide your name, load your card with value and smile for your picture! There is no activation fee or purchase fee for the card, but you need to load your card with at least $6 in value to start — equal to two Reduced Day Passes.
|5. Tap for half!
Simply tap your card to a reader any time you board or transfer, and your fare is deducted automatically! Like a prepaid card, you load value on to your reloadable Discount GoPass® Tap Card account in advance of riding.
You can go anywhere a local fare takes you, for half the cost! Hop aboard DART buses, DART Rail and the TRE (Trinity Railway Express) between EBJ Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station.
For answers to more questions go to https://www.dart.org/tapforhalf/