(Orange, Texas)

August 19, 2013

Arlington, long without transit, rolls out buses

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas — A North Texas community has shed its reputation as the largest city in America not to offer public transportation.

A new bus service called Metro Arlington Xpress, or MAX, began limited service Monday in the city of about 374,000 people. The service is a partnership involving Arlington, the University of Texas at Arlington, Fort Worth Transportation Authority and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports ( ) the city, university and various businesses are splitting the $700,000 cost.

The future of the two-year pilot program remains in question. Arlington officials may later seek a 1-cent sales tax to permanently fund the transit, and decisions must be made whether to partner with DART, the authority or other entities as planners consider the region's long-term public transportation needs.