Arlington to End Bus Service, Replace with Rideshare App
A new transit option is coming to Arlington.
The third largest city in North Texas has no public transportation right now except for one bus called the Max. It runs one route from the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and connects to other transit at CentrePort station south of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
"We're dependent on this," said UTA Senior Yolanda Easley. "We are coming from Plano, Richardson, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Mesquite and this is the only bus Arlington has."
Vianey Hernandez and Kathya Sandoval take the Max to campus every day, and they don't know what they'll do when the bus stops rolling.
City leaders say ridership on the Max has always been low. It's a pilot program and it expires at the end of the year.
"It makes me very angry that they're taking away the only way I can get to school," Hernandez said.
This week, city council approved an alternative rideshare service called Via. Users can request a ride through the app, then meet other riders at a designated point nearby and take a shuttle together to different stops.