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Transit | 1821 W Freeway | Grand Prairie TX 75051 | Phone 972-237-8546 | Fax 972-237-8544 | E-mail

Why does Grand Prairie not have a transportation system for the general public?

Who qualifies for the "Grand Connection" transit service?

What are the fares for the Grand Connection?

Are travel companions allowed on the Grand Connection?

Are carry-on packages allowed?

What are the behavior/conduct policies?

What is the best way to give feedback on customer service?

What are the hours of operation for the Grand Connection?

How do I schedule trips?

What is a subscription service?

What about trip times and "no-shows"?

Why does Grand Prairie not have a transportation system for the general public?
When DART was created in 1983, it required cities to devote a 1 cent sales tax in order to participate, which Grand Prairie elected to reserve and use for other purposes. In order to join now, cities have to devote the 1 cent sales tax by vote of the people. Grand Prairie does not have a 1 cent sales tax available for this purpose. But Grand Prairie does have a Park and Ride on I-30 east of Belt Line. And the city is in discussions with DART to serve the lot in the future. The West Irving Light Rail station also serves Grand Prairie near Belt Line and Rock Island.

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Who qualifies for the "Grand Connection" transit service?
The Grand Connection transit system serves those who are at least 60 years of age or have a physical or mental disability.

If you are 60 years or older, you must provide proof of age (a copy of your state issued drivers license, a stated issued identification card or a birth certificate will meet this requirement).

An individual with a physical or mental disability, must have a physician or your licensed health care professional complete and verify Part V of the application. If you are a Medicaid applicant, please mark it on the application. We will verify your Medicaid status with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services Transportation Department.

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What are the fares for the Grand Connection?
There are no fare charges for medical/dental appointments to the Dallas County Health and Human Services Nutrition Program. However, there are fare charges for other requests, as follows:

Grocery Store, School and Work: $1.00 each way

Books of tickets may be purchased in advance through the transit drivers or the dispatch office. Contact 972-237-8546 for further information.

Are travel companions allowed on the Grand Connection?
Passengers may travel with one (1) companion, if space is available. The companion must travel to the same location as the passenger and will not be permitted to depart the vehicle at a difference location. Companions must be 16 years of age or older, unless an exception is approved by the Transit Coordinator or by the Transportation Services Director in writing (emergency cases only may be approved by verbal approval).

If a passenger requires assistance while traveling, they may have a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) travel with them. The PCA must be 16 years of age or older, unless an exception is approved by the Transit Coordinator or by the Transportation Services Director, in writing (emergency cases only may be approved by verbal approval).

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Are carry-on packages allowed? 
Passengers are limited to five (5) carry-on packages. Each package must be equal to, or be smaller, than a brown paper grocery bag and packages are limited to 10 pounds each.

Driver assistance in loading or unloading is not required, therefore, please plan to carry only items which you can manage independently.

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What are the behavior/conduct policies?
Smoking, eating or drinking is not permitted on the transit vehicles. Carrying concealed weapons is also prohibited.

Passengers must wear seatbelts at all times. Individuals utilizing wheelchairs must allow the drivers to properly secure the wheelchair with the appropriate securing devices.

Abusive behavior or language will not be tolerated. Each violation will be examined and handled on an individual basis.

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What is the best way to give feedback on customer service?
Customer satisfaction is the number one goal of The Grand Connection. Please let us know how we are doing! Every transit vehicle is supplied with Customer Comment Cards. They will be distributed, upon request, to any passenger or PCA with a complaint or a commendation. Customers will receive a response with two (2) business days of receipt of the Customer Comment Card.

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What are the hours of operation for the Grand Connection?

 

                Monday, Wednesday, Friday:  4:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

                Tuesday and Thursday:  7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

                Saturday:  no service

                Sunday:  no service

During severe weather, The Grand Connection may cancel or delay operations, if it is deemed unsafe to operate. We also do not operate on the following city holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving - Thursday and Friday
  • Christmas

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How do I schedule trips?
All trips requests must be made at least TWO (2) WORKING DAYS IN ADVANCE of the day you wish to travel. You may call up to two (2) weeks in advance of the trip. Please call the dispatch line at 972-237-8546. Give us a detailed message regarding your trip request.

You must give the following information to the Dispatcher when requesting a trip:

(1) Your name and phone number
(2) Address of your pick-up point-including the building name of your apartment complex
(3) Address of your destination-including the doctor's name, building name/number, suite/room number
(4) Day and date of travel
(5) Pick-up time preferred, appointment time, length of time needed and preferred time for a return trip.

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What is a subscription service?
If you travel to the same place on a routine schedule, you may wish to request a "Subscription Service." This eliminates the need to continually request a trip. It automatically places your trips on the schedule. These are generally established for work, school, Nutrition Program, Dialysis Center or therapy trips as well as other places individuals travel to on a regular basis.

At the present time, we take dialysis patients to Irving Dialysis for treatment, as space is available. If you need this type of subscription service, please contact the Dispatcher for availability.

Subscription Service capacity is limited and offered only on first come, first served basis. If there is no space available at the time you wish to travel, you will be put on a waiting list until that time slot becomes available.

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What about trip times and "no-shows"?
The dispatcher will call you to confirm the times of your trips. The driver may arrive 15 minutes before or after the scheduled time. For instance, if your pickup time is scheduled for 12:00 p.m., the driver may arrive between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., depending on how much time the previous trip pickup required. The driver is required to wait only 5 minutes after they arrive within the scheduled time window. If you miss your trip, it will be recorded as a "No-Show" and your return trip will be automatically canceled.

You may be placed on probation if on three (3) occasions in a 6 month period you fail to show or you do not call to canel a requested trip before the driver arrives. If the abuse continues, you may be placed on suspension. After the suspension, you may be required to re-apply for transportation service requests.

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Emergency Information:
It is very important to keep The Grand Connection up-to-date on all emergency contacts. Please advise the Dispatcher immediately of any changes -- it is for your safety.

Last updated: 5/28/2014 10:38:06 AM