Jeff Smith, NBC 5 News
Fort Worth's Transportation Authority and Dallas Area Rapid Transit have joined together to start bus service for Arlington. The service begins August 19 under the name Metropolitan Arlington Xpress or MAX.
After years of planning and debate, mass transportation is finally coming to Arlington.
Right now, Arlington is the largest city in America without buses or trains.
"That's been said about Arlington for a long time. This is a great step for the city and an important partnership," said Dick Ruddell, president of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority.
Arlington, in fact, has a larger population compared to cities like New Orleans, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
On Monday, The T approved a two-year pilot project that will bring buses to the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington and the downtown district.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit will run the buses, which will originate from the CentrePort station.
The two-year project will cost an estimated $1.4 million.
Ruddell said the transportation endeavor will drive the city's economic growth by allowing more students to access UT Arlington's facilities and by making it possible for more people to shop and eat in the city.
Ruddell said some citizens are worried that the public buses could bring in crime and vagrancy. He said the current evidence doesn't support those fears and the buses will be safe and secure.
Buses will start running in mid-August, just a few days before fall classes start at UT Arlington. All students will be able to ride at a reduced fare.