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The Dash debuts, prepares to start testing


The Dash, Trinity Metro’s new electric bus, made its debut this week at a special event for media and investors. Attendees toured the bus and enjoyed a short trip to experience the smooth, quiet ride.

When the service begins, the Dash will operate from downtown Fort Worth to the city’s cultural district along the 7th Street corridor and will include a stop at the new Dickies Arena.

“We will be testing this new technology throughout the summer,” said Wayne Gensler, vice president and chief operating officer for bus and paratransit. “Everyone will be seeing these distinctive red buses soon. We’re very excited to connect these two areas of the city, and we expect the route to be very popular with both residents and visitors.”

One bus and a charging station have been delivered to Trinity Metro. The three remaining buses are expected to arrive by the end of May. Service for The Dash will begin Sept. 22.

“The Dash is truly a team effort,” said Bob Baulsir. “We’re appreciative of the many groups in the community that are helping launch this partnership. We’re also thankful to the North Central Texas Council of Governments for providing the grant funding for the electric buses.”

Community investors that have made a three-year financial commitment in The Dash service include the City of Fort Worth, Blue Zones Project – Fort Worth, Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, and Visit Fort Worth.

Other Dash investors include the Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum Fort Worth, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Crockett Row, Museum Place and Sheraton Downtown Fort Worth.

When The Dash is in service, the fare structure will be same as other local buses: $2 one way or $5 for an unlimited-ride day pass.

All Trinity Metro bus operators will be trained on the new electric bus prior to the launch of service

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