During its regular monthly meeting in December, members of the DCCCD board of trustees approved a contract with DART that will provide all DCCCD students at Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland colleges with an opportunity to buy a five-month regional DART pass this coming spring at a cost of $200. Students who are eligible must either be taking three semester credit hours or be enrolled in 48 continuing education contact hours in order to purchase the semester DART passes from the business office at the college where they are enrolled; they also must provide proof to the business office that they have registered and paid for their classes.
El Centro College will continue to provide free DART passes to students who are enrolled in six or more semester credit hours. The free DART ride for eligible students at El Centro was implemented years ago because the college does not offer parking to its students in downtown Dallas. David Browning, vice president for business affairs at ECC, has worked with DART extensively to provide transportation to students, and he assisted with the districtwide contract as well, according to Ed DesPlas, executive vice chancellor for business affairs at DCCCD.
The new discounted regional DART pass for the spring semester will provide students with access to DART, the TRE, DCTA and Fort Worth public transportation from January 1 to May 31, 2013, for $200 — that’s $40 per month, or 75 percent less than others pay. Currently, DCCCD has a contract with DART for the spring 2013 semester and is working with the agency on a contract for the next academic year, 2013-14, to cover the fall and spring semesters, said DesPlas. “We are pleased to offer these discounted passes to our students, who always must balance budgets, classes, tuition, jobs and other demands,” he added.
Students who have questions should contact the business office at the college where they are enrolled. DCCCD’s colleges will begin selling the new discounted regional semester passes in January 2013.