Transportation

Location
Richardson, TX
Undergrads
9,136
Tuition (in-state)
$25,084 ($10,666)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Transportation: We have a bus on campus and the train like five lights down. But that's it as far as public transportation.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation is okay...i usually use the bus to get to school

3 College Junior

Transportation: I've never used any other transportation than mine own, I wouldn't know.

College Freshman

Transportation: You can get a free DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) pass for free as a student, this bus service can take you around town and to the rail stations. The campus has zip cars and electric car charging stations if you need.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Its free but not always conveient to get where youre going

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 165th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 765th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 765th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tue Tran
Hometown
Hanoi, Vietnam
Major
Accounting, MIS
Grad Year
2015
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For a national university of nearly 20,000 students, the UT Dallas campus is quite small. Thus, walking around campus is convenient—good news even if you own a car—due to the University’s lack of parking slots. Getting to off-campus places on foot isn’t a very good idea, though, and that’s where the public transportation system comes in. Full-time UTD students enjoy free rides on the 883 UTD shuttle and every other vehicle of the DART system. These buses and trains run throughout the year, even during winter break and some holidays. They can take you almost anywhere you want, be it the malls, downtown area, airports, or stadiums in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Richardson-Plano area. The 883 shuttle stops at campus thrice an hour and fits the DART schedule pretty well, so plan ahead to make the best out of the system.

Despite all of these sweet things about public transportation, owning a car can still make your life more enjoyable. The shuttle only runs from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and rests on Sundays, leaving nondrivers stranded on campus. Moreover, driving gets you around much faster and frees your mind from scheduling worries. With a car, you can also go on road trips to explore Texas, which is a student favorite for holidays. If you want to get to other states, you may want to consider flying, though, because Texas is huge.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Considering how the Dallas-Richardson-Plano urban complex is thinly spread out, it's nice to have a car, especially to get to fun places like malls, movie theaters, and parks.
  • Although having a car is convenient, using public transportation is free. With some good planning, students can get almost anywhere quite efficiently.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • If you don't mind some inconveniences, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit-or DART-provides the cheapest transportation to the DFW Airport. First, catch an 883 UTD shuttle on campus to the Bush Turnpike station. From there, ride the Red Line to downtown Dallas, where you need to switch to the Green Line. After a stop or two (pay attention!), switch to the Trinity Railway Express, which will take you to the airport. The entire trip can take more than an hour and a lot of energy, but it's totally free, provided that you bring your UTD-assigned DART pass.
  • One of the best ways to get to the DFW International Airport is by driving-that is, if you have someone to take you there. Directions can easily be found on Google Maps, and even by the site's standard of speed safety, it's only a 35-minute drive. If you have heavy luggage and/or a friend with some free time, this is the recommended way.
  • There are taxi services connecting the DFW Airport and UT Dallas, but they may cost $50 or more. Therefore, it's wise to plan your trip early to avoid extra expenses.
Local Taxi Services
The Dallas Yellow Cab offers taxi services for North Texas cities. However, students generally choose not to ride cabs because the urban areas are relatively spread out, meaning high service charges.
Did You Know?
  • The Dallas area has a lot of airports. Biggest and most popular of them are the DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport.
  • Comet Cabs, a complimentary shuttle service, runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week on a continuous loop around campus.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safe-Walk Campus Escorts
(972) 883-2332
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Comet Cruiser

The DART Route 883 departs every 20 minutes from the Bush Turnpike Station. You can also follow the Cruiser on Twitter to see where it is.

(972) 883-7777

Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

(214) 928-6300

(214) 979-1111

1401 Pacific Ave., Dallas

www.dart.org

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

This airport is 40 minutes from campus.

3200 E. Airfield Drive, Dallas

(972) 973-8888

www.dfwairport.com

Dallas Love Field Airport

This airport is about 30 minutes from campus.

8008 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas

(214) 670-6080

www.dallas-lovefield.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

This station is nine minutes from campus.

327 N. Greenville Ave.

(972) 231-1763

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

This station is about 30 minutes from campus.

400 S. Houston St., Dallas

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 68 responses

  • 1% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 16% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 38% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 41% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 68 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 6% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 68% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 13% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 13% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 67 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 7% Fairly difficult.
  • 51% Fairly easy.
  • 40% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 65 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 65 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 65 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

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