Plano is well-known for its excellent transportation. Flying in and out of the city is easy because it is only about twenty minutes from downtown Dallas and only about thirty minutes from DFW International Airport. Similarly, transportation within the city is convenient too. East-West access to the north and south boundaries of the city is provided by The Sam Rayburn Tollway and the George Bush Turnpike, while North-South access to Legacy, Granite, and the business parks and regional shopping malls of downtown Dallas is provided by the Dallas North Tollway and the Central Expressway.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) serves Plano and Dallas, as well as neighboring areas. DART offers travelers HOV lanes, express bus services, local bus services, and light rail. Covering an area of 700-square miles, DART moves an estimated 200,000 passengers each day, transporting them through its bus services, Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and DART Rail.
Plano’s two bus transit centers lie to the east and west. The eastern transit center near U.S. 75 and Archerwood is close to the shopping district, local business offices, and government and county offices. The western transit center at 15th Street and Coit Road is near major city centers like the Alcatel-Lucent Medical Center of Plano.
While the local bus system addresses the needs of those seeking to travel within Plano, DART’s light rail system is an excellent way to go anywhere you want in the Dallas Metroplex. In addition to connecting to Dallas, it also connects to suburbs like Richardson, Carrollton, and Farmer’s Branch. You can catch the light rail from the 15th Street and Parker Road stations.
There are numerous taxi services throughout the city, ranging from taxi cabs to limos to airport shuttles. They not only serve Plano but can also be used to get to Dallas and surrounding suburban cities.
Senior Transportation Solutions coordinates rides for seniors and have pre-paid transportation and schedule fees. This service is convenient for seniors who want to visit the doctor, go shopping, or see family without asking a friend or family member for a ride.
The Plano Senior Recreation Center, accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, offers trips to classes and special events happening year-round.
Brightstar of Texas provides errand and transportation services for those in Plano, McKinney, and North Dallas.
Along with choices like Uber and Lyft, ridesharing services include DART's vanpooling program, allows 6 to 15 people to share the ride for a little over $300 a month, with the fee divided between the riders.
Drive a Senior volunteers to offer seniors free rides to see their doctor, go to the grocery stores, visit a barber or beauty shop, attend a support group, or make any other local trip. To be eligible, seniors must be over 60 and living in their home or with family members with limited or no driving privileges.
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