Dallas Area Rapid Transit says its buses and trains provide 62.5 million rides in 13 North Texas cities each year. But that task has become challenging during the COVID-19 outbreak, especially because of a substantial decrease in riders.
On a cool and quiet afternoon in Dallas, bus rider David Gruber walks out of his office in the Wilson Historic District and begins walking to a bus stop on Gaston Avenue, near the edge of downtown and on the border of Deep Ellum.
“One reason I like working here is that you’re literally so close to so many things,” Gruber says excitedly.
Toting a backpack, with his face covered with a cloth mask, Gruber breathes heavily as he explains that there are literally four or five bus routes that he can take in order to begin his trek home.