Deep Ellum is looking to improve its accessibility by offering valet parking and expanding rideshare zones on the weekends.
The new valet service launched on Thursday.
“The economic and cultural hub, Deep Ellum, is at the center of how the Dallas region’s transportation landscape is transforming,” Stephanie Keller Hudiburg, executive director of the Deep Ellum Foundation, said via WFAA.
“Through these neighborhood efforts across modes, Deep Ellum is leading transportation innovation in North Texas and making it more convenient than ever to explore the incomparable district,” Hudiburg claimed.
Deep Ellum, located in Council Member Jesse Moreno’s District 2, has long been a concern area for crime in the city. In March, two people were killed at a bar called the Bitter End, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.
Additionally, a recent study by the Metroplex Civic and Business Association found that Downtown Dallas, which borders Deep Ellum, is considerably more crime-ridden than Fort Worth’s downtown area. Vehicle-related crimes, in particular, are especially common.
The valet service is now available Thursdays and Fridays between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays between 1 p.m. and 1 a.m. at 2625 Commerce St.
In addition, the Deep Ellum Foundation said it would offer 50% off promotions for the valet service for a limited period of time.
The Deep Ellum Foundation also announced expanded flow zones starting Friday. Flow zones are based on Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport’s rideshare model, which consists of pick-up and drop-off zones.
The new zone will be at 2551 Elm St., across from the Velvet Taco and next to Elm & Good.
In addition, the Deep Ellum Foundation announced that additional flow zones would be created at the following locations:
- Good Latimer Expressway
- Commerce Street
- Malcolm X Boulevard
- Floyd Street
- Swiss Avenue
These rideshare zones will be available on Fridays and Saturdays between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.
However, the Dallas Police Department will continue to close the streets for pedestrian-only traffic during peak hours for visitors.