According to status of urban traffic development, the paper evaluated the urban rail transit operation performance in Dalian and pointed out the following problems: vicious competition between rail transit and conventional public transit, high ticket price, construction lagging of new line, mismatch between operation lines and city development, low passenger flow in suburban line, insufficient land development. Optimization strategies are put forward in different terms. Dalian should accelerated the transformation of traditional industries and increase urban vitality. The research on ticket system and preferential measures should be conducted. Conventional public transit network might be optimize and the study on combining urban transit operator and bus operator. Acceleration of new line construction is necessary to improve urban network and new lines matched with city development should be planed. The supervisory and management of land use should be strengthen to encourage high-density development and ensure development time.