Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority

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    July 25, 2012

    Former Cop Wants DART to Offer Domestic Partner Benefits

    Offering benefits to the partners of LGBT workers is gradually becoming a standard thing for large public employers in North Texas. The city of Dallas included domestic partner benefits in 2004, DFW Airport in 2010 and Parkland this year. Dallas County is poised to follow suit at the first of next y ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    "Station Domination," Paid Parking and More Money-Makers the DART Board Will Consider

    Pulled up behind one of these two weeks ago. The 7-year-old in the backseat thought it was hilarious.​Last month we noted that the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board is considering selling ads for beer and wine on buses and light rail -- which, right now, is prohibited by policy just because. After t ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    To Boost Revenue, Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board Will Consider Selling Beer, Wine Ads

    Via.​Right now, Dallas Area Rapid Transit policy prohibits the sale of booze ads on its trains and buses for no reason other than earlier boards thought that'd just be a good idea. Or, as it was explained during a DART board meeting last month, its "predecessors determined that alcoholic beverages ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Everything You Needed to Know About That Downtown to Oak Cliff Streetcar Line

    Click to embiggen the latest streetcar alignment map that will be presented to the DART board tonight.​On Friday, Keith Manoy, the chief transportation planning officer, spoke to Unfair Park about who will be responsible for what when it comes to the designing, construction, operation and maintena ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    All Aboard For Your Latest Downtown-to-Oak Cliff Streetcar Update

    Photo by Patrick MichelsThe council will take one more look at the Kinkisharyo ameriTRAM streetcar on Monday.​On Monday the city council's Transportation and Environment Committee will devote its entire meeting to the subject of streetcars. In fact, there's a field trip involved, as council member ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Drink Down The City of Dallas's Response to Dry Side's Motion For Summary Judgment

    ​The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission continues to dole out those permits to the would-be beer- and wine-sellers of Dallas. The 21-page of list of March sweepstakes winners alone, which follows, includes a handful of Aldi locations (from the one at Forest and Audelia to grocery at Illinois and ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Roach Clip, or: If You Hate Bugs, You May Wanna Steer Clear of Mockingbird Station

    Via.​SlashGear this morning directs our attention to a press release issued late Friday by ad agency Publicis's Dallas office, which has found a rather ingenious way to garner attention for a billboard -- by filling the thing with "thousands of live cockroaches." You read that right. It's for Term ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Sandy Greyson Vows Not to Raise Taxes and Targets Quality of Life In Attempt to Take Back Far North Dallas City Council Seat

    Friends of Preston Ridge TrailSandy Greyson (right) with Dallas County Commissioner Maurine Dickey​Back on February 11, former four-term city council member Sandy Greyson told us that she was "seriously considering" a run for her old District 12 seat now occupied by mayoral candidate Ron Nati ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Oncor, Dallas Really Wants Lights (and Heat) Kept On at City Hall and Convention Center

    Justin Terveen​Personally, I'd love nothing more than to see the council chambers go dark during this morning's briefing. Need something to liven up that ho-hum agenda that includes runaway shopping carts and a look at the Mayor's Youth Fitness Initiative -- or MyFi, as it's called. Besides, ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Towing Buses and Trying to "Unstick" Light Rail

    Daniel Rodrigue​Dallas Area Rapid Transit has suspended most of its light-rail service due to ice and wind. There is this update, though: "We are operating 4 trains on the Trinity Railway Express this morning instead of the usual 6. We are trying to operate trains out of Union and T&P about ev ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    With $210-Million Purchase Order, DART Begins Transition to Compressed Natural Gas Fleet

    DART provides this sneak peek at one of the 452 new CNG-powered buses due to hit Dallas streets in 2013.​In the fall of '09, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board inched toward spending hundreds of millions of dollars on new buses that would be powered by compressed natural gas -- as opposed to the ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    First, a Better Block. Now, a Better App? An Effort to Open Source the City of Dallas.

    ​Take a moment and peruse the apps listed at CivicApps, a competition launched by the city of Portland last year for which cash prizes were handed out in such categories as Most Useful, Best Use of Data and Most Original. Portland's hardly the only city using apps to make city l-i-v-i-n better. Ne ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    November 30, 2010

    DART Says It Didn't Single Out Nontheists' Ad. It's Just Not Using Buses As "Public Forum."

    ​This morning we received this photo and the accompanying press release, which announced: "Godless Ads Go on Ft. Worth Buses December 1." That's per the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason, which says the campaign is "designed to raise awareness about people who don't believe in a god." Maybe yo ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    DART Prez Makes Good on World Series Bet

    DART via BART​Earlier this morning I came across this San Francisco TV report: "Texan to sing at BART station over World Series bet." Said Texan is actually Dallas Area Rapid Transit President and Executive Director Gary Thomas, who made a bet with his BART counterpart that involved the loser goin ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Under Madrid With Mayor Tom, or: How a Tunnel in Spain May Hint at Dallas's Rail Future

    Chris HeinbaughA postcard from Mayor Tom and the Dallas delegation from the tunnel in which they spent part of their first day in Madrid​Funny thing: Yesterday, in the comments below, longtime Friend of Unfair Park Montemalone asked this about the Dallas delegation's trade mission to Europe: "I wo ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    About That Second Downtown Light-Rail Line ...

    ​Last night, as expected, Dallas Area Rapid Transit's board signed off on that $1.25-billion budget and 20-year financial plan, which eliminates 150 positions and some rail service, as trains will now run every 15 minutes instead of every 10. The good news-bad news details follow for those who fol ... More >>

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    June 27, 2010

    Look, Streetcars! Or: You Find the Most Amazing Things While Stuck on a DART Train.

    Photos by Harry Wilonsky​Took the boy to get some "rare miles" this morning. Took Morgan Lyons's advice too -- stopped at It's a Grind, then caught the train at the Baylor station to make the Texas-OU loop. We were joined by two, three other homegrown tourists out for the morning jog 'round Fair P ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board to OK Proposed Bus Route Changes Today

    Click to enlarge: From DART's Planning Committee agenda concering bus-route changes being voted on today​Back in February, we directed your attention to forthcoming route changes being proposed by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, which is looking to delete "costly duplications," especially as the Green ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    Everything You Ever Needed to Know About the Second Downtown Light Rail Line and Didn't Know Was Available

    Click to enlarge: From the new D2 Alternatives Analysis and Draft Environmental Impact Statement​Late last night I was looking at the agenda for tomorrow's Dallas Area Rapid Transit board meeting when I noticed this: The Planning Committee is scheduled to be briefed on the Alternative Analysis/Dra ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010

    Two Infrastructuralists Look at What Dallas Is (And Isn't) Doing. And Why.

    ​Below, a Friend of Unfair Park takes note of the cynicism aimed at the under-construction Woodall Rodgers Deck Park and wonders, "I wonder how this would have been received if the Trinity debacle had never occurred?" At the same time, urban planner Patrick "Car-Free" Kennedy has penned a sprawlin ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    A Look at Some of DART's "Creative Concepts for Revenue Generation"

    ​We've already established this much: Dallas Area Rapid Transit, facing an "anticipated sales tax shortfall" this fiscal year, needs money -- pronto. So, with that in mind, we take a look at today's meeting agenda for the DART board's revenue committee: "Creative Concepts for Revenue Generation." ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    How At-Risk is Second Downtown Light Rail Alignment Given DART's Shortfall?

    ​One of the projects most threatened by Dallas Area Rapid Transit's sales-tax receipt shortfall, announced yesterday, is the second downtown light-rail alignment -- the so-called D2 that's been under consideration since at last the fall of 2007 and which, in January 2008, the Dallas City Council d ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Drop in Sales Tax Receipts Prompts "Review of Operations, Future Capital Projects"

    ​Dallas Area Rapid Transit's board of directors met this afternoon to discuss the ramifications of a significant decline in sales tax receipts. Originally, DART had budgeted for $387.8 million; the numbers, according to the transit agency, are presently looking $15 to $20 million short of that. Th ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    To Avoid "Costly Duplications," DART Wants You to Know About Big Route Changes A-Comin' By Year's End

    The Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station, scheduled to open in December​When Dallas Area Rapid Transit completes the Green Line by year's end, it anticipates making dozens of changes to its bus service, among them: discontinuing service to the Bachman Lake area, shifting downtown pick-up ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Fired DART Officer Files Federal Suit, Claims "Malicious Prosecution" Over '07 Incident

    ​Back in July 2007, the tale of Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer Susan Craig merited but a few sentences in the regional roundup. The story then: "Dallas Area Rapid Transit officials said Officer Susan Craig falsely claimed that a rider she arrested Monday had kicked her in the head during ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Pearl (Station) Jam

    Justin Terveen​Because I can't go two days without posting something by the great Justin Terveen, his latest: a shot of Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Pearl Station. Actually, Justin explains, it's three shots in one: "Two were stitched, while the remaining shot was blended in to create the static ef ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    Yes, Captain Underpants Would Like a Seat

    Dylan Hollingsworth​Sure hope those convention planners were aboard Dallas Area Rapid Transit yesterday, when Improv Everywhere's No Pants! wingdingus made its Dallas debut. If not, our Dylan Hollingsworth was along for the ride and has the slide show to prove it. Bare-Legged Performance Art Terro ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    Linda Koop: And Where Are the Promised Developments Around DART Rail Stations?

    Dallas Area Rapid TransitThis is what DART says Walnut Hill Lane and Denton Drive will look like once the Green Line gets that far into Northwest Dallas. OK ...​We attended today's meeting of the council's Transportation and Environment Committee in the hopes of finding out from DART officials whe ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    Do You Dare Fish the Trinity?

    One day, of course, you will be able to fish the Trinity River from the comforts of a solar-powered water taxi.​When Jim's not designing Dallas Area Rapid Transit light-rail routes through downtown or lunching with John Wiley Price, he can be found most days fishing from the banks of the Trinity R ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    DART's Still Sorry for Saturday's Snafu

    Flickr user: clockwerks​Many Friends of Unfair Park have sent word that they too missed kick-off of Texas-OU Saturday due to Dallas Area Rapid Transit's slow ride to Fair Park; DART spokesman Morgan Lyons spent most of his weekend apologizing and explaining ... and then explaining his apology. (Fl ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    A Desire Named Streetcar, Part 281

    Just in case you were wondering where those streetcars might go ... ​Streetcars have been on the city council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit's radar since well before the May 23, 2008, book-club get-together at Dallas City Hall, during which city officials and downtown stakeholders got a talking-to ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Up on the Fair Park Line

    Speaking of Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Fair Park ...I was looking for something entirely unrelated on YouTube when I came across this vintage footage posted by DART a couple of weeks ago. Says the description of the footage that was kindly provided by one Johnnie J. Myers:Fair Park saw its last r ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Soon to Be Dallas's Most Photographed Man

    Matt ClarksonIf you think this one looks nice, check out this much larger version.​Slowly but surely Flickr fills up with images of the Traveling Man who strides through Deep Ellum. Here, for now, are two of our current favorites; after the jump, a rare nighttime shot of his seated counterpart. Co ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    The Jolly Green Line Giant

    Angela Hunt​Three months ago we were introduced to Brad Oldham and Brandon Oldenburg's Traveling Man sculptures, which will greet Dallas Area Rapid Transit light-rail riders as they enter Deep Ellum in coming days -- Green Line media ridealong is Tuesday, as a matter of fact, in advance of the "Su ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Dallas Area Rapid Transit Is Clearly Gearing Up for Its Very Own Video Festival

    Brad Oldham talks Traveling Man in a DART video.​In recent days, Dallas Area Rapid Transit's been awfully busy posting videos to its YouTube page -- most of 'em having to do with the Green Line, which is scheduled to open September 14. I've put four of them after the jump: Two feature interviews w ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Lord, He Was Born a Traveling Man

    ​Ah, good ol' Morgan Lyons over at Dallas Area Rapid Transit. He noticed that we'd posted a few of the agency's very well-done in-house videos and very kindly sent over the very latest: this time-lapse featuring the construction of the Traveling Man sculptures Brad Oldham and Brandon Oldenburg are ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009

    Because, Look, Sometimes There's Just Too Much Sideboob For the Side of a DART Bus

    DART opted not to run this ad, which you can click to enlarge. The ad, I mean. Wha?Saw a "story" in the no-relation New York Observer this morning concerning the "yanking" of a "racy" movie ad from the side of Dallas Area Rapid Transit buses, and I thought it might be a good idea to ask DART spokesm ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Dallas Area Rapid Transit Points to Green Line as Proof That Infrastructure Is Stimulating

    Dallas Area Rapid Transit today issued a media release that says the 28-mile, $1.8 billion Green Line expansion, scheduled to open in September, "is proving to be the Dallas region's own local economic stimulus program with the creation of more than 2,200 jobs." When contacted by Unfair Park today, ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Look, How Much Regional Government Do We Need, Anyway?

    The Dallas Morning News this afternoon posted an editorial urging people not to worry about so-called new extra levels of government and taxation being created to make their lives hell. The editorial also castigated Chicken Little types who spread rumors of new extra levels. My bumper sticker, inci ... More >>

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    October 27, 2008

    Foreman on Fantroy

    Joyce Foreman Former Dallas Area Rapid Transit board member Joyce Foreman this morning weighs in on the death of former city council member James Fantroy, who died yesterday after a prolonged battle with kidney cancer. Among her thoughts on the subject: "He was the epitome of a public servant that a ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008

    DART: The Feel-Good Bond Sale of the Year! Or Not.

    Schutze and I just got through discussing a Bond Buyer story from this morning that says Dallas Area Rapid Transit's forthcoming $740 million sales-tax revenue bond sale is getting a couple of thumbs up and a couple of thumbs down. On the one hand, you have Standard & Poor's raising DART's rating "t ... More >>

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    May 30, 2008

    Dunno What'll Happen to Deep Ellum. But At Least There'll Be Sculptures.

    Brad Oldham, left, and Reel FX's Brandon Oldenburg with something resembling ... a glass snake, maybe? And, yes, that is the Knights of Pythias Temple in the background, Brad Oldham and Reel FX Creative Studios now have a sizable chunk of change courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit: $1,365,000, to be ... More >>

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    May 29, 2008

    Edward Okpa on Why He's Not on DART Board. A Hint: Um, "Al Lipscomb"?

    After the jump, a very interesting communication from former mayoral candidate Edward Okpa, which just arrived in my e-box. Okpa, as the Friends know, is one of the people who got slimed in the whole Dallas Area Rapid Transit board appointment process. --Jim Schutze

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    May 21, 2008

    Clang, Clang, Clang Goes the Downtown Trolley, Just Maybe?

    Johns Hopkins University Well, thank goodness for Morgan Lyons, that’s all I can say. A little birdie called to alert me to a very important meeting taking place Friday at City Hall to discuss building a trolley line through downtown and also to talk about the second downtown light-rail alignm ... More >>

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    February 21, 2008

    Sinking Ship? What Sinking Ship?

    Dallas Area Rapid Transit Daniel Perez At a time when the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board is already upside down and up for grabs, another Dallas member of the DART board departs. Attorney Daniel Perez has informed the city council that health concerns (a heart attack last October) are making it di ... More >>

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    February 14, 2008

    Well, We Were Getting Tired of Lynn Flint Shaw's Old Mugshot

    For those who might have missed the news, former Dallas Area Rapid Transit board chair Lynn Flint Shaw -- you know who she is, right? -- turned herself in to authorities this morning. Shaw's being investigated for allegedly forging Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins' signature and letterh ... More >>

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    January 31, 2008

    Meet the New DART Board Chair

    Randall D. Chrisman, DART's new board chair Dallas Area Rapid Transit has just named its new board chairman -- and, nope, it ain't John Ware after all, Jim. Rather, it's Carrollton's Randall Chrisman, president of a commercial real estate company on Josey Lane. Among the more interesting items on th ... More >>

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    January 30, 2008
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    August 24, 2007

    Throwing a DART at Google

    Speaking of Dallas North Tollway closures, here's an alternative worth considering: I didn't know till I read this story today that Google provides an online transit guide for Dallas Area Rapid Transit, among a dozen other cities' mass-transit systems. But, sure enough, here it is -- complete with d ... More >>

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