Transportation

10 Inspirations From Other Metros That DART's Subway Should Adopt

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6. Keep It Safe: Hong Kong

You shouldn’t have to worry about falling onto the tracks and meeting your doom while you wait to travel to your 9-to-5. Modern metros like Hong Kong feature glass barriers that open when the train arrives and close when they leave. Arrows on the ground near tracks establish lines to limit shoving or pushing while boarding.

7. Don't Build a Cattle Car: Seoul and Montreal

Riding the metro shouldn’t be like riding the Texas Giant at Six Flags. Modern urban butts require cushioning and room to relax or work during a commute. Seoul is known for seats that are heated and ergonomically engineered for pregnant women or old people. And let's not forget that the whole train can be designed for comfort of riders. Cities like Montreal use rubber wheels to increase speed while decreasing noise inside and outside of the car. Those rubber wheels also mean a smoother ride, even if they need to be replaced more often.  

8. Be Friendly to Biz on the Train Line: Hong Kong

Dallas is nothing if not business-friendly and there’s little use in trying to fight that, so why not include spaces for local takeout and shopping? The Octopus card in Hong Kong is refillable and can be used for transit fare and certain stores and restaurants. DART could start a similar program to work in harmony with local businesses and even produce income with rent.

9. Light Etiquette Training: Tokyo

Nobody wants to sit on the train next to an asshole, and signs like Tokyo’s Manners poster campaign can teach riders how to properly behave on the subway in a not-so-preachy way. The iconic posters also let you know what to do in an emergency, and in such a way that crosses all language barriers.  

10. Be Prepared for Growth: New York

All of these ideas could help make the metro a success in a way that the rest of DART’s rail line has yet to see. Success means money and some of the ideas on this list could keep operational costs low or even provide new income. That money could go toward expanding the small proposed line into the urban metro that Dallas has always deserved. The Big D won’t ever need the 468 stations that the Big Apple has, but a proper metro could go a long way toward revitalizing downtown.
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