Transportation

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

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 every 30 to 40 minutes."

But moments ago, a Friend of Unfair Park forced to head into work downtown suggested: "They need to take the buses off the streets as well. Every one I have seen has been either on the side of the road or in the middle of the intersection." (Below, Brother Bill Holston says his ride in on the DART bus was just dandy.) At which point, coincidentally, our own Daniel Rodrigue sent the photo you see above, taken a few minutes ago on the Dallas North Tollway headed southbound, near Arapaho.

I checked with DART spokesman Morgan Lyons to get an update, and he says the transit agency doesn't have an exact count of stranded buses -- "but I am sure there are a good number of 'em," he says. To which he adds: "We'll keep running buses where we can. We've been able to run some buses, and we've got a dozen tow trucks -- we started with eight -- to try to get the buses unstuck where we can. Now that the precipitation has stopped falling, we're starting to get out and unstick trains one at a time, and that's a very time-intensive product, because you cant just go wailing on a switch or an overhead power line."

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Robert Wilonsky
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