ANDOriginally Posted by Alex Rodriguez
1. I still don't get your safety, cleanliness complaint. . . and certainly not on the Green Line. That's the newest, cleanest line in the system, from what I've seen.Originally Posted by Alex Rodriguez
2. How do you know DART isn't working with municipalities and adjacent property owners to increase pedestrian accessibility? In instances where they can't reach agreements on ingress/egress, what would you suggest DART do?
3. I'm assuming your reliability complaint boils down to the few service interruptions DART Rail experienced during the snow storms in February. . . I just don't see that as something to get pissed about. The entire country experienced the worst snow storm in 50 years. It was an extreme weather event, and I know people who couldn't even get their cars out of the driveway, much less drive on the roads. Holding DART to a higher standard, and criticizing DART for a few hours of service interruptions is unreasonable IMHO.
4. As for the service cutbacks affecting Red/Blue Line ridership. . .Neither one of us knows if that caused ridership to go down. Regardless, let us not forget why the service cutbacks came about. . .lack of money from lower tax receipts (the results of a deep recession).
5. As for Development around rail stops, I think your criticism is misplaced. I'd like to see more TOD myself, but that's a developer's issue. DART Rail can be, and has been, a catalyst for development. But the agency can't wave a magic wand and make TOD pop up around it's stations. As I understand it, there are a number of TOD projects planned around stations throughout the system (but on hold due to the recession). When those property owners/developers secure funding for their projects, I'm sure we'll see these projects become reality. Until then, criticizing DART is unreasonable.