News bits: DISD graduate shares his DART travel tips

Finstein's third tip is "Make friends with the police officers. You never know when you’ll need them to give you the benefit of the doubt."

Finstein’s third tip is “Make friends with the police officers. You never know when you’ll need them to give you the benefit of the doubt.”

Blaine Finstein just graduated from Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented and Gifted. And despite being a teenager, his DART travel experience could rival most public transit commuters.

In a recent Dallas Morning News Student Voices column, Finstein shares his 10 tips for riding DART for his years taking the train to school everyday.

My parents were reluctant to let me ride the train to school. Before, I was always dropped off right in front of school in my mother’s car; the train was foreign and confusing. It took some convincing, but I managed to get a trial run.

I got on the Blue Line at the White Rock Station for the first time with a pile of textbooks in my hands. I wasn’t sure where exactly I was going or how exactly I’d get there, but I had a smartphone with maps and a determination to make this work.

Three years later, I’m graduating from high school and leaving Dallas (and DART) behind. On my last few rides, I went through a sentimental process of reflection and came away with this: 10 life lessons from DART that (probably, possibly, hopefully) reach at something greater.

Finstein’s tips include: staying ahead of schedule, befriending DART Police, being alert and prepared, and talking to strangers. Visit dallasnews.com to read all of his tips for travel.

Blaine Finstein: What I learned in high school from my DART commute [dallasnews.com]

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