Downtown Dallas Inc. CEO shares her thoughts on 20 years of DART Rail:
DART has contributed to the growth of Downtown Dallas, helping to make it a more vibrant place to live, work and play. Not only does Downtown have the largest commercial employment base in North Texas, we also have a rapidly growing residential population. Currently, nearly 50,000 people are living in the greater Downtown area and these residents appreciate the uniqueness of an authentic urban lifestyle, which includes easy access to public transit.
Between DART Rail, bus service, the McKinney Avenue Trolley and streetcar, as well as programs like D-Link, car share and expanding cycling infrastructure, mobility choices for residents and commuters are increasing.
I’m proud that our leaders recognize the economic, social and environmental significance of having a multi modal transportation network.
Dallas is one of the few major metropolitan cities in this country to have direct rail access between downtown and the airport. And with the GoPass mobile app, DART has made it easy for people to use the system.
As we continue to build density in our urban core, plans for additional mobility options, including streetcar extension, bike lanes, bus and light rail service are critical. These modes should consider both the local short trips of residents and people seeking to go from one great central city destination to another, as well as commuter and visitor needs as Downtown continues to be a regional connector.
Downtown Dallas, Inc.