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DART: Bus system

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TNWE
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Re: DART: Bus system

Postby TNWE » 11 May 2020 12:22

Tucy wrote:
Hannibal Lecter wrote:^ Keep in mind that DART itself has no desire to build D2.

The push for the subterranean albatross is coming from the Dallas City Council, which has never met a boondoggle it didn't love -- as long as another taxing authority was on the hook for it.


In fairness, Dallas City Council has been perfectly happy to use their own taxing authority to fund boondoggles.


Ironically enough, the decision by city and county leadership to respond to coronavirus as if Dallas was just like NYC has kneecapped every local taxing authority's capacity for years. D2 was already on life support before this, sooner or later DART is gonna have to cut the engineers and consultants loose to pay bus driver salaries. On the other hand, if there's no excess money for boondoggles, the "urbanist" grifters that have infested Dallas for the last decade may be forced to move on and find another city willing to fund their real-life SimCity game...

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Re: DART: Bus system

Postby Parker Road » 15 May 2020 15:28

TNWE wrote:I took the survey as well, though some questions seemed poorly designed, like the one asking respondents to choose between a scenario where buses ran on parallel streets at lower frequency, with a short 2 min walk from home to the stop (coverage) or a scenario where there was a single route at high frequency with a longer 6 min walk (ridership). However, they didn't mention the possibility of timing routes in the coverage scenario so that someone could catch one route at the top of the hour with a shorter walk, or a different route at 30 after with a longer walk.


A key principle behind Walker's ridership-focused redesigns involve not having to time your trips to local transit. It shows up at the same place at a reliable time interval, frequently enough to where riders don't have to plan their lives around it and can just show up to a stop knowing a bus is coming soon. Spreading the routes out to cover different "parts" of the hour needlessly complicates this process by requiring riders to know which direction and length they need to walk and at what times. It also raises the barrier of entry for transit users and discourages transit oriented land use patterns that would arise from rigid and frequent local routes.

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Re: DART: Bus system

Postby itsjrd1964 » 13 Aug 2020 13:24

DART is installing sanitizer and mask dispensers on all its buses. A picture shows them being placed after the entry/farebox area and before the rows of seating.

https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2020/08/12/dar ... -pandemic/


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