Every “world-class” city has an efficient public transportation system, and most have a ‘ridership first’ approach. Dallas has neither. So while DART boasts that Dallas has the longest light rail system in the country, it is by all accounts the most inefficient. And not only does that prevent Dallas from becoming a true multi-modal city, but it has severe consequences for our residents. A recent study concluded that there is no affordable housing in Dallas once you factor in transportation costs making Dallas the fourth worst for housing in the nation.
Where we stand:
In 2016, a number of Deep Ellum residents and business owners approached the Coalition to help prevent a D2 surface line from being built. The surface line would have once cut off the neighborhood from our growing urban core (much like I-345 has done), and we joined the fight to make D2 a subway. In October 2016, the City Council reversed its vote on the issue in a historic proportion, making a D2 subway the City’s top transportation priority.
Our efforts around D2 also coincided with the inclusion of the Cotton Belt line in DART’s 20-Year Financial Plan, which would be the most subsidized rail line in the agency’s history (at $20 a rider) and financed primarily through debt. The Coalition does not believe that this is the best use of DART’s resources, and advocated strongly against it in light of the need to build a D2 subway and invest in a frequent and functioning bus network.
Creating more frequency in the bus network, not focusing solely on suburban rail, is the surest way to build the base of riders and ensure that transit-dependent citizens can get to jobs and school in an efficient and dignified manner.
After all, Houston did it. So why can’t we?
What they’re saying: