Yesterday Peter asked an excellent question: Why is DART looking to decide the alignment of its $80 million downtown streetcar when the route of its possibly $1 billion second downtown light-rail line is yet to be determined? His piece included this burn:
Here’s what’s most troubling to me about this whole thing. Dallas has been handed the opportunity to plan two huge major public investments in downtown transit together, and yet DART seems content to roll along on each project, considering them independently of each other, seemingly with little concern for context and mobility, while hoping the whole thing snaps together nicely in the end. How come DART’s planners aren’t running ridership scenarios for the streetcar and D2 together? Wouldn’t it be useful for policy makers to know that if D2 is built in one way it will affect streetcar ridership differently depending on the various alignments? Even a 6-year-old playing with an erector set has a better appreciation for the way systems operate than to ignore the fact that D2 and the streetcar will affect the success of one another.
A 6-year-old? Ouch. When I first saw this, I thought Peter was being a tad harsh. But then I read about what went down at Monday’s DART briefing of a Dallas City Council committee:Read More