Inmotion
the offical newsletter of DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT - Winter 2008
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Flexing with the times
A letter from the DART Chairman of the Board.

Managing the Surge
Record ridership is prompting service and parking initiatives to ensure transit riders, both old and new, keep coming back to DART.

Ready for Blast Off
The Green Line is in "countdown" mode for a September 2009 opening with initial service to Deep Ellum, Baylor Medical Center and Fair Park.

New City on the Rise
A new "city" is rising at Park Lane and Central Expressway boasting live-work-play options to the max and great transit connections.

Carpool City
High gas prices and the doubling of high occupancy vehicle lanes have pushed ridesharing to record levels, and we're making room for more.

Honoring Courage
The legacy of Rosa Parks will be memorialized in a new DART transit facility providing an oasis of comfort in downtown Dallas.

Short Trips
Customers enjoy the ride; DART celebrates 25 years of connections; State Fair Shuttle rides into history; British broadcasters talk to commuters; TRE adds service.

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Honoring courage

Rosa Parks Plaza connects transit's past, present and future

Image: Rosa ParksIn 1955, Rosa Parks stood up for her beliefs by sitting down in the front of a segregated bus in Alabama, becoming a catalyst for change and earning a place in history as the “mother of the civil rights movement.” Now her courage is being memorialized in a new DART transit facility in downtown Dallas.


Image: Rosa Parks statueSituated on a quarter-acre at Elm and Lamar streets, Rosa Parks Plaza will be a relaxing, new respite featuring a 13-foot-high wall of water, a drinking fountain and green spaces flanked by two bus bays and spacious passenger shelters.

The focal point will be a life-size bronze statue of Parks sitting on a bus bench, by San Francisco artist Erik Blome. The sculptor says he designed the statue to "invoke a feeling of determination and a presence that has a solidity to it and a beauty that transcends time." Visitors to the plaza can actually sit next to Park's likeness to reflect on the courage she displayed decades ago.


The statute of Rosa Parks is designed to "invoke a feeling of determination and a presence that has a solidity to it and a beauty that transcends time."

Erik Blome, San Francisco sculptor



Connecting the past to the future
Connecting citizens to a monumental time in public transit history, as well as to the future of public transit in North Texas, this park-like-setting will serve as an oasis for the downtown West End community and meet the needs of 1,400 daily bus customers.

"It will add to DART patron comfort at a time of significant growth in ridership," says Rob Parks, DART project manager. "This plaza is the first of its kind in downtown Dallas. It serves as a signature project to prototype what can and will be done for downtown bus passengers."

Image: U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (left) and DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas helped break ground on the Rosa Parks Plaza in August.
U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (left) and DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas helped break ground on the Rosa Parks Plaza in August.
The plaza is a true community effort with funding provided by DART, the City of Dallas Park & Recreation Department, DOWNTOWNDALLAS (formerly the Central Dallas Association), and Dallas Main, LP – landlord of Bank of America Plaza. In addition, $600,000 in federal funds was secured by U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson.

"DART has served all the different communities of North Texas, but especially the working community and minority community," Johnson said at the plaza groundbreaking in August. "As a result, it hasn't been difficult for me to help bring over a billion dollars here for transit projects. It's thoughtful and appropriate to honor Rosa Parks in this way."

Construction of Rosa Parks Plaza is scheduled to be completed as early as February 2009.

Image: Rosa Parks Plaza will welcome more than 1,400 daily bus customers with sheltered waiting areas, a peaceful water wall and attractive landscaping.
Rosa Parks Plaza will welcome more than 1,400 daily bus customers with sheltered waiting areas, a peaceful water wall and attractive landscaping.





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