the offical newsletter of DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT - Winter 2012
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Transit Opens the Possibilities
A letter from the DART Chairman of the Board.

Putting All the Pieces in Place
Ongoing capital projects create jobs, stimulate the economy and build infrastructure for the region's future.

Going High Tech and High Touch
Online and mobile tools attract new customers with instant access to transit information, while community outreach programs recruit potential riders in person.

Cultivating a Transit Lifestyle
Rail access remains a huge advantage to properties near stations, and there’s plenty of transit-oriented development in the pipeline.

Shuttles Provide a Booster Shot
New partnerships with Baylor University Medical Center and Parkland Health and Hospital System link campuses to rail stations for easier employee and patient connections.

Mesquite is Ready to Ride
Mesquite has contracted DART bus service to connect the city to the Green Line – and the new model may be the key to expanding regional transit in the future.

Short Trips
Board member Ray Noah resigns; John Danish elected new Board chair; Streetcar environmental assessment wins accolades; Thomas elected APTA chair; Grant funds bus replacement.

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Short Trips

Ray Noah hangs his track shoes after 28 years

Ray Noah Ray Noah, a member of the DART Board since 1983, stepped down this past October.

"Serving on the DART Board of Directors is like running a relay race," Ray Noah remarked. "You run your laps until it's time to hand off. That time has come."

Noah certainly ran his share of laps. During his 28-year tenure, he represented Addison, Highland Park, Richardson and University Park and helped shepherd DART from its infancy into one of America's highest-profile and fastest-growing transit systems.

Irving's John Danish becomes board chair

In October, the DART Board of Directors elected John Carter Danish as chairman. A longtime community leader, Danish is a former three-term Irving City Councilman, deputy mayor pro tem, and former chairman of the Irving Planning and Zoning John Danish Commission. An attorney in private practice, Danish holds an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Illinois and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Having represented the City of Irving on the DART Board since 2005, Danish has served on and chaired numerous committees. Currently he also is the Region 5 Representative, representing an 11-state area, on the American Public Transportation Association Board of Directors.

The Board also elected Robert Strauss (Dallas) as vice chair, Loretta Ellerbe (Plano) as secretary and Richard Carrizales (Dallas) as assistant secretary. All officers serve one-year terms.

DART's planning acumen gets accolades

2011 Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Document Preparation by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) DART's Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Union Station-to-Oak Cliff Dallas Streetcar project has won the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Document Preparation by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The assessment studies the effects a project will have on its natural, social and economic environment.

DART's EA was singled out for its superior effectiveness, efficiency and practicality. Its findings led the FTA to "green-light" the 1.6-mile, at-grade, dedicated streetcar track in July. The project will extend along existing roadway (including the Houston Street Viaduct) from DART's Union Station to Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

The City of Dallas, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and DART are collaborating on the venture, which is funded through a federal grant and regional toll revenues. The streetcar will start service in 2014.

Thomas elected to prestigious position

Gary Thomas On September 21, members of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) elected DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas to be chair of the Board of Directors. This marks the first time the prestigious position has been held by a delegate from DART.

Thomas is no stranger to APTA – he already has served the international association in a wide array of capacities, most recently as vice chair. APTA is a nonprofit international association of more than 1,500 public and private member organizations involved in public transit.

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