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Transit Opens the Possibilities
As America evolves and the younger generation begins to take its place in business, the effect on our communities is far reaching. Our 20- and 30-year-olds are not automatically running out and buying cars. They have figured out that they can make wise living decisions that release them from the cost of a car, gas, insurance, maintenance, tolls, parking, as well as traffic headaches.
That is why in the U.S., as well as other parts of the world, transit-oriented development (TOD) is burgeoning. Real estate listings, such as Zillow.com, now boast walkability and transit scores to entice renters and buyers. And if this is not on your radar now, you can't afford to ignore it any longer.
This phenomenon is not new to DART. It is part of our DNA as we plan 30 years and more in advance and work closely with communities who are similarly forward-thinking.
This year, we will connect to Irving, a community that has long supported DART and is eager to see the familiar yellow trains flow in and out of its business, arts and residential areas. The impact cannot be ignored. The expansion of the Orange Line means an influx of new patrons, employees, residents and tourists.
But the impact is bigger than Irving, because the DART System comprises 13 cities, and the openings in July and December will mean an increase in people and dollars throughout the system. And with shuttles connecting passengers from the Orange Line to DFW International Airport, even global travelers will have the option to jump onto the system to experience "Big D" during long layovers.
DART looks forward to welcoming new riders and is doing quite a bit to attract and communicate with them via new technology, services and campaigns. In this issue, we describe these efforts and welcome your feedback or any ideas you have.
John Carter Danish
DART Chairman of the Board
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