New Landscaping Saves Water and Money
At DART's rail stations and transit centers, trees provide needed shade for customers. Landscaped borders help absorb heat reflected by hard surfaces and beautify transit facilities.
In a region where summer unofficially lasts half the year and watering restrictions can be imposed year-round, caring for greenspaces can be challenging.
DART is lowering its water consumption and reducing landscaping costs by replacing trees and plants at its older rail stations and transit centers. The new native and adapted plants are more drought-tolerant and will require less pruning and replanting.
At the Kiest and VA Medical Center stations, for example, the agency has installed yucca, sage and agave plants in beds of decomposed granite.
Along the original Red and Blue lines, DART is replacing end-of-life trees with more compact shrubs where Oncor power lines parallel the rail right of way. The agency also is exchanging dense hedges for smaller plants, so rail operators and customers have better sight lines.
"Updating our landscape design means that we can reduce watering and other maintenance, both of which will save DART money," said Brenda Sadberry, passenger amenities/facilities services manager.
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