Residents for Improving Dart Efficiency and Ridership




We want City Council of Dallas and other cities to hold DART Board members ACCOUNTABLE for DART moving in the wrong direction. Cities contribute 1% of Sales Tax to Fund DART – Total pay $600 million per year and Dallas $300 million which is same amount Dallas pays Fire Dept. This is our residents’ money.


Here is a sample letter that YOU can send to the Dallas mayor, Dallas  City Council members, Interim Dallas City Attorney, Assistant Dallas City Manager and DART board members.  Demand that DART Staff be held accountable to  City of Dallas resolutions, DART board policies and Texas Transportation Code Chapter 452!

Go to Sample Letter

Video of the Week 7/7/2019

Have landscaping prices gone up significantly? Is DART paying $16,800 for a tree as a Betterment option  for the Cotton Belt?

It appears all of the Betterment options are way above market pricing.

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OUR 4-step process


Step 1: Stop Building the Cotton Belt Rail

-  Take UBER – Less expensive per ride & over 2-3x quicker

-  Technology – Change is good, ex:  autonomous cars.  Bad idea, 30 year old rail idea.

-  DART will subsidize over $17,000 per year for a worker to take it during work-week

-  The cost to build Cotton Belt $1.1 billion is as expensive as Cowboys Texas Stadium

-  More people will visit Cowboys 8 Home Games than Ride Cotton Belt entire year

-  Lower MPG rating per rider than Cadillac Escalade on Highway with 1 Person

-  Residents will Subsidize “Freight” since the rail will not have enough Riders

Step 2: Create comprehensive plan to increase Ridership, Lower Subsidy Per Passenger and Improve Safety

-  Repair DART – Since 2008, Ridership is down 8% while costs +50% or $230 million.

-  Bus ridership is down 30%

-  Debt at DART is up $1.4 billion to $3.6 billion.

Step 3: Change Management compensation

Focus on Ridership, Reduce Subsidy per Ride, Safety.  Keep it simple and install new management if cannot adhere to this policy 

Step 4: Forecasts should be reasonable

 DART posted huge misses on 2018 budget ridership but prides themselves on 20 year forecast.


Dallas Resident Steps:

It is your $300 million that you are paying to DART each year and we want an increasing Return for Our Money.

1. Dart Board of Directors - Call or Email them to hold them Accountable to Improve Ridership and Lower Costs. DART Board votes on large projects like the Cotton Belt

a. Dart Board of Directors can STOP the Cotton Belt

b. Dart Board of Directors can Initiate a Plan to increase Ridership, Lower Subsidy per Passenger and Improve Safety

c. Dart Board of Directors can change DART CEO if he does not act in best interest of Residents

Dallas - Chair: Sue Bauman

Dallas: Ray Jackson

Dallas: Patrick Kennedy

Dallas: Jon-Bertrell Killen

Dallas: Michele Wong Krause

Dallas: Amanda Moreno

Dallas: Dominique P. Torres

Dallas, Cockrell Hill: Eliseo Ruiz

Garland: Jonathan R. Kelly

Irving: Rick Stopfer

Plano: Paul N. Wagemanpn

Multiple: Gary Slagel gaslagel@dart.orgCarrollton, 

Irving: Doug Hrbacek

Multiple: Lissa Smith

Multiple: Marck C. Enoch 

2.  City Council Members – Call or Email them to hold them Accountable to Improve Ridership and Lower Costs. City Council Members vote for the DART Board

a. City Council Members can vote to change the DART Board

b. City Council Members can provide info to change DART Board Views

District 1: Chad West 214-670-0776

District 2: Adam Medrano 214-670-4048

District 3: Casey Thomas, II 214-670-0777

District 4: Carolyn King Arnold 214-670-0781

District 5: Jaime Resendez 214-670-4052

District 6: Omar Narvaez 214-670-4199

District 7: Adam Bazaldua 214-670-4689

District 8: Tennell Atkins 214-670-4066

District 9: Paula Blackmon 214-670-4069

District 10: Adam McGough 214-670-4068

District 11: Lee Kleinman 214-670-7817

District 12: Cara Mendelsohn 214-670-4067

District 13: Jennifer S. Gates 214-670-3816

District 14: David Blewett 214-670-5415 

3. Mayor, Eric Johnson – Call or Email Eric to hold him accountable and take action for Transportation in city of Dallas

a. Vote new Resolution for Dallas To Withdraw Support for the Cotton Belt

b. Vote to create a transportation plan to increase ridership, lower subsidy per passenger and improve safety

Mayor: Eric Johnson  214-670-3301 


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