Subject: I want YOU to hold DART Accountable. It is our Sales Tax Money.
Date: July 19, 2019
To: Mayor, City Council Members of Dallas, Interim Dallas City Attorney, Assistant Dallas City Manager and DART Board of Directors (see email distribution list below)
City of Resident:
I believe that DART is moving in the wrong direction and I want our elected or appointed officials to hold DART accountable to improve ridership and lower costs.
There are numerous examples demonstrating that DART is financially irresponsible with our hard-earned sales tax money.
Some residents attended betterments meetings and have seen the egregious costs for betterment items: ex: $17,000 for a tree, $2,000 for a shrub, $160 per square foot for pavers. These costs are NOT in-line with costs at market and the tree appears to be up to 30-40x the cost of a similar item at a local nursery. DART is spending our hard-earned money while it would be better spent on Police, Fire, Education or other compelling community needs.
I expect you to hold DART Accountable. I recommend this 5-step process:
Please advise what actions you will take to address my concerns.
Cotton Belt Betterments Costs & Betterment Presentation Link:
Calculations based on linear feet:
Trees – 35 feet off center * $480.56 linear feet = $16,820 per tree
Shrub – 3 feet off center * $677.03 linear feet = $2,031 per shrub
Paver per square foot - $108,845 unit cost / 675 sq. feet = $161 per square foot
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