3361RE: [carfree_cities] Municipal Political Structures
- Jun 4, 2001James Rombough wrote:
>DART is a terrible example of regional effort! A lotI wonder why they want to "not" operate like that?
>of people don't like DART, but I think they are doing
>the best they can. The problem is that Dallas and Ft.
>Worth have been "at war" for decades. Ft. Worth,
>Arlington (actually, all of Tarrant County) and Grand
>Prarie in Dallas County are *not* members of DART.
>That makes DART more like a county-level organization,
>not a regional organization.
>Ft. Worth and a few of its suburbs run a publicIt might also be a taxation thing?
>transit agency, the T. Arlington, a "city" of 270,000
>people, is not a member of the T. As a result,
>Arlington is the largest city in the USA with no mass
>transit at all (the Handi-ride program doesn't count
>as "public" transit). Arlington residents are against
>city buses because they are afraid of minorities (I've
>translated what they actually say) moving in. Never
>mind that there are minorities already living there!
>I used to live in Arlington and Dallas, and I knowParanoid?
>many people there, and that is exactly how they think!
> Pretty sad!
>For anyone interested in aviation, another casualty inThat kind of reminds me of the Mirabel airport (YMX) north of Montreal.
>the Dallas vs. Ft. Worth "war" is DFW airport, Love
>Field and the Wright amendment. The federal
>government had to force them to cooperate and build an
>airport, or the Feds would do it for them.
>A few years ago DART and the T got together andYour right about the distance, through Arlington it's about 31 miles, but
>created the Trinity Railway Express. Eventually it
>will continue all the way to downtown Ft. Worth (now
>about 2/3 of the way from Dallas to Ft. Worth), but it
>doesn't go through Arlington, which would be the most
through Irving it's about 34 miles. Plus I wonder what kind of service they
will provide when the whole thing is up and running?
I just hope they keep those nice Budd RDC's active for a long time to come.
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