Suburban Assault

Interesting Info About Dallas Public Transit

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I find this interesting because, I’m both a bicycle and MINI Cooper enthusiast with a high appreciation for public transit.

I found this link on the Streetsblog.net site. The Transit Pass has put together a comparison of public transportation rides verses population in major metropolitan areas across the country. Since I’m in the DFW Metroplex, I was interested in the results for Dallas.

With a population (according to Wikipedia) of 6,300,006, Dallas is 4th on the list of size, right behind NYC, Chicago and LA. However, with only 217,000 rides per day, it falls below the top 15 cities in public transportation usage. They’re blaming it on the fact that Dallas was “…built around the car and without public transit in mind. “ – which I can completely agree with.

We’re a city that’s spread thin and wide with no natural limitations on growth. We’re not bordered by mountains or oceans forcing us to develop communities within limited real estate. We just go further out. Unfortunately, because of this, nothing is close. You almost need a car for work, shopping or to do anything around the Metroplex. The challenge of decent public transportation gets harder as the city grows larger.

For my commute to work, public transportation is useless. Instead of going into Dallas, my job is west of my home. Yes, there are buses that go from my neighborhood to a few blocks from my office. However, it requires at least 2-3 transfers and almost a 2 hour commute – for a 13 mile distance. Since bike commuting in the suburbs is not very common and Texas drivers aren’t very accommodating, cycling isn’t a safe option either.

There’s nobody to blame for this. We’ve just become victims of our own situation. Of course this looks bad for DFW who, along with Houston, “represent the worst of car culture in America.”

Personally, I would love for the DART and public transit to thrive in my city. I’d even take it more often if somebody could come up with a better solution for me. Until then, I’ll be enjoying my fun, little, fuel efficient MINI Cooper.

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Written by dickdavid

September 15, 2009 at 11:42 am

Posted in DFW Cycling, Misc

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  1. Interesting post, Richard. One thing that would be really cool along this super long streets we have — like Arapaho, Belt Line, etc — would be a nice streetcar system. They say that most people are much more prone to take a street car than a bus. My personal experience has been that street cars just seem faster. I’m not sure why.

    It’s pretty easy, as you know, to get around Richardson by bike. Even Plano has a good East/West trail. But once you get west of Coit, thing aren’t so good.

    bibliosk8

    September 18, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    • A streetcar would be awesome.

      With the university in the middle and Richardson being so small, I’d love to see more bike/ped/public transit traffic around town.

      An ultimate dream would be to have a cool “portland/austin” vibe in our little north Dallas town. Nothing too drastic. Just a chilled and relaxed ‘hang-out’ kinda atmosphere. Sort of like how funky Little Forest Hills, in Dallas has become.

      That might not happen since it’s so conservative around here (not that there’s anything wrong with it – just not my cup of tea).

      dickdavid

      September 18, 2009 at 2:14 pm


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