DART defends decision to shut down rail service during winter storms

DART defends decision to shut down rail service during winter storms

For the second time this month, DART is chopping service due to the winter climate.

However in contrast to two weeks in the past, the regional transit system is hoping to preserve buses working this time round.

DART says it is going to proceed to run at a restricted capability on Thursday as properly.

It’s DART’s new president, Nadine Lee’s, first winter in Dallas after serving as chief of employees for Los Angeles’ metro system.

DART says it stands by its decision to reduce all companies two weeks in the past and rail service Wednesday for security. 

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Victor Sorsson is from Melbourne, Australia, the place they solely have to shut rail service down when it will get too scorching.

“It’s a little frustrating as a tourist,” he stated. “Just going to the Holocaust Museum downtown, it’s only like two stops. So I can walk, but I’d like to catch the train.” 

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The shutdown of DART trains earlier than the shutdown of most companies caught some riders off guard Wednesday.

“So I am trying to go the VA but just spent $1.50 on a ticket. That is no good,” stated DART rider William Burns.

He stated he wished DART’s ticket machine would have warned him earlier than he paid his fare to go to the VA.

“I started not to go today but thought if you don’t go it will be another thousand years before they give you another appointment,” Burns stated.

DART is working to direct riders to buses. 

DART spokesperson Gordon Shattles stated the decision to shut down rail is one they didn’t take flippantly.

“If the rails are frozen and can’t get traction, we have to weigh that with need for riders and their safety,” he stated.

Shattles stated DART made the decision early so individuals might make plans. The main focus now could be to preserve buses operating.

Omar Narvaez, chair of town’s transportation committee, says DART is not properly ready for wintry climate. 

“It’s very different for us having DART make decisions so early,” he stated. “The DART system decades ago the decisions were made not to put in the upgrades necessary to deal with things like ice, freezing rail, the wires. They just don’t own the proper tools.”

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Narvaez says he does consider DART waited too lengthy to get service again earlier this month stretching into the weekend. 

“The one thing I wish could’ve changed at two weeks ago is when the weather report said that the weather would be nice Saturday and Sunday that DART could’ve gotten the transit going again as quickly as possible,” he stated.

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Shattles says DART rails and switches that direct trains have already began to freeze.