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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby Hannibal Lecter » 27 Jun 2018 03:48

^ Amen.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby exelone31 » 19 Jul 2018 13:47

Not sure how many other P1's are on the forum, but I noticed DART has been promoting their new website, http://dartable.dart.org/, during Ticket Tickers.

It's nice and I am glad they are trying to list out different "DART Gems" that people can explore. Plus they're promoting on places like The Ticket.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby jrd1964 » 19 Jul 2018 19:01

Good to see that SeaBass, Justin, Ty, and the other tickerers are getting the word out.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby Cbdallas » 20 Jul 2018 10:35

Last two rides on the train I noticed that ticket checking was happining much more often than usual. I hope DART can keep up this level of verifying tickets to riders.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby TNWE » 20 Jul 2018 13:21

Cbdallas wrote:Last two rides on the train I noticed that ticket checking was happining much more often than usual. I hope DART can keep up this level of verifying tickets to riders.


The GoPass Tap trial period is supposed to begin soon- I saw someone post about in on facebook...I wonder if they're stepping up fare enforcement staffing to ensure the enough testers encounter fare enforcement on trains so they know the validation equipment works correctly before the broader rollout

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 20 Jul 2018 14:34

I signed up for the Tap Card beta testing program. My card should arrive by the 24th they tell me.

I currently use the app to buy an $80.00 monthly pass. I will be curious if this tap card is better for me than using that. I am always around an electrical outlet so my phone is never running out of juice to show the bus driver my ticket. I ride the same bus to work and home 5 days a week. On weekends I use my car if I need to leave my apartment if my friends aren't driving. I don't know if this will provide me any savings since depending on how you calculate it I could be saving money by buying individual tickets vs the monthly pass but I am willing to help test things out.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby TNWE » 20 Jul 2018 15:33

cowboyeagle05 wrote:I signed up for the Tap Card beta testing program. My card should arrive by the 24th they tell me.

I currently use the app to buy an $80.00 monthly pass. I will be curious if this tap card is better for me than using that. I am always around an electrical outlet so my phone is never running out of juice to show the bus driver my ticket. I ride the same bus to work and home 5 days a week. On weekends I use my car if I need to leave my apartment if my friends aren't driving. I don't know if this will provide me any savings since depending on how you calculate it I could be saving money by buying individual tickets vs the monthly pass but I am willing to help test things out.


I'm not currently a monthly pass user, but presumably if you take time off work or drive a few days out of the month, you might see some savings (I think the break even is 16 days at the $6 daily cap). I know when I was working downtown a few years ago it was frustrating to have just bought a month pass and find out a few days later that my company wanted me at another location for a week or two. I guess DART figures there are enough people with variable work situations who don't ride at all because they don't want to get stuck between 1) paying $80 upfront and not using it much or 2) paying by the trip/day and spending much more than $80 per month.

I'm excited for the daily capping function, if only because I don't always know if I'll need a day pass when I leave, so being able to combine AM/Midday/PM passes based on when I actually ride DART will be nice. Also my phone battery is getting less and less reliable so I'm happy to not be reliant on iOS battery management :roll: .

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 24 Jul 2018 12:09

I ride the bus twice a day 5 days a week to work and back. Get my car out on the weekends just to make sure the battery doesn't die.

If you compare that this month that means I would pay $5 a day for 5 days a week so this month it would be $110 if I bought a ticket each day. With the monthly pass, I paid $80 flat so there is obviously a savings there but I need to relook at the tap card rates to see if it will truly end up costing me more money. I work at the same building every day so no serious breaks except when the big holidays come up like Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Here’s how it works: You will purchase a GoPass Tap Card for any initial amount you choose between $6 and $200 at participating retailers. We encourage you to then register your card at GoPass.org to protect the balance on your card in case you lose it as well as other benefits.

Once you have your card, just touch your GoPass ® Tap card to the electronic reader every time you board or transfer on a bus or train. Your fare will be deducted automatically and you’ll be charged the best fare every time you ride. Once your monthly trips reach the total cost of a monthly pass, your remaining trips in any calendar month are free.

Fare capping also will be available soon in the enhanced GoPass app. If you have any other questions related to this, visit DART.org/farerestructure.


Sounds like it will work for me because maybe once a week I catch a ride home with a friend from Yoga so I maybe wouldn't pay as much that day. That could be money that goes to the next month so it will be a test for me for sure. Best thing is I won't pay more than the current monthly pass amount if I ride more than my monthly allowance.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby ArtVandelay » 24 Jul 2018 23:10

cowboyeagle05 wrote:I signed up for the Tap Card beta testing program. My card should arrive by the 24th they tell me.

I currently use the app to buy an $80.00 monthly pass. I will be curious if this tap card is better for me than using that. I am always around an electrical outlet so my phone is never running out of juice to show the bus driver my ticket. I ride the same bus to work and home 5 days a week. On weekends I use my car if I need to leave my apartment if my friends aren't driving. I don't know if this will provide me any savings since depending on how you calculate it I could be saving money by buying individual tickets vs the monthly pass but I am willing to help test things out.


Did you receive it? I haven’t received mine.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 25 Jul 2018 08:41

I have not checked my mail in three days so I might have but DART did email me last week saying it should arrive by the 24th.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby lakewoodhobo » 25 Jul 2018 12:34

Very cool to finally see video of the Knox/Henderson station.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... ssAvjXtGDw

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby TNWE » 25 Jul 2018 13:45

lakewoodhobo wrote:Very cool to finally see video of the Knox/Henderson station.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... ssAvjXtGDw


Saw that earlier. Kind of amazing how much digging was done down there, and the way the DART spokesman kept describing it as an "unused station" [IIRC] and not a partially completed station.

It adds to my skepticism about the cost estimates for finishing it out, since there's already an island platform and tunnel box roughed out. Unless they're planning to have one guy build a painstakingly detailed "public art" mosaic out of tiny bits of glass for the walls of the train tunnels, I can't see why they'd be limited to only doing work when the trains aren't running, other than some smaller, discrete tasks like finishing out the platform edges and installing lighting that could be done on a weekend or Holiday.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby dfwcre8tive » 25 Jul 2018 13:49

lakewoodhobo wrote:Very cool to finally see video of the Knox/Henderson station.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... ssAvjXtGDw


Here's the article with additional photos: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... looks-like

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby Matt777 » 25 Jul 2018 14:56

That DMN article says it would only be $15-20 million to finish the station.... so why hasn't this been done when the city has spent money on stupid things like $6 million to build and then remove a river rapid, or wanting to spend $30 million for free welfare money to Angela Hunt and her wealthy developer buddies?

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby Tivo_Kenevil » 25 Jul 2018 15:00

Matt777 wrote:That DMN article says it would only be $15-20 million to finish the station.... so why hasn't this been done when the city has spent money on stupid things like $6 million to build and then remove a river rapid, or wanting to spend $30 million for free welfare money to Angela Hunt and her wealthy developer buddies?

Not to mention millions on renderings of a fake park.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby The_Overdog » 25 Jul 2018 15:14

People have only started seriously asking for it to be finished out in the past few years - these kinds of things can take time to get budgeted and accounted for.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby DPatel304 » 25 Jul 2018 15:26

It's not just a money issue, right? The neighborhood is still against it?

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby lakewoodhobo » 25 Jul 2018 16:14

DPatel304 wrote:It's not just a money issue, right? The neighborhood is still against it?


I'd like to know which neighborhood associations opposed this station (maybe Vickery Place?) but I have a feeling the most vocal opponents have moved on, gone elsewhere, or have been priced out.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby Hannibal Lecter » 25 Jul 2018 17:17

I was surprised by that $15-$20 million figure. In the past I've seen figures of around $100 million. But ignoring that, $15-20 just sounds too low to be reasonable. It would probably cost that much to build a barebones ground-level station.

As for the neighborhood opposition, I doubt it has changed much. Time has shown that the naysayers were correct.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby CTroyMathis » 25 Jul 2018 17:23

cowboyeagle05 wrote:I have not checked my mail in three days so I might have but DART did email me last week saying it should arrive by the 24th.


I got an email today saying that it will be shipped today after a delay for more internal testing.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby dch526 » 26 Jul 2018 15:25

lakewoodhobo wrote:
DPatel304 wrote:It's not just a money issue, right? The neighborhood is still against it?


I'd like to know which neighborhood associations opposed this station (maybe Vickery Place?) but I have a feeling the most vocal opponents have moved on, gone elsewhere, or have been priced out.


Because of initial Vickery Place neighborhood objections, DART did not complete Knox–Henderson Station as part of its initial phase as planned.[2] The station's shell, considered a ghost station, serves as an emergency exit from the tunnel


By the mid-1990s, attitudes towards the station began to shift with the neighborhood actively petitioning DART to construct the station.[2] However, funding problems related to the deferred construction doomed the station.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knox%E2%80%93Henderson_station

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby dch526 » 26 Jul 2018 15:32

Matt777 wrote:That DMN article says it would only be $15-20 million to finish the station.... so why hasn't this been done when the city has spent money on stupid things like $6 million to build and then remove a river rapid, or wanting to spend $30 million for free welfare money to Angela Hunt and her wealthy developer buddies?


I don't think the DMN is taking everything into account.

By 2006, DART announced it would cost an estimated $100 million to complete and open Knox–Henderson Station.[3] The large price tag was attributed to the high labor and infrastructure costs associated with working underground near actively used tracks. In order to avoid interfering with existing rail service, tunneling and station construction work could only be carried out for four hours per day, between midnight and 4 a.m., when trains are not running.[3] Due to the high costs involved, DART stated that it was deferring construction of the station indefinitely.[3]

In January 2007, DART published the final version of its comprehensive 2030 Transit System Plan. The plan contained no provisions for finishing or opening the station by 2030, and responded to public comments requesting completion of the station by declaring, "There are no plans for a station in the Knox-Henderson area."[4] As of 2013, DART does not list Knox–Henderson Station in its future expansion plans.


I, personally, would love to have a station here but not for $100 Million. Maybe if there's some situation in the future that requires this section of line to be shut down to replace tracks or something then add this station into the project so crews could work the full time and not have the risk of trains running on the tracks and maybe that $15-20M price tag becomes more realistic.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knox%E2%80%93Henderson_station#cite_note-April_29,_1995-2

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby The_Overdog » 26 Jul 2018 15:49

I don't think $15m is correct. The video basically shows a stair-case sized vault to get people down below the surface and more like a human-sized tunnel to interface with the actual railroad tracks which are in a single-train sized tunnel.

The CityPlace stations looks like the following:
https://www.dart.org/maps/facilityoverv ... tation.asp

So the middle area would need to be tunneled and vaulted to create the platform and the staircase sized vault expanded to have space for escalators and elevators.

If the middle platform is already vaulted and you just have to build out a station, then maybe $15m is correct.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 27 Jul 2018 09:25

The video only shows a small part of the station that is currently built. I believe there are more access areas dug out than whats in the video but the staircase seen in the DMN is the easiest way to keep things safe and secure from nosey people. Mind you I agree its a costly enterprise opening things up from a job half done from decadesss past.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby muncien » 27 Jul 2018 11:21

DART is also notorious for going with the most costly, overbuilt, unnecessary, option available... So, the 100m isn't surprising. But the reality of building a simple, functional station is probably half that.
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Postby Matt777 » 27 Jul 2018 12:06

Yeah, if the station truly is already "dug out" and just needs finishing and elevators and such, it shouldn't be too much. There's no need to make it fancy. It it's a concrete shell, commission artists to make it interesting on the cheap. Murals, neon, sculpture, etc. Maybe a water feature. Done.

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Postby Tucy » 27 Jul 2018 12:53

FIFY

muncien wrote:DALLAS is also notorious for going with the most costly, overbuilt, unnecessary, option available... So, the 100m isn't surprising. But the reality of building a simple, functional station is probably half that.

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Postby cowboyeagle05 » 27 Jul 2018 13:11

I like transit in this town and I can agree with that statement. DART aka Dallas in general likes the pricey option but doesn't go all the way either so its always pricey cheap quality if that makes sense. Too much for what we get but not enough to be an actual high-quality product.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby TNWE » 27 Jul 2018 14:29

Matt777 wrote:Yeah, if the station truly is already "dug out" and just needs finishing and elevators and such, it shouldn't be too much. There's no need to make it fancy. It it's a concrete shell, commission artists to make it interesting on the cheap. Murals, neon, sculpture, etc. Maybe a water feature. Done.


MARTA's underground stations don't even bother covering the tunnel walls, tho they cut through granite to dig their lines. We don't need a fancy tile mosaic like at Cityplace.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby electricron » 27 Jul 2018 18:00

When MARTA built its mostly subway lines there was no, or at least less federal requirements to spend as much on art as DART had to meet to qualify for federal funding. DART rarely spent more than the minimum required by the federal government, which is why it was done but done as cheap as possible. The only places I’m aware DART spent more than the minimum, either the local city, local developers, or local community organizations picked up the extra expense.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby CTroyMathis » 29 Jul 2018 12:35

CTroyMathis wrote:
cowboyeagle05 wrote:I have not checked my mail in three days so I might have but DART did email me last week saying it should arrive by the 24th.


I got an email today saying that it will be shipped today after a delay for more internal testing.


It's likely it's in your mail box now. I received mine on Friday I believe.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 30 Jul 2018 09:32

Yeah, I got my TapCard but the registration website to activate the card is still not up nor is the google group they want us to join so I had to use my phone app this morning.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby electricron » 15 Aug 2018 07:39

It's been almost a month now, has anyone been able to get their tap card to work?
I dislike threads that leave things or issues like this unfinished. ;)

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Postby cowboyeagle05 » 17 Aug 2018 08:46

Yeah, mine works every day. The few times the tap card system has been down the bus driver just waves me on. Which has happened about 4 times in total and the google group where they are asking people to post about issues is abuzz with more people trying to convince DART to make changes all over the place. Some ask why if the card has a black magnetic stripe can you not swipe the card if the tap reader isn't working. DART's answer it would require a whole backend change for that system lol. Others are just confused to the new AM and PM system to the ride fee structure and proposing all kinds of changes.

It came with 35$ on it and once the BETA is over in mid September they plan to give us another 75$ on the card.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby itsjrd1964 » 18 Aug 2018 00:29

Well, kids, time to pay more!! Here's all the scoop with a chart of all the fare changes:
http://www.dart.org/fares/2018farerestructure.asp

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby itsjrd1964 » 18 Aug 2018 00:41

Also, on August 27, some service changes... but it looks like they will be slight in both routing and timing. Several routes are affected; one of the major newsbits regards routes that used the I-35E HOV lanes that recently closed for the "Southern Gateway" construction project south of downtown. Reroutes for those buses are included in the changes.

http://www.dart.org/about/servicechange ... change.asp

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby flyswatter » 18 Aug 2018 06:31

Low ridership = higher fares...that'll definitely get more people on!

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby TNWE » 20 Aug 2018 09:48

flyswatter wrote:Low ridership = higher fares...that'll definitely get more people on!


For the AM/PM commuter, sure, it goes up a buck. The big change in the fare structure is that people no longer have to decide in advance whether they need a day pass or single ride. Plus, the PM pass (at $3) costs a little more than the current 2 hr pass, but gets you 12+ hours of rides for that $3.

Obviously they still need to work on reliability and on-time buses, but hopefully the new tap cards will give them the data they need to see what sort of connections riders are making and optimize accordingly.

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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby muncien » 21 Aug 2018 09:47

TNWE wrote:
flyswatter wrote:Low ridership = higher fares...that'll definitely get more people on!


For the AM/PM commuter, sure, it goes up a buck. The big change in the fare structure is that people no longer have to decide in advance whether they need a day pass or single ride. Plus, the PM pass (at $3) costs a little more than the current 2 hr pass, but gets you 12+ hours of rides for that $3.

Obviously they still need to work on reliability and on-time buses, but hopefully the new tap cards will give them the data they need to see what sort of connections riders are making and optimize accordingly.


Bummer for commuters...
But for 'casual' riders, this is quite nice. It was always difficult to justify buying a 'Day Pass' just to go to an event at AA Center; particularly when you have a family or group. Five people paying $5 bucks each to ride a very infrequent bus down an extremely convoluted route, to an annoyingly slow train costs $25 and 90 mins each way. Dealing with the cost of parking your car and being stuck in traffic was typically a better option. Now, they seem a little more competitive.
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Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 21 Aug 2018 09:59

Well, its great for me as a commuter because the locked in price is as its always been except what they raised it to of course. Also if I start pulling back on ride the bus all the time for some reason I can save money if I don't reach the monthly cap.


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