Good morning, readers.
Your editor has been utterly consumed in recent weeks with the planning, preparation and execution of the nine public meetings held across the metro last week about the DART Forward 2035 Recommendations. Now that they’re over, I hope to resume my regular posts to The Bus Blog.
A few notes from the public meetings:
- We met with nearly 200 of you. Many were happy with the direction that the redesign of the transit system is taking. Others, not so much. DART is proposing big changes, and change is hard, especially on those who are affected most adversely. Our goal is for the new transit system to be a net gain, improving services for the most people possible.
- These are draft recommendations. It is fair to say that the final Transit Services Plan will likely resemble the recommendations fairly closely. However, adjustments will mostly probably be made based on feedback from you, the loyal riders of DART. (Yes, we really are listening to your comments, emails and letters.)
- Once finalized this fall, the Transit Services Plan would begin to be implemented in 2012.
Gunnar Olson, DART Public Information Officer and The Bus Blog Editor