RIGHT on TRACK!
A board members personal view...
By Sandra Adams, TCNT Board Member
I love trains. I am not sure when that love of trains began; if it was playing with a single gauge train set under the Christmas tree or watching a train go by wondering its' destination; or watching multiple movies featuring trains as the major mode of transportation. As I grew older, Agatha Christies' "Murder on the Orient Express" was one of my favorite books.
In college, during summer field camp, we had a day-off from mapping in Colorado and a group of us enjoyed the Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge ride through stunning scenery. As an adult I have been fortunate enough to utilize trains on business and pleasure trips. Whether catching the London Underground from Heathrow to London with days to follow sight-seeing via the Underground; or experiencing the high speed rail in Hong Kong, utilizing passenger rail is a thrill for me!
We are so fortunate here in North Texas to have DART and the TRE system for our residents and for visitors who are more inclined to use public transportation than rent a vehicle. My neighborhood loves to get together for various downtown Dallas events and ride the train into the Dallas Art District. The picture above was from a few years back, on our way to Aurora, the light show in the Dallas Art District. We avoided the stand-still traffic and lack of parking.
Another time, coming back from a wonderful vacation, I landed at DFW airport to find weather had caused issues on our freeways, my ride could not get to me. No problem, I caught the DART Orange line in Terminal A to downtown Dallas where I transferred over to the bus line continuing on to North Oak Cliff and a block from my home. It was easy, much quicker than the congested freeways and I could not beat the price! On that particular Orange Line ride, I met a Mom and Daughter visiting Dallas for the first time. They were staying in a downtown hotel and wanted to know what they could enjoy by using just public transportation. They were from Chicago and very comfortable not using an automobile. They loved how clean and nice our light rail train was.
North Texans have DART's 90-mile light rail system to ride to events at the Fair Grounds, or Zoo, or Art District to name a few. We are able to jump on the TRE and enjoy events in Fort Worth. I am looking forward to utilizing Fort Worth's upcoming light rail system and the Texas Central bullet train to Houston!
Grab a group of friends and be adventurous; try passenger rail to take ya'll to the next big event! You will find it is much more fun than being in several cars.
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