Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Picture Kaleidoscope 4/8/15 - DART Adventure

Morning, all!

My work place is moving to Las Colinas, which means a much more involved commute. So trying to see how to avoid traffic and all the stress, annoyance, etc that goes with it, I figured I'd check out DART Rail since there's a station right by the new work address.

So I spent a couple of hours doing research, finding out routes, comparing maps, and more. So Saturday, hubby and I set off to check it out and see if it is a viable alternative or not.


This is the view from the DCTA platform off of Hebron in North Carrollton. The A Train stops by here.  As you can see, aside from a roof and some metal chairs and ticket machines, there's nothing here. 


On a day like Saturday, that is not a problem. But any kind of inclement weather and passengers would find no protection here. Also, the big schedule on the marquee is only for weekdays, so we ended up missing the train, because... there are no TOILETS!



Took a panoramic once we got back (before we realized the marquee was wrong and we'd just missed the train).  Wahhhh! (We got in the car and went to the alternate stop.)


Inside of the DART Rail - which we got on at the North Carrollton Station. No bathrooms there either.


Ticket machines and helpful signs. Huge parking lot, big statue, no bathrooms. No real cover.


Incoming DART rail. (We're sitting in the other one.)


And we're off!


Water treatment plant in Carrollton


Some nice views on  the overpasses.


Each station stop had a different decor motif for their columns. Still no restrooms.


A lovely fluffy sky!


Passing strangers


You can see the conductor and the rail map from here. Typical multi transit train setup.


Walnut Hill Station - a nice southern feel to the columns.


The big radar thing/water thing. 


Some more of the stop decor.


Historical Park in Farmers Branch.


They've really fixed it up!


More column decor.


This is the extent of protection at all the stations we stopped at. :( Rain with some wind, and you'd be soaked.


Really can see a long way from up here.


Old Downtown Carrollton


More station decor


Big art thing at the North Carrollton Station. Wish they'd instead put in some bathrooms.

All the stations were clean and so were the trains. But...

We never did go all the way to our final destination. The bathroom situation caused us to hoof it in search of one and after that we were pretty much done. I now know why DART is losing money. I've no idea how the elderly or people with kids could afford to use DART rail without any kind of facilities being available. I spoke to a friend who uses the Red Line and said he'd seen plenty there, but the Green Line seemed to have none. Sadly, the lack of facilities definitely makes this a non-option for me.

Happy Wednesday!
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