Readers of this blog know that I am a proponent (read: zealous enthusiast) of public transportation. Whenever I visit a new city, I am eager to let its government do the driving while I gaze through oversized plate-glass windows at the whir of metro hubbub.
Think ‘transit in America’, and images of New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington DC are likely to flood the mind. But Texas is never content being outdone, and Dallas’s DART rail network anything but a shabby system.
The light rail lines that slice through the Dallas metroplex comprise the largest light rail network in the country, and its cheery yellow trains — Texas-sized taxis, if you will — are clean, spacious, and quiet, with plenty of refrigerated air to combat the southern sun.
The best Dallas attractions and neighborhoods are steps away from downtown DART stations. Don’t miss free admission to the Dallas Museum of Art, enjoy Fountain Place, and experience the stunning green space of Klyde Warren Park (a brand new facility that used to be a freeway). The yellow railcars will deposit you anywhere you want to go for $2.50, or you can ride all day for five bucks.
Public transit is a budget boon for the BlinkPacker, and DART is a Dallas deal. Next time you are visiting D-town, park the car in a free lot, and hop on board.