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Around the region, community leaders are excited about the arrival of DART Rail
Everybody's Going Green
"Based on our perspective of working with Hispanic businesses, the Green Line provides more accessibility for business owners to their clientele. DART Rail gives people another option for getting around and getting to work. It also makes Southeast Dallas more attractive to new development because business owners will see that their customer base has many transportation options to get there."
GABRIELA QUEZADA, Vice President of Economic Development,
"We believe that the Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station will be a destination location. Public transportation is so important to our patient base, and our partnership with DART is very important to us. Further, Parkland Hospital has more than 9,000 employees and it's beneficial to us if a large number of them take DART to work. That's why, for some time, we've subsidized DART passes with our lower-paid employees.
"And as we design the new Parkland Hospital, we have oriented the layout around the Southwestern/Parkland Station to make DART a centerpiece of the future campus. You will be able to walk out of the DART Rail station right into our clinic doors."
DR. RON ANDERSON, CEO, Parkland Health and Hospital System
"Quick and convenient rail access to Dallas Market Center helps us remain the best wholesale trade center in the world and places us in the company of premier international cities. More than 200,000 buyers and sellers visit Dallas Market Center each year, and making their trip easier with DART will be a big customer service win. Whether our customers are arriving at the market center from the airport or seeking entertainment destinations around town, the Green Line provides tremendous advantages for them."
BILL WINSOR, President and CEO, Dallas Market Center
"The Green Line makes it easier for Southeast Dallas residents to travel back and forth to employment, do business or go to school. Economically, we hope it also will bring more people into the community, increase enrollment at the Eastfield College Pleasant Grove Campus and provide more traffic for the businesses."
RALPH CASTRO, President,
"The new Green Line offers our employees and patients easy access to one of the nation's top academic medical centers, where patient care, discovery, and education converge. The physicians and specialists in our University Hospitals and Clinics now are just two quick rail stops from the downtown business district and within easy reach of patients and their families from Carrollton and Farmers Branch."
DR. DANIEL K. PODOLSKY, President,
"The arrival of the Green Line opens two worlds to each other – the South and the North. There are more than 300 shops in the Asian Trade District and DART Rail can bring more customers – not just Asians, but people of all cultures. The Green Line connection also puts the southeastern sector on the radar screen of shop owners who have never considered those residents as potential customers before.
"Many of the business owners and employees – including me – work off Royal Lane but live in Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Addison and Plano, and we now have the option of taking the train to work."
GALILEO JUMAO-AS, Executive Director,
"We're excited about the arrival of the Green Line. It will do a lot for our community and our city. There are too many cars on the road in Southeast Dallas and I hope people will see it's in their own best interest to take the train.
"The greater Dallas area is so stretched out and far apart. But DART Rail connects to lots of places and it will be easier to take the train and not deal with a lot of bus transfers. And you can get from Southeast Dallas all the way to Farmers Branch and Carrollton. What more could you want?"
MRS. WILLIE MAE COLEMAN, Community Leader, Hatcher/Scyene area
"The arrival of the Green Line is the final piece we needed to engage more students from the Pleasant Grove community in higher education. So many Southeast Dallas residents are geographically bound to this area by childcare needs or a lack of transportation. The Green Line stations and associated buses provide students with more direct and efficient transportation to our campus."
JAVIER OLGUIN, Executive Director,
"Farmers Branch is a dynamic business center bordered by two interstate highways and two toll roads, and located less than 15 minutes from both Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field. DART's Green Line further solidifies Farmers Branch's reputation as a premier transportation hub for North Texas. We are eager to share our community with the region at large and the region with our citizenry."
JOHN LAND, Director of Economic Development & Tourism,
"As a complement to the Love Field Modernization Program, our long-term goal is to construct an Automated People Mover that would provide an efficient, direct transportation link for our passengers between the Green Line and Love Field’s Main Terminal Building, relieving traffic congestion and improving air quality by taking many vehicles off the roadways. In the meantime, shuttle buses from the new Inwood/Love Field Station help reduce traffic on Cedar Springs and provide our customers with good access to Love Field by public transit.”
TERRY MITCHELL, Assistant Director of Aviation - Operations, Dallas Love Field
"DART Rail greatly enhances the availability of a well-trained workforce in this area by bringing workers from other parts of the Metroplex to jobs in Carrollton and Farmers Branch. As such, the Green Line provides an important resource for existing businesses and a valuable tool for attracting new companies to those cities.
"We also believe that the Green Line will have a profound economic impact on our communities by attracting new development. Both Carrollton and Farmers Branch have long-range plans for mixed-use transit-oriented developments around their DART stations, and the new residential, restaurant and retail options will be attractive to both residents and visitors to the area."
GREG VAUGHN, President, Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce
"The Stemmons Corridor Business Association (SCBA) is proud to have DART as a member for over 10 years. As the voice of over 5,000 property and business owners in the Stemmons Corridor, SCBA is thrilled about the Green Line running trains through our backyard. With the opening of the Green Line, Dallas is one step closer to truly competing with other top convention center cities.
"Access to trains will attract employers spurring further job growth and attention to the Stemmons Corridor area. The new DART stations will bring greater visibility to a rapidly growing area and broaden access to the Medical District."
GABRIELA GILMORE, Executive Director, Stemmons Corridor Business Association
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