Dallas – The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) today released a detailed, independent analysis of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority (DART) identifying over $700 million in cost saving opportunities for the agency over the next decade, tax reduction opportunities of $410 million, and strategies to help fulfill the promises of the agency when it first proposed light rail. TPPF is an independent, nonprofit research institute headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. The analysis was conducted by Wendell Cox, an international transit expert and former three-term member of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, appointed by Mayor Tom Bradley. During Mr. Cox’s tenure on this commission, he introduced legislation which led to the construction of the Los Angeles light and heavy rail system.
“DART has internal processes in place that are improving its efficiency. Unfortunately, DART remains the poorest performing transit agency among the major cities in Texas,” said Jeff Judson, President of TPPF. Mr. Judson went on to say, “Dallas would do well to emulate the successful strategies Houston has deployed to relieve congestion.”