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On May 23, Bernard Jackson will become COO of Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

DART Names Jackson COO

Bernard Jackson is leaving Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) to join Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) as Chief Operations Officer, effective May 23.

Pictured (left to right): Jenny Barket, DART; William J. Duggan, RDC (ret.); Michael Scott Driggers, Stucki; and Michel Ladrak, BCRTC, an operating division of TransLink in metro Vancouver.
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People News: DART, RDC, Stucki, TransLink

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) appointed Jenny Barket as Chief of Staff. Also, Railroad Development Corporation (RDC) Vice President of Operations William J. Duggan retired; A. Stucki Company named Michael Scott Driggers Division President of Freight; and Michel Ladrak will step down as President and General Manager of British Columbia Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC), an operating division of TransLink.

Suarez Stepping Down as DCTA CEO

The Board of Directors for Denton County (Tex.) Transportation Authority reported on March 7 that it had accepted the resignation of CEO Raymond Suarez. When Suarez steps down on March 31, DCTA Deputy Paul Cristina will serve as interim CEO.

DART ‘One Stop Shop’ For Voters

As it has done for many years, Dallas Area Rapid Transit is providing free transportation for registered voters to polling locations on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, the day of the state’s joint (Democrat and Republican) primary election, on all its services.

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak on Dec. 15 hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Chelsea commuter rail station with Massachusetts DOT Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler and community leaders.

Transit Briefs: DART, MARTA, MBTA, Metrolink, San Diego MTS

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and a developer partnered to add a one-acre park near Victory Station. In addition, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) awarded a 10-year transit and digital advertising contract; Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) celebrated the completion of the Chelsea commuter rail station; the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) Board approved final environmental studies for Metrolink’s Antelope Valley Line Capacity and Service Improvements Program; and San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) determined that a Trolley extension to the airport is feasible and can be built within 10 years.

“As our communities and system recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, planning becomes even more important,” DART said on Oct. 19. “The 2045 Transit System Plan is intended to be a more policy-oriented plan so DART can shape and influence the future.”

Transit Briefs: DART; Denver RTD; MTA Metro-North; VIA Rail Canada

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has released a draft 2045 Transit System Plan. In addition, Denver (Colo.) Regional Transportation District is surveying riders to assess communication needs; MTA Metro-North Railroad is piloting a bike storage program in New York City; and Via Rail Canada will begin the final phase of its gradual service resumption plan in December.

“DART is an incredible place to work and develop your career because of the fantastic people who have chosen to be part of the DART family,” said DART President and CEO Nadine Lee, who took over the leadership post in July.

Transit Briefs: DART, Metrolinx, TTC, TransLink

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) in Texas has been named a Forbes “Best in State Employer.” In addition, Metrolinx’s recent pilot in Ontario that tested transit surfaces for the SARS-CoV-2 virus has received an “all clear” from experts; the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has earned an award from the Canadian Urban Transit Association; and Vancouver’s TransLink is beginning a system-wide rollout of free Wi-Fi for customers.

CTA has received AIA Illinois’ 2021 Greatest Impact Award for its $43 million renovation of the historic Garfield Station on Chicago’s south side.

Transit Briefs: CTA; DART; Valley Metro

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has received an architectural award for its Garfield Green Line station renovation project. In addition, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) now accepts contactless payment on all light rail, bus and Dallas Streetcar vehicles; and Phoenix Valley Metro’s Small Business Financial Assistance Program pilot has distributed more than $250,000 since its spring launch.

The Edmonton (Alberta) Capital Line South Extension project will add 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) of double-track from Century Park to Ellerslie Road, plus two stations at Twin Brooks and Ellerslie.

Transit Briefs: Edmonton Capital Line South LRT; DART

Priority funding consideration is being made for the Edmonton Capital Line South LRT extension project’s first phase, according to Infrastructure Canada. In addition, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) in Texas has launched a pilot program providing qualified riders with half-price fares.