Sunday, May 11, 2008

DART renstates service to southeast Dallas neighborhood

By CRAIG CIVALE - WFAA-TV - May 10, 2008
An old friend has come back home to Turner Courts. Buses are darting through the neighborhood, back online, and more importantly, back after dark.

"Most people have to walk home from the store, and it's dark, and they're afraid whether they come home from work or go grocery shopping, come into the complex," said Sylvia Baylor, a Turner Courts resident.

Buses were still coming to the area over the last year, but they would only pick up and drop off a few blocks away. The change is not only a matter of convenience, for some it is a necessity.

"From early in the morning, 8 o’clock, as late at 10:15, 11:30 sometimes. Only transportation I have," said Mayela Lopez, DART rider.

The only way Lopez has to get around, and if you don't think a couple of blocks matters, try traveling with 7 kids.

"It's going to be real nice and easy for me. Convenient, instead of walking 2-3 streets down, I can walk across to the apartment where I live," said Lopez.

The transit authority decided to give the route another try, but this time beef up awareness.

"One of the things we've done is step up security in that area. Having officers deployed in the area, it's a visible deterrent that's always good one for us," said Morgan Lyons, DART spokesperson.

Good for DART, and even better for residents in Turner Courts who fought so hard to get the busses back.

"We're just glad it's working, glad that everyone is coming together, that we seeing things being done,” said Baylor.
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