If you've been to the West End DART Station recently, you probably noticed a pair of shiny digital signs. One day soon, they'll display helpful information. For now, it's just a test.
Although the goal is to have the signs showing arrival times and delay notices by Texas-OU weekend October 13, the impetus was not football or the State Fair, which combined account for the biggest DART ridership of the year. When last year's ice storm caused the first full closure of all DART lines, there was no way to alert passengers.
"We're not a baby anymore," says DART spokesman Mark Ball. "We've been around for 30 years, and we need to act like it."
"It was an eye-opener," says DART spokesman Mark Ball. "We had no way to get employees to the platforms to inform riders that the trains would not be running."
Ball says eventually the digital signs will display information at all stations. But the heaviest trafficked downtown stations are the first to receive the signs. The decision to digitize announcements mirrors what other mass transit systems around the country are doing.
"We're not a baby anymore," Ball says. "We've been around for 30 years, and we need to act like it."