If you work downtown, you are asked to stay home. Streets in downtown Dallas closed include everything from Houston to Griffin streets and Ross Avenue to Jackson Street. No traffic will be allowed until further notice.
The new downtown to Oak Cliff Dallas Streetcar began running today. Owned by the city of Dallas and operated by DART, the 1.6 mile new service is free and runs Monday-Friday from 5 a.m.-7:15 p.m. The trip takes six minutes, but the streetcar runs only once every half hour.
The final station on DART’s Orange line now links Dallas to DFW Airport — in a way it doesn’t link Dallas to Love Field. The new DART station is actually inside DFW Airport at Terminal A. Walk from the station to the terminal and once inside security, link to any of the airport’s gates.
Following the walkout by Garland DART board representative Michael Cheney before a vote on healthcare benefits for same-sex partners at the transit agency, LGBT Garland residents and other area activists attended a Garland city council meeting last night.
The DART committee-of-the-whole passed its version of domestic partner benefits on a voice vote of 9–2 this afternoon. The entire DART board, made up of the same members, must vote on it again tonight for final passage.
Four people spoke at the July DART board meeting on Tuesday evening about domestic partner benefits, but discussion of the topic was delayed until August. And a new DART board member refused to say whether she supported DP benefits.
Two speakers addressed the DART board meeting on Tuesday about partner benefits for employees of the public transportation agency. Community members have been speaking at every DART meeting since the board voted to delay discussion until after a Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act this month.