DART trucks have a reputation for generating a buzz when they’re rolling along Dallas’s streets.
But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to drive one.
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is the busiest commuter rail system in the United States and has long had a reputation as the only place where a large truck can light up a downtown street.
DART has about 12,000 cars, which means there’s plenty of space for everyone, and even though there are about a dozen trucks at the Dallas Airport, most of the time there’s only one.
But the last time DART had as many trucks rolling along the streets of downtown Dallas was in March, and that’s when a truck crashed through a light rail car that was on the corner of the intersection of Lamar and Westheimer streets.
A witness who was on a bike at the time said he saw the truck slam into the light rail vehicle and then hit the bike.
“It looked like a truck had hit the light train, and then that light rail was knocked out,” said witness Daniel Gresham.
Gresham said he then saw a large number of cars roll down the street, including one with a large white truck on top of it.
“Then a white van came and rolled up and drove away,” Greshan said.DART spokesperson Kim Moore said the light cars were on their way to the airport, but the agency has not confirmed that’s what happened.
“We are not able to confirm whether the light car was on its way to Dallas, but we are aware of the incident and we will be making a decision on whether to continue the light vehicle program at the airport,” Moore said in an email to The Associated Press.
Dart is rolling out a pilot program that will see more than 50 light rail vehicles rolling down downtown streets on Fridays and Saturdays.