One drawback of DART service that I forgot to mention yesterday was that the vans aren’t equipped for onebusaway. A DART line is the only one that brings me to my employer’s front door but I’ve fallen out of the habit of using it.
A short-haul, infrequent line that is also unreliable and also has no real-time information is basically unusable if you have other options, in my case a carpool or bike. It’s enough to make me realize how awful it must have been to use most bus services in the 70s and 80s, especially in the suburbs.
When I was a kid in an East Coast suburb in the 1980s, the county bus was simply not something people took if they had an alternative. The frequent and reliable train, however, was just fine. I’d always presumed that was some sort of mode snobbery, but after experiencing those conditions, I think it made a certain amount of sense.
This is all a roundabout way of saying that onebusaway is awesome and transformative.