In Dallas, we love our cars. So navigating the sprawling 343 square miles without a car can feel almost impossible. Yet Bill McKnight, Vice President of Purchasing for Glasfloss Industries, has happily lived without a car for the past eight years.
McKnight takes the DART four stops and walks six blocks to his Deep Ellum office. He takes it three stops to City Place and walks to Kroger to grocery shop. On the weekends, he hops on the McKinney Ave Trolley and bops around Uptown for fun. And if there’s any place he can’t get to, he’ll simply rent a ZipCar or use E-Frogs for the day—without ever paying for gas or insurance.
“There are so many opportunities out there that people just don’t use—we have the DART trains, the bus service, the McKinney Ave Trolley car, the D link,” McKnight says. “And I honestly can’t think of a single downside to using Dallas’ public transportation.”
DART is not only one of the fastest-growing light rail systems in the nation but it is also the longest, covering 90 miles with 62 stations. And now, the McKinney Avenue Trolley has expanded to connect Uptown, Downtown and the Bishop Arts District.
Even more than being convenient and cost-efficient, taking public transportation and walking the city’s streets has fostered a deep sense of neighborliness and community for McKnight.
“Before, I never talked to my neighbors,” McKnight says. “But now, I run in to them on the street and we stop to chat. We often talk about how we feel like we live in a little corner of Chelsea in Manhattan.”
Whether he’s headed to the Farmer’s Market or dining at one of the new local restaurants, McKnight is thrilled to be part of the activity in downtown Dallas. And he needs nothing more than a good pair of walking shoes and a DART pass to get him there.
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