A photo of a construction site spilling onto a downtown sidewalk. Another of a car parked on the sidewalk. Prickly cacti blocking access to a crosswalk button. This is all evidence, according to D Magazine, that Dallas “hates pedestrians.” The city’s Department of Transportation, established in 2018, wants to change that perception…
The DOT is fully embracing technology. Rogers formed a data analytics team and facilitated the arrival of electric scooter companies. Aerial taxis and autonomous vehicles are on the drawing board in the vision for the downtown transit center.
Other projects have been more modest but important for pedestrian safety. Prior to the DOT forming, the city had no way to determine where school crossing guards should monitor students. The DOT spent 2018 establishing criteria and reviewing intersections near schools to improve that decision-making process.