DART Celebrates Earth Day with Sustainable Initiatives

DART Celebrates Earth Day
Posted on Apr 22, 2024 by DART Daily

As we celebrate Earth Day today on April 22, 2024, the world gears up to rally behind this year's theme: "Planet vs. Plastics." Amidst the global call to action, DART stands at the forefront of eco-conscious initiatives, exemplifying its commitment to environmental sustainability.

DART's dedication to preserving the environment extends across various fronts, showcasing a multifaceted approach to eco-friendliness that resonates with its mission of mobility and environmental protection.

Here's a glimpse into DART's sustainable efforts:

  • Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: By nearly 50 million rides this fiscal year,  DART actively contributes to mitigating air pollution and combatting climate change.
  • Transitioning to Electric Vehicles: Embracing the future of transportation, DART has integrated eight Proterra battery-electric vehicles into its fleet, diminishing reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Utilizing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG): DART operates 562 buses which run on compressed natural gas, a cleaner alternative to traditional petrol and diesel fuels. This strategic choice reflects DART's commitment to minimizing carbon footprints and prioritizing environmental health.
  • Embracing Energy-Efficient Lighting: DART has embarked on a journey toward energy efficiency by replacing all conventional light bulbs with LED alternatives throughout our system. These LED bulbs not only consume less energy but also boast an extended lifespan.
  • Harnessing Solar Power: Brightening bus stops and shelters with solar-powered lights, DART harnesses the sun's renewable energy to illuminate public spaces, reducing reliance on conventional power sources and embracing eco-friendly solutions.
  • Promoting Paperless Transactions: Through the implementation of mobile ticketing and fare payment cards, DART minimizes paper usage and energy consumption. With more than 198,500 newly registered tap card users in the last 30 days and 130,000 new app users since the start of 2024, GoPass and tap card users help minimize the use of ticket machines which means using less paper.
  • Embracing Water Conservation: DART's commitment to sustainability extends to landscaping practices, with a focus on drought-tolerant plants such as Agave, Yuccas, Liriope, Pink Muhly, Mexican feather grass, Catmint, Texas Sage, and Black-Eyed Susan. In addition, SmartLink wireless irrigation controllers are installed at all DART stations, transit centers, and facilities to streamline operations, saving time and resources while ensuring optimal water management which has reduced water usage by 38%.
  • Implementing Energy-Saving Measures: DART employs motion sensors to regulate lighting and HVAC systems, optimizing energy usage and minimizing waste.
  • Addressing Noise Pollution: By establishing quiet zones and sound walls along transit routes, DART mitigates noise pollution, fostering a tranquil environment for our communities.
  • Embracing Adaptive Reuse: DART breathes new life into old buildings through adaptive reuse initiatives, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability by repurposing existing infrastructure and minimizing environmental impact. For example, DART acquired the Monroe Shops in 1994 and rehabilitated the building to serve as the Police Headquarters. 
  • Championing Recycling: From oil and antifreeze to batteries, light bulbs, and paper, DART actively recycles materials, contributing to waste reduction efforts.

DART invites individuals and communities to join hands in safeguarding the planet for present and future generations. Through sustainable initiatives and a commitment to environmental stewardship, DART paves the way for a greener, more sustainable tomorrow.

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