DART Board Director Spotlight – Mark Enoch

Mark Enoch
Posted on Jun 28, 2024 by By DART President & CEO Nadine S. Lee, Leading Mobility newsletter

Mark Enoch was first appointed to the DART Board of Directors in 1997 and today represents the cities of Rowlett, Garland, and Glenn Heights. At 27 years of service, he is the longest tenured member of the Board.

As a former member of the Rowlett Park Board, Rowlett City Council, and as mayor of Rowlett, Mark is well-equipped to represent the needs and interests of the suburban cities in the DART Service Area. He shared that he has a strong belief in community service, so when Rowlett’s mayor asked him to serve on the DART Board, he gladly accepted.

Mark served as Chair of the DART Board from 2005-2007. Currently, he is the chair of the Administration subcommittee of the Committee of the Whole, chair of the Board Administrator search committee, and a member of the Audit committee. I asked Mark what has motivated him to serve on the DART Board for so long. He said,

“Our region is growing rapidly, and soon we will be unable to build enough roads to handle the travel that will be necessary for people to get around. When – not if – that happens, transit will become necessary for many more people who do not currently use it. We must be ready for that shift from clogged roads and endless delays to rail, buses, and new types of vehicles. We need the infrastructure now to meet those future needs.

I love my work on the DART Board because we are improving the lives of our current residents as well as those who will be here long after.”

DART has evolved a lot in the past 27 years, so I asked Mark what changes stood out for him, and what he still hopes to accomplish. He responded,

“Not only has DART’s equipment evolved from diesel buses to more environmentally friendly CNG buses, for example, but its focus has evolved as well. For years we were primarily focused on constructing light rail lines quickly and within budget. Once that was successfully accomplished, our focus then shifted to operating that system efficiently and improving our riders’ experience.

I hope to help maintain and enhance trust in DART to ensure continued funding for the important work we do and will do for our region.”

Professionally, Mark is an attorney with the firm Glast, Phillips & Murray, P.C. He is board certified in the field of civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration, and a Juris Doctor, all from Southern Methodist University.

We appreciate Mark’s longevity on the DART Board and institutional knowledge and sound advice that helps us understand the history and thought process behind past board decisions.
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