June 29, 2017 – Dallas Observer –
The Dallas City Council turned over the city’s seats on DART’s board of directors Wednesday, dumping three board members who defied the City Council in 2016.
The council move is in direct defiance of the stated goal of DART’s leadership to build the suburb-friendly Cotton Belt rail line from Plano to D/FW Airport. The City Council prefers that DART focus on building a second rail line through downtown Dallas, called the D2.
The city of Dallas appoints eight people to the 15-member DART board. Seven of those spots were up for grabs Wednesday. Only Sue Baumann, appointed by the City Council in 2016, was not up for review. Of those sitting on the DART board, the council selected only the three who didn’t vote for the Cotton Belt, Patrick Kennedy, Amanda Moreno and Michelle Wong Krause, for new terms. The council ousted Jerry Christian, Pamela Dunlop Gates and William Velasco, all supporters of the suburban rail line. They join former board member Richard Carrizales, whom the City Council removed from the board earlier this year.