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Special to The Dallas Examiner

 

Council Member Adam Bazaldua issues statement on Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

Council Member Adam Bazaldua issued the following statement regarding funding for The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park:

“The Children’s Aquarium has long been a special part of Fair Park and the South Dallas Community. Although the recent adoption of the FY 2020-21 budget eliminated funding for its operation through the contract with the Dallas Zoo, I have been working to find a way to save it.

“I am requesting that the City Manager’s Office and the Parks & Recreation Department work quickly with the Dallas Zoo and Fair Park First to develop the terms for an agreement on an interim plan of operations to transition and re-open the facility, as allowed by public health guidance, for the benefit of all who come to enjoy Fair Park.

“I have identified City funds to help seed this plan, but in order to fund the Aquarium’s operation, it is critical that this plan be briefed to the Quality of Life, Arts & Culture Committee in November and for the City Council to adopt a resolution to approve the funding and plan no later than our December agenda meeting.

“I have advised the City Manager to keep me updated on the development of this plan and timeline.”

 

DART amends Uber contract to support GoLink services in Garland, Irving and the Expanded Inland Port

Special to The Dallas Examiner

 

Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Board has approved an amended three-year contract with Uber Technologies, Inc., for shared ride services that will supplement their popular GoLink service.

The amended contract became necessary when two new GoLink service zones were implemented Oct. 19 for Southeast Garland and South Irving.

Another zone, scheduled to begin Monday, is the Inland Port Transportation Management Association GoLink.

That zone is a partnership with IPTMA and DART formed between the cities of Dallas, Desoto, Hutchins, Lancaster and Wilmer. UberPool will provide service for IPTMA as back up to Star Transit from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. UberX will provide service for IPTMA from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

DART has been implementing GoLink zones as a cost-effective alternative in areas where traditional fixed route bus service does not appear to be the best option.

The on-demand service is already available in Farmers Branch, Far North Plano, Glenn Heights, Inland Port, Kleberg and Rylie, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, Legacy West, North Central Plano/Chase Oaks, North Dallas, Park Cities, Rowlett and Western Carrollton.

 

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