Text of Dallas Area Rapid Transit Safety & Security Campaign Spring 2012 to Present
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Safety & Security Campaign
Spring 2012 to Present
Dallas Area Rapid Transit 2013 Stats
• Geographic Service Area: 13 cities, 700 square miles
• 612 buses/12,500 stops (38.7 million passenger trips)
• 163 LRV cars/85 miles of light rail (27.7 million passenger trips)
So, what could go wrong?
A confluence of unfortunate events…
Beginning in late 2011, a series of isolated
but heavily publicized events created a
perception among some of the public that
using Dallas Area Rapid Transit was unsafe.
DART Management and Police developed a
plan to increase the real safety and security of
DART ridership, and launched an awareness
campaign promoting the effort.
This presentation details the campaign called
“It’s Our DART. Let’s Keep it Safe”.
Spiraling media attention…
• Person hit by a light rail train at night, a suicide
• Assault at a platform by a group of youths, young victim hit by a rail car and died
• Bus operator assaulted at night
• Shooting at a DART platform, in a confrontation between passengers
• Thieves snatch laptops and cell phones from DART passengers
• Gun battle between shooter and local police, near DART tracks
Into early spring of 2012, DART-related accidents and incidents:
Needed Immediately: A plan and response
AssessAlmost all DART passenger trips accomplished safely and on time.
ActFirst step: Increase the number of police officers on board.
IdentifyPerceived and realdangers or security issues which had troubled some riders.
OpportunityDevelop customer messaging to convey action.
Meeting a timing challenge Develop the message andtheme, write copy, use existing photography, produce print and other media within two weeks of decision to launch the Safety and Security campaign.
• On-board interviews with DART Executive, Policeand City of Dallas leaders
• Officials and dignitaries on board explained and detailed new safety measures to media
• Volunteer DART teams met morning passengers at all rail stations
• New web page with updated safety messaging
Energetic launch in the full light of news media, at first Monday morning rail departure from a key station:
PR launch strategy
Fast-tracked passenger safety tools, amenities
TEXT 41411 to DARTpolice
• No audible phone call• Immediate police response to customer • Further communication monitored
System-wide security cameras
Broad distribution of the message• DART bus and rail interiors and exteriors, windscreens, downtown corner markers• Campaign materials featured in television event coverage• Online link to details of the program at DART.org, m.dart.org, Twitter, Facebook• Drive time radio spot coverage
• 2013 Crime reports: offenses down across all types
• Revenue up 6% (with no corresponding ridership increase indicates a fare evasion drop)
• Texting to DART Police has resurged with awareness
• Customer satisfaction survey indicates average 70% overall rider satisfaction with safety
Text 41411 to DART Police April 2012 - January 2014
Received Sent # of UsersAutomated Response Employee Response
Results: campaign’s effectiveness
Fewer people “testing system”
Officers on platforms/security awareness push
Infotainment Screens on board new CNG bus fleet
Continued distribution of print materials on-board and via Community Outreach
Continued campaign support
Commitment to Safety & Security1. New DART CNG bus fleet with 5 cameras recording all activity.
2. Expansion of network of solar lighted bus shelters (FY13-FY17).
3. DART Police highly visible on DART buses, trains and at DART facilities.
4. Increased patrols in tunnels and key locations.
5. Continued use of plainclothes officers in vehicles and buildings.
6. DART sharing intelligence with law enforcement agencies.
7. DART participation in local/regional task forces and preparedness plans.
8. GoPassSM, Travel Tools (Where’s My Bus?TM, Where’s My Train?)