Preparing tomorrow’s transit professionals DART collaborates with UTA for Transportation Leadership Academy The University of Texas at Arlington and DART have launched a first-of-its-kind partnership offering select students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in the fields of business, engineering, urban planning and transportation management. The UTA/DART Transportation Leadership Academy will target undergraduate students from UTA’s College of Business, College of Engineering or College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs. The university chose five students on track to graduate in Spring 2018 to participate in the academy’s first class. Scholars will interact with DART executives through a seminar series that includes practical experience. After the inaugural year, the program will expand to include a paid internship for participants during the summer between their junior and senior years. “The UTA/DART Transportation Leadership Academy adds a new dimension to this academic specialty (urban development) and I’m grateful to DART for their vision in enhancing student preparation,” UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said. The partnership with DART is among the many steps that UTA is taking to ensure greater synergy between the university and the community it serves. “DART is looking for the next generation of engineers, planners and designers,” DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas, UTA President Vistasp Karbhari and representatives from DART and UTA celebrate the launch of the academy. DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas said. “By launching this partnership, we are building a new talent pipeline. The critical thinkers who graduate from UTA will be uniquely prepared to compete for jobs in the transit sector in Dallas-Fort Worth or anywhere in the world.” DART Police launch new DART Say Something app DART is using the power of smartphones and a new app to make it easier for transit customers to report crime or suspicious behavior to DART Police. “Many people are afraid to call the police during a situation, but no one pays attention if you are typing on your smartphone,” DART Police Chief James Spiller said. “The DART Say Something app allows customers to send updates to dispatchers on what’s happening without being 3 noticed. Having instant, detailed information from witnesses on the scene will help us resolve incidents faster.” The free DART Say Something app by ELERTS is available for iPhone and Android devices. It enables users take photos discreetly by disabling the camera flash, then sends the image with a text description and event location to DART Police dispatchers. Two-way communication allows police dispatchers to request further details and allows riders to respond to alerts they receive. Non-smartphone users can text the system’s text-a-tip service at 214-256-1819. DART’s new mobile app supports the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something”TM campaign.

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