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Riding Green!

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The Southwest Airlines Green Team and our  Green Ambassadors are excited to announce that the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has opened their new Green Line light rail, allowing Dallas-based Employees the option to make their commute to work eco-friendly!

This week, Southwest sponsored the DART’s Super Saturday event where we gave out goodies and promoted Southwest as a Green Company. We also gave away Green passes! And on Monday morning, the Green Team and Ambassadors greeted train riders with Green buttons and smiles.

I was one of those Employees who jumped at the opportunity to take the new Green Line! What could be better than leaving the house later than normal and not having to worry about traffic? The DART Green Line opened for regular business Monday morning, an event I had been anticipating all year. The ride took maybe ten minutes longer than my regular commute by car, but the trade-offs were worth it. Before I even got to the office, I had checked e-mail and read the Dallas Morning News online … with enough time left over to admire the sunrise and chat with a few folks who were able to ride the light rail to work for the first time. The train dropped us off at the Burbank Station, right across from Southwest Headquarters. The walk from the train station to the door of Headquarters was shorter than the walk from where I usually have to park when I get to work. Plus, I don’t have to worry about fighting rush-hour traffic in the afternoon. I have a book I’ve been meaning to read for the past year that I plan to start reading on my way home.

In the longterm, I feel good knowing that I’m keeping my car off the road. I’ll be using less fuel and saving wear and tear. It’s one less vehicle contributing to Dallas traffic and one more parking space freed up at Headquarters for someone else. The DART Green Line is making it easy to be Green.

Remember, many cities have light rails like the DART so, before you start your car, consider using public transportation. It’ll save you stress, money, and time!

Explorer C
Tell that guy Kyle Beckham, in dispatch, to stop dogging the Green Line. He could take it in from North Carrollton, but he says he is too big time to ride the train. I am riding the Green Line to Downtown, it is great.
Explorer C
I'm really glad to see this featured on Nuts About Southwest. I interned at SWA headquarters in winter/spring of 2008, and while I loved everything about the internship, living in Dallas without a car was a major challenge for me. Just traveling the 3 miles from my home to headquarters was something I had to worry about every day. I really wish this had been around back in 2008, but it's exciting to see it finally operational today.
Explorer B
My wife and I live in Northwest Indiana; and being right outside of Chicago it's a long drive in traffic into the city! I fly out of Midway every Monday for my job; and fly back in every Friday. For me to be able to avoid a 2 hr traffic mess every Monday and Friday; I echo Larry's thoughts! It's great to be able to take the Electric Train that leaves 5 miles from where I live into downtown Chicago; then the "L" Orange Line to Midway! Avoids all the traffic, and takes only 20 minutes longer than driving; yet I get so much accomplished on the ride. My wife and I LOVE doing everything we can to be a green conscious family. And this is one more thing I think too many Americans have access to but do not take advantage of. Great way to bring attention to this! Thanks Southwest!!