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South Dallas leaders complain about DART maintenance

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Dallas City Councilman Dwayne Caraway is pressing Dallas Area Rapid Transit officials about what he perceives as discrimination when it comes to maintenance around train stations.

Caraway said the Kiest Station on the Blue Line in southern Dallas is a sight for sore eyes. There are weeds the size of dinner plates. Trash including liquor bottles and broken glass is everywhere and there is no fence separating the tracks from the busy roadway.

Meanwhile, he said the stations particularly along the Green Line to the north are in much better shape with a safety fence, manicured lawns and less trash.

Caraway said he has pointed the problem out to DART officials off and on for several years.

"If his concern is that construction is the extension of the rail system to the north, that's true because the rail system was built in the south first," said DART spokesman Mark Ball.

Improvements to the aging Blue Line are scheduled to begin later this year and should be complete until 2016. As for the trash, Ball said maintenance crews are dispatched within 24 hours of a complaint.

Caraway is not convinced.

"Oh we call. They just don't come out," he said.

"I find that hard to believe again because our policy is that we want to maintain it within 24 hours. If that's the case, notify me and we'll get right after it," Ball responded.

He denied there is any discrimination.

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