As our need for public transit grows, so does our concern about how transit dollars are spent.
That’s why a bill awaiting action by Gov. Greg Abbott is so important to taxpayers and transit patrons in North Texas.
House Bill 283 by state Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Frisco, would require The T and Dallas Area Rapid Transit to post online video of board meetings.
It’s been more than 20 years since the Fort Worth City Council began televising its meetings, but The T has provided video only intermittently.
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Spurred by Dallas newspaper editorials calling for more oversight of DART, Fallon included all transportation authorities in his mandatory video bill.
Also required to post video: city councils serving more than 50,000 people, including eight cities in Tarrant County; county commissioners serving more than 125,000 people; and school boards serving more than 10,000 students, including 10 in Tarrant County.
Online video promotes not only transparency but also trust.