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April 2015

dallas street car
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Streetcar returning to Dallas on April 13


The streetcar will make its return to Dallas on April 13. And the technology of this 1.6-mile starter line will be truly modern. The new vehicles are able to operate with battery propulsion for the portion of the route over the Houston Street Viaduct, eliminating the need for construction of catenaries and electric wiring on the historic structure. The streetcar will be free to ride.


The line originates at downtown Dallas’ Union Station on Houston Street, south of Young Street, travels across the Trinity River along the Houston Street Viaduct and terminates in Oak Cliff at Methodist Dallas Medical Center near the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Beckley Avenue.


Operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, this is the first modern streetcar project for the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the state of Texas.

The line contains four total stops including Union Station, the Zang Boulevard/Greenbriar intersection, the Zang Boulevard/Oakenwald Street intersection, and Methodist Dallas Medical Center.


Two new streetcar vehicles, developed by Pennsylvania’s Brookville Equipment Corp., will operate between 5 am and 7:15 pm weekdays, providing service every 20 minutes during peak periods. Streetcars will run at 30-minute intervals during off-peak periods.

The starter line was funded in part by a $26 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) federal grant, $16 million in Regional Toll Revenue (RTR) funds and additional local funds.


Future extensions are planned to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Bishop Arts District.

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