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April 15, 2015

DART resumes street car service with new vehicle

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has launched the new Dallas streetcar, resuming the streetcar service between Oak Cliff and downtown Dallas, US.

By Samseer M

Dallas Streetcar

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has launched the new Dallas streetcar, resuming the streetcar service between Oak Cliff and downtown Dallas, US.

The new street car service has started on a 1.6-mile route from downtown’s Union Station to Oak Cliff’s Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

DART president/executive director Gary Thomas said: "Our track record with DART Light Rail and the Trinity Railway Express gave the city of Dallas confidence that we also could successfully design, build, operate and maintain the Dallas Streetcar."

This new development also marks the first phase of Dallas’ modern streetcar system. The project aimed to support commuters in mixed-use districts next to downtown and also help connect them to transportation choices available in the city centre.

"Dallas is taking another notable step forward in its efforts to build an efficient, reliable and connected transportation network."

DART is overseeing the city of Dallas project along with partners that include the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Texas Department of Transportation and the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Development on the project began with a $26m in federal transportation investment generating economic recovery grants.

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FTA acting administrator Therese McMillan said: "Dallas is taking another notable step forward in its efforts to build an efficient, reliable and connected transportation network that helps grow the region’s economy and connects hard-working families to jobs and opportunity.

"We’re calling on Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill that will make more projects like the Dallas Streetcar a reality."

The second phase will see the route extension to the shopping and dining of Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District. Work under this phase is expected to be completed by early 2016.

Under the third phase, the streetcar line is expected to be expanded to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Omni Dallas Hotel.


Image: Dallas streetcar during the first day of service. Photo: courtesy of Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

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