City of Dallas & DART unveil new streetcar
The City of Dallas and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) unveiled the new streetcar that will begin service next month from Downtown to Oak Cliff.
“It’s an exciting day for the City of Dallas and DART as we show off the first battery operated streetcar built in the U.S.,” said Keith Manoy, Assistant Director for Mobility Planning for the City of Dallas. “We have worked very hard to make these streetcars part of the Dallas cityscape and we are looking forward to beginning service.”
Service begins at 5 a.m. April 13, running between Union Station and the Oak Cliff intersection of Colorado Blvd. and Beckley Ave., near Methodist Dallas Medical Center.
The $4.5 million streetcar will undergo several hours of track-testing before its maiden voyage. It’s one of two cars that will launch the first Phase of the highly anticipated route.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the project,” Manoy said. “It’s a great example of several public agencies working together for the betterment of the community.”
The Dallas Streetcar was made possible as a result of a collaborative effort between the City of Dallas, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and DART.
Phase II which includes the Bishop Arts extension is anticipated to begin revenue service early next year.