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Dallas Streetcar

Dallas Streetcar
Overview
Owner City of Dallas
Locale Dallas, Texas, USA
Transit type Streetcar
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 4
Operation
Began operation April 13, 2015
Operator(s) Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Character Street running
Number of vehicles 2 BEC Liberty cars
Train length 1 car
Headway 20–30 minutes
Technical
System length 1.6 mi (2.6 km)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification Overhead wires and battery power
System map
TRE and Texas Eagle
Red and Blue Lines
Planned extension
Union Station | Houston
Red and Blue Lines
Texas Eagle
I-35
Trinity River
Greenbriar
Oakenwald
Beckley
Planned extension to
Bishop Arts District

The Dallas Streetcar is a 1.6-mile (2.6 km) modern streetcar line in Dallas, Texas.[1] It is owned by the City of Dallas and operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, which also operates Dallas's DART Light Rail system. Construction on the line began in May 2013,[2][3] and it opened for public service on April 13, 2015.[4][5][6]

The streetcar line operates between downtown Dallas and Oak Cliff by way of the Houston Street Viaduct.[7] While the streetcar line currently operates from Union Station to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, additional funding will enable extending the line south to the Bishop Arts District and east from Union Station to the Dallas Convention Center.[1][7][8]

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Service 2
    • Phase 1 (Union Station to Dallas Methodist Medical Center) 2.1
    • Phase 2 (Dallas Methodist Medical Center to Bishop Arts District) 2.2
    • Future expansion plans 2.3
  • Rolling stock 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Background

The Dallas Streetcar project is a collaborative endeavor among DART, the City of Dallas, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).[4][7][9] The project received $23 million in initial funding via a federal TIGER grant awarded to DART in December 2010.[8] An additional $3 million in federal stimulus dollars was later granted to the project.[4] DART reallocated $22 million in local funds to the streetcar project which were originally scheduled for a proposed people-mover between Inwood Love/Field station and the Love Field airport terminal.[8] In January 2013, NCTCOG approved reallocating $31 million in state funds, which were also earmarked for the proposed Love Field people-mover, to the streetcar project.[8] The combined funding would allow for construction of both the first and second phases of the streetcar project.[8]

Service

Phase 1 (Union Station to Dallas Methodist Medical Center)

Phase 1 of the Dallas Streetcar line, running from Union Station to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, opened on April 13, 2015.[4] Service runs at 20-minute intervals on weekdays,[1][7] with no cost to ride.[1]

Construction on Phase 1 began in May 2013.[2][3] By September 2014, most track construction for Phase 1 had been completed.[10] The first of the two streetcars on order from Brookville was delivered on March 20, 2015.[11] At the time of the phase 1 opening on April 13, 2015, the second streetcar vehicle had yet to be delivered.[6] It was delivered on May 15, 2015.[12]

Phase 2 (Dallas Methodist Medical Center to Bishop Arts District)

Phase 2 of the Dallas Streetcar line will run south from the line's current southern terminus at Methodist Dallas Medical Center to the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff.[1][13] On April 28, 2015, the DART board of directors approved a construction contract for the Bishop Arts extension.[14] On June 17, 2015, the Dallas City Council agreed to fund Phase 2 construction using up to $27.5 million in available grant money.[15]

Phase 2 is currently expected to open for service in early 2016.[1]

Future expansion plans

Future plans for the streetcar line include extensions from Union Station to the Dallas Convention Center, and a connection to the McKinney Avenue Trolley.[1][13]

Rolling stock

In February 2013, an order was placed with Brookville Equipment Corporation for two low-floor streetcars to provide the service on the line. The Brookville "Liberty" model articulated cars[16] are 67 feet (20 m) long and have limited capability to operate away from overhead trolley lines by operating on battery power.[6][16] This battery-powered operation allows the streetcars to travel across the Houston Street viaduct, which does not have overhead lines installed.[13] The first car (No. 302) was delivered on March 20, 2015,[11] and at the time of the line's opening in mid-April it was still the only car in the fleet, the second car having not yet been received.[6] The second car, No. 301, was delivered on May 15, 2015.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Dallas Streetcar".  
  2. ^ a b Tramways & Urban Transit magazine, July 2013, p. 311.
  3. ^ a b "Ground Breaking for Dallas Streetcar Project". Passenger Transport (American Public Transportation Association). May 17, 2013. Retrieved 2015-01-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d Appleton, Roy (April 14, 2015). "Downtown-Oak Cliff streetcar debuts with speeches, curious riders".  
  5. ^ Vantuono, William C. (April 15, 2015). "Streetcars return to Dallas".  
  6. ^ a b c d "Dallas Streetcar opens".  
  7. ^ a b c d "Fact Sheet: Downtown Dallas-Oak Cliff Streetcar" (PDF). Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Benning, Tom (January 10, 2013). "Funding approved to expand Dallas streetcar line, link Bishop Arts and convention center".  
  9. ^ "Union Station to Oak Cliff Dallas Streetcar (TIGER Project)". DART. 2012. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  10. ^ Tramways & Urban Transit magazine, October 2014, p. 440.
  11. ^ a b "Brookville delivers first off-wire capable Liberty modern streetcar to DART for Dallas downtown-to-Oak Cliff line" (Press release). Brookville Equipment Corporation. March 25, 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  12. ^ a b "Worldwide Review" (regular news section). Tramways & Urban Transit, July 2015, p. 288.
  13. ^ a b c Appleton, Roy (April 13, 2015). "Dallas’ new streetcar begins service between downtown, Oak Cliff".  
  14. ^ "April 28, 2015 Board of Directors' Minutes" (PDF).  
  15. ^ Formby, Brandon (June 18, 2015). "Dallas City Council OKs extension of streetcar to Bishop Arts".  
  16. ^ a b "Dallas signs Liberty deal". Tramways & Urban Transit, May 2013, p. 166.

External links

  • Dallas Streetcar – official webpage

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