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Dallas Streetcar Line May Expand

The proposed streetcar line from Union Station to North Oak Cliff may soon be getting a $30.87 million boost from the North Central Texas Council of Governments, documents indicate.

According to a presentation slated to be given Thursday, NCTCOG’s Regional Transportation Council could reallocate $30.87 million from a shelved Love Field project to the Dallas streetcar project. Those funds would allow the streetcar line to expand: to the Zang/Davis intersection in the south, and to the Dallas Convention Center in the north. The current 1.6-mile route is slated for construction this year, funded largely by a federal TIGER grant.

Dallas City Council input is also being sought. Jump for the full presentation:

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  • WalkableDFW

    I suspect the Northern extension is a Young/Lamar/Wood loop allowing the cars to reach the convention center hotel, loop around back to Union Station and down Houston without having to reverse directions.

    Hopefully BELO will see the opportunity in selling off all that un- and under-developed land in the area for vertical development.

  • Hannibal Lecter

    It’s smart of them to secure the funding to expand now. Once it’s up and running and people see what a total boondoggle this is then it will be much harder to get more money to throw down the toilet.

  • Bill Marvel

    I realize that big steel cars that run on rails right down city streets and take electricity from overhead wires is pretty scarey to some people. But it’s been done before, a whole lot. Even here. And so far it’s worked pretty well.

  • Hannibal Lecter

    Yes, it worked so well here that over half a century ago they ripped out all of the tracks and wires to replace it with more flexible, cost-efficient alternatives.

    And the modern replacement only exists because of billions in dollars of taxpayer subsidies to provide service to only a couple percent of the area population. And the modern service is so expensive to operate that the users complain about the fares, even though those fares only pay for about 15% of the operating costs and not one penny of the capital costs.

    If you think that works “pretty well”, I hate to see your definition of failure.

  • ian

    Those “more flexible, cost-efficient alternatives” would be neither flexible nor cost-efficient without the trillions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies that have been poured into them over the years. Try again.

  • Hannibal Lecter

    Actually the Dallas Transit System operated the bus system at near break-even, with minimal taxpayer support. Only when DART took over did they turn into a giant money pit.