Streetcar line to be complete in 2013

In about three years from now, we’ll be riding street cars from Oak Cliff to downtown.

According to this story, the TIGER grant the city got to fund the project requires that construction happen pronto. The city won a $23 million grant the city got to fund the $35 million project.

The current plan brings the street car line from Houston Street to Methodist hospital, but it wouldn’t go the extra half-mile or so to the Bishop Arts District.

A larger street car plan is expected to cost between $800-$900 million.

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  • Rachel Stone

    I’m told it came down Jefferson to “the Boundary” and turned left at Marlborough, a block before Sunset High School. Same place the bus route turns now. Does that sound right?

  • roy richie

    i remember when the streetcar came down jefferson.down south oak cill blvd , and i think brandon,

  • Rachel Stone

    They don’t have enough money, so far, to take the line to the B.A.D., but there is a group of Oak Cliff advocates, including TIGER grand author Brandon Bolin and the Oak Cliff Chamber, who are pushing for it to be expanded to Bishop Arts and Jefferson Blvd. I am confident they will figure out a way.

  • PM

    I agree with John, streer cars typically serve as a nostalgic mode of transportation, often leading to “tourist” or shopping/entertainment areas of a city. Why would the line stop at Methodist? Especially when the Bishop Arts district is right around the corner.

    I guess we should be glad that this project is finally being initiated and I hope this is seen as merely a first step.

  • John Rose

    Sounds great but what is the point if it does not stop in Bishop Arts District? I would think this would be a tourist novelty opposed to an actual mode of transportation.

    Just curious.