Transportation news: Streetcar opening, electric buses, vintage transit

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The Oak Cliff to Downtown streetcar is opening April 13. That is for sure, says the Dallas Morning News, although they didn’t cite a source. The 1-mile line between Union Station and Methodist hospital cost about $45 million. Extensions to Bishop Arts and the Dallas Convention Center, and eventually Uptown, are planned.

DART will receive a $7.6-million grant from the federal government to buy seven electric buses for the D Link, the free bus that hits the Arts District, the convention center, the Sixth Floor Museum and other attractions downtown before coming across to Bishop Arts and Jefferson Boulevard. The North Central Texas Council of Governments funded that route through December 2015. DART hasn’t said how it will fund continuing the D Link, but it’s a convenient bus with high ridership, so we’re glad to hear it’s sticking around.

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On the topic of transit, have a look at this video showing the old streetcar system in 1953:

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