DART begins testing Oak Cliff streetcar

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The new Oak Cliff streetcar made its way across the 103-year-old Houston Street Viaduct Thursday night, about 59 years after the city’s old streetcar system ran its last car.

DART is testing the cars, which arrived from the manufacturer in Pennsylvania last week, and service is expected to begin April 13.

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Ours is the first battery-powered streetcar in the United States — it runs on battery power from one end of the Houston bridge to the other.

Initially, the streetcar will run 1.7 miles from Union Station to Methodist Dallas Medical Center 5 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. But there are plans to extend service. Extensions to the Bishop Arts District and the Dallas convention center could come online as soon as 2017.

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  • Shirley Warren Baker

    I am a coot! Grew up in Oak Cliff and went to Sunset High. I went back for a visit and couldn’t believe the renewal. I used to ride that streetcar to Dallas to go to the Majestic and to Neiman Marcus back when NM had real clothes for real people. I am glad to see the new transit system. All great cities need a people mover.

  • Dana (Sullivan) Gillham

    It doesn’t look like a street car. I was hoping that it would be like our old street cars.