The Oak Cliff streetcar opens officially Monday, April 13.
The origins of the streetcar can be traced back to the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, founded in 2008 by many of the same people who founded Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, including Better Block founder Jason Robers, current City Councilman Scott Griggs and Catherine Cuellar, who is now executive director of the Dallas Arts District, among others. They had a dream of bringing Oak Cliff back to its roots as a streetcar suburb, and then they applied for a federal grant and won it — $26 million. That paid for the initial 1.6 mile line, and extensions also are planned.
A ribbon cutting for the Oak Cliff streetcar is planned for 9 a.m. Monday at the Greenbriar/Zang stop. City officials will come across from Union Station on the first run.