$92-million streetcar extension to Uptown receives preliminary approval

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The Oak Cliff streetcar could reach Uptown five or six years from now.

A City Council committee gave preliminary approval for a plan to create the $92-million streetcar extension from Union Station to Cedar Springs Road via Commerce and Elm streets.

The Mobility Solutions, Infrastructure and Sustainability Committee on Monday also approved plans for a DART subway through Downtown. That underground line also would run along Commerce and Elm.

Council members considered several alternatives for the streetcar route, but analysis showed that the Elm/Commerce route would offer the most positive economic impact. Find the full presentation here.

The full City Council is expected to approve the DART-funded extension in September. And construction could begin as soon as 2023.

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  • Enough of the streetcar. It sucks. It’s too slow, monopolizes an entire lane of traffic – the tracks are hard to drive on – and screws up the cycling of the traffic lights. The Oak Cliff one was used as a pretext to eliminate the wonderful D-Link bus route — AKA “the Party Bus” — a terrible trade-off.

  • I believe the streetcar would run on a single track looping along Elm and Commerce, but the subway would be double-tracked along Commerce only.

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