Service opens to the Bishops Art District, although opening hours questioned.
The first 1.3km (0.8-mile) extension of the Dallas Streetcar opened on 29 August. It now runs from the existing terminus near the Methodist Dallas Medical Center, that opened in April 2015, on the southern side of the Trinity River to the Bishops Art District in Oak Cliff, with two new stops on Zang Boulevard at 6th Street and between Davis and Seventh Streets (Bishop Arts).
The 3.9km (2.4-mile) service – operated by DART on behalf of the City of Dallas – remains fare-free, with opening hours between 09.30 and 0.00, but frequency is improved to every 20 minutes following the recent delivery of two additional Brookville Liberty partially low-floor modern streetcars.
While the latest extension has been welcomed by residents and businesses, the service hours are still an issue of contention. Jason Roberts, who founded the Oak Cliff Transit Authority in 2006 to fight for the streetcar, said: “The city is starting first rides at 9.30am and ending at midnight, which would be focused on tourists. The [Federal] TIGER grant we applied for and received was specific in stating ‘the implementation of the streetcar line in Dallas will provide a multi-modal link between jobs and residents.’
“With the current hours, we’re in direct opposition to the guidelines of the grant which could open up the city to some major issues. Standard ‘job’ hours for residents would require it starting at least by 7am.”
Eventually, the plan is to expand north-east from Union Street to connect to the Dallas Convention Center and the McKinney Avenue Trolley, but any timescale would depend on the outcome of decisions made for a second city crossing for the DART light rail system and available funding at the time.