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Dallas Streetcar to double Liberty fleet

Dallas Streetcar Liberty 302 at Beckley terminus. (Credit: Vic Simons)

The City of Dallas has exercised an option for two additional Liberty streetcars from Brookville Equipment Corporation to provide extra capacity for the extension south to a new terminus in the Bishop Arts District just south of Davis Street planned to open in 2016.

In February 2013 DART placed a USD9.4m order with Brookville for two Liberty streetcars, including options for two more. Each double-ended, three-section streetcar is 20.2m long, 2.46m wide and 3.4m high with a 71% low-floor central section. They are equipped with two batteries to allow catenary-free operation and have an overall passenger capacity of 135, 30 of which are seated.

The first 3km (1.6-mile) section of the Dallas Streetcar opened on 13 April, linking Oak Cliff in the southwest of the city with Union Station. The line is owned by the City of Dallas and services are operated by DART.

For a full report on the Dallas Streetcar see TAUT 933.