All Aboard! Downtown-Oak Cliff Streetcar Opens

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DALLAS - The City of Dallas presents: a classic brought into the modern age. A connection between two sides of a city.

It’s “A Streetcar named Oak Cliff.”

Monday morning, A Dallas streetcar made its inaugural run from Union Station in downtown Dallas, to Methodist Dallas Medical Center in Oak Cliff.

Despite the rainy weather, the car was packed.

“Being a downtown, resident I`m a big fan of the idea of Dallas being a real city and having real public transit,” says passenger Justin Cook. “As opposed to just having highway after highway out to the suburbs.”

The end of the line isn’t exactly a thriving urban district, but plans are in place to extend the streetcar to the Bishop Arts District. Until then, you can take the D-Link bus from downtown to all the cool spots in Bishop Arts.

If you were expecting something “old timey” like the McKinney avenue trolley, you’re in for a surprise.

These streetcars are sleek and modern. But, like the M-Line, rides are free.

“The McKinney Avenue Trolley kind of runs kind of a slow leisurely pace and this runs really quick actually,” says Cook. “We were over that bridge way faster than I expected.”

The first street car run took nine minutes, compared to the five it took NewsFix to drive the same route. But remember, if you drive, you’ve got to find a place to park.

“Trolleys, subways, trains buses, I`m all for it,” says Christopher Willis. “Gas is going up now, so people need to start riding public transportation more often.”

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