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DART Breaking Ground On Streetcar Project

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A new way to get around town is officially breaking ground on Friday. Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s new multi-million dollar streetcar line will link Union Station in downtown Dallas with the Oak Cliff area.

The project is actually under construction right now. The Houston Street bridge has already been closed. The groundbreaking event taking place on Friday will be mostly ceremonial. But it represents a big step in transportation plans for Dallas.

The streetcars planned for this new line will not look like those of the olden days. The next generation streetcars are more modern, manufactured by the same company that makes the current DART light rail. Transportation experts said that this will be another step in helping to revitalize Oak Cliff and other pockets of the community, like the Bishop Arts District, which has been experiencing a lot of success in the last decade.

The 1.6 miles of track will extend from downtown’s Union Station to the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Beckley Avenue. The city hopes that it will be used for more than commuters traveling to and from work each day. DART would like residents to view this line as a fun way to get people to local attractions in the Oak Cliff and downtown areas.

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