Caraway, EBJ, FTA Deputy and Friends Ride McKinney Ave. Trolley To, From Someplace
|Photos by Evan Clinton|
|Linda Koop, Dwaine Caraway, Eddie Bernice Johnson and John Crawford were among the bigwigs on hand today to announce, formally, the feds' MATA grant.|
Caraway invited Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson ("the hardest working lady in Washington, D.C.") along for the ride, and she was joined by Federal Transportation Authority Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan, Linda Koop and some old dudes. At a pre-ride press conference Caraway noted that "Dallas is literally undergoing a transformation," and that the trolley system is "a jewel in the heart of our city." Unfortch, as of now the MATA is really only a coronary artery near the heart of our city -- the grant funds the trolley system's expansion through downtown, which is expected to happen sometime roundabouts 2013, right after the aliens come and get us.
Congresswoman Johnson was positive-ish about the outlook for North Texas ever having a complete, connected system of public transit: "I think we're gonna get there." Quelle encouraging! Later, McMillan praised the city's "bottoms-up idea" in applying for the grant. I presume she wasn't intending to describe the work of Johnson and others as similar to that of a drunk person with a dream.
|Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway|
We stopped around St. Paul and Ross Ave.--trolley doesn't go any farther, at least not yet, you see, that's why they've got the dollars rolling in--and Caraway and the gang blew party horns and threw confetti. Then they did it again so somebody else could take another picture of them. Oh, Lord, it was almost too much fun.