Meet Dallas' New Oak Cliff Streetcars

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If you need a reminder that Oak Cliff and downtown will soon be linked by street car, head over to the Houston Street and watch as drivers try to get across the viaduct, which is closed for construction.

Another reminder: DART just announced that it's officially sealed a $9.4 million deal with Pennsylvania's Brookville Equipment Corporation deal to provide two of its Liberty Modern Streetcars to run on the tracks. And they sent along a sneak peek at what they will look like as well.

From DART's press release:

Featuring three passenger compartments, the 66.5 foot-long, 8 foot-wide cars will include over 70 percent low-floor area, providing accessible seating for passengers. The streetcars will run on standard 56.5-inch track gauge and utilize BROOKVILLE's industry-proven soft ride trucks powered by four 99 kW AC traction motors while traveling at a maximum speed of 44 mph.

This will be "the first-ever American designed and manufactured off-wire capable streetcar to be delivered to a U.S. public transit agency," which, whatever exactly that means, sounds quite impressive. And, in case you were wondering, "off-wire capable" means the cars have battery storage, which can get them over the mile of track over the Houston Street Viaduct.

Aesthetically speaking, they're basically stumpy versions of the light-rail vehicles. Very DART-ish. But cute.

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garlandsucks
garlandsucks

if you don't like dart just move to arlington problem solved

JohnJay24
JohnJay24

"Street car"? Just because you keep saying it doesn't make it so. 

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

Excellent picture of the street car in it's natural state, empty.  

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

But in order to improve transportation between Downtown Dallas and Oak Cliff, we must shut down the most important bridge between the two locations for a year and a half.


Much like: "We had to destroy the village in order to save it."

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Eric "libtard" Nicholson, "very Dart-ish but cute"  THE EDITORIALISM MUST STOP!

mcdallas
mcdallas

Is it too late to consider a different paint scheme?  The McKinney cars aren't that awful yellow, no?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I love it.  But, I've been confused about something since I moved here.  Where exactly is Oak Cliff?   News people refer to huge areas of southern and western Dallas as Oak Cliff.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul

"the most important bridge between the two locations"? good gosh, Houston St Viaduct carries about 7,300 cars a day. Jefferson St Viaduct can handle the extra load.

btw why do we call our bridges "viaducts"? really makes no sense...

kduble
kduble

@mcdallas  It's wise to share a common color scheme. This reinforces to riders that this is a unified system for fare transfers.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz It depends on if the subject is white people or not

Since this is clearly in reference to white people.. Oak Cliff in this context refers to the every expanding "Bishop Arts District" which is what white people call the parts of Oak Cliff that white people go to. Regardless of if it's actually the Bishop Arts District or not.


mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@cantkeepthetruthdown

odd, the story doesn't mention that only "white people" were using the streetcars.

very illustrative post on how your mind thinks.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@mcdallas Why?  It's a valid concern.  I thought you had to get off and walk another mile down that highway.

smithjosh
smithjosh

@mavdog A viaduct is a type of bridge. Just like a suspension bridge is a type of bridge. I don't know why you say it doesn't make sense. It's specificity in the type of construction. 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@anon

It's not the definition of the word, it's the word itself. This is a frigging bridge, that's what it's called elsewhere, that is what it does.

Using your logic, we might as well call it a "ponte"....

frankturrentine
frankturrentine

@mavdog not for long. They're pricing out everyone who rents here or lives in lower income neighborhoods to make way for "development".


The streetcar is nice, however. I thought they initially were looking to refurbish some of the original cars for re-use in this.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@scottindallas @mavdog @cantkeepthetruthdown

This area is close to 60% Hispanic. White non-hispanic is about 1/3 of the households.

tegrayjr
tegrayjr

@mcdallas @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Step One: Place toy cars in bottom of bathtub  Step Two: Put stopper in Drain  Step 3: Is it to turn on the water, or pee in the tub?  I've forgotten.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @NorthOakCliff Well Myrna, obviously you are not a hipster because you would know if you were a hipster.


It is because it is there and it is the currently cool, trendy, hip, happenin' place to be to spend hours hooked up to the free wifi while nursing the cup of joe for three or four hours while you write in your blog about the sartorial splendor of tweed, pork pie hats and lament the lack of bike lanes.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@NorthOakCliff At first sound, this was great and I never like to start up a hoo-hah on this comment board, but I just looked at the layout of the proposed final stop at Colorado and Beckley on Google view, and there is nothing there but a generic highway intersection with a Walgreens, a Subway, El Fenix, and The Vet Stop.  I should spend $50 million to build a streetcar that goes there?  Why the hell would I go there?

NorthOakCliff
NorthOakCliff

It will get you to the Bishop Arts District and hopefully Jefferson Blvd. You are right, these are North Oak Cliff destinations, but are arguably the most popular destinations and hubs of economic development. 

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