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Dallas Area Rapid Transit

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) gets you around Dallas, Texas, and 12 surrounding cities with modern public transit services and customer facilities tailored to make your trip fast, comfortable and economical. Our extensive network of DART Light Rail, Trinity Railway Express commuter rail, bus routes and paratransit services moves more than 220,000 passengers per day across our 700-square-mile service area.

With DART you can easily explore North Texas and go someplace you've never been. From arts and culture, to sports, recreation, dining, and special events, DART can get you to more places than you can imagine. From hidden gems in every neighborhood to the trendiest spots in town, every trip can be a new adventure.

DART

dart_state The Dallas Area Rapid Transit system (DART) operates 49 miles of light rail passenger service on two lines across the Dallas metropolitan area. With a daily ridership of nearly 70,000 people, it is among the top ten busiest light-rail systems in the country. Connections can be made to Amtrak and the Trinity Railway Express line.

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DART rail system map / web

Rapid Transit

Click to see the Dallas Amtrak station area plotted on a Google Maps page

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The McKinney Avenue Transit Authority operates a section of historic streetcar trackage in downtown Dallas -- a route known as the M-Line. The operation includes a stable of six operating cars from various builders. Seven other cars are undergoing or awaiting restoration.

M-Line route map / collection

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In 1872 (some sources say 1871) the first street railway in Dallas was a mule car line that ran from the Court House to the Houston and Texas Central Railroad depot. In 1875, four different mule car lines were in operation. By the summer of 1889, four steam-powered city lines had been constructed and were successfully carrying passengers.

In 1889 the first electric streetcar line was built, just the first of many more such lines built in the city by various transit companies. A cable car line was proposed in 1890, but by 1891 only 3,000 feet of it had been built and it was never completed. Eventually, the existing mule and steam powered railways were converted or were abandoned as the electric cars provided faster, more reliable and pollution-free service. In 1917 all the various companies were consolidated into one: The Dallas Railway Company. This later became the Dallas Railway and Terminal Company (The company also owned the Interurban Terminal building.) and finally the Dallas Transit Company. The Texas Electric Railway interurban also once operated local streetcar service in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. In 1925 they sold this line to Dallas Railway.

McKinney Avenue Transit Authority

McKinney Avenue Transit Authority #636

  • builder:J. G. Brill Company
  • type:One-truck "Birney Safety Car"
  • built:_________
  • notes:
  • length: 28'; weight: 10 tons
  • blt for Dallas Railway Co
    retired from service, 1947
    used as private residence
    restored and donated to MATA, 1970s
  • McKinney Ave Transit Authority #122

  • builder:J. G. Brill Company
  • type:one-truck, Brill 21E truck
  • built:1909
  • notes:
  • length: 28'; weight: 14 tons
  • blt for municipal service in Porto, Portugal
    retired, 1978
    in charter service for MATA
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    M-Line route map / collection

    Links / Sources

    This page was updated on 2016-04-17