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DART's New Streetcar 'Stands Up 4 Transportation'

In advance of the launch of Dallas Streetcar service April 13, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will display its first modern streetcar April 9 as part of APTA's national Stand Up 4 Transportation advocacy effort. (See related news in this issue.)

The streetcar, designed and built by Brookville Equipment Corp., will be the first in the U.S. to operate with wireless traction power; it will run on overhead electric lines on surface streets but will use an on-board stored energy system as it crosses the 101-year-old Houston Street Viaduct.

"Our track record with DART Light Rail and the Trinity Railway Express gave the city of Dallas confidence that we also could successfully design, build, operate and maintain the Dallas Streetcar," said DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas.

DART will operate the streetcar for the city of Dallas on a 1.6-mile dedicated track between downtown Dallas and north Oak Cliff. Other partners in the project are FTA, the city of Dallas and the North Central Texas Council of Governments.


DART will display its new streetcar on Stand Up 4 Transportation Day, April 9.

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