Green light for Oak Cliff streetcar project

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Posted on July 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM

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DALLAS — The project to build a $35 million streetcar line between downtown Dallas and North Oak Cliff got a green light on Tuesday.

Environmental clearance was granted for the 1.6-mile line from Union Station to the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Beckley Avenue.

That means DART can find a contractor to install the track across the Houston Street Viaduct the and begin buying streetcars using a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The streetcar will provide connections with with DART light rail, TRE and Amtrak trains and buses at Union Station.

"In addition to creating much-needed jobs for workers in Dallas, this proposed streetcar line will advance economic growth in downtown neighborhoods by linking them with major employment centers throughout the region," said Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff in a written statement.

There are future plans to add additional streetcar lines in Dallas.

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