Later this week, the Regional Transportation Council will discuss reallocating nearly $31 million to pay for a streetcar system that will stretch from Union Station in downtown to the Bishop Arts area of Oak Cliff.

In 2004, the RTC secured nearly $30.87 for a since-scrapped connector project with Love Field. This money came from the Texas Mobility Fund, which was established by the Texas Legislature in 2001 as a way for the Texas Department of Public Transportation to issue bonds secured by future revenue.

The money set aside for the Love Field project has been on hold since its issuance. On Thursday, the RTC will vote whether to use it to pay for the streetcar system.

About $8 million of the $30.87 million, according to a presentation posted to the North Central Texas Council of Governments website, would cover the cost of two cars.

Another $12.87 million would pay for the second phase of the streetcar line, which will extend from near the intersection of Colorado Blvd. and Beckley Ave. to that of Zang Blvd. and Davis St. near Bishop Arts. The remaining $10 million will cover the line from Union Station at Houston Street to Young Street and Wood near the Omni Convention Center Hotel.

Initial plans had the line stopping at Beckley and Colorado. The .7 mile extension to Zang along Davis brings the track's total to 2.3 miles.

The Houston Street Viaduct will need to close for construction, which is expected to begin later this year.

The streetcar project got the green-light in July of 2011. In September of last year, Dallas Area Rapid Transit officials agreed on a vendor for the streetcars themselves: the Pennsylvania-based Brookville Equipment Corporation.
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