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MATA: M-Line Trolley

Postby ArtVandelay » 03 Nov 2016 21:54

Has there been a reduction in service? They used to run 3 cars during rush hours and lunch but the lately I only see 2 on their live map.

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Postby dukemeredith » 04 Nov 2016 11:08

I have also noticed this. From what I understand, ridership continues to increase -- it was up 38% in 2015 from 2014!

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q= ... I4HznWVEBw

And according to the MATA website, the M Line is the third largest streetcar in the US, in terms of ridership - after #1 New Orleans and #2 San Francisco.

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Postby theoryNine » 04 Nov 2016 16:54

They're actually working on a 4th car to get it in service at the moment. I think they've been having technical difficulties with one of the existing cars, leading to 2-car service.

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Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

Postby dukemeredith » 05 Nov 2016 08:54

I checked the tracker yesterday at around 5:00, and they were running three — I was pleasantly surprised!

I also thought they had a larger rotation of cars than only three or four.

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Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

Postby northsouth » 05 Nov 2016 09:52

They've had up to five, maybe six cars operational at once before, but since then they've been taking one or two cars out of service for major maintenance and letting the others fill in, so back to about four operational cars, like it was originally. Of course, this doesn't account for unscheduled maintenance when something breaks.

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Postby Jbarn » 06 Nov 2016 19:47

They definitely need to start running more cars on weekends. There are lines of folks waiting at klyde warren park and most cars are full.

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Postby ContriveDallasite » 07 Nov 2016 03:12

I don't mean to cause any offense but what is keeping DART from purchasing the line and running modern street cars? This line is obviously a success but it seems it could become a much more viable commuter option with larger trains and a more frequent schedule.

Or would the introduction of fares kill the line off completely? Just curious?

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Postby art_suckz » 07 Nov 2016 12:21

Can't wait for car 612. Website says early Spring.
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Postby Benjamin » 08 Nov 2016 23:43

ContriveDallasite wrote:I don't mean to cause any offense but what is keeping DART from purchasing the line and running modern street cars? This line is obviously a success but it seems it could become a much more viable commuter option with larger trains and a more frequent schedule.

Or would the introduction of fares kill the line off completely? Just curious?


I'm also curious about this. With ridership levels so high it sure seems live someone is going to decide to monetize that line at some point - whether it be DART or some other entity.

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Postby tamtagon » 09 Nov 2016 08:56

I don't remember if the route connecting MATA and Oak Cliff streetcars been decided; I think funding has been tentatively lined up....

Even without MATA extended to Knox, a fee probably should be collected to pay the drivers, maybe pay for sheltered stations....

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Postby dukemeredith » 09 Nov 2016 12:04

How much would a fee impact ridership? I'd guess one reason it's so popular is because it's free. While a $1 per ride fee likely wouldn't deter many riders, anything more than $2-$3 would start to compete with Uber -- and Uber would win hands-down for speed and convenience.

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Postby muncien » 09 Nov 2016 14:02

Before going with an official 'fare', I'd suggest a more persuasive donation first. You could put big 'ol signs saying $1 with small print saying 'suggested donation' and such. I really like the nature of MATA and seeing it go with full business model would be a little depressing. Plus, at that point... there is a higher service level expectation that comes with paying for something.
But I would think most riders would be perfectly fine throwing in a buck here and there... without worrying about having exact change for every trip. Plus, a tap to pay (NFC) donation box would be welcome as well. It's a lot easier to part with a digital $1 than a physical $1. lol

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Postby DPatel304 » 10 Nov 2016 12:38

I agree with donations rather than a fare, although I really wonder how many people take the time to donate.

I know the two aren't necessarily related, but I'd really hate to see parking remain free in Uptown, while we are having to pay for something like the MATA. Seems like a step backwards that would discourage people from using public transportation.

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Postby Haretip » 11 Nov 2016 16:02

ut I would think most riders would be perfectly fine throwing in a buck here and there... without worrying about having exact change for every trip. Plus, a tap to pay (NFC) donation box would be welcome as well. It's a lot easier to part with a digital $1 than a physical $1.


I'll see if I can forward that to management. They already have electronics on the cars for the GPS tracking. Perhaps it wouldn't take much more to accomodate that or at the very least a QR code on the farebox.

They do have farebox on the car with an appeal for donations. I would suggest a larger box because they are frequently stuffed.
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Postby willyk » 11 Nov 2016 21:11

Dallas' Uptown neighborhood takes step towards two-way traffic along McKinney, Cole avenues


It also paves the way for a possible expansion of the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority's trolley system in the future by giving the streetcars curbside access, which is a requirement of transit organizations seeking funds from the federal government.


http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2016/11/11/dallas-uptown-neighborhood-takes-step-towards-two.html

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Postby Cbdallas » 30 Nov 2016 15:03

I rode the new modern streetcar out of downtown to Bishop Arts a few weeks ago. I was glad to see how smooth and fast it was. Would love to see the MATA line and Bishop Arts line merged into one modern system connecting up to Knox. Would really change the entire urban area.

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Postby DuesyJ29 » 13 Dec 2016 20:54

MATA's had a bit of a rough go lately with cars and personnel. But they are getting back on their feet. Right now there are two cars down and in the barn. The first is the Australian car 369 for a restoration/rebuild. The second is the Brussels car, 7169. Some electronic parts that were dated to the 80s have worn out and are needing replacement. The original parts are unavailable so MATA is working to find a modern equivalent. Service has increased and will hopefully continue to do so over the next few months.

As to the reason DART has not taken over, there are a number of curves on the line that modern equipment can not handle. That's why its still run with vintage equipment. Not to mention that the cars look cool. :D

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Postby Tnexster » 14 Dec 2016 22:22

I like the old cars, it adds a cool historic feature to Uptown.

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Postby tamtagon » 15 Dec 2016 08:12

I would like more of the historic cars, would like even more if they could cover the trip from SMU to Bishop Arts.

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Postby xen0blue » 15 Dec 2016 21:00

DuesyJ29 wrote:MATA's had a bit of a rough go lately with cars and personnel. But they are getting back on their feet. Right now there are two cars down and in the barn. The first is the Australian car 369 for a restoration/rebuild. The second is the Brussels car, 7169. Some electronic parts that were dated to the 80s have worn out and are needing replacement. The original parts are unavailable so MATA is working to find a modern equivalent. Service has increased and will hopefully continue to do so over the next few months.

As to the reason DART has not taken over, there are a number of curves on the line that modern equipment can not handle. That's why its still run with vintage equipment. Not to mention that the cars look cool. :D

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Surely it wouldn't be difficult to build/find a modern streetcar that can handle curves. Has technology gone backwards or something?

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Postby Tnexster » 16 Dec 2016 00:32

If I had to guess I would guess that the curves are too tight for a newer street car. But I don't get the impression they are interested in catering to a new street car.

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Postby Fitch » 24 Jan 2017 13:55

Does anyone have insight into how the street car program on the MATA operates or the history behind the present-day lines? I'm working on a project that's investigating street cars versus light rail and would be interested to hear from those with experience on the MATA.

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Postby Haretip » 25 Jan 2017 09:42

xen0blue wrote:]

Surely it wouldn't be difficult to build/find a modern streetcar that can handle curves. Has technology gone backwards or something?


The single body streetcars are seen as insufficient capacity for modern streetcar lines. Nobody is building anything except articulated units and apparently nobody is able to construct that style that can fit on the older streetcar track clearances.

Bombardier had a contract to build new single unit streetcars for Toronto because they still had legacy track with tight curves. I approached them about making a few cars for MATA and they said heck-to-the-no! (but with more of a french accent).

I suppose if there was serious need for a single unit streetcar, Brookville Equipment could do it because they built the new scratch built Von Dullen cars for New Orleans and they are continuously restoring PCC cars for San Francisco. GOMACO might be able to do it too, but they have typically used reconditioned equipment instead of new, although looking at their website the other day I think they started offering modern IGBT controls and probably can get modern trucks.

As with all questions about improvements on MATA, the short answer is always "Yes, they can do that. Just bring money."
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Postby Haretip » 25 Jan 2017 09:48

Fitch wrote:Does anyone have insight into how the street car program on the MATA operates or the history behind the present-day lines? I'm working on a project that's investigating street cars versus light rail and would be interested to hear from those with experience on the MATA.


There are a few people involved with MATA that are contributors here. I am one of the more frequent visitors and have been with the company for 26 years at various levels.
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Postby dfwcre8tive » 27 Jan 2017 00:17

From MATA's Facebook page:

Did you know that we've been in the process of restoring a 7th car for our M-Line fleet? We cannot thank Trammell Crow and Radiant Outdoor enough for their funding support in 612's complete rebuild, because without it we wouldn't be able to make this addition to the fleet! We'll keep you posted on her progress and she should be ready for service by July 1st, 2017!

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612 will be named Margaret, after Margaret Crow, for Trammell Crow's gracious funding support in 612's rebuild.

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