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?
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.
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.
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.
Surely it wouldn't be difficult to build/find a modern streetcar that can handle curves. Has technology gone backwards or something?
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.
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!
612 will be named Margaret, after Margaret Crow, for Trammell Crow's gracious funding support in 612's rebuild.
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