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McKinney Avenue Trolley (M Line) Service Suspension

Starting tomorrow Uptown will be a little quieter. The City will begin work on the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority downtown expansion project, and the trolley will be closed for public service from Tuesday, August 13 – Sunday, September 29, 2013.  Stay informed of any updates by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
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McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA)
 
The M-Line's air-conditioned and heated restored vintage trolleys run 365 days a year, providing free public transportation in Uptown. Their mission is to extend this service to a broader geographic area in downtown Dallas while maintaining the unique, historic ambiance and character of our current service and, in partnership with Dallas Area Rapid Transit, become a key component of the City's downtown circulator system.
 
Funding Sources
 
The McKinney Avenue Transit Authority is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Uptown Dallas, Inc. funds over 20% of the MATA budget.  DART is its largest funder at 30%.  Downtown Dallas, Inc. is the trolley’s newest donor and starting this year, accounted for 4.7% of the budget.
 
The trolley also receives income from advertising and from gratuity – be sure to tip your conductor!
 
Trolley Extension in to Downtown
 
Federal grants are funding the Trolley expansion in to Downtown/Dallas Arts District..  The City will start on phase I of the project this week. While this news is exciting for the future, it has some immediate inconveniences.  Starting Tuesday, August 13, the Trolley will suspend all regular public service while a complicated trolley control switch is installed in the intersection of McKinney and Olive Streets.  This intersection will also be limited to one lane during the construction, and Olive Street (between Woodall Rodgers and McKinney Avenue) will be closed to through traffic.  Uptown will post the City’s updated traffic plan on our website, as well as social media, as soon as it is available.
 
Here is a map of the extended trolley loop:
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The Trolley and the Park
 
Weekend ridership has increased over 42% since the Klyde Warren Park opened last fall.  Trolleys are running at full capacity almost every weekend, and ridership is expected to exceed 600,000 in 2013.
 
When the extension is open, the trolley, which now runs down St. Paul Street near the western end of Klyde Warren Park, will instead go down Olive Street, make a stop inside the park, and then proceed to Federal Street, not far from DART’s Pearl Street/Arts District station.
 
The Olive Street project is the first phase of a two-step process that will connect the extension to the present St. Paul Street terminus, forming a loop in the northern part of downtown. 
From The Dallas Morning News.
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