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Dallas to mark 32 years of streetcar service

In 1983, MATA was founded to return heritage streetcars to the urban fabric of Dallas.
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The McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA) on Thursday will mark 32 years of streetcar service to Dallas residents, businesses and visitors.

In 1983, MATA was founded to return heritage streetcars to Dallas, authority officials said in a news release. On July 22, 1989, the McKinney Avenue Trolley began operating along a 2.8-mile route.

The M-Line has expanded several times over the years, eventually reaching a length of 4.6 miles. The first expansion opened in 2002, extending the route north to connect to Dallas Area Rapid Transit's (DART) Cityplace/Uptown Station, followed by the construction of a turntable in 2011. The second expansion opened in 2015, creating the southern loop in downtown Dallas that connects to DART's St. Paul Station.

Currently served by seven vintage cars, the M-Line trolley provides more than 600,000 rides annually within uptown and downtown Dallas.

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