What Downtown Dallas Roads Could Be Ripped Up to Make Way for Subway, Streetcar?

This post will be updated as additional information becomes available. After years of debate the Dallas City Council moved one step closer Wednesday morning to getting a subway and a streetcar downtown -- most likely along Commerce Street.The council unanimously approved the plans backed by the Mobility Solutions, Infrastructure and Sustainability Committee, which threw its support last month behind the proposed downtown Commerce Street subway route and a new streetcar line that would serve Elm and Commerce streets. In terms of the streetcar, two other options will still be under consideration. Several members used the opportunity to voice concerns with DART service -- or lack thereof -- in their regions. But for the most part, the council gave its full support to the projects with few hangups.StreetcarThe estimated $92 million streetcar would link the existing streetcars in Uptown to those that run from Union Station to the Bishop Arts District in North Oak Cliff. A Downtown Dallas, Inc. study suggested the Elm-Commerce alignment as most advantageous route. The council followed this advice by approving the route, though they also kept the other options on the back burner: a Main Street alignment and a Young Street alignment.Proposed route options for downtown Dallas subway  Continue reading...

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