The M-Line

The M-Line Streetcar in Dallas is an early example of an urban heritage rail route.  Repaving along McKinney Ave. uncovered old trolley trackage, and public sentiment eventually led to sponsorship and construction of the original portion of the line, which opened in 1989.

The M-Line is operated by the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority, a non-profit organization.  The entire route is free, thanks to subsidies from Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and other sources.

The cars are authentic, and are of various design and ancestry.  In this view #186 is at the downtown end of the line.  It plied the streets for more than four decades in its home city, lasting until the end of Dallas trolley operations in 1956.