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The City's Considering Those Streetcars. But, See, They Cost Money.

The City's Considering Those Streetcars. But, See, They Cost Money.

Seven months ago, the word "streetcar" started showing up on Unfair Park -- seems Jim's plenty keen on the idea, along with other trolley-touters who look to yesterday's transportation option as tomorrow's development generator. Which is why, as the Dallas City Council's Transportation and Environment Committee discusses the second downtown light-rail alignment for Dallas Area Rapid Transit this afternoon, it'll also bat around the idea of downtown streetcars.

In the briefing doc, which also sneak-peeks DART's downtown options (including subways), you'll find all the proposed alignments -- ah, if only. Because, see, there's a minor issue connected to the connectivity offered by streetcars: how to pay for the things. Because while the city and DART will "work together to secure funding from various sources," there is this footnote: "Funding for Streetcar Program is not in DART's 20-year Financial Plan." --Robert Wilonsky


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