Putting on the Brakes
McKinney Avenue Transit Authority halts trolleys as Klyde Warren Park extension nears completion
The McKinney Avenue Transit Authority has suspended all trolley traffic in Uptown until the end of September to install a new switch at the intersection of Olive Street and McKinney Avenue and to repair trolleys.
The shutdown will continue through September 29. The switch is needed as MATA works on an extension to the trolley line that would allow it run down Olive and toward Klyde Warren Park. The extension would include a stop within the park.
It will eventually continue to Federal Street near the DART rail station for Pearl/The Arts District. A second planned extension will loop back to the existing St. Paul track while running by the St. Paul rail station.
So far, the park and trolleys have been mutually beneficial. Uptown Dallas says weekend ridership has been up 42 percent since the park opened last October and is expected to pass 600,000 riders for 2013.