McKinney Avenue Trolleys, Texas (Images of Rail Series)

McKinney Avenue Trolleys, Texas (Images of Rail Series)

by Jim Cumbie, Phillip E. Cobb
     
 


Streetcar lines grew and prospered in Dallas from 1872 until

the 1920s. Automobile competition siphoned many of their

riders away, but ridership soared again during World War II .

After the war, the trolleys entered an era of gradual attrition, and

they were abandoned by 1956. Amazingly, in 1989, the nonprofit

McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA )

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Overview


Streetcar lines grew and prospered in Dallas from 1872 until

the 1920s. Automobile competition siphoned many of their

riders away, but ridership soared again during World War II .

After the war, the trolleys entered an era of gradual attrition, and

they were abandoned by 1956. Amazingly, in 1989, the nonprofit

McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA ) returned restored

vintage trolley cars to the city in the Uptown neighborhood near

downtown. MATA evolved from a tourist attraction into a true

transit company and became the M-Line. Since then, the area

has experienced rapid growth and is now home to midrise office

buildings and upscale apartments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738584973
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
11/07/2011
Series:
Images of Rail Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,137,259
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Phil Cobb, the driving force behind MATA 's startup, was chairman of the board for several years and is now the M-Line's president. Jim Cumbie, a volunteer since 1988, edited the company's newsletter for 10 years and is now the M-Line's webmaster and unofficial historian. Judy Smith Hearst, the president of Friends of State-Thomas, led a scrappy little neighborhood against signisficant odds to rezone, intiate a historic district, reroute traffic using the Maple-Routh Connector, and partner with developers to envision the future.

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