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Union Station to Oak Cliff Dallas Streetcar (TIGER Project)


In December 2010, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded a $23 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to support a proposed transit project to provide streetcar service from downtown Dallas to Oak Cliff. This project has been a collaborative endeavor between the City of Dallas, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and the FTA. Once the grant was awarded, these entities further defined the proposed project to consist of an approximate 1.6-mile, single at-grade, dedicated streetcar track extending from near Union Station in downtown Dallas to the Colorado Boulevard and Beckley Avenue intersection in Oak Cliff. The streetcar track would be contained within existing roadway right-of-way along Houston Street, crossing the Trinity River via the Houston Street Viaduct, then transitioning to Zang Boulevard, and finally turning west on Colorado Boulevard before terminating at the Beckley Avenue Intersection.

On July 21, 2011 FTA adopted the description, environmental determinations, and all mitigation commitments presented in the Environmental Assessment document and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

Passing Track for Union Station to Oak Cliff Dallas Streetcar Environmental Re-Evaluation

A design modification has been proposed in order to add a passing track to the environmentally cleared streetcar alignment. The passing track would be located in the Zang Boulevard right-of-way at the Zang Boulevard and Oakenwald Street stop (Zang and Oakenwald intersection). The passing track has an approximate length of 350 feet and would require the reconfiguring of the northbound lanes of Zang Boulevard. The purpose of the design modification is to provide an area where disabled streetcar vehicles can be removed from service. The need of the proposed design modification is to have the ability to maintain headways.

FTA completed its review of the Environmental Re-Evaluation and related supporting documentation on February 23, 2012. Based on this review, and in accordance with the requirements of 23 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 771.129 and 23 CFR 771.130, FTA determined there are no significant changes and no significant new circumstances or information relevant to the environmentally cleared action associated with the construction and operation of the project. Therefore, the FONSI issued on July 21, 2011 remains valid. Provided below are the Environmental Re-evaluation document with Letter of Approval and supporting environmental documents adopted by FTA.

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