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Happy Anniversary, M-Line!
The Vintage Trolley Service Turns 27

As the ’80s drew to a close, McKinney Avenue was a shadow of its future self, but that’s not to say it was a ghost town. There was “nouvelle cuisine” to be had at Brasserie Calluaud, and gourmet shrimp pizza was all the rage at Sfuzzi. A few blocks away, critics raved about the “New American” cuisine at Routh Street Café (prepared by a young up-and-comer named Stephan Pyles). Still, in 1989, the area was only beginning to pick up steam. The West Village was a patch of weeds, and there were certainly no heritage trolleys making their way up and down McKinney Avenue – not until July 22, that is. That was the M-Line’s first day of service.

What a difference 27 years makes! In the years since that hot July day, McKinney Avenue has turned into a vibrant, energetic hive of activity every night of the week, and an Uptown address has become a mark of prestige. The M-Line is now an emblem of the Uptown experience, and our fleet, our operating hours, and the line itself – all have grown. And with all of our expansion activities, we’ve become a legitimate mode of transport, rather than a just a nostalgic novelty.

The M-Line expanded its route in 2002 northward from Hall Street to the bustling West Village (where it also connects with DART Rail’s – and the Southwest’s – only subway station). And more recently, the M-Line expanded in the other direction, as well, making a “loop” through Dallas’ world-class arts district and providing access to Klyde Warren Park, as well as the office buildings and other workplaces of downtown. All of this would have been hard to imagine in 1989.

Celebrating our anniversary and our accomplishments marks a full circle for MATA. Thanks to all of the riders and advocates who have made our journey possible. See you on the M-Line!   

The M-Line's air-conditioned and heated restored vintage trolleys operate normally 365 days a year, providing safe, clean, reliable, and convenient public transportation free of charge (except charters) in Dallas' vibrant Uptown Neighborhood. Our m
ission is to extend this service to a broader geographic area in downtown Dallas while maintaining the unique, historic ambiance and character of our current service and, in partnership with Dallas Area Rapid Transit, become a key component of the City's downtown circulator system.

The McKinney Avenue Transit Authority is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Las tranvías de M -Line con aire acondicionado y calefacción restaurado funcionan normalmente los 365 días del año, ofreciendo un seguro, limpio, confiable y conveniente transporte público de forma gratuita (excepto charters) en Dallas ' vibrante Uptown Barrio. Nuestra visión es extender este servicio a un área geográfica más amplia en el centro de Dallas, mientras sostenemos nuestra imagen histórica y el carácter de nuestro servicio actual. Esta operación es posible con la ayuda de Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Uptown Dallas, Inc., y usted el pasajero, convertido en un componente clave del sistema de circulación del centro de la Ciudad.

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