Just got an email newsletter from the OCTA:
The Oak Cliff Transit Authority - Sept. 2007 Newsletter
"Back to the Future" Fundraiser UpdateAlso, they have a simple, yet distinctive logo:
Many thanks to all who attended. We had a great turnout, and raised over $6,000. We also rolled out a 3D rendering of part of the proposed trolley line in Oak Cliff. Visit the homepage of our website at www.oakcliffta.org
In other exciting news, we've tracked down six former Dallas PCC streetcars, which were retired in 1956 and relocated to Boston, where they ran until the late 1980's. We are currently in negotiations to reacquire these beautiful streamlined-art deco cars, in hopes to return them to the streets of Oak Cliff. San Francisco has successfully reactivated several PCC styled streetcars (seen at left), which can be seen on their successful F-Line, that runs along the Market Street area. If all goes as planned, the cars will first be shipped to Philadelphia, where they will undergo a complete reworking with new mechanics, air-conditioning, and ADA compliant equipment, and finally brought back home to Dallas.
Endorsements by the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce and Texas State Representative Rafael Anchia
After recent presentation to the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Board, a motion was carried to endorse the Oak Cliff Transit Authority. We are excited to have their support and look forward to working with them extensively in the future.
Also, a meeting was held with Texas State Representative, Rafael Anchia, where he lent his support and endorsement to the project.
Oak Cliff, the "Streetcar Suburb"
Oak Cliff was developed as a "streetcar suburb" from its inception. For the first 70 years of its existence, streetcars were an integral part of the landscape. This is obvious when commuting around the Jefferson Boulevard and Davis Street area buildings and theaters which, to this day, have limited vehicle parking. For this reason, merchants are unable to acquire Certificates of Occupancies to allow revitalization of many of the historic spaces, with most falling into disrepair.
OCTA hopes to not only help in the redevelopment of the area, but to allow for a more pedestrian friendly city. Many large cities are following a similar trend of promoting people over cars, noting that building a dense community around pedestrians and bicycles increases the quality of life, which, in turn, ignites economic redevelopment. In other words, developers want to build, where many people gather. A streetcar allows for transit oriented developments, similar to Dallas' West Village and the Mockingbird Station, to grow and thrive. Also, streetcars run on electricity, which translates to fewer ozone emissions.
Get it? It's an OCTAgon. Now who's too cute by half?
And as Haretip noted, the site is quite robust now. I like this FAQ entry:
Why use technology from the 1800's? Why not go with something futuristic?
You're right, streetcars have been in existence in some way, shape, or form since the 1800s; however, streetcars have also evolved over that time as well. So with a modern streetcar system, you have something that operates on the same principles as they did in the 1800s, but with modern technology. For instance, streetcars built today feature solid state electronics, and heating and air conditioning. Most systems have provisions to help access for persons with disabilities. Streetcar stations can and do have wireless internet for tracking streetcars. The result is a proven concept that can incorporate new technologies and modern amenities. Concepts such as personal rapid transit (PRT), maglev, monorails, etc, are either pie-in-the-sky ideas, unproven, prohibitively expensive, or inadequate for required capacity.