Free Dallas trolley adding car amid more riders


DALLAS (AP) - A free trolley system in Dallas mainly serving the Uptown Neighborhood will add a car because of more riders since a downtown.

Trolley officials this week could begin street testing of the car named Betty. It's the fifth restored car in the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority fleet, joining vehicles named Rosie, Green Dragon, Petunia and Matilda.

Transit CEO Phil Cobb says ridership has increased 40 percent since Klyde Warren Park opened in October 2012.

Authorities plan to add Betty into service in February. Petunia is undergoing repairs after a traffic accident and should return to the rails by March. A recently acquired sixth trolley car will be restored but not used until October when a trolley system extension is set to open.


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