Dallas — McKinney Buys A PCC
Rail Transit Online, March 2003
The four-car heritage fleet of the
McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA) has been increased by 25 percent
with the purchase of a heavily modified PCC plus numerous spare parts from
the Tandy Corp. Until last August, the former DC Transit car was part of
the double-ended fleet that operated a short subway linking a large parking
lot with the Tandy Center, an office and shopping complex in Fort Worth.
The subway was built some 40 years ago by the owners of Leonard’s department
store, which was eventually demolished and replaced by the Tandy Center.
The McKinney car, which was trucked to Dallas, has a square body that
replaced the original streamlined PCC coachwork and is air conditioned.
Funding came from the Uptown Property Improvement District. MATA officials
said the car will need some alterations to adapt it for streetcar service,
presumably including removal of the high platform entrances and restoration
of conventional steps. McKinney also owns two ex-Toronto PCCs which are