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#1 KevinKorell

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 10:13 AM

E-mails from DART:
7:45 AM CST:

The Dallas Streetcar is being taken out of service, due to a battery issue near Beckley Station. Bus shuttles will be made available. Our apologies for the inconvenience.


8:50 AM CST:

The Dallas Streetcar is now back in service. Thank you for your patience.


Anyone have a spare AA battery on them?

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Posted 23 May 2016 - 11:19 AM

Issues like the above are happening with a sense of regularity lately. Remember, the short streetcar route was cut back even more to be able to cut in the Phase 2 segment that will open by the end of 2016. So the fleet of one is totally inadequate for even the remaining small segment of track. History tells us that fleets of one don't work. Ask the owners of Willamette Shore Trolley (whose only vehicle caught fire just before our 2010 Fest), and of River Street Streetcar in Savannah -- both of whom found that out the hard way. Here today is an example of the streetcar being out of service:

Dallas Streetcar Rider Alert 5/23 8:25a


The Dallas Streetcar is not running due to mechanical problems. A bus shuttle is already established. Our apologies and thank you for your patience.

Dallas Streetcar Rider Alert 5/23 11:00a


Dallas Streetcar is back in service. Extended bus shuttle has been canceled. Our apologies and thank you for your patience.



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 10:18 AM

Dallas Streetcar Rider Alert 5/25 10:15a


The Dallas Streetcar is not running due to mechanical problems. A bus shuttle will be in place. Our apologies and thank you for your patience.

Dallas Streetcar Update 5/25 1:50p

The Dallas Streetcar is back in service. The extended bus shuttle has been canceled. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

And then again same day:

Dallas Streetcar Rider Alert, 05/25 10:00p


The Dallas Streetcar was taken out of service due to a mechanical issue. Bus shuttles are available. Our apologies for the inconvenience.


Edited by KevinKorell, 26 May 2016 - 12:38 AM.
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Posted 26 May 2016 - 12:37 AM

Bumping topic, added more occurrences to the above.



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Posted 09 June 2016 - 08:04 AM

It happened again on June 7th for a 2 hour evening period:

Dallas Streetcar Rider Alert, 06/07 6:50p


The Dallas Streetcar was taken out of service due to a mechanical issue. Bus shuttles will be available.

Dallas Streetcar Rider Alert, 06/07 8:50p


The Dallas Streetcar is back in service. Thank you for your patience.



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Posted 23 June 2016 - 04:00 PM

It happened again on June 23rd:
 

Dallas Streetcar Rider Alert 6/23 9:50a

The Dallas Streetcar is not running due to mechanical problems. A bus shuttle will be in place. Our apologies and thank you for your patience.

Dallas Streetcar Update 6/23 10:35a

 
The Dallas Streetcar is back in service. Thank you for your patience.

I thought they had gotten more equipment, but I guess not.

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Posted 24 June 2016 - 01:39 PM

No doubt this is repetitive, but I am pointing out a recurring problem. Another 45 minutes today without service:

Dallas Streetcar Alert 6/24 12:45p


The Dallas Streetcar is out of service due to a mechanical problem. A bus shuttle will be in place. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Dallas Streetcar Update 6/24 1:30p


The Dallas Streetcar is back in service. Thank you for your patience.



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Posted 28 June 2016 - 06:57 PM

Say, guess what?


 

Dallas Streetcar Alert 6/28 1:10p

 

 

The Dallas Streetcar is out of service due to a mechanical problem. A bus shuttle will be in place. Our apologies for the inconvenience.


 

Dallas Streetcar Rider Alert, 06/28 04:20p

 

The Dallas Streetcar is back in service. Thank you for your patience.

 

Gee, when they extend the line to the Bishop Arts District by the Fall, the streetcar will have more opportunity to break down.  I am surprised at this point that they don't have another vehicle in service ready to go if the primary one breaks down.  It is happening way too much :rolleyes:



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Posted 01 July 2016 - 11:08 AM

New month, old problem!

Dallas Streetcar Alert 7/1 10:15a

The Dallas Streetcar is out of service due to a mechanical problem. A bus shuttle will be in place. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

That alert is standard, word for word. I would suppose that DART has set up a fast key on their laptops to quickly put this message out every time their fleet of one fails.


Dallas Streetcar Update 11:20a


The Dallas Streetcar is back in service. Thank you for your patience.



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Posted 02 July 2016 - 08:06 PM

DART has had a second car for over a year. The second car was used in service for a while to give the first car more shop time. Rumor has it that recently parts have been borrowed from the second car to keep the first car running, even intermittently. The big problem with swapping a car out for a disabled one is the track layout. The switchback at Union Station at the lead from the light rail mainline to the streetcar operating track is barely long enough for one car. I do not think that the Bishop Arts extension has any trackage for moving a disabled car out of the way.

Here is some better news. A Brookville press release from 6/29 about shipping DART's third car and preparing the fourth car for shipping later this summer.

http://www.brookvill...s-Corporate.asp

Edited by lunarwhite, 02 July 2016 - 08:07 PM.





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