The federal government announced it is awarding the M-Line a $4.9 million grant. In addition, the federal grant will be matched by $5 million from the North Texas Council of Governments and this could make a huge impact on Downtown transportation.
The extension down Olive Street to Federal Street is already funded and work will begin soon. The new money will allow the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority to extend the current tracks on St. Paul from Ross Avenue to Federal, and up Federal to connect with Olive Street.
The proposed line will run through the Woodall Rodgers deck park through the Arts District to downtown. It also will gain a new connection with DART Light Rail. Federal Street is only a block away from DART’s downtown transit mall — easy walking distance from their St. Paul and Pearl stations.
The new route has the potential to increase the efficiency and usefulness of the M-Line, boost annual ridership, and is essential to the development of the Central Business District.