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Location and Transportation

Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Oak Cliff residents, businesses and visitors take pleasure in Oak Cliff’s strategic location within the southwestern quadrant of the City of Dallas and Dallas County — neighboring the thriving suburban cities of Grand Prairie, Duncanville, DeSoto, Lancaster and Hutchins. This ideal locality has helped establish Oak Cliff as a prime place for business, as it is advantageously served by many forms of transportation.

Several major multi-lane freeways wind in and around Oak Cliff, offering convenient local and regional commuter travel. I-30 outlines the community’s northern edge, I-20 sits to the south, Loop 12/Spur 408 is found to the west and I-45 traverses the eastern border. I-35, also known as the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) Highway, and U.S. Highway 67 bisect Oak Cliff, serving the area’s north-south traffic. Supplementing the highway network is a great system of major and minor local thoroughfares, which limit the number of traffic tie-ups in Oak Cliff.

The City-operated Dallas Executive Airport is located in the heart of the area, and the public-use elevated historic Heliport/Vertiport is situated in the city’s Central Business District on the south end of the Dallas Convention Center. Both Dallas’ Love Field and the busy Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport are located just 30 minutes from the area.

Location and Transportation

An affordable alternative when it comes to regional travel is offered through Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), which operates light rail operations from South Oak Cliff and West Oak Cliff to downtown Dallas. A superior system of local and express bus routes connect riders to the light rail lines and bus transfer centers. In addition to these options, DART operates a heavy rail line that travels from Dallas’ Union Station to the Fort Worth and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Oak Cliff Street Car

In 1887, steam-powered streetcars could be seen running along over 20 miles of track throughout the Oak Cliff community. Much to the chagrin of the residents, the last streetcar was removed in 1956 to make way for the network of steam engines that had begun to dominate the city. Today there is a movement to revitalize this once historic landmark. On April 27, 2011 Dallas City Council voted to approve the first leg of a streetcar system that will travel from Union Station downtown, across the Houston Street bridge to Colorado and Beckley next to Oak Cliff’s Methodist Hospital. With the support of DART, funding for the streetcar has been secured and plans are in place to have a streetcar up and running by October 2014.

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