Meet Betty, Now Serving McKinney Avenue

Streetcar Betty Dallas

Another streetcar has come online in Dallas. The eighty year old car has traveled these parts before. When streetcar service ended, the car was required by the son of an employee and had it sitting on concrete blocks. Some 20 years ago Ben Carpenter and his wife Betty donated the car to McKinney Avenue Transit Authority.

The 54-seat streetcar was built in 1926 by American Car Company for Dallas Railway and Terminal Co.  Originally a center entrance car, it was later rebuilt for a one-man operation (some operators today will tell you the Matilda, which lets passengers board at the center, can be a bit of a pain when the car is crowded).

Streetcar Betty Dallas

About Eric Miller

Rick and I started this web magazine as The New Colonist back in 1999. I was in San Francisco, and he was in Los Angeles. We had a common interest in sustainability and city life. We're still at it. Today I am happy to have lived in both New York, San Francisco and Pittsburgh and to now reside in Dallas. Find more at