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McKinney Avenue Trolley

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Neighbourhood: Oak Lawn
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Address: The McKinney Avenue Transit Authority, 3153 Oak Grove at Bowen, Dallas, TX 75204
Phone Number:
+1 214-855-0006
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

MATA is a heritage or historical trolley system, recreating how a real...

MATA is a heritage or historical trolley system, recreating how a real trolley system of the early to mid-twentieth century looked and operated.

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Rode the trolley on several occasions. Some are older than others but all very interesting. Fascinating to see turnaround at the main station. All the seats backs are turned to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
N. Ireland

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N. Ireland
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Rode the trolley on several occasions. Some are older than others but all very interesting. Fascinating to see turnaround at the main station. All the seats backs are turned to face the other direction. Can hop off and wait for the next trolley at any stop. Some staff are very friendly and amusing. Free to travel on.

Thank RiceNI
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was looking for something cheap and fun to do out of the cold weather. We picked up the trolley and rode car #636. It was a fun hour tour. The only thing that would've made it better was to hear more about the history. It was cheap (free) and a fun ride!

Thank Holly W
Kitchener, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very fun and free way to see parts of Dallas. We stayed on for the entire route just to see everything, with no specific place to go.

Thank AJC700
Ada, Michigan
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58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is just a great way to travel around for some shopping and dining. This is an easy way to see a nice part of Dallas! Fun for the family.

Thank Paul L
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son always loves to take the Trolley around the McKinney loop. It's great and cheap entertainment for the kids. Also, for adults it's a great way to bar hop around McKinney!

Thank BuckeyeJeff1
Marion, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Went downtown and rode the trolley to enjoy the beautiful city. Admired the architecture, checked out bars and restaurants along the route. Hopped on and off all afternoon. It is a free ride and a great afternoon. Convenient to parks and museums in the downtown area.

Thank Erik L
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

We caught the trolley after a day of walking as we wanted to see more of the city. It's free! It's also not just tourists, many locals use for transportation. The highlight is the legitimate turntable that turns the trolley around. You are free to walk around and ride the turntable as it operates!

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Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Neat restored trolley. We visited on a Sunday afternoon. Waited 20 minutes at the stop, frustrated we tried to use the 'real-time' app but it didn't show the trolleys moving. There was standing room only halfway around the route. Possibly scheduling more cars on the weekend would keep things moving more efficiently. We didn't want to hop off in fear... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Hop on the trolley and get a great ride through downtown and uptown. McKinney Avenue offers a wonderful slice of the Dallas urban lifestyle.

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Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Took a ride on the trolley just to take a ride and see the area. Its FREE. Kids would love to ride it. We just did a round trip to see more of the city of Dallas. Many places along the route to stop and eat. Also stops at the art museum and a city park. Total round trip ride... More 

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This was my experience yesterday with a very, rude operator, I wonder if the conductor you had was ZACK?

The following occurred on August 6, 2015, trolley #754, and we arrived at the Main McKinney Station, where we exited at 8:43pm, and ZACH was the conductor along with another young, male conductor:

ZACK, our VERY YOUNG, male, operator and his young male companion, who also was on the trolley that my family and I, including YOUNG CHILDREN who were visiting from out-of-town, were in fear for our lives!! This young, male, full of testosterone was speeding and honking CONSTANTLY at EVERY pedestrian and car around us. I have lived in Uptown for 13 years and have been on the trolley a few times, prior to this incident...and THIS TIME, We were in fear for our safety and for the safety of all the other passengers inside the trolley...and for all the pedestrians and surrounding cars with people. We are in the process of not only complaining to the trolley company, we are also complaining to the Transportation Division 214.670.3161, with operators like ZACK, it's just a matter of time before someone seriously GETS HURT if not KILLED!!! I've read the other complaints, and it's obvious that there's a serious problem with SOME of the conductors!!! There are no seat belts, and this young, kid ZACK was SPEEDING!! Stay away, or if you like risking the safety of your loved ones, at least make sure you and your families lives are not in the hands of a YOUNG, HOT-HEADED MALE KID!! Please complain to ALL the appropriate authorities when you have an issue with this trolley company!!! When I asked (ZACK) for his name after we decided we chose to end our ride at the FIRST NEXT STOP... ZACK was VERY RUDE, and sarcastic to me, and told me that I could complaint to anyone that I wanted to, and yelled his name at me. This is unacceptable!!

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