We are the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA), our route is known as the M-Line and we are affectionately called, for the past 30 years, the McKinney Avenue Trolley.
MATA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit providing transportation service. Our mission is to provide safe, clean, reliable, and enjoyable public transportation free of charge to residents, businesses and visitors to the Uptown, Downtown and Klyde Warren Park areas in Dallas while operating and maintaining the unique, historic ambiance and character of our vintage trolley system. We aim to provide schools, businesses, associations and the public access to our technical and historical links to Dallas’ past.
MATA strives to preserve a historical link to Dallas’ past through the restoration and operation of vintage electric street cars via paid employees and community volunteers. This effort has been ongoing since 1989 and has been made possible by contributions from DART, Uptown Dallas, Inc. Downtown Dallas, Inc., National Transportation Database funding and contributions from local businesses, residents, riders, train enthusiasts and supporters of our initiative.