The DART 2030 Transit System Plan (TSP), approved in October 2006, identified the Cotton Belt Corridor as a priority project. In 2016, DART advanced implementation of the Cotton Belt to the year 2022 in its FY2017 Twenty-Year Financial Plan.
The 26-mile Cotton Belt Corridor extends between DFW Airport and Shiloh Road in Plano (see map below). The alignment traverses seven cities: Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano. The Cotton Belt "Silver Line" Project's primary purpose is to provide passenger rail connections and service that will improve mobility, accessibility and system linkages to major employment, population and activity centers in the northern part of the DART Service Area.
The first test of the engines on DART's Silver Line
Stadler FLIRT trains took place the first week of June 2022
in Salt Lake City, Utah
The Cotton Belt "Silver Line" Project would interface with three DART LRT lines: The Red/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton and the Orange Line at DFW Airport. In addition, at DFW Airport, the project would connect to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority TEXRail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth and provide access to the DFW Airport Skylink People Mover.
On August 28, 2018, the DART Board approved a Service Plan Amendment for Cotton Belt Corridor which defined the Project alignment, grade separations, and station locations. Also on August 28, 2018, the DART Board approved an residential betterments program for the Cotton Belt Corridor.
On June 18, 2019, the DART Board approved a resolution to name future service running on the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor as the Silver Line. Customers will see the Silver Line in operation after completion with 30-minute peak and 60-minute off-peak service.
DART has established an email address for receiving comments on the project: [email protected].
Silver Line Regional Rail at a Glance
Service anticipated: 2024 Length: 26 miles Cities served: Plano, Richardson, Dallas, Addison, Carrollton, Coppell and Grapevine Counties served: Collin, Dallas and Tarrant counties Key connections: DART's Orange Line, Green Line and Red Line; Trinity Metro's TEXRail; and airlines at DFW Airport Capacity: 230 seated passengers Emissions: Meets the EPA's strictest regulations
COTTON BELT FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT / RECORD OF DECISION (FEIS/ROD)
The Final Environmental Impact Statement / Record of Decision (November 2018) is available here.
Archer Western Herzog (AWH), the design-build contractor for the DART Silver Line Regional Rail Project, has field construction activities throughout the Silver Line corridor. As specific activities are scheduled along the corridor, additional notifications will be issued to the communities affected.
Silver Line Construction Schedules (Links open in a new window)
All lanes of Perry Road at the rail crossing just south of Cecil Drive in Carrollton will be closed on Monday, June 13 through Monday, August 1. The rail crossing will be re-built to accommodate the future DART Silver Line.
Southbound Perry Road traffic detour: Motorists will turn left onto Sherwood Lane and continue to Josey Lane, where they will turn right. They will then make a right at Pearl Street westbound to continue back to Perry Road and make a left. Northbound Perry Road traffic detour: Motorists will turn right onto Pearl Street and continue to Josey Lane, where they will turn left. They will then make a left at Sherwood Lane westbound to continue back to Perry Road and make a right.
Local access to properties on either side of the closure will be maintained. Closure dates subject to change.
In Carrollton, all lanes of Kelly Boulevard at the railroad crossing north of Country Club will be closed beginning Tuesday, May 31 through Monday, August 1, 2022.
Northbound Detour: motorists will take Country Club to Josey Lane for through traffic. Southbound Detour: motorists will take Keller Springs, Josey Lane, and Country Club.
Access to properties on either side of the closure will be maintained. Closure dates subject to change.
Overnight Lane Closures Planned for U.S. 75 Central Expressway in Richardson for the DART Silver Line Bridge
Beginning Friday, April 29, both north and southbound HOV lanes of U.S. 75 Central Expressway will be closed for construction of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Silver Line bridge in Richardson. Construction is scheduled to continue on Friday and Saturday nights from 9:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m., through July 24, 2022.
Northbound lane closures will begin just south of Galatyn Parkway in Richardson and extend to the President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT). Southbound lane closure will start in Plano, north of Plano Parkway, and extend to Galatyn Parkway.
Located along Spring Creek just north of Renner Road in Richardson, the bridge will link the CityLine/Bush Station, which also serves the DART Red and Orange light rail lines, to the UT Dallas Station, which is currently under construction.
Silver Line Construction-Hillcrest Lane Closures
Archer Western Herzog (AWH), the design-build contractor for the DART Silver Line Regional Rail Project, will resume field construction activities throughout the Silver Line corridor with lane closures and detours along McCallum and Hillcrest roads.
This work will consist of franchise utility line relocation. The lane closures are scheduled to start July 27, 2021. Construction activity will be conducted within the construction limits set by City of Dallas permit. There will be no access to private property, unless coordinated with the property
owner(s) in advance.
Activity will be conducted mainly along Hillcrest between McKamy Blvd. and Crestland Ave., and along McCallum between Stanworth Drive and Meandering Way, with movement of workers and construction equipment on and off public grade crossings.
The nature of the field work being performed includes:
Concrete saw cutting
Temporary traffic signals at Hillcrest and McCallum and Hillcrest and McKamy
Installing construction access off roadways
Long-term/ temporary lane closures
Trucking haul-off of material spoils and debris
Utilities (including underground utilities)
Construction will take place during the daytime hours of 7 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends, unless otherwise approved by the City of Dallas. This activity will involve heavy construction equipment, including but not limited to loaders, excavators, service vehicles, pickup
trucks, small tools, construction dumpsters, and flat-bed trucks. Other equipment appropriate to the work required may be seen at the various sites.
Residents were invited to participate in the DART Silver Line Betterments/Sound Wall mock-up viewing to see in person what the wall color and finish will look like in their neighborhood. The viewing was available from Friday, November 20, 2020 – Sunday, February 28, 2021.
The betterments/sound wall color and finish for each neighborhood were voted on by residents and stakeholders through a robust and inclusive community engagement process. All locations will provide the community an up-close look at the various wall color and finish selections. Attendees will see the Durisol Absorptive Wall System that will be used on the track-side of the alignment and the Precast Concrete Reflective Wall to be used on the neighborhood-side of the alignment.
To confirm wall color and finish for your neighborhood, please see the links below:
(PDF files open in a new window)
North Dallas Construction Activity Updates Breakfast & Coffee
Monday, July 11, 2022
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Coffee House Cafe, 6150 Frankford Rd., Dallas Limited seating - RSVP at www.awhsilverline.com. For more info call: 972.833.2856.
North Dallas Construction Activity Updates Breakfast & Coffee
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Awake Restaurant, 15203 Knoll Trail Dr., Dallas Limited seating - RSVP at www.awhsilverline.com. For more info call: 972.833.2856.
COMMUNITY MEETING SERIES
Notice of DART Silver Line Regional Rail In-Person Biannual Community Meetings
You are invited to attend an in-person biannual community meeting for your respective city to review the progress of the DART Silver Line Regional Rail Project. DART and the Design-Build Contractor, Archer Western Herzog (AWH), will be on hand to outline the latest design and construction developments and answer your questions.
The project will provide regional rail service along the 26-mile long Silver Line corridor from DFW International Airport to Plano.
Presentations during these meetings will include:
Project Facts and Updates
Betterments Program Progress
Vehicle Design Progress
Hike & Bike Trail Progress
Community Engagement Update
Safety Education Update
Community Meeting Schedule
Monday, July 25, 2022, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Sound at Cypress Waters
3111 Olympus Boulevard, Coppell, TX 75019
Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Crosby Recreation Center
1610 E Crosby Road, Carrollton, TX 75006
In 2014, DART advanced a 5% Design for the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project and produced an Alternatives and Environmental Considerations Report (AECR). The AECR identifies existing environmental conditions and potential impacts along the length of the Cotton Belt Corridor.