Silver Line Breaks GroundBringing Regional Rail to the Historic Cotton Belt Corridor
Ceremonial shovels hit the dirt on Sept. 19 at five groundbreaking events that led to a celebration luncheon, all to kick off the start of construction on the Silver Line Regional Rail project on the historic Cotton Belt Corridor.
The new regional rail service will provide transportation options in the heavily congested northern part of the DART Service Area. The 26-mile line will serve major employment, population and activity centers and support sustainable growth, local and regional land use visions, and economic development.
"The Silver Line finally coming to fruition will complete that east-west corridor that links our entire North Texas region together," said DART President/Executive Director Gary C. Thomas at the groundbreaking luncheon. "Our region is much stronger connected."
The original 1983 DART Service Plan included plans for passenger rail between the Richardson/Plano area to Carrollton. In 1989, the DART Transit System Plan recommended the purchase and preservation of the Cotton Belt Corridor right of way from Wylie to north Fort Worth. DART completed the purchase of the 52-mile corridor in 1990.
In 2016, DART advanced implementation of the Silver Line project to the year 2022 by taking advantage of a new loan program from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Build America Bureau.
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