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Silver Line Project

Future service running on the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor will be known as the Silver Line

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Final Environmental Impact Statement / Record of Decision (Nov 2018)
Questions & Answers
Historical Information

Due to the current pandemic, all public involvement sessions will take place via video conference. DART urges you to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep your family healthy and safe. Stay up to date by attending public involvement sessions online, signing up for construction alerts, visiting DART.org/SilverLine or calling 214-749-2543.

If you are a Residentially Adjacent Property Owner along the Silver Line Project, please email your name, address, email and phone number to [email protected] so we can make sure you receive your invitations to the proper meetings.

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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 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 in 2023 with 30-minute peak and 60-minute off-peak service.


DART has established an email address for receiving comments on the project: [email protected].

Cotton Belt Map
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COTTON BELT FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT / RECORD OF DECISION (FEIS/ROD)

The Final Environmental Impact Statement / Record of Decision (November 2018) is available here.


Construction Alerts
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Community Notification
SILVER LINE CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY TO BEGIN

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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 in June 2020, with overall completion scheduled for March 2023. As specific activities are scheduled along the corridor, additional notifications will be issued to the communities affected.

Construction activity will be conducted within the DART right-of-way. There will be no access to private property, unless coordinated with the property owner(s) in advance. Construction activities will include the following:

  • Daily, temporary and long-term lane closures
  • Set-up for maintenance of traffic control devices
  • Construction surveys
  • Investigation of existing utilities
  • Placement of steel and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) casing by open cut and horizontal directional drilling
  • Removal of soil or rock (excavation) for construction of manholes
  • Placement and compaction of layers of earth or rock to form a roadbed (embankment)
  • Installation of conduits and cables within the casing between manholes
  • Splicing, testing and cutover of cables
  • Track removal
  • Clearing sites of all vegetation prior to site work and building construction
Construction will take place during the daytime hours of 7 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends. This activity will involve heavy construction equipment, including but not limited to loaders, excavators, service vehicles, pickup trucks, small tools, rail saws, speed swings, construction dumpsters, and flat-bed trucks. Other equipment appropriate to the work required may be seen at the various sites. A list of equipment with images can be found at: awhcottonbelt.com/community/construction-equipment.

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Questions and Answers
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Meeting Presentations 2020


DART Quarterly Community Meeting Presentations
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Betterments Workshop Meeting Presentations
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Carrollton Betterments Workshop Meetings



Coppell Betterments Workshop Meetings



Plano Betterments Workshop Meetings



Dallas Betterments Workshop Meetings



Meeting Presentations 2019


DART Quarterly Community Meeting Presentations
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Betterments Workshop Meeting Presentations
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Carrollton Betterments Workshop Meetings




Coppell Betterments Workshop Meetings




Plano Betterments Workshop Meetings




Dallas Betterments Workshop Meetings




Community Kick-Off Meeting Presentations
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Meeting Presentations 2018

Area Focus Groups (AFGs)

#Get2KnowCB with the Cotton Belt Team

If you missed the March 15, 2018 Facebook Live event, you can view the video here: www.facebook.com/DARTDallas

If you have a question for the Cotton Belt team, please submit them to [email protected]
If you want to learn more about prior Silver Line Project work, click below.


The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (April 2018) is available here.


Cotton Belt Meeting Summaries and Comments 2017

Area Focus Groups (AFGs)

Community Open Houses

Cotton Belt September 2017 Open House Display Materials

Cotton Belt Area Focus Group (AFG) Presentations 2017



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.

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