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Cotton Belt "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)
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Historical Information

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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 DART 2045 Transit System Plan, which is under development, will reflect this change to the project schedule.

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 2022 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
Cotton Belt "Silver Line" Project

Community Notification
SILVER LINE CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY TO BEGIN

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Design-Builder for the Silver Line Regional Rail Project, Archer Western Herzog, will begin field construction along the 26-mile alignment on November 18, 2019.

Initial work will consist of two major activities:
  • Removal of abandoned rail along the DART Right-of-Way (ROW) from the Dallas North Tollway in Addison to west of Synergy Park Road in Richardson;
  • Utility relocation along Hillcrest Road from north of McCallum Boulevard to south of Wester Way
The rail removal will be conducted in and along the ROW, with occasional movement of workers and construction equipment at public grade crossings.

Tasks to be performed include: demolition and stacking of existing rail components (rail, ties, ballast) and loading of the components onto trucks and hauling materials off-site. There will be no access to private property, unless coordinated with the property owner(s) in advance.

Survey and relocation of AT&T utilities at the Hillcrest Road rail crossing site will require the closure of the inside northbound lanes of Hillcrest Road until July 2020.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and involve construction equipment appropriate to the work required. A list of equipment expected to be in use for both activities, including images, can be found at awhcottonbelt.com/community/construction-equipment. Follow-up activity will continue through the project’s conclusion in late 2022.

For construction-related questions and/or concerns, contact the Construction Hotline, (972) 833-2856. If the call is not answered, please leave a message and your call will be returned within 24 hours.

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City of Dallas Questions and Answers
Cotton Belt "Silver Line" Project


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Betterments Meetings
Cotton Belt "Silver Line" Project


Tuesday, December 10, 6:30 p.m.
Carrollton Group #2 - Workshop 3

Crosby Recreation Center
1610 E. Crosby Road
Carrollton, TX 75006
Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 p.m.
Carrollton Group #3 - Workshop 3

Crosby Recreation Center
1610 E. Crosby Road
Carrollton, TX 75006


Art & Design Meetings
Cotton Belt "Silver Line" Project

Unless otherwise noted, times are to be determined
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Plano Art and Design Kickoff

Plano Municipal Center
1520 K Ave., Training Room A
Plano, TX 75074

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
Art and Design Site Visit for 12th Street Station

Plano Municipal Center
1520 K Ave.
Plano, TX 75074

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
Art and Design Site Visit for Shiloh Road Station

Plano Municipal Center
1520 K Ave.
Plano, TX 75074

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Meeting Presentations 2019


DART Quarterly Community Meeting Presentations
Cotton Belt "Silver Line" Project


Betterments Workshop Meeting Presentations
Cotton Belt "Silver Line" Project

Carrollton Betterments Workshop Meetings




Coppell Betterments Workshop Meetings




Plano Betterments Workshop Meetings




Dallas Betterments Workshop Meetings




Community Kick-Off Meeting Presentations
Cotton Belt "Silver Line" Project

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 Cotton Belt "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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For information on DART's Transit Education Program for schools, organizations, and communities, click here: DART.org/TransitEducation

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