Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and local dignitaries broke ground during six ceremonies on Thursday, September 19, on the new 26-mile Silver Line regional rail service from Plano to DFW International Airport.
DART and local dignitaries break ground for the Silver Line on the spot of the future University of Texas at Dallas Station in Richardson. (DART)
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Events took place across DART's historic Cotton Belt corridor in five cities with elected officials from Addison, Plano, Dallas, Carrollton and Richardson, ending at DFW International Airport where additional representatives from the cities of Coppell and Fort Worth celebrated the upcoming service.
Opening in December 2022, the $1.1 billion project will 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 Silver Line will traverse a total of seven cities: Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano.
The Silver Line service will include 10 stations across the alignment, providing new transit opportunities for North Texas residents and delivering greater capacity and connectivity, spurring economic development, and supporting workforce development across the region. The stations are DFW Terminal B, DFW North, Cypress Waters, Downtown Carrollton, Addison, Knoll Trail, UT Dallas, CityLine, 12th Street and Shiloh Road.
DART's Silver Line will interface with three existing rail lines: The Red/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton and the Orange Line at DFW International Airport. In addition, at DFW International Airport, the project will connect to the Trinity Metro TEXRail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth, providing passengers with the opportunity to travel 60 miles across the North Texas region.