DART Silver Line
About the DART Silver Line Project
The 26-mile Cotton Belt Corridor extends from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport to Shiloh Road in Plano. The DART Silver Line Project will follow this corridor and traverse seven cities, including Coppell. The 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 DART Silver Line Project would interface with three DART Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines: The Red Line in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton, and the Orange Line at Dallas-Forth Worth Airport. Also at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport the project would connect to Fort Worth Transit Authority's TEX Rail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth and the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Skylink People Mover. The Silver Line will be in operation after completion in 2022 with 30-minute peak and 60-minute off-peak service.
Note: The DART Silver Line Project was formerly referred to as the DART Cotton Belt Rail Line Project until June 2019 when the future service running on the corridor was named Silver Line.
Notice of DART Virtual Quarterly Community Meetings: November 9 through 18, 2020
You are invited to attend a community meeting to review the progress of the DART Silver Line Regional Rail Project. Due to the current pandemic, all public meetings will take place via video conference (Microsoft Teams). DART and the Design-Build Contractor will be on hand to outline the latest developments and answer your questions. The project will provide regional rail service along the 26-mile long Silver Line Corridor from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Plano.
Presentations during these meetings will include:
- Updated project drawings showing track configurations and station layout
- Status of track grade separations (bridges)
- Betterments Program progress
- Station Design progress
- Design-Builder's early design and construction schedule;
- A general summary of project information
- Identification of contacts for frequently asked questions and community concerns
Visit the DART Silver Line website for the Quarterly Community Meeting Schedule and meeting links. You can view the August 2020 3rd-Quarter Meeting for Coppell/Cypress Waters Presentation (PDF) online.
Silver Line Construction Activity - June 2020 to December 2022
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 December 2022. 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 compacting 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 am to 9 pm weekdays and 9 am to 7 pm weekends.
This activity will involve heavy construction equipment, including, but not limited to:
- Construction dumpsters
- Flat-bed trucks
- Pickup trucks
- Rail saws
- Service vehicles
- Small tools
- Speed swings
Other equipment appropriate to the work required may be seen at the various sites. A list of equipment with images can be found on the Archer Western Herzog Construction Equipment website.
Sign Up for Alerts
Sign up for construction alerts via email or text on the DART Silverline website. Look for the "Subscribe to" box on the page.
City of Coppell Public Meetings
The City of Coppell hosted two public meetings on March 1 and March 9, 2017 to provide an update on the planned DART Cotton Belt Rail Line Project. For more information about the background and development of the project, watch the March 9, 2017 meeting or view the March 9, 2017 presentation (PDF).
The City of Coppell is doing what we can to influence DART to the best interest of the Coppell citizenry. This includes the adoption of a resolution on June 13, 2017 by the Mayor and City Council stating:
The City of Coppell fully supports DART Board redesign and realignment of the Cotton Belt Rail line throughout Coppell from Luna Road westward to Freeport Parkway, which would incorporate a Southern reconfiguration to provide a station in the Northlake/Cypress Water Campus subject to grade separation, quiet zones, sound walls and trail by rail segments along the entire route through Coppell.
Read the entire resolution (PDF).