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.
November 2021 — City of Coppell
Below is a 4-week operation update for the week starting November 15. These operations are scheduled to occur within the next 4-weeks; however, not every operation will have a duration of 4-weeks. The durations listed below are anticipated durations and completion dates are subject to change. Any follow-on activities may begin in advance of the stated schedule date if the predecessor activity is completed ahead of schedule. For a more detailed schedule for each operation, please review the 4-week schedule located on the Archer Western Herzog (AWH) Silver Line Project website.
East of Freeport Parkway to West of MacArthur Blvd.:
- Underground utilities that conflict with the new construction will continue to be relocated within the DART owned or City owned Right-of-Way. Lane restrictions will be required for this work to be completed. Communication will be sent to the community once an approved traffic control plan is granted by the City. Traveling public is advised to plan alternate routes around the work area. Work is ongoing and specific end dates are not currently scheduled as the cutover (switching service to new utility line) dates are not finalized.
Cypress Waters Station:
- A fence along DART owned Right-of-Way will be constructed to separate the adjacent property owner and the proposed construction activities. Work is ongoing with an anticipated completion date of November 24.
- Erosion control and tree protection will be installed within the DART owned Right-of-Way. Work is ongoing and will continue throughout the 4-week schedule and beyond.
- Build DART proposed track subgrades within the DART owned Right-of-Way. Work will continue throughout the 4-week schedule and beyond.
- Build drainage culverts within the DART owned Right-of-Way. Work is scheduled to begin on November 29 and will continue throughout the 4-week schedule and beyond.
- Demolition of the existing building located at 924 S. Beltline Rd. is scheduled to start in the next 4 weeks. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin on November 29 and will continue throughout the 4-week schedule and beyond. This work is dependent on the utilities being shut-off by the utility companies.
General Construction Activities:
- The work hours in the City of Coppell are 7 am - 7 pm weekdays and 9 am - 7 pm weekends.
- The construction schedule may change due to bad weather or other unexpected conditions.
- Durations and expected completion dates are estimated and subject to change due to actual field conditions and constraints.
- Dust Control as needed: AWH Water Trucks will lightly spray water onto access roads within the guideway to limit the creation of dust along the work area.
- Street Sweeping as needed in the event mud is tracked onto the roadways. The community should be aware that these will be slow moving vehicles and caution is advised when sweepers are on the roadways.
- Erosion Control Maintenance as needed in compliance with the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.
- Grass mowing as required for tall grass along the DART owned Right-of-Way.
- Lane restrictions and road closures will be required for this project to be safely built for the community and those constructing this project. As these lane restrictions and road closures are approved by the City, notifications will be provided to the City and the impacted community in advance of the work. It is advised that the traveling community be aware of the lane restrictions and road closures to minimize the impact to your travels.
- Community members should anticipate an increase in construction noise around all operations.
- Any work that impacts streets or alleys will be communicated to the community once an approved traffic control permit is granted by the City.
September 2021 — Grapevine Creek Bridge
Site clearing and boring testing work for the future Grapevine Creek Bridge will begin at 7 am Monday, September 27 south of Southwest Blvd. Crews will be clearing and hauling off trees, brush and debris and using large scale construction equipment to perform geological testing. All work will be done within the DART right-of-way and no lane or street closures are expected.
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).