Steel rails that will be used for Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Silver Line were delivered to Addison last week. Manufactured by Steel Dynamics, Inc. in Columbia City, Ind., the 50 rail segments, each spanning about 1,600 feet, traveled 1,100 miles to their new home in North Texas by special train.
Preparation for the 26-mile Silver Line has been underway since early 2019. The corridor links Plano to DFW Airport and travels through Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano, where workers have been surveying, staking, identifying and relocating utilities, doing geotechnical investigations, acquiring soil samples, preparing design work and coordinating with cities on quiet zones and hike-and-bike trails. The anticipated completion is 2022.
The new line will provide passenger rail connections and service in the northern part of DART’s service area, improve mobility, accessibility and system linkages to major employment, population and activity centers, and interface with DART’s three light-rail lines: The Red/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton and the Orange Line at DFW Airport. At DFW Airport, customers will connect to Trinity Metro’s TEXRail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth.
The Silver Line Project along the Cotton Belt Corridor has been included in various DART and North Central Texas Council of Governments planning documents since 1983. DART purchased 52 miles of the Cotton Belt Corridor in 1990 to preserve for future regional rail service along the stretch from Wylie to north Fort Worth.