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Council Approves Downtown Station Expansion for DART Silver Line

Post Date:07/14/2021 2:30 AM

DART-Silver-Line-Station-imageCarrollton City Council approved an ordinance to allow the expansion of the Downtown Carrollton Light Rail Station for the purpose of adding a separate station to accommodate DART’s Silver Line Regional Rail. The public hearing was held during the meeting on Tuesday, July 13, and the vote was unanimous.

The ordinance amends Special Use Permit (SUP) 350a, which City Council originally approved in November 2017 for the construction of the Downtown Carrollton Station for DART’s Green Line. The amendment expands the boundary by 7.7 acres on the City’s Official Zoning Map, and allows for a second passenger rail station on the property.

The Silver Line Station will be built at ground level in line with the existing tracks of the Historic Cotton Belt Regional Rail and provide 329 surface parking spaces. Passengers will be able to connect between the elevated Green Line and the Silver Line via stairs and elevators.

The primary purpose of the Silver Line Regional Rail Project 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 26-mile Silver Line will extend along the historic Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor between Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport Terminal B and Shiloh Road in Plano. The alignment traverses through three counties in Texas: Tarrant, Dallas, and Collin; and seven cities: Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson, and Plano.

Downtown Carrollton Station (1013 N. Denton Drive) will be a major connecting hub for the Silver Line, providing a valuable connection to DART’s Green Line and DART buses, serving as a potential regional rail transfer hub for the DCTA, and tying into the City’s plans for future transit-oriented developments, including an additional connection to a future leg of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway between Irving and Frisco.

The City of Carrollton also wants to ensure that the Grapevine Vintage Railroad (GVRR) will be able to connect in Carrollton when plans are put in place for an extension. The GVRR currently uses the 21-mile Cotton Belt Corridor tracks between Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards, and shares the tracks with TEXRail, freight trains, Amtrak, and the soon to be Silver Line.

Representatives from DART presented a concept for the future integration of a station for Grapevine’s train into the layout of the Downtown Silver Line Station. Despite differences in equipment, boarding heights, train lengths, and the necessity to reposition the engine from one end of the train to the other for the return trip, DART’s plan illustrated enough room for a double track to accommodate the vintage railroad. The addition of Grapevine’s excursion and special event railroad will enable passengers to travel from Carrollton to the Fort Worth Stockyards and back.

DART anticipates more than 1,850 daily passengers will be using the location by 2024, with an estimated travel time of 24 minutes to DFW Terminal B, and 33 minutes from Carrollton to Plano. The landscape plan provides enhanced streetscape features including pavers, street trees, street lighting, and wide sidewalks. Pedestrian connections will enable easy access to Carrollton’s Historic Downtown, the Green Belt, and a new Silver Line hike and bike trail.

For additional information, visit DART.org/silverline or contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543.


Carrollton Section of Silver Line to be Featured in Virtual Biannual DART Update Meeting
Post Date:  6/29/2021 4:05 PM

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) invites citizens to attend a biannual virtual community meeting to review the progress of the DART Silver Line Regional Rail Project along the Historic Cotton Belt Corridor. DART and the design-build contractor for DART will be on hand to outline the latest developments and answer questions.

The 26-mile Silver Line segment will traverse seven cities, including Carrollton, Addison, Coppell, Dallas, Grapevine, Plano, and Richardson. At DFW International Airport, the Silver Line will connect to the 27-mile Trinity Metro TEXRail commuter rail line providing access to Fort Worth and the DFW Airport Skylink. The Silver Line will also interface with the three DART light rail lines, the Red/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton, and the Orange Line at DFW Airport.

Presentations during these meetings will include:

  • Project Facts and Updates
  • Design-Build Progress
  • Betterments Program Progress
  • Vehicle Design Process
  • Hike & Bike Trail Progress
  • Construction Progress
  • Community Engagement Update
  • Safety Education Update

BIANNUAL COMMUNITY MEETING SCHEDULE                                 

Monday, July 19 @ 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Community Meeting - Coppell / Cypress Waters
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Phone #: 469-391-0632
Conference ID: 469 991 010

Wednesday, July 21 @ 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Community Meeting - Carrollton
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Phone #: 469-391-0632
Conference ID: 603 227 673

Thursday, July 22 @ 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Community Meeting - Addison
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Phone #: 469-391-0632
Conference ID: 662 024 173

Tuesday, July 27 @ 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Community Meeting - Richardson
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Phone #: 469-391-0632
Conference ID: 947 152 510

Wednesday, July 28 @ 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Community Meeting - Plano
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Phone #: 469-391-0632
Conference ID: 290 948 296

Tuesday, August 3 @ 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Community Meeting - Dallas
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Phone #: 469-391-0632
Conference ID: 528 886 184

The Silver Line project's primary purpose is to provide regional passenger rail connections and service improving mobility, accessibility, and system linkages to major employment, population, and activity centers in the northern part of the DART service area along the 26-mile long Cotton Belt Corridor from DFW Airport to Plano and eventually completing the 60-mile stretch from Plano to Ft. Worth.

For additional information, visit DART.org/silverline or contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543.


DART Still Requires Face Masks Onboard DART Vehicles and Recommends Masks in Outdoor Areas 
Post Date:  6/19/2021 1:05 PM

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has recently revised its face mask policy, allowing public transit passengers to forego masks in outdoor areas. The face mask requirement for all transportation networks, including public transportation, remains in effect while onboard or indoors through September 13, 2021.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will continue to require a CDC approved face mask be worn over the mouth and nose by passengers and operators at all times while on DART vehicles including buses, trains and paratransit vehicles, Trinity Railway Express trains, in buildings and onboard the Dallas Streetcar.

Refusing to wear a mask, unless exempted or excluded under the CDC guidelines, is a violation of federal law and failure to comply will result in denial of boarding or removal, and passengers may be subject to federal penalties.

Face masks and hand sanitizer dispensers are installed on all buses, light rail vehicles and Dallas streetcars and will continue to be available to all passengers.

If a DART passenger is concerned with someone not wearing a mask, they can contact DART Customer Service at (214) 979-1111, or use the "DART Say Something" app, which can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play for free.

Staying Safe While Riding DART
DART remains committed to doing everything possible to keep both our patrons and employees safe through this pandemic. DART remains in close contact with local, state, and national health authorities, including the Texas Department of State Health Services and the CDC. DART encourages passengers who feel sick or are experiencing symptoms to stay home and avoid public places.

Cleaning and Protection
DART continues to undertake aggressive agency-wide cleaning and safety protocols on buses, light rail, paratransit vehicles and properties. In addition to thorough nightly cleanings, DART buses and trains are also cleaned on a rotating basis with hydrogen peroxide-based cleaning solutions to sanitize and disinfect each vehicle.

Social Distancing
DART recommends maintaining a six-foot distance between both fellow riders and your DART operator, leaving an open seat between yourself and other riders when available, avoiding large groups and staying home if you feel sick or are experiencing symptoms.

To enforce social distancing practices and protect customer and employee well-being, all transit center waiting areas have been temporarily closed. DART riders can still use the outdoor areas for boarding buses and light rail vehicles.

You can find more information about how DART is working to keep our passengers safe at dart.org/health.


Anticipation is Building in Carrollton for DART’s Silver Line Regional Rail
Post Date:  3/4/2021 10:00 AM 

Carrollton City Council listened to an engineering update regarding the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Silver Line Regional Rail during the Tuesday, March 2 Council Worksession, and anticipation for the final product is building.

“The City of Carrollton is extremely excited about the new Silver Line,” Mayor Kevin Falconer said. “DART is a crucial partner in Carrollton’s plans for future transit-oriented development around each station, and the City is thrilled to have been chosen as one of the seven stations."

The $1.2 billion, 26-mile Silver Line will extend along the historic Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor between Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport Terminal B and Shiloh Road in Plano. The alignment traverses through three counties in Texas: Tarrant, Dallas, and Collin; and seven cities: Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson, and Plano.

“The Silver Line is constructed through a design-build contract,” Carrollton Engineering Manager Tom Hammons said. “It is ongoing. DART has a team of designers and contractors working simultaneously. Construction begins as the City approves the plans. DART’s design-build contractor is Archer Western Herzog (AWH).”

DART supplies monthly schedules with 90-day projections, Hammons said. The project’s open for operation date is targeted for June 2023.

Major Connecting Hub Downtown
DART anticipates more than 1,850 daily passengers will be using the location by 2024, with an estimated travel time of 24 minutes to DFW Terminal B, and 33 minutes from Carrollton to Plano. Pedestrian connections will enable easy access to Carrollton’s Historic Downtown, the Green Belt, and a new Silver Line Hike and Bike Trail.

Downtown Carrollton Station (1013 North Denton Drive) will become a major hub, providing a valuable connection to DART’s Green Line and DART buses, serving as a potential regional rail transfer hub for the DCTA, and tying into the City’s plans for future transit-oriented developments, including an additional connection to a future leg of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway between Irving and Frisco.

According to Hammons, DART will be making improvements to connections between the new, ground-level Silver Line Station and the current, elevated Green Line platform, including upgrading to higher-speed elevators and installing a new stairwell.


DART-Steel-Beam-imageProposed Standard Through-Beam over Josey Lane 
  DART-DecorativeBeamCity Council's Suggested Decorative Look 

Bridge Over Josey Lane
Josey Lane is one of the most heavily travelled streets in Carrollton with 35-40,000 vehicles on the road a day, Hammons said. To avoid an interruption of traffic, the plan calls for the tracks to be elevated over Josey Lane.

DART is recommending a standard through-beam design. The downside is the aesthetics. City Council wants DART to paint and decorate a structural feature on the outer face of the beam in the upper photo that looks more like the decorative beam in the second photo.

“The Josey Lane Bridge will arguably be the most prominent roadway feature through Carrollton for generations,” Falconer said. “The cost for something the City and its citizens can be proud of is a worthwhile cause, and DART has agreed to partner with Carrollton on the expense.”

Bridge Over BNSF Railway
A second bridge is needed as the Silver Line approaches Downtown Carrollton and intersects the tracks of the current BNSF Railway, a heavily used freight rail that transports commodities such as coal, industrial, and agricultural products.

Due to the expected large volume of high-speed commuter traffic, the current solution requires the Silver Line to be elevated 23 feet over the BNSF rail, in the vicinity of Clint and Erie Streets. DART is recommending a standard concrete beam bridge very similar to DART’S current Green Line structure and is still refining the plans.

Silver Line Pedestrian Hike and Bike Trail
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is funding the 26-mile Silver Line Trail through an interlocal agreement and will be working with participating cities to develop the trail after the Silver Line is in operation. When completed, the trail will connect to the existing more than 11-mile Cotton Belt Trail between Fort Worth and Grapevine, and plans are in place to increase the combined length to 60 miles.

The trail was to be completed with the rail project, however water crossing issues in Carrollton, especially where the rail will cross the Trinity River Bottom land between Carrollton and Coppell, could incur very high construction costs and would delay the Silver Line if those issues were addressed in conjunction with the build.

In September 2020, NCTCOG’s Regional Transportation Council (RTC) also voted to pay 100 percent of the trail design. DART will finish the Silver Line first and deliver a completed set of design plans at that time. Hammons estimates the trail could be completed in less than two years.

“Carrollton is receiving significant support from COG and RTC,” Falconer said. “The long trail is absolutely an outstanding amenity. A section of the existing Green Trail and two trail extensions will divert from the tracks, due to close quarters and uneven elevations along the rail line, but it’s a good thing in that Interstate travelers will be able to see a lot of what the City of Carrollton has to offer.”

Sound Mitigation and Betterments
DART has incorporated noise mitigation improvements, including sound walls, enhanced landscaping, and trees, to lessen the impact to residential homes and multi-family housing along the line. The sound walls are funded by DART. Betterments are items implemented above and beyond the standard environmental mitigation measures, and DART has set aside a pool of money for betterments, including walls, landscaping, enhanced fencing, and access features, in conjunction with funding from each city.

The track side of the alignment will be constructed of a Durisol Absorptive Wall System with a bush hammer finish in a tan color throughout the entire length of the Silver Line, and the neighborhood side will be a Precast Concrete Reflective Wall.

DART is consolidating the findings from neighborhood betterments meetings and will be working with City Council on the final design to ensure a unified appearance for the City,

Presence of the Explorer Pipeline
Hammons ended his presentation by saying he wanted to bring to Council’s attention the presence of the Explorer Pipeline running parallel to the whole length of the Silver Line on the north side of the tracks. The pipeline is an 1,830-mile common carrier pipeline that transports gasoline, diesel, fuel oil, and jet fuel from Port Arthur to Hammonds, Indiana, pumping 660,000 barrels a day along the system.

The presence of the pipeline prohibits the placement of landscaping trees above the pipe and requires landscaping areas over the pipeline to use shrubs under four feet tall. DART is mapping how this will affect the current design-build and will present options.

For more information, watch the video presentation to the Carrollton City Council at http://carrolltontx.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=1260, visit DART.org/SilverLine, and email questions or concerns to SilverLine@DART.org.

For additional information, contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543, or call the AWH/DART Construction Hotline at 972-833-2856.


DART Silver Line Construction in Carrollton Continues with Josey Lane Bridge
Post Date:  2/22/2021 10:00 AM 

Work continues on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Silver Line Regional Rail project with the start of construction on the Josey Lane bridge in Carrollton.

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For the initial bridge construction, a large diameter hole is drilled into the ground and filled with steel rebar and concrete for each bridge pier. With depths ranging from 42 feet to 49 feet, each hole is drilled into the bedrock for strength and stability. With a diameter of 54 inches, each pier footer is filled with up to 30 cubic yards of concrete, which is over 6,000 gallons.

The Silver Line Regional Rail 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.

With revenue service scheduled for 2023, the 26-mile Silver Line Regional Rail Project extends between DFW International Airport eastward to Shiloh Road in Plano. The project traverses through three counties in Texas: Tarrant, Dallas, and Collin; and seven cities: Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson, and Plano, and includes 10 new stations.

When completed, the $1.2 billion Silver Line will connect with the Trinity Metro TEXRail commuter rail line at DFW North station providing access to Downtown Fort Worth and various other Tarrant County locales. The line will also connect with the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) A-train commuter rail line providing access to various Denton County locations, DART's Green Line providing access to Dallas Love Field and Downtown Dallas via Downtown Carrollton Station, and DART's Red and Orange Lines at CityLine/Bush Station, giving riders easy access to Downtown Plano and the eastern side of the DART network.

For additional information, visit DART.org/silverline, contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543, or call the AWH/DART Construction Hotline at 972-833-2856.


DART Rail Service to Resume Saturday Schedule on Friday, February 19
Post Date:  2/18/2021 9:34 AM 

Due to the extreme winter weather, snowfall, hazardous road conditions around North Texas, and for the safety of both passengers and employees, DART remains in Operating Scenario 2 of their Severe Winter Weather Operating Plans.

DART rail service will resume a Saturday service schedule.
DART bus service will return to a regular weekday service schedule.
TRE will operate service on a Saturday schedule.

The Operating Scenario 2 shuttle bus routes are available at DART.org/WinterWeather.

DART remains in close contact with National Weather Service (NWS) to track the severe winter weather conditions across the North Texas area for the safety of passengers and DART employees. Stay informed about additional service changes by registering for DART Alerts at dart.org.

If additional service disruptions due to the extreme weather conditions are needed, DART will continue to inform riders of changes through DART Alerts, website and social media channels.

For more information, visit dart.org/rideralerts/fullra.asp?id=5172


DART Rail Service Suspended Thursday, February 18 Due to Extreme Weather
Post Date:  2/15/2021 2:13 PM 

Due to the extreme winter weather, snowfall, hazardous road conditions around North Texas, and for the safety of both passengers and employees, DART remains in Operating Scenario 2 of their Severe Winter Weather Operating Plans.

DART Rail Service Suspended Thursday, February 18 Due to Extreme Weather

The Operating Scenario 2 shuttle bus routes are available at DART.org/WinterWeather.

DART remains in close contact with National Weather Service (NWS) to track the severe winter weather conditions across the North Texas area for the safety of passengers and DART employees. Stay informed about additional service changes by registering for DART Alerts at dart.org.

If additional service disruptions due to the extreme weather conditions are needed, DART will continue to inform riders of changes through DART Alerts, website and social media channels.

For more information, visit dart.org/rideralerts/fullra.asp?id=5172


Carrollton Section of Silver Line Featured in Quarterly Update from DART
Post Date:  2/8/2021 9:34 AM 

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is beginning heavy construction activities in the City of Carrollton throughout the Silver Line Regional Rail project corridor. Residents will begin seeing activity during the week between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. (weekend hours will be approved by the City Manager within 24 hours of required work).

There will be no access to private property, unless coordinated with the property owner(s) in advance. As specific activities are scheduled along the corridor, additional notifications will be issued. If there are other properties required for the project, property owners will be contacted by DART Real Estate.

DART owns the 100 ft. right-of-way along the 26-mile Silver Line segment traversing seven cities, including Carrollton, Addison, Coppell, Dallas, Grapevine, Plano, and Richardson. If you are an adjacent, residential property owner along the Silver Line, and would like to receive invitations to meetings for your specific neighborhood, email your name, address, and phone number to SilverLine@DART.org so DART can add you to their contact list.

Work is being done by Archer Western Herzog (AWH), DART’s design-build contractor for the project, and involves heavy construction equipment including, but not limited to, loaders, excavators, service vehicles, pickup trucks, small tools, rail saws, speed swings, construction dumpsters, and flat-bed trucks. Other equipment appropriate to the work required may be seen and a list of equipment with images can be found by visiting awhsilverline.com/community/construction-equipment.

Construction activities will include the following:

• Beam delivery
• Bridge construction (Josey Ln.)
• Site & land clearing
• Concrete
• Demolition
• Drilling
• Electrical
• Excavation

• Lane closures (daily, temporary, & long-term)
• Traffic maintenance control devices
• Utilities (installation & relocation)
• Signals (rail & traffic)
• Street signage
• Track work removal, relocation, & installation
• Double track (side-by-side rail construction)
• Trucking (hauling on-site & off-site)

The Silver Line project's primary purpose is to provide regional passenger rail connections and service improving mobility, accessibility, and system linkages to major employment, population, and activity centers in the northern part of the DART service area along the 26-mile long Cotton Belt Corridor from DFW Airport to Plano and eventually completing the 60-mile stretch from Plano to Ft. Worth. It is scheduled for completion in 2023 with 30-minute peak and 60-minute off-peak service.

For additional information, visit DART.org/silverline, contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543, or call the AWH/DART Construction Hotline at 972-833-2856.For additional information, visit DART.org/cottonbelt or contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543.  


Carrollton Section of Silver Line Featured in Quarterly Update from DART
Post Date:  2/9/2021 9:45 AM 

DART’s Quarterly Community Meeting presentation for Carrollton can be downloaded as a pdf, or viewed in a video format:

Quarterly Community Meeting – Carrollton
Virtual meeting, February 10, 2021 (8.0MB PDF file opens in a new window)
Watch the Meeting Video (opens in a new window)


Quarterly Community Meeting – Carrollton, February 10, 2021  


For additional information, visit DART.org/silverline or contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543.


Carrollton Section of Silver Line to be Featured in Quarterly Update from DART
Posted    2/8/2021 9:34 AM

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) invites citizens to attend a virtual quarterly community meeting to review the progress of the DART Silver Line Regional Rail Project along the Historic Cotton Belt Corridor. Updates on the section of the line throughout Carrollton will be given during the Wednesday, February 10 meeting. The Design-Build Contractor for DART will be on hand to outline the latest developments and answer questions.

The 26-mile Silver Line segment will traverse seven cities, including Carrollton, Addison, Coppell, Dallas, Grapevine, Plano, and Richardson. At DFW International Airport, the Silver Line will connect to the 27-mile Trinity Metro TEXRail commuter rail line providing access to Fort Worth and the DFW Airport Skylink. The Silver Line will also interface with the three DART light rail lines, the Red/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton, and the Orange Line at DFW Airport.

Presentations during these meetings will include:

  • Project Facts and Updates
  • Design-Build Progress
  • Betterments Program Progress
  • Station Design Progress
  • Construction Progress and Safety
  • Identification of contacts for FAQs and community concerns

QUARTERLY COMMUNITY MEETING SCHEDULE

Monday, February 8 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
1st Quarter Community Meeting - Coppell / Cypress Waters
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Phone #: 469-391-0632
Conference ID: 367 674 688

Wednesday, February 10 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
1st Quarter Community Meeting - Carrollton
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Phone #: 469-391-0632
Conference ID: 389 786 076

Thursday, February 11 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
1st Quarter Community Meeting - Addison
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Phone #: 469-391-0632
Conference ID: 392 008 664

Monday, February 15 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
1st Quarter Community Meeting - Richardson
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Phone #: 469-391-0632
Conference ID: 503 275 608

Tuesday, February 16 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
1st Quarter Community Meeting - Plano
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Phone #: 469-391-0632
Conference ID: 803 342 538

Wednesday, February 17 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
1st Quarter Community Meeting - Dallas
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Phone #: 469-391-0632
Conference ID: 417 767 281

The Silver Line project's primary purpose is to provide regional passenger rail connections and service improving mobility, accessibility, and system linkages to major employment, population, and activity centers in the northern part of the DART service area along the 26-mile long Cotton Belt Corridor from DFW Airport to Plano and eventually completing the 60-mile stretch from Plano to Ft. Worth.

For additional information, visit DART.org/silverline or contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543.


Carrollton Silver Line Regional Rail Betterment Wall Mock-up on Display
Post Date:  11/24/2020 8:13 AM

Betterments-Wall-imageResidents can view Carrollton’s betterments/sound wall mock-up for DART’s Silver Line Regional Rail Project outside the Crosby Recreation Center (1610 E. Crosby Road) through Friday, January 29.

To lessen the impact to residential homes and multi-family housing, DART has incorporated noise mitigation and improvements such as sound walls, enhanced landscaping, and trees for homes adjacent to the rail line.

The mock-up wall, provided by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), allows residents an up-close look at the various wall color and finish selections voted on by residents and stakeholders in Carrollton through a robust and inclusive community engagement process.

Attendees will see the Durisol Absorptive Wall System that will be used on the track-side of the alignment and the Precast Concrete Reflective Wall to be used on the neighborhood-side of the alignment.

The Silver Line project's primary purpose is to provide regional passenger rail connections and service improving mobility, accessibility, and system linkages to major employment, population, and activity centers in the northern part of the DART service area along the 26-mile long Cotton Belt Corridor from DFW Airport to Plano and eventually completing the 60-mile stretch from Plano to Ft. Worth.

 

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  • The City of Carrollton Betterments Program Ballot Results presentation can be viewed by clicking the DART train image.
  • A general Fact Sheet in English and in Spanish can be viewed by clicking the far right brochure image.

For additional information, visit DART.org/SilverLine or contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2835.


Carrollton Section of Silver Line Featured in Quarterly Update from DART
Post Date:  11/13/2020 9:45 AM 

DART’s Quarterly Community Meeting presentation for Carrollton can be downloaded as a pdf, or viewed in a video format:

Quarterly Community Meeting – Carrollton
Virtual meeting, November 11, 2020 (14.4MB PDF file opens in a new window)
Watch the Meeting Video (opens in a new window)

Quarterly Community Meeting – Carrollton, November 11, 2020.


For additional information, visit DART.org/silverline or contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543.


 English/Spanish version

Carrollton Section of Silver Line to be Featured in Quarterly Update from DART
Post Date:  10/21/2020 3:30 PM

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) invites citizens to attend a virtual quarterly community meeting to review the progress of the DART Silver Line Regional Rail Project along the Historic Cotton Belt Corridor. Updates on the section of the line throughout Carrollton will be given during the Wednesday, November 11 meeting. The Design-Build Contractor for DART will be on hand to outline the latest developments and answer questions.

The 26-mile Silver Line segment will traverse seven cities, including Carrollton, Addison, Coppell, Dallas, Grapevine, Plano, and Richardson. At DFW International Airport, the Silver Line will connect to the 27-mile Trinity Metro TEXRail commuter rail line providing access to Fort Worth and the DFW Airport Skylink. The Silver Line will also interface with the three DART light rail lines, the Red/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton, and the Orange Line at DFW Airport.

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 FAQs and community concerns

Third quarter virtual community update meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Residents will be able to call 469-391-0632 or access the virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams, using the appropriate city’s MS Teams link at DART.org/silverline:

  • Carrollton - Wednesday, November 11 using Conference ID 629 119 187
  • Coppell/Cypress Waters - Monday, November 9 using Conference ID 667 107 367
  • Addison - Thursday, November 12 using Conference ID 311 726 831
  • Richardson - Monday, November 16 using Conference ID 706 487 124
  • Plano - Tuesday, November 17 using Conference ID 322 006 889
  • Dallas - Wednesday, November 18 using Conference ID 151 919 874

The Silver Line project's primary purpose is to provide regional passenger rail connections and service improving mobility, accessibility, and system linkages to major employment, population, and activity centers in the northern part of the DART service area along the 26-mile long Cotton Belt Corridor from DFW Airport to Plano and eventually completing the 60-mile stretch from Plano to Ft. Worth.

Customers will see the Silver Line in operation after completion in 2022 with 30-minute peak and 60-minute off-peak service.

For additional information, visit DART.org/silverline or contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543.

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Complete DARTzoom Survey on New Bus Network; Ten People to Win a $100 GoPass Tap Card
Post Date: 8/19/2020 1:06 PM

  English and Spanish versions
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Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is designing a new bus network to better serve the residents of North Texas, now and in the future, and invites citizens to complete a 10-minute online survey to provide insight and perspective as to how a new system can best serve the community.

Every bus route has the potential to undergo changes within the new network.

“Whether you ride public transit or not, the DART transit network is part of the community, so your opinion is important to us as we redesign our network to serve all of North Texas,” DART Assistant Vice President of Service Planning and Development, Rob Smith said.

The project, entitled DARTzoom: A New Bus Network, will examine the DART bus lines to improve frequency, efficiency, and connections throughout DART’s 700 square-mile service area in all 13 of the cities that collect sales taxes to fund DART services. According to DART, the redesign is a collaborative planning effort to determine where bus lines should go, when they should run, and how frequent service should be, starting from a clean slate.

DART claims the current network is designed to supply a small amount of service close to people in many places, even where there are not many people. A redesign allows DART to ask the public how a transit network can best serve the needs of its riders in today’s values and build a network designed for higher transit ridership to achieve the most useful service near the greatest number of people and activities.

Citizens have until Wednesday, September 30 to submit a survey response. Only one entry per person. Participants will have a chance to win a DART GoPass Tap transit card worth $100 in fares on any DART bus or train line. Ten winners will be selected in a drawing on Wednesday, October 7; DART staff will contact winners via email; and individuals must respond within 24 hours to claim their card. DART employees and contractors are not eligible to win.

For additional information, visit DARTzoom.org (English) or DARTzoom.org/es/inicio (Spanish). The survey is accessible at DARTzoom.org/en/survey (English) or DARTzoom.org/es/encuesta (Spanish). 


Carrollton Section of Silver Line Featured in Quarterly Update from DART
Post Date:  8/17/2020 12:23 PM

DART’s Quarterly Community Meeting presentation for Carrollton can be downloaded as a pdf, or viewed in a video format:

Quarterly Community Meeting – Carrollton

Virtual meeting, August 12, 2020 (14.3MB PDF file opens in a new window)
Watch the Meeting Video (opens in a new window)

Quarterly Community Meeting – Carrollton, August 12, 2020


For additional information, visit DART.org/silverline or contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543.


Carrollton Section of Silver Line to be Featured in Quarterly Update from DART
Post Date:  7/24/2020 8:35 AM

 English/Spanish version
DART-Virtual-Mtgs-August,-2020-ENG

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) invites citizens to attend a virtual quarterly community meeting to review the progress of the DART Silver Line Regional Rail Project along the Historic Cotton Belt Corridor. Updates on the section of the line throughout Carrollton will be given during the Wednesday, August 12 meeting. The Design-Build Contractor for DART will be on hand to outline the latest developments and answer questions.

The 26-mile Silver Line segment will traverse seven cities, including Carrollton, Addison, Coppell, Dallas, Grapevine, Plano, and Richardson. At DFW International Airport, the Silver Line will connect to the 27-mile Trinity Metro TEXRail commuter rail line providing access to Fort Worth and the DFW Airport Skylink. The Silver Line will also interface with the three DART light rail lines, the Red/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton, and the Orange Line at DFW Airport.

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 FAQs and community concerns

Third quarter virtual community update meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Residents will be able to call 469-676-0717 or access the virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams, using the appropriate city’s MS Teams link at DART.org/silverline:

  • Carrollton - Wednesday, August 12 using Conference ID 132 579 659
  • Coppell/Cypress Waters - Thursday, August 6 using Conference ID 879 949 77
  • Addison - Thursday, August 13 using Conference ID 631 160 305
  • Plano/Richardson - Thursday, August 20 using Conference ID 562 156 23
  • Dallas - Thursday, August 27 using Conference ID 562 156 23

The Silver Line project's primary purpose is to provide regional passenger rail connections and service improving mobility, accessibility, and system linkages to major employment, population, and activity centers in the northern part of the DART service area along the 26-mile long Cotton Belt Corridor from DFW Airport to Plano and eventually completing the 60-mile stretch from Plano to Ft. Worth.

Customers will see the Silver Line in operation after completion in 2022 with 30-minute peak and 60-minute off-peak service.

For additional information, visit DART.org/silverline or contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543.

DART Virtual Mtgs-map


DART to Hold Betterments Workshop Meeting Presentations for the Silver Line Regional Rail Project
Post Date:  6/20/2020 4:07 PM

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) invites citizens to attend a community Betterments Workshop Meeting Presentation to review the progress of the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor Project. The Design-Build Contractor for DART will be on hand to outline the latest developments and answer questions.

The project will provide regional rail service along the 26-mile long Cotton Belt Corridor from DFW International Airport to Plano.

Due to the current pandemic, all public involvement sessions will take place via video conference. DART urges you to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep your family healthy and safe. Stay up to date by attending public involvement sessions online, signing up for construction alerts, visiting DART.org/SilverLine or calling 214-749-2543.

If you are a Residentially Adjacent Property Owner along the Silver Line Project, please email your name, address, email and phone number to CottonBelt@DART.org so we can make sure you receive your invitations to the proper meetings.

Carrollton Betterments Workshop #4
Monday, July 20, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting for Carrollton Groups 1, 2 & 3 Residential Adjacent Property Owners
For more information, contact the Silver Line team at CottonBelt@DART.org

Dallas Betterments Workshop #4
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting for Dallas Group 3 Neighborhoods 9 and 10 Residential Adjacent Property Owners
(Group 3, Neighborhoods 9 and 10 - Campbell Road to Hillcrest)
For more information, contact the Silver Line team at CottonBelt@DART.org

Dallas Betterments Workshop #4
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting for Dallas Group 3 Neighborhood 11 Residential Adjacent Property Owners
(Group 3, Neighborhood 11 - Campbell Road to Hillcrest)
For more information, contact the Silver Line team at CottonBelt@DART.org

Dallas Betterments Workshop #4
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting for Dallas Group 4 Neighborhoods 1 and 2 Residential Adjacent Property Owners
(Group 4, Neighborhoods 1 and 2 - Hillcrest Road to Coit Road)
For more information, contact the Silver Line team at CottonBelt@DART.org

Dallas Betterments Workshop #4
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting for Dallas Group 4 Neighborhoods 3 and 4 Residential Adjacent Property Owners
(Group 4, Neighborhoods 3 and 4 - Hillcrest Road to Coit Road)
For more information, contact the Silver Line team at CottonBelt@DART.org

Dallas Betterments Workshop #4
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting for Dallas Group 4 Neighborhoods 5 and 6 Residential Adjacent Property Owners
(Group 4, Neighborhoods 5 and 6 - Hillcrest Road to Coit Road)
For more information, contact the Silver Line team at CottonBelt@DART.org

Dallas Betterments Workshop #4
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Virtual Meeting for Dallas Group 4 Neighborhoods 7 and 8 Residential Adjacent Property Owners
(Group 4, Neighborhoods 7 and 8 - Hillcrest Road to Coit Road)
For more information, contact the Silver Line team at CottonBelt@DART.org


DART to Hold Quarterly Update Meetings for the Silver Line Regional Rail Project
Post Date:  1/15/2020 10:49 AM

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) invites citizens to attend a quarterly update meeting to review the progress of the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor Project. The Design-Build Contractor for DART will be on hand to outline the latest developments and answer questions.

The project will provide regional rail service along the 26-mile long Cotton Belt Corridor from DFW International Airport to Plano.

Presentations during these meetings will include:

Tuesday, January 21
DFW International Airport, Cypress Waters, and Coppell Community Stakeholders
The Sound at Cypress Waters

Thursday, January 30
Carrollton and Addison Community Stakeholders
Addison Conference Center

Watch the Meeting Video (opens in a new window)
Quarterly Update Meeting - January 30, 2020 (Part 1 of 3)
Quarterly Update Meeting - January 30, 2020 (Part 2 of 3)
Quarterly Update Meeting - January 30, 2020 (Part 3 of 3)

Thursday, February 6
Richardson and Plano Community Stakeholders
Richardson Civic Center

Wednesday, February 12
North Dallas Community Stakeholders
Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel

For additional information and links to videos of the presentations, visit DART.org/cottonbelt or contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543.  


DART Betterments Workshop Meeting Presentations for the Silver Line Regional Rail Project
Posted    September 23, 2019

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) invites citizens to attend a community meeting to review the progress of the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor Project. The Design-Build Contractor for DART will be on hand to outline the latest developments and answer questions.

The project will provide regional rail service along the 26-mile long Cotton Belt Corridor from DFW International Airport to Plano.

Carrollton Betterments Workshop Meetings

 

For additional information and links to videos of the entire Silver Line Regional Rail project presentations, visit DART.org/cottonbelt or contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543.  


DART Presents Carrollton City Council with the New Silver Line Plans
Posted    July 9, 2019

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) invites citizens to attend a community meeting to review the progress of the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor Project. The Design-Build Contractor for DART will be on hand to outline the latest developments and answer questions.

DART-Silver-Line-MeetngsThe project will provide regional rail service along the 26-mile long Cotton Belt Corridor from DFW 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)
  • Station Art & Design Progress
  • Design-Builder’s early design and construction schedule
  • A general summary of project information
  • Identification of contacts for FAQs and community concerns

Monday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Courtyard Theater, 1509 H. Avenue, Plano, Texas, 75074

Wednesday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m.
Crosby Recreation Center – Elm Fork Room, 1610 E. Crosby Road, Carrollton, Texas, 75006

Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m.
The Sound at Cypress Waters, Town Hall (Second Floor), 3111 Olympus Boulevard, Texas, 75019

Thursday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Shelton School & Evaluation Center, 15720 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, Texas, 75248

Visit https://www.cityofcarrollton.com/Home/Components/News/News/3811/27 to download a copy of the brochure.

For additional information, visit DART.org/cottonbelt or contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543.  


DART Presents Carrollton City Council with the New Silver Line Plans
Posted    July 9, 2019

DART-Silver-Line-imageDART unveiled the color scheme for the new Silver Line at the Carrollton City Council Worksession on Tuesday, June 18. The 26-mile Silver Line Corridor, formerly known as the Cotton Belt Commuter Rail Line, extends between DFW International Airport eastward to Shiloh Road in Plano (see map). The project traverses through three counties in Texas: Tarrant, Dallas, and Collin; and seven cities: Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson, and Plano. Construction is expected to begin this summer and the corridor’s open for operation date is targeted for December 2022.

“The City of Carrollton is extremely excited about the new Silver Line,” Mayor Kevin Falconer said. “DART is a crucial partner in Carrollton’s plans for future transit-oriented development around each station and the City is thrilled to have been chosen as one of the seven stations."

The Silver Line’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 new Silver Line will interface with three DART Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines: the Red/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton, and the Orange Line at DFW Airport. In addition, the project would connect the future Fort Worth Transportation Authority TEXRail Regional Rail Line from DFW Airport to Fort Worth (which is under construction) and provide access to the DFW International Airport Automated People Mover (Skylink). 

To lessen the impact to residential homes and multi-family housing, DART has incorporated noise mitigation and improvements such as sound walls, enhanced landscaping, and trees for homes adjacent to the rail line.

“There are many different types of betterments in that category that can be utilized,” John Rhone, DART Vice President of Capital and Construction, said. “Essentially it’s driven by the community feedback we receive.”

All of the City of Carrollton’s areas to be affected will receive improvements including the Switchyard Apartments; Carrollton Heights at Erie, Clint, and Baxley Streets; Country Place; the neighborhoods of Gravely Drive; Josey Place Apartments; Trafalgar Square; and Willow Lane Condos. In addition, noise mitigation walls will be erected at Cecil Drive in Woodcrest Estates, at McKamy Drive in Hill ‘N Dale, for the Garden of Josey Lane, and for Lakehill Townhomes.

In meetings with DART and City staff, the estimated daily ridership is expected to be 1,000 people on opening day and 1,970 people by the year 2040; the number of existing parking spaces in Downtown Carrollton is 251, with 231 new to be added; and the number of bus bays needed is four, one for each route. Rhone said DART wants to ensure that the City of Carrollton understands what we are working toward as a final product. Each station will have elements of continuity and community reflection. An aspect of DART’s Art and Design program is an opportunity for community input on the final design.

The Downtown Carrollton Station will provide a valuable connection to the DART Green Line, serve as a potential regional rail transfer hub for the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), and tie into the City’s plans for future transit-oriented developments.  

For more information, watch the video presentation to the Carrollton City Council at http://carrolltontx.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=1159&meta_id=111585, visit DART.org/cottonbelt, and email questions or concerns to Cottonbelt@DART.org.

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