DART Presents Carrollton City Council with the New Silver Line Plans
DART 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.