Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) $2 billion Silver Line project is a go, as the rails arrived in Addison, Texas on Friday, July 10.
The rails traveled 1,100 miles by special train from Steel Dynamics, Inc. in Colombia City, Indiana, to their new home in North Texas.
According to DART, the rails arrived to a spot between Marsh Lane and Midway Road as part of an overall shipment of 50 rail segments, each spanning about 1,600 feet long, or slightly longer than 5 football fields.
The Silver Line will pass through Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano, where workers have been surveying, staking, identifying and relocating utilities, preparing design work and coordinating with cities on quiet zones and hike and bike trails.
The highly anticipated Silver Line will provide DART passenger rail connections and service in the northern part of their service area. The line will improve mobility, accessibility and system linkages to 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.
Since 2019, DART has planning has been underway for the entire 26-mile Silver Line that will link Plano to the DFW Airport. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2022.