DART Starting Open Houses On Proposed Silver Line

Alan Scaia
January 21, 2020 - 6:46 am
DART Deep Ellum Station

Alan Scaia

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Dallas Area Rapid Transit is starting a series of public meetings about a planned rail line from Plano to DFW Airport. DART has broken ground on the Silver Line and plans to start service in 2022.

Tuesday, DART will make a presentation to the Dallas City Council's transportation committee. Some people who live along the proposed line say the addition of railroad tracks would cut off access to neighborhoods and businesses.

"If they have to build this, we just want safety to be a number one priority," says one man who lives near the line.

They say DART should build the Silver Line, previously called the "Cotton Belt Line", as a subway.

"That address safety, that addresses noise, that address a whole host of problems," one woman said.

DART says part of the line could be built with elevated tracks, but a subway is not an option. DART says the public meetings will answer people's questions and address concerns.

Proposed DART Silver Line
Credit: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

"We will continue to work until we have a consensus," says DART's Gordon Shattles. "We're not going to go off and build anything until we have neighborhood consensus."

Meetings start Tuesday evening. People will be able to ask about the type of trains, station art, construction and the schedule:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
The Sound at Cypress Waters -
Town Hall Room (second floor)
3111 Olympus Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75019

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Richardson Civic Center - Richardson Room
411 West Arapaho Road, Richardson, TX 75080

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Addison Conference Center
15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel
Lalique Ballroom
15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison, TX 75001

For Additional Information about the Silver Line Project, including answers to frequently asked questions, please visit DART.org/SilverLine or contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543.