DART Won't Allow Freight On Proposed Silver Line In North Dallas

Steven Pickering
January 23, 2020 - 7:03 am
Dallas DART train



DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved a measure prohibiting DART from allowing freight trains to run on a portion of the agency's Silver Line that will run through several neighborhoods in north Dallas.

The line will eventually connect Collin County with DFW Airport.

Some people who live near the proposed route have expressed concerns about the noise from the trains and the disruption they could have on traffic at busy intersections.

DART officials had previously said they would not allow freight rail service on the three-mile stretch of the line that runs through north Dallas. Wednesday's Council vote, said Council Member Lee Kleinman, made that promise binding.

"DART has made many promises to that regard and to some degree, it's kind of 'belt and suspenders', but we do want to make sure that's in place," Kleinman said. "It's our role as Council Members to protect this neighborhood and mitigate the impacts as best as we can, but not to stop the transportation need in north Dallas."

Council Member Cara Mendelsohn has been critical of DART's design plans for the Silver Line through north Dallas. She indicated on Wednesday that the agreement to prevent freight service on the line was a step in the right direction.

"DART has voluntarily said they'd give up their right to run freight, and previous Councils have passed unanimously resolutions also requiring DART to give this up. So this is really just to memorialize something that has already been done," she said."