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September 25, 2019

DART begins construction on $1.1bn Silver Line transit project

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) in the US has commenced construction of a 26-mile regional rail service from Plano to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) in the US has commenced construction of a 26-mile regional rail service from Plano to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport.

The $1.1bn project was initially known as the Cotton Belt and is now called the Silver Line. It will operate with 30-minute peak and 60-minute off-peak service.

When completed, the project will enhance transit capacity and connectivity in the northern part of the DART Service Area.

The new line, which will include ten stations, will pass through seven cities, namely Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano in Texas, US.

The new stations are DFW Terminal B, DFW North, Cypress Waters, Downtown Carrollton, Addison, Knoll Trail, UT Dallas, CityLine, 12th Street and Shiloh Road.

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 International Airport.

Furthermore, the rail line at the DFW International Airport project will link the Trinity Metro TEXRail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth.

This will allow passengers to travel 60 miles across the North Texas region. The project is scheduled to open in December 2022.

In June, DART awarded a contract to Stadler for eight diesel multiple unit trains to support operations on the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project.

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