Silver Line/Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project

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In 2023, DART advanced implementation of the Cotton Belt to the year 2025 in its FY2024 20-Year Financial Plan. The proposed project would be financed through a federal loan program called Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) and bonds. The project assumes a phased approach of a double-track commuter rail line.

The 26-mile Cotton Belt Corridor extends between DFW Airport and Shiloh Road in Plano (see map). The alignment traverses seven cities: Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano. The Silver Line/Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project’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 Silver Line/Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project would interface with three DART LRT lines: The Red Line in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton and the Orange Line at DFW Airport. Also at DFW Airport the project would connect to Fort Worth Transit Authority's TEXRail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth and the DFW Airport Skylink People Mover. 

DART has completed an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the impacts and benefits of rail passenger service on the Cotton Belt Corridor. Project oversight will be conducted by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

For more information, visit https://www.dart.org/about/expansion/cottonbelt.asp