The $1.266 billion project aims to connect seven cities and four counties in the North Dallas area, including the city of Grapevine and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Expected to be in service by March 2023, the Silver Line includes 10 new rail stations along a 26-mile alignment from Grapevine to Plano.
“The next few months will see a lot more construction for this project,” said Carlos Huerta, DART representative for community affairs. “Up until now, we’ve seen a lot of utility and infrastructure work for the project.”
Once complete, the project will include four rail connections to the DART Green, Orange and Red Lines as well as a TEXRail connection in Grapevine. Among the new stations constructed for the project will be a new DFW Airport station at Terminal B and a DFW North station located north of SH 121 and west of SH 114 in Grapevine.
The DFW North station will include a center-type platform, 362 parking spaces and four bus bays, Huerta said. DART officials are projecting daily ridership of 800 passengers when the North Station first opens in 2023 and daily ridership of about 1,300 passengers by 2040.
According to Huerta, the agency estimates about 57% of riders using the Grapevine station will be transfers from TEXRail. An additional 27% of passengers using the DFW North Station will arrive by vehicle.
Among the benefits for the DFW North station will be shared parking opportunities, mixed-use developments near the airport and an additional transfer option for TEXRail passengers, Huerta said.