DART releases preliminary designs for Plano and Richardson Silver Line stations

According to newly released designs, an 8 foot 10 inch metal UTD logo will sit on a riser in front of the planned UT Dallas station. (Courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
According to newly released designs, an 8 foot 10 inch metal UTD logo will sit on a riser in front of the planned UT Dallas station. (Courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit)

According to newly released designs, an 8 foot 10 inch metal UTD logo will sit on a riser in front of the planned UT Dallas station. (Courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit)

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The CityLine/Bush station will have arches along its greenspace—a symbol that represents the growth of Richardson in the future. (Courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
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The elevated 12th Street station in Plano will follow a flow or airy theme, with weaving lines for the fencing and similar patterns. (Courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
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Brick and iron will be used along the 12th Street at-grade station platform and the shape of gears or machines will be included. (Courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
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The pedestrian street connection for the station is still being designed but will include a stairway and elevator for transit users. (Courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
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The Shiloh Road station's design will include pop art energy words that will cover each column, with each word alluding to a powerful part of the area, like the power of nature and the area's parks. Electrical lighting-like patterns will be included on pavement and other parts of the station. (Courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
Richardson and Plano stations along the upcoming Silver Line with Dallas Area Rapid Transit will each feature unique designs related to their surrounding areas.

According to newly released designs, an 8 foot 10 inch metal UTD logo will sit on a riser in front of the planned UT Dallas station. The logo will be lit up at night.

"This landmark will be a destination for students and visitors alike and will invite thousands of photo opportunities," DART Community Engagement Representative Chris Walters said during the Aug. 20 presentation.

The materials used and the design of the platform take inspiration from the campus, Walters said. Uniform limestone and metal columns with UTD logos will line the platform as well as inspirational quotations from notable alumni. Fencing will also have UTD logos.

The CityLine/Bush station, also in Richardson, will converge with the Red Line and pedestrian hike, bike and cycling trail. It will have arches along its greenspace—a symbol that represents the growth of Richardson in the future, Walters said. Arches are also a symbol that will be widely used for the Silver Line project as a whole, he said.


The platform will have a similar growth theme, with arcs and greens being used around the platform.

The elevated 12th Street station in Plano will follow a flow or airy theme, with weaving lines for the fencing and similar patterns. The pedestrian street connection for the station is still being designed but will include a stairway and elevator for transit users.

The 12th Street at-grade station will follow an earth-bound theme, with some industrial pieces to recognize the area's past. Brick and iron will be used along the platform, and the shape of gears or machines is included in the design.

The fourth station, Shiloh Road station in Plano, will have the Oncor power substation visible behind it. The design draws from this and the station's connectivity to the rest of the metroplex, with the plan to make it the "Plano power portal," Walters said. Pop art energy words will cover each column, with each word alluding to a powerful part of the area, like the power of nature and the area's parks. Electrical lightning-like patterns will be included on pavement and other parts of the station.

Members from each community gave input on the stations' designs through a number of meetings, Walters said.

The Silver Line vehicle design is also 90% complete as of Aug. 1, according to Walters.

More information on the Silver Line project can be found here.
By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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