The Silver Line is a $1.89 billion commuter rail line being built by DART that will connect Richardson travelers to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport with an estimated travel time of 51 minutes or less, according to figures released by the transit agency. The project is scheduled to be complete by late 2024.
DART officials released updates on various Silver Line projects taking place in Richardson during its Aug. 3 community meeting.
The University of Texas at Dallas Station
The canopies across the UT Dallas Station have been built, and lighting installation is underway, according to DART officials. Crews are working on landscape and drainage work before building the 249-space parking lot for the station. The station is located on the UTD campus near student housing. The station will open in late 2024.
Nearly 3.5 miles of hike-and-bike trails in Richardson will be built adjacent to the Silver Line. As of July, DART officials reported 60% of the total trail design is complete. Full construction of the 12-foot-wide trails will begin in late 2024, according to DART officials. As part of the trails, pedestrian bridges will be built over Custer Parkway, Renner Road and Synergy Park Boulevard. More info and project updates can be found at www.dart.org/SilverLine.
US 75 bridge
A bridge to carry the Silver Line over US 75 has been under construction since last year. According to DART officials, the columns for the bridge are nearly all complete. A column between the northbound and southbound lanes on US 75 is being constructed primarily at night and is almost complete, DART officials said. A pedestrian bridge that will run next to the Silver Line track is also under construction. Additional traffic restrictions on US 75 will be announced on the DART website. DART officials said an exact completion date for the bridge is not yet available.
Construction on the canopies at the CityLine/Bush Station are still underway, according to DART officials. Road work at West CityLine Drive and Routh West Drive has been completed as of Aug. 3, and the area is open to traffic.
Paint lines have been laid out for the parking lot under the President George Bush Turnpike, and work will soon begin on a retaining wall leading up to the station, DART officials stated. The station will open in late 2024, according to DART officials.