New Silver Line commuter rail line to add transit options and economic benefits to Grapevine

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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B station will connect Silver Line travelers from Grapevine to Plano. (Courtesy of Dallas Area Rapid Transit)

Two new train stations will come to Grapevine as part of Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s ongoing Silver Line project.

The Silver Line is a $1.89 billion commuter rail line being built by DART that will connect Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to the eastern edge of Plano with an estimated travel time of 60 minutes or less , according to figures released by the transit agency.

DART is funded by a $0.01 sales tax from the 13 Dallas-area cities that make up its service area. Grapevine is not a DART member city, but it will benefit from the new rail service. The Silver Line is primarily funded by a $908 million federal loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation and some capital funding programs by DART.

The line follows the route of the former Cotton Belt Railroad freight line and has been under discussion since the 1990s, according to DART. The western end of the 26-mile line will end at DFW Airport Terminal B in Grapevine, and the eastern end will stop at the future Shiloh Road station site in Plano.

The project was originally scheduled to be completed this year, but DART announced last summer that it would be delayed until late 2024. Complications from the COVID-19 pandemic and land acquisition issues were cited as factors by DART.

The line will add 10 new stations including two in Grapevine. The DFW North station is under construction and will be located at 1867 Dallas Road, across from the TEXRail station that is already there. The other station will be located at Terminal B at DFW Airport. DART provides a four-minute journey between the two stations.

City officials said the additional travelers coming to Grapevine due to the Silver Line will create an economic recovery for the city that will benefit residents.

DART expects DFW North Station to have 1,305 daily riders by 2040 and connect riders to Plano in 56 minutes. In the station description, DART states that it will help connect passengers to top Grapevine restaurants, retail stores, art galleries and community events. The North Station will include 362 parking spaces and four bus platforms, according to DART. Transit officials said the artistic theme of the North Station mosaics and pillars is meant to evoke the area’s past, present and future.

DART anticipates that the majority of North Station passengers will be TEXRail passengers leaving the Trinity subway line that begins in Fort Worth. The connection between the Silver Line and the Trinity subway line at the DFW North station will allow commuters to travel from Fort Worth to Plano entirely via the rail line.

Systemwide, DART said more than 200,000 jobs will be located within half a mile of the Silver Line corridor.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B station will connect Silver Line travelers from Grapevine to Plano.

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