The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is partnering with the Federal Transit Administration to create a “Silver Line,” formerly known as the “Cotton Belt Rail Line” commuter rail that spans 26 miles from the DFW Airport all the way east to Plano with additional stations in Dallas, Richardson, Addison, Carrollton, Coppell, and Grapevine. Construction has already started, and DART plans to finish construction by the end of 2022.
The goal of the Silver Line is to increase mobility and accessibility, i.e. to give citizens more economic opportunities via quick travel between cities and counties. DART also hopes that citizens choosing the rail instead of cars will decrease traffic congestion and improve air quality.
The scope of the 26-mile rail already raised concerns regarding eminent domain, and those concerns will only increase as construction progresses and DART takes right-of-way from private properties. Chief among those concerns are safety and negative impact on property values.