The Dallas Area Rapid Transit Silver Line's opening is being delayed until late 2024. Two years after it was scheduled to begin carrying passengers between DFW Airport and Plano. According to Dallas News, the route was scheduled to begin in 2022 but was delayed multiple times due to construction, COVID-19 pandemic and unsettled agreements.
DART spokesman Gordon Shattles previously told the Dallas News that the latest string of setbacks is partially due to delays in land acquisition and agreements between the agency and freight operators. They are also facing requests from cities that the Silver Line passes through to modify current rail designs.
NBC 5 DFW reports DART has not made a decision on when the new line will open. Shattles said the final decision on the start of service for the Silver Line will be up to the Board of Directors. The Silver Line is a 26 mile rail serve that travels between southeast Plano and DFW Airport, it will stop at 10 stations along the way. Shattles told Dallas News that the ride from Plano to DFW Airport will be 59 minutes.
Right now, the project is expected to cost $1.2 billion to construct. As the project continues DART is holding several virtual community meetings to get input on the Silver Line construction and operation. The meetings are mean to get residents engaged and informed about the progress of the much anticipated Silver Line project and to address any concerns or questions they may have as construction moves forward.