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Notice of Public Hearing
Cotton Belt Corridor Regional Rail Project
Service Plan Amendment

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
DART Board Room
1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202

The DART 2030 Transit System Plan (TSP), approved in October 2006, identified the Cotton Belt Corridor as a priority project. In 2016, DART advanced implementation of the Cotton Belt to the year 2022 in its FY2017 Twenty-Year Financial Plan. The DART 2040 Transit System Plan, which is under development, will reflect this change to the project schedule. The proposed project would be financed through a new federal loan program called Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF). The project assumes a phased approach to implementation that would initially include mostly single-track operations.

#Get2KnowCB with the Cotton Belt Team

If you missed the March 15 Facebook Live event, you can view the video here:

If you have a question for the Cotton Belt team, please submit them to [email protected]


DART staff and contractors responding to DART's solicitation for Cotton Belt design and construction are collecting data along the Cotton Belt corridor. This is part of the preparation for the contractor's proposals to DART, and part of DART's preparation for the required Federal Environmental Impact Statement.

This data collection is mostly conducted in and along the railroad right of way. Any access of private property will be coordinated with the owner in advance of the work. The property owner may refuse to grant access. The types of field work being performed include:
  • Soil borings to collect information about soil conditions
  • Examination of surface features that indicate the presence of underground utilities
  • Cultural and Historic Resource Observations
Most of these activities will occur during daylight hours and will require heavy equipment for soil borings. Residents may see equipment that is truck mounted or mounted on rubber track crawler carrier.

Please note: these and other field related activities may be ongoing.

The 26-mile Cotton Belt Corridor extends between DFW Airport and Shiloh Road in Plano (see map below). The alignment traverses seven cities: Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano. The Cotton Belt Project’s primary purpose is to provide passenger rail connections and service that will improve mobility, accessibility and system linkages to major employment, population and activity centers in the northern part of the DART Service Area. The Cotton Belt Project would interface with three DART LRT lines: The Red Line in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton and the Orange Line at DFW Airport. Also at DFW Airport the project would connect to Fort Worth Transit Authority's TEX Rail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth and the DFW Airport Skylink People Mover.

DART is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the impacts and benefits of rail passenger service on the Cotton Belt Corridor. Project oversight will be conducted by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

DART has established an email address for receiving comments on the project: [email protected].

Meeting Presentations 2018


Area Focus Groups (AFGs)

Cotton Belt DEIS Draft Technical Reports

Meeting Presentations 2016-2017

Cotton Belt Meeting Summaries and Comments 2017

Area Focus Groups (AFGs)

Community Open Houses

Cotton Belt September 2017 Open House Display Materials

Cotton Belt Area Focus Group (AFG) Presentations 2017

Cotton Belt Map
View a printer-friendly PDF version of this map (opens in a new window)

Alternatives and Environmental Considerations Report

In 2014, DART advanced a 5% Design for the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project and produced an Alternatives and Environmental Considerations Report (AECR). The AECR identifies existing environmental conditions and potential impacts along the length of the Cotton Belt Corridor.

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