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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.

Cotton Belt Corridor field work March 27 through April

DART is collecting data along the Cotton Belt corridor. This is part of the preparation for the required 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 to the work. The types of fieldwork being performed include:
  • Noise and Vibration Measurements
  • Socioeconomic Field Observations
  • Ecosystems and Water Resource Observations
  • Cultural and Historic Resource Observations
  • Field Surveying
Most of these measurements and observations will take place during daylight hours and won't involve major equipment. Some Noise and Vibration tests will be conducted over 24 hour periods as we determine noise levels at all hours of the day along the corridor. Residents will see some equipment for these tests, which should be complete in early April.

Noise & Vibration Field Ambient Measurements – Cross Spectrum Acoustics, Inc.

Noise & vibration consultants from Cross-Spectrum Acoustics Inc (CSA). will be collecting field data during the weeks of March 27 and April 3.

Noise and Vibration Monitoring will primarily be conducted in public right of way (R.O.W.) and DART-owned R.O.W. Field personnel and monitoring equipment will be visible.

Although observed site conditions may require changes to the schedule and location of measurements, CSA personnel anticipate to follow the work plan outlined below.

Date Purpose Approximate Location* Neighboring
Land Use
Monday
3/27/17
Vibration Propagation Testing Fairhill School - 16150 Preston Rd - Dallas
Preston Green Park - 6964 Duffield Dr - Dallas
Highland Springs Retirement Community - 8000 Frankford Rd - Dallas
Residential, School
Residential, School
Residential, School
Existing Noise Monitoring 5665 Arapaho Road – Addison
16144 Chalfont Circle – Dallas
6341 Southpoint Dr - Dallas
7010 Spanky Branch Ct - Dallas
6802 Duffield Drive – Dallas
17490 Meandering Way – Dallas
Fairhill School - 16150 Preston Rd - Dallas
Ivy Montessori Academy - 6950 McCallum Blvd - Dallas
River of Glory Church - 501 Accent Dr - Plano
Residential
Residential
Residential
Residential
Residential
Residential
School
School
--
Tuesday
3/28/17
Vibration Propagation Testing 5 Greenside Dr - Richardson
Plano Pkwy & Taylor Dr - Plano
Sehion Mar Thoma Church - 3760 14th St - Plano
Residential
Residential
Residential, School
Existing Noise Monitoring 8000 Frankford Road – Dallas
1104 Timberview Ln - Richardson
800 W Renner Road – Richardson
3560 Alma Road – Richardson
908 Avenue F – Plano
2628 Ezekial Way – Plano
Frankford Middle School - 7706 Osage Plaza Pkwy - Dallas
3100 South Rigsbee Drive – Plano
3760 14th Street – Plano
Residential
Residential, Park
Residential
Residential
Residential
Residential, School
School
Nursing Home
School
Wednesday
3/29/17
Vibration Propagation Testing W. W. Pinkerton Elementary School - 260 Southwestern Blvd - Coppell
Mockingbird Ln and Crestview Ct - Coppell
R. E. Good Sports Complex - Elm Fork Dr - Carrollton
Residential, School

Residential
Residential
Existing Noise Monitoring 1506 Cecil Drive – Carrollton
1845 North Josey Lane – Carrollton
2610 Lakehill Lane – Carrollton
3232 San Sebastian Drive – Carrollton
4960 Arapaho Rd - Addison
5398 Bent Tree Forest Dr - Dallas
1901 Kelly Boulevard – Carrollton
Ted Polk Middle School - 2001 Kelly Blvd - Carrollton
Addison Circle Park - 4970 Addison Cir - Addison
Residential, Museum
Residential
Residential
Residential
Residential, Hotel, Park
Residential
--
School
Park
Thursday
3/30/17
Vibration Propagation Testing 1455 North Perry Rd - Carrollton
3799 Arapaho Rd - Addison
Addison Circle Park - 4970 Addison Cir - Addison
Residential, Museum
Residential
Residential, Hotel
Existing Noise Monitoring 1302 Rosemon Ave - Carrollton
1717 E Belt Line Road – Coppell
1615 West Belt Line Road – Carrollton
1107 Jackson Street – Carrollton
Residential
Residential
--
--
Friday
3/31/17
Contingency
Monday
4/3/17
Existing Noise Monitoring 428 Southwestern Blvd - Coppell
803 Bullock Street – Coppell
177 Glendale Drive – Coppell
Residential
Residential, School
Residential
Tuesday
4/4/17
Existing Noise Monitoring 609 Swan Drive – Coppell
857 Crestview Drive – Coppell
1452 Riverchase Dr - Coppell
Residential
Residential
Residential
Wednesday
4/5/17
Contingency
Thursday
4/6/17
Contingency

*Locations are approximate and site conditions may require field staff to choose an alternative, representative location.

Field Surveying (Land Surveying) - Nathan D. Maier Consulting Engineering, Inc.

Work Description: Land surveying to determine elevations and locations of the ground and its features. Residents will see some surveying equipment.

Field Schedule: Monday, March 27 (CityLine area in Richardson)

Socioeconomic Field Observations (Windshield Surveys) – HNTB

Work Description: Visual windshield and walking surveys of the full corridor identifying and observing adjacent properties to the corridor to determine existing land use conditions, such as businesses, schools, and parks.

Field Schedule: Monday, April 3 – Friday, April 6

Ecosystems, Water Resources, etc. (Walking field surveys) – HDR

Work Description: Visual windshield and walking surveys of the full corridor identifying and observing sensitive environmental features including wetlands, waters of the U.S., and habitat.

Field Schedule: Monday, April 3 – Friday, April 21

Cultural & Historic Resources (Walking Field Surveys) – AmaTerra

Work Description: Visual windshield and walking surveys of the full corridor identifying and observing existing architectural and historic structures and features adjacent to the corridor.

Field Schedule: Anticipated in mid-to-late April, contingent on State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) concurrence response to DART letter.



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).

Cotton Belt Map
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Meeting Presentations

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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