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Cotton Belt Corridor

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The DART 2030 Transit System Plan (TSP), approved in October 2006, identified the Cotton Belt Corridor as a priority project with implementation in the 2025-2030 timeframe. The project was deferred to post-2030 as a consequence of the 2008-09 regional economic recession. Since then, various funding initiatives have been explored to advance the project.

In 2015, DART included the project within the its Twenty-Year Financial Plan for implementation in year 2035. The project would extend east to west from Shiloh Road in Plano to DFW Airport. The project (see map below) would interface with the Orange Line and The T's TEX Rail project (at DFW Airport), the Green Line (in downtown Carrollton), and the Red Line (in Richardson/Plano).

In 2016, DART moved the project schedule forward by more than 10 years in its FY2017 Twenty-Year Financial Plan by proposing a phased approach to implementation that would include a mostly single-track project initially and by taking advantage of a new federal loan program called Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF). The DART 2040 Transit System Plan, which is under development, will reflect this change to the project schedule.

DART held Community Meetings along the corridor in August 2016 to update the community on the project status and next steps. DART is preparing to re-initiate public outreach and work activities to during 2017 to advance the project design and develop an appropriate environmental document.

Cotton Belt Map
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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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