Expanding Rail Service
Rail development is an ongoing effort at DART: as one project nears completion, others are in the planning or design stage.
Blue Line to Southern Dallas and UNT Dallas
Camp Wisdom Station will be located on Patrol Way near the Dallas Police Department's South Central Dallas Patrol Division.
Located on the southern boundary of the campus near University Hills Boulevard, UNT Dallas Station will make it easier to reach the growing campus by effectively connecting the university to the rest of the DART System. Currently, a weekday bus route serves the campus.
"The DART Rail station on our campus will provide transformational access for our current and future students," UNT Dallas President Bob Mong said. "We serve an important student population in southern Dallas, many of whom count on reliable public transportation to get to our growing campus. The partnership between DART and UNT Dallas has been an instrumental component to our growth plans and community service."
Plans for both stations include bus bays and customer parking so that residents and students alike can reach the employment, educational, health care and entertainment destinations accessible by DART.
Commuter Rail Service Along Cotton Belt
DART owns 54 miles of right-of-way that is part of the former Cotton Belt Railway. The DART-owned corridor stretches from Wylie, in Collin County, to north Fort Worth. The agency has long planned to develop commuter rail service along the eastern portion of the corridor.
As of FY 2016, the Cotton Belt project is in DART's 20-Year Financial Plan with a projected revenue service date of FY 2035. The project was postponed until after 2030 because of financial constraints following the recession of 2008-09.
Communities located along the Cotton Belt have expressed a strong desire to develop passenger rail service on this east-west corridor sooner. Based on the high regional interest, DART continues to evaluate options for accelerating the project, including the use of bus rapid transit or opening the line in segments, as it has with other rail lines.
TEX Rail in Tarrant County
In a related effort, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) is developing its own commuter rail project, TEX Rail, between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and downtown Fort Worth. The 27-mile passenger rail service would follow existing freight tracks, including the western segment of the Cotton Belt Corridor in northeast Tarrant County, which The T will lease from DART. The rail line would create an additional connection for DART customers coming from the west.
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