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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. 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 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/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton and the Orange Line at DFW Airport. In addition, at DFW Airport, the project would connect to the future Fort Worth Transportation Authority TEXRail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth (which is under construction) and the DFW Airport Skylink People Mover.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the project is available and can be accessed below.

Cotton Belt Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as the federal lead agency, in cooperation with DART as the local project sponsor, provides this Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Cotton Belt Corridor Regional Rail Project (Project) in Tarrant, Dallas and Collin counties, Texas. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will serve as a cooperating agency for the DEIS.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement was available to the public for a 45-day review and comment period from April 20, 2018 to June 4, 2018. Public hearings were conducted during the review and comment period at the following locations:
May 14, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.
Renaissance Dallas Addison
Lalique Ballroom
15201 Dallas Parkway
Addison, TX 75001
May 15, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.
Richardson Civic Center
Grand Ballroom
411 W. Arapaho Road
Richardson, TX 75080
May 16, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.
DFW Airport Marriott
8440 Freeport Parkway
Irving, TX 75063

DART has established an email address for receiving comments on the project: [email protected].
Cotton Belt Map
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Click here to view the Cotton Belt Corridor Regional Rail Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement

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Meeting Presentations 2018

#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]


Area Focus Groups (AFGs)

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

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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