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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 2045 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 Fort Worth Transportation Authority TEXRail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth and provide access to the DFW Airport Skylink People Mover.

On August 28, 2018, the DART Board approved a Service Plan Amendment for Cotton Belt Corridor which defined the Project alignment, grade separations, and station locations. Also on August 28, 2018, the DART Board approved an residential betterments program for the Cotton Belt Corridor.

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


Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Design-Builder for the Cotton Belt corridor will begin their pre-design field activities along the 26-mile alignment this month. This effort will allow the Design-Builder to advance DART’s design that formed the basis of the Final Environmental Impacts Statement, and will validate the engineering assumptions that inform their ongoing early project planning and design efforts.

This activity will be mostly conducted in and along the railroad right of way, with occasional movement of workers and small equipment on and off of public grade crossings. The nature of the field work being performed includes:
  • Pre-Construction Photos of Existing Conditions
  • Surveying and 3D Scanning of the Existing Corridor
  • Investigation of Existing Utilities
  • Geotechnical Soils Sampling
Any need to access private property will be prohibited unless otherwise coordinated with the property Owner in advance of the work.

Most activities will take place during the daytime hours, and will involve minor surveying and construction equipment such as GPS instruments, tripods, service vehicles, pickup trucks, small tools and light duty drill rigs.

Para información en español, por favor llame 214-749-2543.

Cotton Belt Map
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On November 9, 2018, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) for the Cotton Belt Corridor Regional Rail Project.

The FEIS/ROD for the project is available and can be accessed below. Additional hard copies of the FEIS/ROD are available for public viewing at the following libraries:

Carrollton Public Library at Josey Ranch Lake
Cozby Library and Community Commons
Fretz Park Branch Library
Park Forest Branch Library
Grapevine Public Library
Richardson Public Library
Harrington Library
1700 Keller Springs Rd.
177 N. Heartz Rd.
6990 Belt Line Rd.
3421 Forest Ln.
1201 Municipal Way
900 Civic Center Dr.
1501 18th St.
Carrollton, TX 75006
Coppell, TX 75019
Dallas, TX 75254
Dallas, TX 75234
Grapevine, TX 76051
Richardson, TX 75080
Plano, TX 75074

Click here to view the Cotton Belt Corridor Regional Rail Project Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision


The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (April 2018) is available here.

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Meeting Presentations 2019

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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