Behind the Tracks: Stations with a Local Feel


More than just a simple platform with benches, stations are transit hubs that facilitate connectivity, access, and opportunity. The stations of the 26-mile Cotton Belt may not resemble those of the downtown Dallas stations or D2 Subway, but they serve a similar purpose of connecting communities and easily and flexibly moving around the region.

Where Are the Proposed Stations Located?

While DART is still determining where all the station will be located, we will consider a myriad of factors when evaluating potential station locations. One of the factors will be increased connectivity to the greater DART system and other modes of transit. For example, one of the proposed Cotton Belt stations will be located in Carrollton, and have access to light rail and bus routes.

What Will They Look Like?

Each station will have the basics; platform, seating, landscaping and wind screens the overall design is still being developed. It could look like the DART light rail stations or have a distinctive look all its own. Once design has reached 60 percent completion, the community will have a chance to collaborate with DART to make the station all their own. Through the DART Station Arts & Design Program the public, stakeholders, and local artists will come together to choose a design that makes a station feel like an authentic piece of the neighborhood.

Take a look at some of the contemporary art adding personality to our light rail stations, such as the Walnut Hill Station. Reflecting the neighborhood and the station’s access to Presbyterian Hospital, local artist Linnea Glatt helped design the station artwork. Incorporating sentiments of a “healthy community,” a series of steel columns illuminated by words of healing and wellness complete the look and feel of the station.

The process for light rail station design and personalization will be similar to the design incorporation process into the Cotton Belt stations. DART knows that transit stations should reflect the unique characteristics of the communities they serve, and are excited to bring art and transit along the Cotton Belt Corridor.

Want More Info?

Check out the Cotton Belt web page. You can find information about potential stations, mitigation impacts, engineering boards, and design updates.  Stay tuned to our Behind the Tracks series to pull back the curtain and explore all aspects of North Texas’s newest regional rail line.

About DART Daily

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) gets you around 13 cities with rail, bus, paratransit, and rideshare services. We serve DFW International Airport and Fort Worth via the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). The service area consists of 13 cities: Addison, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Garland, Glenn Heights, Highland Park, Irving, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett and University Park.
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