Category Archives: Cotton Belt

Building a Better Future for North Texas

Why is DART planning more than 20 years in the future? Transit projects are extensive and require a long time to plan out the engineering process and design. Additionally, a stronger, more robust public transit system will help North Texas … Continue reading

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Behind the Tracks: How North Texas’ Geography Impacts the Cotton Belt

North Texas may not have mountains but it does have a variety of terrain and soils. So why are we discussing landscape in our newest Behind the Tracks post? Because the geography of the region influences the Cotton Belt design … Continue reading

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Behind the Tracks: At-grade or Elevated? Where will the Cotton Belt go?

DART first purchased the Cotton Belt corridor and right-of-way from the St. Louis Southwestern Railway in 1990. The corridor and surrounding area has dramatically changed since and will certainly continue evolving when passenger operations begin. While the initial concept for … Continue reading

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What’s DART’s 2018 Resolution? Moving North Texas Forward!

Exploring the region. Making healthy choices. Finding that perfect dream job. Connecting with friends and family. Taking advantage of educational opportunities. Here at DART, we know you have resolutions, and we are here to help you achieve them. We also … Continue reading

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Behind the Tracks: Safety First for the Cotton Belt

In our series, Behind the Tracks, we are diving deep into the processes, protocol, and planning that goes into building the Cotton Belt. Today, we’re taking a look at how DART ensures that North Texas’s regional rail project fits as … Continue reading

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Aesthetics Are Important for the Cotton Belt

In Behind the Tracks, we’re bringing you all of the info you need to learn what goes into designing and building a regional rail line like the Cotton Belt. Today, we’re taking a look at how DART lessens potential impacts … Continue reading

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Feel the rumble of the train? Not so much with the Cotton Belt!

In this week’s Behind the Tracks, we’re breaking down how DART mitigates any potential impacts from new transit projects.  In our last post, we told you about our process of implementing mitigation measures to avoid, reduce or eliminate impacts like … Continue reading

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Behind the Tracks: How we make trains good neighbors

DART’s network of transit options is intended to not only increase mobility, access and economic development, but also seamlessly fit in the existing environment as well. That’s one of the reasons why we identify a project’s potential impacts or issues … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Behind the Tracks: Exploring Vehicle Options for the Cotton Belt

North Texas will soon be home to a state of the art, regional rail line that will laterally connect our region: The Cotton Belt.  Over the next few weeks, we’ll peek behind the tracks and bring you the inside scoop … Continue reading

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