Can you tell fact from fiction? D2 + Cotton Belt


This week, we’re testing your knowledge on two of DART’s newest Capital Investment Projects, the D2 Subway and the Cotton Belt! Although both of these projects fall into the category of Capital Investment Projects, they each have unique purposes, are funded in different ways, and both offer specific benefits to bettering the DART system as a whole.  We’re here to break down these differences and provide you with the evidence of just how the Cotton Belt and the D2 Subway both make North Texas a winner.

Below are two facts and one fiction about the Cotton Belt and the D2 subway.  Can you tell which statements are true and which one is false?

Statement 1

The D2 Subway will create more flexibility within the current system and will relieve bottlenecking occurring in downtown Dallas.  The Cotton Belt will open up the region, building links between the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the University of Texas at Dallas, Carrollton, Irving, Richardson, Plano, and Dallas.

Statement 2

The D2 Subway and the Cotton Belt will both seek federal funding from the Core Capacity Grant program.

Statement 3

All Capital Planning Projects seek to support a single goal: provide affordable, flexible mobility; stimulate economic development; and improve the quality of life for all who live in North Texas.

ANSWERS:

Statement 1: TRUE

The D2 Subway will provide a second rail alignment to relieve current bottlenecking that occurs on existing lines in Dallas’s Central Business District.  Increasing capacity and flexibility will allow our growing population to connect to the larger DART system and have increased mobility in our region.

The Cotton Belt is a 26-mile regional rail line stretching from Plano to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. This new transit project will connect seven cities, creating even greater mobility and access for all residents across North Texas.

Statement 2: FALSE

Because the Cotton Belt and the D2 Subway are intended to fulfill different needs for the North Texas region, funding for each of these projects comes from different federal funding sources.  For example, only the D2 Subway project qualifies for Core Capacity federal funding.  DART will be seeking funding for the Cotton Belt regional rail line via a low-interest loan from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Statement 3: TRUE

Capital Planning Projects are important to DART and to North Texas. DART’s Capital Planning Projects are larger system projects that work to create new forms of transportation, and connections that strengthen not just one area but the entire DART system.

We know that it can get confusing when it comes to developing these large-scale transportation undertakings. Both the D2 Subway and the Cotton Belt will add unique benefits and increased flexibility to our system even though the project development and funding process is very different for both.

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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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2 Responses to Can you tell fact from fiction? D2 + Cotton Belt

  1. Dave Brady says:

    This is a good way to clear up some of the misinformation about the projects being spread by
    some members of the Dallas City Council (and their supporters). Everyone needs to be thinking
    about the REGIONAL SERVICE value of both projects. Dallas needs a strong DART system
    which gives its citizens access to jobs and activities throughout the growing region/ It will not
    become an “International City” without full recognition of the value of serving riders throughout
    the entire REGION. All of the cities in DART are providing a shared workforce, providing the
    economic vitality which benefits ALL area citizens.

  2. JUST WHAT DALLAS NEEDS MORE WAYS TO COMMUTE… HOW EXACTLY WILL IT SECURE THE RIDERS… WHEN DART ALREADY HAVE SO MANY GLITCHES IN THEIR SYSTEM… WILL IT BE AFFORDABLE… MORE RELIABLE… & QUICKER… HOW… WHEN… WHAT… & ALL THE WHY’S… INQUIRY MINDS WANT TO KNOW… HOW CAN I BE APART OF IT… I WOULD LIKE TO SIT & LISTEN IN ON WHERE MY MONEY IS GOING… ESPECIALLY I USE DART FAITHFULLY… LET ME IN ON THE CONVERSATION OF THE NEW TRANSIT WAYS FOR DALLAS CITIZENS…

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