What’s Poppin’ on the Cotton Belt?


We’ve wrapped up a series of Cotton Belt Corridor Public Meetings.  Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it in person, because we are bringing you everything you need to know in this DART Daily.

Check out the Cotton Belt Video

First, if you haven’t had a chance to check out our short video on the Cotton Belt, you can do so right here!

Where Are We in the Process?

A critical part of all DART public transportation projects is completing the Preliminary Engineering/Environmental Impact Statement (PE/EIS) Process.  The first step of compiling this statement is documenting existing conditions and developing an engineering plan to a 10 percent level of design.  As the 10 percent design is completed, DART conducts environmental analyses that are included in the EIS.

The EIS is a public disclosure document and illustrates the potential impacts as well as outlines mitigation suggestions to reduce or eliminate impacts of the project.

Get an Inside Look!

The DART team has a slew of materials available to get a closer detailed look at how far DART is along in the project development process.

So What’s Next?

The 10 percent design and the Draft EIS are set to be completed by early 2018 when we’ll hold public hearings to receive formal comments on the project. The next step will be a Final EIS and Records of Decision (ROD) from the federal agencies working with us.  That action allows DART to move forward with the design/build phase for the remainder of 2018 into early 2022. At that stage, DART will engage a Final Design team to advance the Cotton Belt’s final design.

Potential impacts of the Cotton Belt will be addressed in the Mitigation Monitoring Program (MMP). Community and DART involvement will continue throughout the entire design and construction process of the Cotton Belt.

Regional Rail Bringing Mobility to More North Texans

The design and construction of the Cotton Belt is an iterative process. DART is seeking public and stakeholder input to make sure that we can construct the best possible transit solution that benefits our entire region.  Keep in touch through our email list by signing up here.

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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