Cotton Belt update

Cotton Belt update
DART board approves dual-track design, city funds adjacent trail

From Community Impact Newspaper and the City of Richardson

Pre-design work has begun on the Cotton Belt rail line through Richardson. That design now includes two tracks.

The dual track design was approved by Dallas Area Rapid Transit and will allow two-way traffic and enable trains to run more efficiently while reducing wait times for passengers.

In addition, funding is almost complete for the 3.5-mile section of the adjacent hike and bike trail in Richardson, according to city reports.  

The pre-design work, which will focus on engineering and environmental studies, will continue through June.

Details can be found on at DART. The image is a Walsh Group rendering.

The Cotton Belt is a key piece of Richardson’s future transportation network. The 53-mile Cotton Belt Rail Corridor will link Richardson to DFW International Airport and downtown Fort Worth. Stops will include the UT Dallas campus and CityLine. Construction is expected to be completed in December 2022.