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Notice of DART Community Meetings: March 21 - April 3, 2019

You are invited to attend a community meeting to review the progress of the Cotton Belt Corridor Regional Rail Project. Members of the Design-Pre-construction Management Team will be on hand to outline the latest developments and answer your questions. DART, in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Railroad​ Administration (FRA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the impacts and benefits of passenger rail service on the 26-mile long Cotton Belt Corridor from DFW International Airport to Plano. 

Presentations during these meetings will include: 

  • Updated alignment drawings showing track configurations, final grade separations (bridges) and station locations per the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS); 
  • An overview of the Design-Builder's early design and construction schedule; 
  • A description of pre-construction equipment and processes to be used along the alignment;
  • A general summary of project information; 
  • Identification of contacts for FAQs and community concerns.

​​Community Meetings:

Thursday, March 21,​ 7 p.m. ​
​​Parkhill Junior High School Cafeteria ​
16500 Shandybank Drive, Dallas, TX 75248​

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Richardson Civic Center
411 West Arapaho Road, Richardson, TX 75080 ​

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Element by Westin – Dallas/Fort Worth Airport North​
3550 West IH 635, Irving, TX 75063 
(Park in North Lot by LBJ/635) ​

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
​Addison Conference Center 
15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001 ​

Cotton Belt Corridor Field Work Mid-February – June 2019​

​Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Design-Builder for the Cotton Belt corridor will begin their pre-design field activities along the 26-mile alignment in February 2019. This effort will allow the Design-Builder to advance DART's design that formed the basis of the Final Environmental Impacts Statement and will validate the engineering assumptions that inform their ongoing early project planning and design efforts. This activity will be mostly conducted in and along the railroad right of way, with occasional movement of workers and small equipment on and off of public grade crossings. The nature of the field work being performed includes: 
  • Pre-Construction Photos of Existing Conditions ​
  • Surveying and 3D Scanning of the Existing Corridor 
  • Investigation of Existing Utilities 
  • Geotechnical Soils Sampling 

​Any need to access private property will be prohibited unless otherwise coordinated with the property Owner in advance of the work. Most activities will take place during the daytime hours and will involve minor surveying and construction equipment such as GPS instruments, tripods, service vehicles, pickup trucks, small tools and light duty drill rigs. ​

About the Cotton Belt Corridor Project​

​​​​​​​​The DART Cotton Belt Rail Line Project is a 26-mile line that will extend from DFW Airport to Shiloh Road in Plano and ​ traverse seven cities, including Coppell. The Cotton Belt Project’s primary purpose is to provide passenger rail connections and service that will improve mobility, accessibility and system linkages to major employment, population and activity centers in the northern part of the DART Service Area. The Cotton Belt Project would interface with three DART LRT lines: The Red Line in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton and the Orange Line at DFW Airport. Also at DFW Airport the project would connect to Fort Worth Transit Authority's TEX Rail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth and the DFW Airport Skylink People Mover. 

The City of Coppell hosted two public meetings on March 1 and March 9, 2017 to provide an update on the planned DART Cotton Belt Rail Line Project. For more information about the background and development of the project, watch the March 9, 2017 meeting or view the March 9, 2017 presentation

​The City of Coppell is doing what we can to influence DART to the best interest of the Coppell citizenry​. ​This includes the adoption of a resolution on June 13, 2017 by the Mayor and City Council stating: 

"The City of Coppell fully supports DART Board redesign and realignment of the Cotton Belt Rail line throughout Coppell from Luna Road westward to Freeport Parkway, which would incorporate a Southern reconfiguration to provide a station in the Northlake/Cypress Water Campus subject to grade separation, quiet zones, sound walls and trail by rail segments along the entire route through Coppell."  ​

Read the entire resolution​.

For the most up-to-date information, including upcoming meetings regarding the Cotton Belt Corridor, visit www.DART.org/CottonBelt.​​