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Cotton Belt Corridor Field Work

February 19 - March 31

​​​Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) staff and contractors responding to DART's solicitation for Cotton Belt design and construction will be collecting data along the Cotton Belt corridor from Feb. 19 to Mar. 31. This is part of the necessary preparation for the project.

The majority of the data collection will be conducted in and along the railroad right of way. Any access of private property will be coordinated with the owner in advance of the work, and property owners may refuse to grant access. ​The types of field work being performed include:​

  • Soil borings to collect information about soil conditions

  • Examination of surface features that indicate the presence of underground utilities

  • Cultural and Historic Resource Observations

Most of these activities will occur during daylight hours and will require heavy equipment for soil borings. Coppell residents may see equipment that is truck mounted or mounted on rubber track crawler carriers.​


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 connects with three DART light rail lines: the Red Line in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton and the Orange Line at DFW Airport. The project will also link to the Fort Worth Transit Authority's TEX Rail Regional Rail line to Fort Worth and the DFW Airport transportation network. 

The City of Coppell hosted two public meetings to inform residents of the project and provide project updates. The City is working with DART to find solutions that benefit Coppell residents. ​

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