Population has increased by 25 percent between 2000 and 2010. By 2040, the region’s population is expected to increase by another four million. Furthermore, employment will continue to grow in these areas as well. Check out the chart below to see how important increased mobility will be to sustain our staggering growth and support our population and employment opportunities for the future.
DART reports that it expects the Cotton Belt line will shave off 80,000 vehicle miles traveled per day by 2040 and save 3,800 hours of daily congestion delays.
This project will connect with the future TEXRail Project (currently under construction), extending to DFW Terminal B Station. As the Cotton Belt makes its way to Carrollton, it will interface with the DART Green Line. Additionally, there will be a side-by-side platform transfer with existing DART light rail at the CityLine/Bush Station. Making sure that the Cotton Belt connects with other transit options will continue to make our entire transit system more flexible for all North Texans.
DART and the North Central Texas Council of Governments are working together to preserve and build pedestrian bridges, and development and transition to trail access from Cotton Belt where it is convenient and feasible.
DART has followed a comprehensive public involvement effort to proactively and effectively communicate the project’s scope, issues, and potential impacts while collecting public, agency, and stakeholder input. This information will be reflected in the final version of the document, Final EIS.Stay tuned as we continue to bring you updates on the Cotton Belt! Want to get updates straight to your inbox? Join now to receive our Cotton Belt newsletters and information on public meetings.