The massive $1.1 Billion DART Cotton Belt Line is scheduled to start construction in less than one year with a completion and operational date of December 2022. The line will begin on Shiloh Road in Plano and travel through Plano, Richardson, Addison, Carrollton, Dallas, Coppell and Grapevine, with its final destination at DFW International Airport. Along the way it will reach hundreds of thousands of workers in various office parks and connect with the Red Line, the Green Line and reach DFW Airport and the Orange Line. Some of the major features and changes.
- The huge Cypress Waters stop at Northlake/Cypress Waters adjoining Coppell – plans are for a major retail/office/apartments and lofts and restaurants at that location.
- 36 quite zones whereby trains will cross major intersections, some intersections raised, without sounding horns.
- The Cotton Belt train car will be the size of two existing light rail cars and, unlike light rail, will be self-propelled, so there will not be any overhead wires.
The next and nearing the final DART hearing for resident input on the Cotton Belt is March 27th, 6:30 pm, at DART headquarters downtown. After that there will be a 45-day period for public input after the federal government releases its final environmental study. From there, the plans are set and DART will move to construction.
- Dallas Morning News, March 18, 2018