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DART continues planning for the addition of the Cotton Belt Corridor and remains dedicated to keeping residents informed about updates to their neighborhood. DART is using several techniques to mitigate noise that may result from the introduction of the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project. One form of mitigation identified in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is the use of sound mitigation walls within the DART owned right-of-way adjacent to the tracks.
To demonstrate the difference between the 12-foot and 15-foot heights of the future sound mitigation walls, DART staff will be constructing demonstration walls near Preston Green Park (7000 Duffield Drive, Dallas, TX 75248). While these demonstration walls are not indicative of the materials, construction or finish of the sound mitigation walls that will ultimately be constructed, DART hopes to provide community members with the opportunity to examine the height of the walls for themselves. The demonstration walls will be available for viewing between July 30 and August 4, 2018. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the Cotton Belt Corridor Project, please contact DART Community Engagement at 214-749-2543 or CottonBelt@DART.org.
DART's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is available at DART.org/CottonBelt. A hard copy of the DIES is also available at the Cozby Library and Community Commons, 177 N. Heartz Rd.
The DEIS was made available to the public for a 45-day review and comment period from April 20, 2018 to June 4, 2018. Three public hearings were conducted during the review and comment period.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) staff and contractors responding to DART's solicitation for Cotton Belt design and construction collected data along the Cotton Belt corridor from February 19 to March 31. This was part of the necessary preparation for the project.
The majority of the data collection was conducted in and along the railroad right of way. Any access of private property was coordinated with the owner in advance of the work, and property owners were given the option to refuse to grant access. The types of field work performed included:
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.