Are you keeping up with TexRail––the rail line that will run from downtown Ft. Worth all the way through Grapevine and then back down to DFW airport? They are on track to run it in full later this year. And their marketing and communications is excellent and up to date. It seems like TexRail wants to keep people informed, even with setbacks or extensions.
Go check out www.texrail.com
There have been proposals and ideas of this kind of rail before, but this one is actually happening and communities are responding. It’s an amazing commuter development and investors and predictors have been putting money into construction of townhomes along the route—Hurst, NRH, Grapevine––tons of development! Dallas Morning News says “Almost $250 million in development is in the works and more is planned along the TexRail line.” These communities should be excited! Value and accessibility is going UP around the metroplex.
While we celebrate that the TexRail is drawing closer to completion, notice the “future Cotton Belt East” line mentioned on the map. Dallas/DART are still working on funneling through community feedback about this upcoming project, with hopes to get started on this next year. It’s called “Cotton Belt” because its tracks will be constructed on a corridor formerly owned by the Cotton Belt. These tracks will link Plano to D-FW Airport and connect up to the TEXRail to connect to north-east Fort Worth. The Cotton Belt is 26 miles of track, and at various stations, the route would offer transfers to DART's Red, Orange and Green Lines, and the Denton County Transportation Authority's A-train in Carrollton.
Officials say the Cotton Belt line is expected to shave off 80,000 vehicle miles traveled per day by 2040 and save 3,800 hours of daily congestion delays. DART has said that the route could open by 2022.
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