Dallas Area Rapid Transit has awarded a joint venture of Archer Western and Herzog Contracting a $783m contract to build the 42 km Cotton Belt commuter rail line, with assistance from lead designer Jacobs Engineering. Construction is scheduled to begin this year for completion by the end of 2022.
The project is intended to improve connectivity between major employment and population centres in the northern suburbs of Dallas, an area which the federal Department of Transportation said is heavily congested and in need of additional transport capacity.
The route will start at Terminal B at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, where it will share a station with Trinity Metro’s 43 km TEX Rail commuter line from Fort Worth which is scheduled to open on January 5. From the airport the Cotton Belt line will run eastwards through Tarrant, Dallas and Collin counties to Shiloh Road in Plano, with 10 stations including interchanges with Orange, Green and Red light rail lines and local bus services.