Transit agency contracts construction of 8 diesel trains for future Cotton Belt line from Plano to DFW airport

Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Cotton Belt line is expected to become operational in 2022.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Cotton Belt line is expected to become operational in 2022.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit contracted the construction of eight new diesel trains to service the future east-west running Cotton Belt line.

Each train will seat 230 passengers and measure 318 feet long, according to an June 3 DART news release. The diesel motors used in the trains meet some of the strictest Environmental Protection Agency emissions regulations for nonroad engines and vehicles.

DART contracted Stadler US to build the eight trains. The trains are Stadler US's Fast Light Intercity and Regional Trains, or FLIRTs. Each train will come with four cars.

The 26-mile Cotton Belt line will offer transit from east Plano to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport by its expected completion date in 2022. DART expects to begin construction on the line this year.

The rail will run through Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano.
By Gavin Pugh
Gavin has reported for Community Impact Newspaper since June 2017. His beat has included Dallas Area Rapid Transit, public and higher education, school and municipal governments and more. He now serves as the editor of the Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake edition.


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