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


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.

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  1. Mary Ellen Peter

    This is exciting news regarding the Dart transit to DFW Airport. Can you write more articles to include information about the noise control and environmental benefits of these trains? It’s really interesting to know what the future holds. Thank you for this news.

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Gavin Pugh
After reporting for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano paper for over two years, Gavin launched the Coppell, Valley Ranch and Las Colinas edition in October 2019. As editor, Gavin's beat includes transportation, municipal government, education and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.
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