Plano receives $750K in funding to add new trail along future Cotton Belt line

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.

Funds granted by a regional transportation council will pave the way for a new trail to be constructed in Plano along the future east-west Cotton Belt passenger rail line.

Announced by the North Central Texas Council of Governments on Oct. 11, the $8.2 million expenditure will be used for the engineering design of the trail, which will stretch from the future Shiloh Road station in Plano to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, according to a news release.

The city of Plano has independently begun construction on a portion of the trail that will span from a station near downtown Plano into the city of Richardson.

“The plan is for it to link up with a piece of trail that is under construction right now in Plano along the red line corridor and between the 12th street station and the Cityline/Bush station,” park planning Manager Renee Jordan said.

The parks and recreation department is also seeking additional funding from NCTCOG for the construction of the new trail, which will span from two future Cotton Belt stations, one at Shiloh Road and another at 12th Street near downtown Plano.

[The] engineering is valued at approximately $750,000,” Jordan said. "And then the construction of that portion of trail is about $3.8 million, and we are seeking funding for that through another program."
SHARE THIS STORY
By 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.


MOST RECENT

Local restaurants like Fork and Fire are among those are facing new challenges amid coronavirus orders. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Restaurants in Plano share concerns, innovations amid coronavirus effects

Plano restaurants have just finished their first week of adjusting to Gov. Greg Abbott’s mandate to close all dine-in areas.

Collin County Judge Chris Hill announced a stay-at-home order March 24 to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (Emily Davis/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATED: How DFW entities are addressing shelter-in-place status

Many entities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex have issued stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Children's Health is asking the public for assistance as it prepares for new coronavirus patients. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Children’s Health asks public for protective gear, monetary donations to combat coronavirus

The system’s most urgent needs are for masks, disposable gloves and eye protection.

While the agency is still tallying the number of unemployment insurance claims filed thus far in March, in the week prior to March 25, at least 150,000 claims had been filed. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Official: Increase in calls for statewide unemployment benefits is ‘almost vertical’

According to Serna, on an average day the Texas Workforce Commission’s four call centers statewide receive 13,000-14,000 calls; on March 22, the agency received 100,000 calls regarding unemployment insurance benefit inquiries.

Source: Small Business Administration/Community Impact Newspaper
How North Texas small businesses can apply for economic disaster loans

For small business owners seeking disaster loans during the coronavirus pandemic, local financial aid organizers have one clear message: apply immediately.

The Legacy Willow Bend staff members wear their homemade masks. (Courtesy The Legacy Willow Bend)
How businesses, community members are stepping up across the metroplex

Across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, businesses and community members are stepping up to support health care professionals and high-risk individuals in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

Efforts to help people in need have been created or have adjusted to continue helping in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. (Courtesy North Texas Cares, Joseph Haubert)
How to help: A list of efforts to assist those in need in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

As businesses, nonprofits and community members feel the weight of new coronavirus pandemic, efforts to help people in need have been created or have adjusted to continue helping during this time.

Deputy Nick Noel, Sheriff Jim Skinner, Sgt. Jessica Pond and Asst. Chief Anthony Carter of the Collin County Sheriff’s Office show off the hospital-grade disinfectant they received as part of the Facebook group created by The Cleaning Force. (Courtesy Collin County Sheriff’s Office)
Facebook group offering free disinfectant to Collin County first responders

The Cleaning Force started a private Facebook group for area first responders that allows them access to the professional cleaning service’s disinfectant.

Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, seen here addressing the Plano Chamber of Commerce Feb. 6, has called for increased collaboration among North Texas governments addressing the coronavirus. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
North Texas governments may need to collaborate on future coronavirus restrictions, Plano mayor says

Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere said Wednesday he is worried governments, in their rapid and varied efforts to slow the virus, are causing confusion.

Van Taylor was joined by Collin County Judge Chris Hill, state representatives Jeff Leach and Matt Shaheen and county public health officials at the March 24 coronavirus town hall. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Collin County representatives address stay-at-home order, update public on efforts to obtain more masks during telephone town hall

Matt Shaheen said Texas may start receiving 1 million masks per week beginning next week.

Gov. Greg Abbott so far has not issued a similar order statewide(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
President Trump declares major disaster in Texas due to coronavirus

The declaration came as several Texas cities, including Houston, have issued stay-at-home orders.

Back to top