Richardson to receive funding for last unfunded segment of Cotton Belt-adjacent hike and bike trail

A hike and bike trail adjacent to the future Cotton Belt line in Richardson is now fully funded.

Segment 21, a half-mile stretch between Waterview Parkway and the future Cotton Belt station at The University of Texas at Dallas, was the last unfunded piece within city limits.

The Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments on June 13 unanimously agreed to allocate $460,900 toward construction of the segment. It plans to use money from its federally funded Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program.

Richardson City Council members in February authorized staff to apply for the funds. A 20% match was required by the NCTCOG, but Richardson upped the ante by offering a 33% match. Twenty-nine projects were submitted but only seven were chosen for funding.