Transit agency board of directors votes to remove Coit, Preston Road rail stations from future Cotton Belt line

The DART board of directors voted Tuesday to amend the Cotton Belt service plan to delete two stations, one which was planned to be constructed on Coit Road and another on Preston Road.

Dallas City Council members have pushed in recent months for the removal of the stations, which would have fallen within Dallas city limits.

“Dallas does not want a station [at Coit],” Dallas City Council Member Sandy Greyson said at a March 27 DART board meeting. “So why is it on your plan? Apparently because Plano and Richardson want a station on Coit. But Dallas doesn’t tell Plano or Richardson where to put stations in their cities, and we would expect the same courtesy in return.”

City of Richardson spokesperson Greg Sowell said the city did not have an official position on the location of the Preston and Coit Road stations.

The Plano City Council passed a resolution in March that expressed concern over the city of Dallas' request to remove the Coit Road station from the service plan.

"The elimination of the Coit Road Station will undoubtedly increase the expected parking requirements on the other nearby stations in Addison and University of Texas at Dallas," a city-prepared document said. "The city is requesting that should the DART Board grant Dallas’ request, they use the cost savings to add more parking in Addison and University of Texas at Dallas."

The amendment to the service plan, as motioned by DART board member and former Richardson Mayor Gary Slagel, stipulated that the Coit and Preston Road stations "are not to be funded, in whole or in part, in this project budget and are not to be included in DART's 20-year financial plan."

“I’m just going to say to Dallas it is essential and critical within their city limit that we delete Coit [Road station] and we delete Preston [Road station],” said Sue Bauman, the DART board chairwoman and a Dallas appointee, at an Aug. 14 board meeting.

The board voted with 13 members in approval, one abstaining and another absent.
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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