Cotton Belt Trail Corridor
This highlighted regional trail corridor provides a connection between Plano and Fort Worth. The trail corridor generally follows a portion of the planned TEXRail commuter rail project in Tarrant County as well as the Cotton Belt rail corridor in Dallas County and Collin County. Along the way the corridor links several key destinations and municipalities such as two planned Transit Oriented Developments (TOD) in North Richland Hills, Downtown Grapevine, Old Town Coppell, Downtown Carrollton, Addison Town Center and Downtown Plano. This regional trail corridor will intersect with three other regional trails including the Fort Worth to Dallas regional trail, the Dallas to McKinney regional trail and the Denton to Dallas regional trail. The total mileage of the corridor from Downtown Plano to the intersection with the Fort Worth to Dallas Regional Trail (just west of Handley Ederville Rd. in Fort Worth) is approximately 45 miles. Approximately 12.2 miles of the Cotton Belt regional trail corridor is existing; 15.6 miles are funded for construction; and 17.2 miles need funding for construction.
Cotton Belt Trail Corridor Map - Plano to Fort Worth (updated January 2019)
Cotton Belt Trail – DFW Airport to Plano
On October 11, 2018, the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) approved funding for construction design of the trail from DFW Airport to Shiloh Road in Plano (approximately 26 miles), as well as funding for construction of approximately 8.5 miles of the trail to be included as part of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Cotton Belt commuter rail project. Additional sections of the trail also have funding for construction and will be included as part of DART’s commuter rail project. The commuter rail and trail projects are anticipated to open in 2022.
Map of Critical Trail Sections funded by RTC on October 11, 2018
Map of Cotton Belt Trail Funding Status (updated per RTC Action December 13, 2018)
DART Cotton Belt Commuter Rail Project
Coppell Gazette: Regional Transportation Council commits $8.2 million to Cotton Belt Regional Trail (October 22, 2018)