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Cotton Belt Corridor Innovative Finance Initiative

Logo: Cotton Belt Innovative Finance InitiativeThe Cotton Belt Corridor is an approximately 62-mile rail corridor from Sycamore School Road in Southwest Fort Worth to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Red Line Light Rail Corridor.  The Corridor passes through portions of Tarrant, Dallas, and Collin Counties and is recommended for passenger rail service in the long-range transportation plan for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area. 

DART and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) have requested the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) and North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) take the lead role in developing innovative financial mechanisms and revenue streams to implement passenger rail service in the Corridor.  The Innovative Finance Initiative (iFi) will investigate and analyze a long list of possible funding sources for the Cotton Belt Corridor.  The iFi will be divided into 2 primary phases.  Phase One will be the identification of a recommended funding strategy.  Phase Two will focus on developing a project financing plan.

Fact Sheet: Expanding Passenger Rail Through Innovation [PDF]

Joint Procurement Guidelines for Development of the Cotton Belt Project [pdf]

Final Report

Previous Meetings

TexITE Luncheon
September 20, 2012

Stakeholder Committee Meeting
July 11, 2012

RTC Workshop May 12, 2011

December 17, 2010

September 3, 2010


  • Tom Shelton, Senior Program Manager
  • Kevin Feldt, Program Manager (Lead)

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