Cotton Belt line projected to save 3,800 hours of daily congestion delays, report says


A future east-west running rail may offer more than an easy commute between Plano and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport—it could greatly reduce congestion in North Texas, according to a report from Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

After releasing its draft of a months-long environmental impact statment, DART reports that it expects the Cotton Belt line will shave off 80,000 vehicle miles traveled per day by 2040, and save 3,800 hours of daily congestion delays.

Those projected miles and hours saved on the road come as part of an overall estimate that the Cotton Belt line will service 12,010 daily riders by 2040—connecting riders from as far as east Plano to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in roughly an hour, according to the environmental report.

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