Maybe lost in the higher profile news of the last couple of weeks (the Scott Dunn "bimbo" tweet and the Laura (Maczka) Jordan bribery trial) was news that will likely have a longer term impact on Richardson. And it's good news! I'm talking about the decision to double-track the Cotton Belt line.
I've had trouble believing the Cotton Belt addition to the DART system is actually going to happen. I kept suspecting that like Charlie Brown and Lucy, the football would be snatched away at the last second. Now, with this latest news that DART plans to double-track the line, I'm beginning to believe that the Cotton Belt will be built, and in a way that enables its potential success. One of the biggest determinants of success of public transit is the frequency of service. By double-tracking the Cotton Belt, trains will be able to run in both directions simultaneously. Delays at stations to allow trains to pass one another will not be needed. Capacity can be expanded. In short, the Cotton Belt can be a real workhorse, not just a half-assed, pretend mass transit solution. Good job, everyone, on pushing this and making the right decision for long-term success.Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s section of the Cotton Belt Rail Line will feature a dual track design after a unanimous vote by the agency’s board of directors earlier this week. The decision to add a second track will allow two-way traffic and enable trains to run more efficiently while reducing wait times for passengers.
Source: City of Richardson.