Design-build contract awarded for Dallas commuter rail

Written by Keith Barrow, Senior Editor, International Railway Journal
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Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has awarded a joint venture of Archer Western Construction and Herzog Contracting a $783 million design-build contract for the 26-mile Cotton Belt commuter rail line.

DART has also awarded WSP a contract to provide design review and construction management services for the $1.1 billion project, include coordination and oversight of the design-build joint venture.

The double-track line from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Shiloh Road in Plano will connect the northern suburbs of Tarrant, Dallas, and Collin counties along Interstate-635, one of Texas’ most congested road corridors.

The double-track line will serve 10 stations in the cities of Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano, including interchanges with the DART  light rail Orange, Green and Red lines, the TEXRail commuter line to Fort Worth, and local bus services.

Services will be operated by a fleet of at least seven DMUs, which will be maintained at a purpose-built facility.

Construction will begin next year with the line scheduled for completion by December 2022.


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