Dallas Area Rapid Transit awards contract to build Cotton Belt rail line

The $783 million design-build contract went to Archer Western Herzog joint venture for the 26-mile line

December 18, 2018
Dallas commuter rail line

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has approved a $783 million contract for Archer Western Herzog joint venture to design and build the 26-mile Cotton Belt commuter rail line.

The line will stretch across North Texas from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Plano, and it will connect northern areas of Tarrant, Dallas and Collin counties.

Archer Western Herzog JV is composed of Irving-based Archer Western Construction and Fort Worth-based Herzog Contracting Corp. Cotton Belt includes 10 total stations as well as interchanges with the DART light-rail Orange, Green and Red lines, the TEXRail commuter line to Fort Worth and local bus services. Stations will be located in Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano. Archer Western Herzog will work on the rail line with assistance from lead designer Jacobs Engineering. 

"North Texas is booming, and this reliable, local transit option will be a welcomed addition for many residents," said David Casey, president of Archer Western's heavy civil division, in a release. "We are thrilled to partner with DART and connect the communities of North Texas via Cotton Belt's high-quality transit service."

In addition to numerous past DART projects, Archer Western and Herzog are delivering transportation infrastructure in tandem across the Dallas/Fort Worth region. The companies are in the final stages of constructing TEXRail, a new 27-mile commuter rail project for Trinity Metro extending from downtown Fort Worth into Terminal B at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Archer Western also is completing a separate contract for the new DFW Terminal B station, the terminus for TEXRail.

Construction on the Cotton Belt line will begin in 2019 with project completion anticipated in 2022.

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Source: Archer Western / Herzog Contracting

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