The Texas Transportation Commission has given the green light to over $345 million in active transportation projects across the state. A significant portion of the funds, $25 million, has been allocated to the Cotton Belt Trail, a project running alongside DART’s Silver Line commuter rail initiative. This comes as the second major funding announcement for the Cotton Belt Trail, following a $25 million federal grant earlier this summer.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit, overseeing the implementation of the Cotton Belt Trail, emerged as the top beneficiary among seven projects in the Dallas and Fort Worth districts. The Pecan Creek Trail in Denton secured $10.97 million, while the Five Mile Creek Trail in Dallas received $6.6 million from the Commission for their respective trail construction endeavors.
In the Fort Worth District, the cities of Colleyville, Keller, and Weatherford have been granted funding to support their active transportation plans. Furthermore, two cities within the Paris TxDOT District, part of NCTCOG’s transportation planning area, have received funding. The City of Quinlan will utilize over $700,000 for sidewalk improvements, and the City of Greenville has been granted over $190,000 to facilitate the implementation of its citywide trails and bikeways masterplan.
In total, 83 bicycle-pedestrian projects across Texas have been awarded funding for planning and construction as part of the statewide initiative.