# MPH - Changing calculations. Ex-the dwell time, trains ~57 MPH vs their 43 MPH.

1. Can you please tell me why a resident in Far North Dallas would not want walls between them and a train that will exceed 60 MPH+ going Westbound? Per Figure 3-3
As part of the Betterments Program, residential adjacent property owners will work with the DART team to reach consensus on how to spend the betterments budget allocated by the DART Board of Directors. Participants may choose a 15-foot wall. They might choose a 12-foot wall and landscaping, upgraded corridor safety fencing or wall finishes. They might choose no wall, upgraded corridor safety fencing and extensive landscaping options. The goal of the DART Betterments Team is to provide awareness and discussion around the betterments process so that participants can provide input on the betterments design for their community.
For reference, Figure 3-3 is the Westbound Maximum Authorized Speed Profile and Simulated Speed Profile, Shiloh Road to DFW Terminal B included with Appendix B.18 DART Cotton Belt Operations Simulation Methodology & Results with the Final Environmental Impact Statement. The Figure is attached to this response. The operations and simulation were based on the 10% design. In Far North Dallas, DART does not plan to operate at maximum speeds shown in Figure 3-3.
2. Question 2 comes in 3 parts:
1. How do you calculate trains will average 35 MPH through North Dallas Area?
The DART Cotton Belt Operations Simulation Methodology & Results report
indicates an approximate travel time of 6 minutes between Knoll Trail Station and Coit Road Station at a distance of approximately 3-1/2 miles. The resultant average speed is 35 mph.
2. After looking at Figure 3-2 and 3-3, do you still think the trains will average 35 MPH through North Dallas Area?
Figure 3-2 and 3-3 identify maximum authorized speeds and include consideration of Preston Road Station and Coit Road Station. Table 5-3 of the FEIS excludes consideration of the deleted stations. Table 5-3 indicates an approximate travel time of 7 minutes between Knoll Trail Station and UT Dallas Station. Using a distance of approximately 5 miles, the resultant average speed is 43 mph.
3. Is the 35 MPH in the Appendix B Technical Memoranda and Reports?
The average speed of 35 mph was calculated based on information contained in Appendix B.18 included with the FEIS.

Do you think no walls, along any part of the proposed cotton belt railroad track between Preston Rd and Waterview Pkwy, would create a safety hazard?

DART will install corridor safety fencing along residential adjacent property lines and near schools, as well as other high pedestrian traffic areas.

1. Do you think no walls, along any part of the proposed cotton belt railroad track between Preston Rd and Waterview Pkwy, are safe for kids that walk to and from school or play in the neighborhood?
In addition to corridor safety fencing, DART has developed a comprehensive Transit Education Program that includes curriculums designed for both children and adults. Working with residents and the community, DART’s Transit Education team presents these programs to schools, non-profit organizations, scout groups, recreation centers, libraries, faith-based organizations, civic groups, senior organizations and community organizations.
At the end of the 2018-2019 school year, education outreach began with the distribution of flyers to schools in the Far North Dallas area. DART will engage students, parents, teachers and administrators at schools throughout the Cotton Belt Corridor with the start of the new school year.
2. What is corridor safety fencing?
Corridor safety fencing is 6-foot-tall, galvanized steel chain link fencing. DART will install corridor safety fencing along residential adjacent properties and near schools, as well as other high pedestrian traffic areas. Corridor safety fencing is typically located along property boundaries. The limits of the corridor safety fencing will be determined during the final design. Under the betterments program, the fence may be upgraded to a vinyl-coated fence.
3. How many residents whose homes directly abut the tracks in Far North Dallas, between Preston road and Waterview Dr, have requested to NOT have a wall between their residence and the train tracks?
DART is working to raise awareness of the Cotton Belt Betterments Program through a series of meetings for residential adjacent property owners. DART is at the beginning of program and is using the meetings in May and June to raise awareness of the program and find out what is important to residential adjacent property owners. A tabulation of the requests will be available at the meetings in July and August. At that time, DART will provide design options for consideration and feedback. The votes of the residential adjacent property owners will determine which option is developed for the final report back meeting in September.
4. How many HOA contacts are in Far North Dallas? How many HOAs are voluntary and involuntary? How many residents belong to each HOA?
DART has identified and worked with 12 individual HOAs in the North Dallas area. A map identifying the HOAs is included in the FEIS and may be found on Figure 3-10 Neighborhood and Home Owners Association, page 3-16 of the FEIS. A copy of the map is attached to this response.

The request regarding HOA structure and membership should be addressed by the respective HOAs.

1. How many residents whose homes directly abut the tracks in Far North Dallas, between Preston road and Waterview Dr, have provided DART with their email address? How many of these specific residents has DART emailed in the 1stbetterment round of meetings?
Although many residential adjacent property owners have provided DART their email addresses at previous meetings, DART is still collecting information. DART has identified all residential adjacent property owners in the North Dallas area, and will continue to contact them through U.S. mail, email, HOA contacts and door hangers. Depending on the communication, it may be provided to residential adjacent property owners through registered U.S. Mail.
2. We reviewed the cotton belt concerned coalition distribution email list that was sent out the other day. How many of those residents that abut the tracks our on the distribution email list? How many residents on that distribution list are greater than 4 houses from the track are on the email list?
This is not a DART publication, so DART does not have access or information concerning the Cotton Belt Concerned Coalition’s email distribution list. There are many organizations and community groups that have participated in the Final Environmental Impact Statement process who continue to engage in the betterments process as well.
DART has identified all residential adjacent property owners and will continue to engage them in the betterments process through community meetings, website content, emails, mailings, and door hangers.