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Metroplex Communities Receive $47M for Trails, Trinity Strand Phase 2 Gets $7M

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Trinity Strand Trail under construction

A section of the Trinity Strand Trail under construction. Courtesy of Google Maps.


Posted: June 28, 2017, 2:28 p.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

Dallas-Fort Worth (Dallas & Tarrant Counties) - Thirty-Four trail projects across the Metroplex, including funds for the much anticipated Phase 2 of Trinity Strand Trail, have been allocated a total of almost $47 million.

The Regional Transportation Council for the North Central Texas Council of Governments earlier this month approved 34 hike and bike trail projects in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The monies will go to 16 communities in eight of the North Central Texas counties.

For the complete list of 2017 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program Projects, go to this NCTCOG.org Link.

The total federal funding for these projects is more than $34.2 million. Combined with local matches of more than $12.4 million, the total provided toward these projects is almost $46.7 million.

Strategic Partnerships Inc. reports that RTC officials allocated $12.2 million to 22 Safe Routes to School projects. The funds will go to upgrades to sidewalks and crosswalks on trails for hikers and bikers to boost safety for those traveling to school, work or to connect with public transit.

RTC set aside $22 million to Active Transportation projects. Two projects will receive the maximum award of $5 million.

"One is the second phase of the Trinity Strand Trail in West Dallas, a 2.4-mile extension to connect with existing trails and pathways to a medical district and two Dallas Area Rapid Transit stations," Strategic Partnerships said.

The other max award went for a trail extension project in Grapevine to connect the Cotton Belt and Links trails and provide more pedestrian safety along West Dallas Road, as well as access to a future rail station scheduled to open in late 2018.

About the Trinity Strand Trail


The Friends of the Trinity Strand Trail spearheaded the planning and development of a 7.8-mile hike and bike trail along the original Trinity River watercourse.

This effort began in 2002 and when complete it will connect the Katy Trail to the Trinity River and provide access to the Southwestern Medical District, the Dallas Market Center, downtown to the Uptown District, the Stemmons Corridor businesses and the Dallas District District.

The trail has an essential role in connecting various trails and neighborhoods in the urban core. Once completed, it will connect over 73 miles of trail.

Phase 1 officially opened the first 2.5 miles in September 2015. The trailhead at the end of Hi Line Drive was built in the fall of 2009 and construction on the plaza at Turtle Creek was completed May 2010. Unlike most trails that use abandoned railway corridors, Trinity Strand Trail acquired land for portions of the trail through landowner donations.

Phase 2 takes the trail through the Dallas Design District. There will be two miles of  soft surface trail along the opposite side of the river channel with numerous low water crossings and bridges throughout the channel. The project includes a commitment to bring back the area to its natural state with environmental restoration. The designs for Phase 2 are complete.



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Adolfo Pesquera

Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.