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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) a $600,000 grant to conduct preliminary planning for a transit-oriented development (TOD) along a 25-mile segment of a Kansas City Southern line in Denton County, Texas.
The planning will help determine if the KCS corridor could provide mobility and economic opportunity, DCTA officials said in a press release. The study area is a separate right-of-way for freight rail and is proposed for commuter-rail service that would connect to DCTA's A-train and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.
The TOD study area begins at the University of North Texas and continues southeast through the cities of Denton, Highland Village, Lewisville, and eastern Denton County.
During the planning process, DCTA will develop policies and planning strategies, station plans for up to six stations and financial tools to encourage TOD implementation, DCTA officials said.
FTA is funding the project through its Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning, which assists communities that are developing new or expanded mass transit systems.