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COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Call it a bit of positive growth in a growing Collin County. After years in the discussion stage, the plan to link Plano and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport with a rail corridor is gaining momentum.

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City leaders say completing the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Cotton Belt Corridor would ease up a lot of traffic and congestion issues.

The Plano City Council got their first look at the plans during a meeting Monday night. The east-west light rail route would run from Plano at Shiloh Road to DFW Airport, with 11 stops in between.

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The Plano Council agreed to put up $12 million for the project, using money raised through tax increment financing (TIF) that would cost about $1 billion to complete. Since the line will cross through several cites those municipalities will have to figure out how to pay for their sections.

Planners say if construction is started soon the line could be complete by 2023.

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