Visioning Rail Transit
Northwest Arkansas
University of Arkansas Community Design Center

Visioning Rail Transit is a study produced by a collaboration of design professionals at the University of Arkansas Community Design Center to initiate public awareness of development opportunities in Northwest Arkansas, the nation's sixth-fastest-growing region. Housing and employment in the region are concentrated along an existing rail right-of-way, which runs through the center of a 32-mile urban corridor connecting four cities and two airports. Hoping to generate support to enroll Northwest Arkansas in the Federal Transit Authority's New Start program, the study conceives a rehabilitation of the rail that would revive historic downtowns, integrate commerce into neighborhood development, and transform the region into a model for sustainability. At a cost of $750 million to $1 billion, the program would take five to 12 years.

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