Edit: August 5th, 2020
We sent in a final draft of the letter on August 4th in support of Trinity Metro's budget request. However, if you missed the deadline, you can still add your name and logo and we will plan on sending out an addendum!
There will also be opportunities for us to speak at public budget hearings. more on this soon!
See the Final Letter (as of August 4th) here-
Letter in Support of Trinity Metro Budget Request for FY21 08-04-2020.pdf
Please join us in endorsing the following letter to Mayor Betsy Price, City Manager David Cooke, and Fort Worth City Council. Our city leaders need to know there is diverse and broad-based support for transit funding in Fort Worth. Now more than ever, we need to be focusing on how we get our citizens back to work and help support those who have been adversely impacted by the economic downturn as a result of COVID-19. Trinity Metro will be going before the City Council on behalf of all transit riders in Tarrant County, one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, to make a prudent and responsible budget request for FY2021, which will have lasting impacts on our system.
We ask you to please consider adding your organization's name among other key community leaders, business organizations, non-profits, and civic groups to communicate the need to provide and grow reliable, accessible, and robust transit opportunities to the entire North Central Texas region.
If the last few months have taught us anything, it's that transit is an essential service. Transit gets our essential employees to work; transit creates equity for all; and transit creates otherwise unfulfilled opportunities for education, access to good-paying jobs, and to experience all the assets of our wonderful community.
If you will provide us your organization's name, logo, and contact info, and we will gladly add you to this important letter which will demonstrate your support for viable and dependable transit in Fort Worth.
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July 26, 2020
Written on behalf of the TTA Board and members -
Today, on July 26, 2020, we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA created civil rights protections for disabled Americans. It prohibits discrimination against the disabled in public life, including schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The Tarrant Transit Alliance would like to join in on this celebration of equity and inclusion with our continued commitment to pursuing Social Justice through our advocacy and dedication to equitable transit in Tarrant County.
Roughly 10% of the Tarrant County population is disabled. We know that the multi-modal transit network provided by Trinity Metro and other private and charitable organizations provide a vital lifeline to this community. In the US, 24 million individuals with disabilities use public transit to maintain their independence and participate fully in society.
Thirty years after the ADA's adoption, there is still much work to be done when it comes to accessible transit. According to the United Way, transportation access is one of the top 5 identified issues in Tarrant County. The barriers to the transportation system we experience are even worse for the differently-abled who rely on this system. From impassable roads and sidewalks to transit stops to poor signage and inconsistent service, we must urge our providers and community leaders to do better. We must meet the needs of EVERYONE in our community. To do this, our leaders must act not only with rules and regulations but make actual financial investments that ensure an equitable system.
Last month, the Tarrant Transit Alliance dedicated itself to applying an equity lens to our board and programming to ensure equal representation, and actively working to better engage in inclusive public outreach. There is still much we can learn and do better, but we will continue to make the space to listen, learn and support opportunities for change within our coalition, at the community level, and in the public sector.
Tarrant Transit Alliance
Introducing the second episode in the Tarrant Transit Alliance Mobility Matters series.
Mobility Matters is an interview series highlighting transit issues in Tarrant County.
In this video, we interview Bob Baulsir, Trinity Metro's President and Chief Executive Officer. to find out more about how Trinity Metro has responded to the protests, the pandemic, and what they are working on for the future of transit in our region.
This episode was sponsored by Huitt-Zollars!
Want to help us with this series? If you are interested in sponsoring a Mobility Matters interview, click here.
Watch the full video here and stay tuned for more episodes.
We Need Your Help Advocating for Local Transit Improvements
Chad Edwards recently presented Trinity Metro's budget proposal to the CoFW Infrastructure Committee asking for an additional ~$10 million in city funding to complete specific projects that would improve areas throughout town. Trinity Metro broke it down in detail just exactly how that funding will be spent.
This proposal will do the following:
1. Increase frequency through McCart & Crosstown corridors
2. Implement new route networks
3. Improve transit signage
4. Improve the East Transfer Center
5. Create a Southeast Zip Zone
6. Major improvements to ADA & sidewalks in various areas
7. Create express service from East Transfer Center to Alliance
8. Continue the Alliance Zip Zone
9. Create an “Amazon Route”
10. Install Solar Panels @ bus shelters
How You Can Help:
Contact your City Council Member and ask them to please support this budget proposal, especially if one of these improvements will be of benefit to you, your customers, family, employees, or neighbors.
We always recommend that you write your own email, but if you need help drafting a letter, we have created an example to help you get started. It doesn’t have to be long, what matters is that you make sure your representative knows that this is important to you. Check out this draft for a good place to start.
If you aren’t sure what council district you live in, you can look it up with the tool below!
June 19, 2020
Today, on June 19, 2020, we celebrate the 155th anniversary of the acknowledgment in the state of Texas of the Emancipation Proclamation that declared 'all Slaves forever free,' by a U. S. Presidential Proclamation and Executive Order. This proclamation established the foundation on which we hold up the social and economic pillars of Social Justice and Freedom for all, including affordable and accessible public transportation. The Tarrant Transit Alliance would like to join in this 155-year Juneteenth celebration of Black Freedom by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement by our commitment to pursue Social Justice through our advocacy and dedication to equitable transit in Tarrant County.
Transportation access has long collided with trends of racial inequity. Consider, for example, how our highway system disproportionately cut through low-income areas and communities of color. These concrete barriers would displace people, lead to polluted neighborhoods, lower land values, and cut the access of entire populations to city services. Even today, transportation funding continues to help the suburbs at the expense of cities, with only 20% of all transportation dollars spent on mass transit. Let us also consider the powerful statement Rosa Parks made in 1955 when she was arrested for illegally sitting on the front of the bus, actively defying the Montgomery City Code.
Today, we see structural racism in our quickly gentrifying neighborhoods. Policies that, on face value, look to be about revitalizing cities were often (and are still often) rooted in long-standing racial prejudice that worsens pre-existing inequalities. We acknowledge the role that unchecked development can bring to a community & the need for better options for our majority-minority areas. While transit has the power to gentrify and displace, when done with an equity lens, transit can also elevate our community. Equity = Access to Opportunity and transit provides that access.
To do the work, internally and externally, to truly be drivers of progress, agencies and city leaders need to take a step back to listen to the voices that have long done the work to promote equitable placemaking and then take real, sustainable action. This requires financial resources and visionary leadership.
It is in honor of activists like Rosa Parks that TTA pushes toward transit equity through increased funding at the local, state, and federal levels. We promise to apply an equity lens to our board and programming to ensure equal representation, and we will actively work to better engage in inclusive public outreach. We will make the space to listen, learn, and support opportunities for change amongst TTA proponents, both at the community level and within the public sector.
So let's honor the day by taking a critical look at our past and determining how we can commit to act on the growing calls to dismantle racist systems. Let's set some tangible goals that espouse the values we hold dear. Let's invest in an equitable future.
Thank you for your commitment for Change.
While the coronavirus has taken an enormous toll on transit ridership across the region and country, there are thousands of people locally who continue to rely on public transit every day to reach jobs and make other essential trips.
Our regional transit system is vital to our region — now more than ever.
Transit gets essential workers to work so all of us have access to food, healthcare, and other necessities. It ensures that those unable to drive or without access to a car are able to get to their medical appointments, the pharmacy, the grocery store, and other essential destinations.
Keeping our transit system running frequently and safely for essential trips and essential workers is an economic issue, a health issue, and a racial equity issue.
To help keep transit riders and transit drivers safe, here are some safety tips, originally published on this Active Transportation Alliance blog post, and adjusted for relevance to Tarrant County.
Tips for transit riders:
Avoid crowded buses or train cars.
This may mean giving yourself more time to wait for a less crowded bus or train to arrive. Trinity Metro, for example, has limited the number of riders to 35 percent of capacity.
Check your bus or train schedules before you travel.
Because of lower ridership, Trinity Metro is now operating on a modified Sunday schedule seven days a week
Keep your driver or conductor healthy — only interact with them when absolutely necessary.
Limit non-essential touching of handrails, straps, seat backs, and other surfaces.
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after using public transit. Remember not to touch your face.
We have also ceated a PDF in English and Spanish that you can print out and share.
Download in English
Download in Spanish
Join us in the fight for the future of transit! With lower ridership numbers and decreased sales tax, transit funding is facing a crisis. The federal emergency funding that has been awarded so far is a stopgap measure, but we need to rethink the ways we fund transit. Stay tuned for ways to get involved or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any ideas, questions, or concerns.
For additional COVID-19 related guidelines, news, and potential schedule changes, go to https://ridetrinitymetro.org/
This text based off of the Active Transportation Alliance's post co-authored by Julia Gerasimenko and Maggie Melin.
In this video, we interview Chad Edwards, the City of Fort Worth Regional Mobility & Innovation Officer, to find out more about where the "Transit Moves Fort Worth" plan stands now that the city has been on lockdown.
Thank you to our Sponsor Huitt-Zollars!
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Through our work with the Tarrant Transit Alliance and Farm&City, we have come to realize that pro-transit work, no matter how locally, does not happen in a vacuum. Moreover, we are all affected by the lack of support for transit funding at the state level. We identified an opportunity to collaborate and coordinate efforts between advocacy groups to elevate transit throughout the state of Texas, and held our first council meeting on May 15th.
This council is a place where advocacy organizations can share:
Best practices, skills, and resources (e.g., Equitable Public Outreach, Educational events, etc.)
Opportunities for coordination for state policy changes that relate to transit
Local advocacy strategies
So far, the council has discussed how to advocate effectively for transit during the pandemic, participation in National Transit advocacy efforts, lobbying for state-level transit funding, effective funding and campaigning strategies, bus electrification, and working at the MPO level.
Our next meeting is June 12th.
Started during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to provide you with the information you want to know about what is going on with mobility in Tarrant County. The goal of Mobility Matters is to bring in multiple perspectives - People working behind the scenes (city planners, trinity metro staff), people working the front lines (operators, non-profits), people who use the system every day. We want to hear their stories, and learn a little bit about our Mobility system.
Go to Mobility Matters on Youtube here
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Dallas Morning News "Dallas-Fort Worth’s air pollution dropped to record lows last year, but it still gets an ‘F’ in national report" - https://bit.ly/3aPRbRY
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