News you need to know to move transit forward in Tarrant County
ENews / September 2019
The Tarrant Transit Alliance is currently seeking nominations for the Board of Directors, Committees, and Committee Chair positions for our 2020 year.
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September 23, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Crockett Row
Celebrate the launch of The Dash service on Monday, Sept. 23 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Crockett Row (Crockett Street between Currie Street and Norwood Street).
Join us for complimentary breakfast and giveaways. You can also pick up your free #DASHandDISCOVER wristband.
These wristbands are your pass for great discounts from Crockett Row and the Cultural District Merchants.
September 24, 5:00 PM, Location TBD
JOIN US TO HAVE A DRINK & NETWORK
We invite you to join the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Tarrant Transit Alliance for a Member Mixer to mingle, network, eat & drink... all while learning a little bit about mobility in Fort Worth!
Get an update from Sal Espino - Director of Government Relations with Trinity Metro, about the future of transportation on the Northside and in Fort Worth in general. Learn about his current goals at the local, state and federal level and his strategic legislative plan for our region.
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October 26, 2019 @ 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
You are invited to Trinity Metro's first annual Bus Stop Clean Up Day.
Support your community, help clean up a bus stop.
Trinity Metro will provide all team members with trash bags, safety vests,gloves and t-shirts.
Grab your friends and help us give back to our community.
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October 15, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
SAVE THE DATE! Join the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth and the Tarrant Transit Alliance for an update on the newly announced Alliance Mobility Innovation Zone.
Registration will open soon.
Transit & Housing: Joint Development in Seattle
The Rail~Volution Podcast – Seattle’s Sound Transit is in the midst of a comprehensive expansion of transit service (Sound Transit 3 or ST3) that will double size of the system to approximately 120 miles and 80 stations. The legislation behind ST3 includes new direction to the agency to consider affordable housing on surplus property and provides new tools to make that happen. Listen to the podcast to find out about the evolution of transit-oriented development (TOD) at the agency, how they manage timelines and expectations, as well as the changes in statute that underlie their work.
Cornyn, Cruz support use of federal funds to extend TEXRail commuter train
Star-Telegram – Trinity Metro, the local transit agency, wants to take advantage of all the buzz created by the opening of the TEXRail commuter line, and possibly extend the trains to Fort Worth's medical district in three years. Another stop could be added at TCU. Read More
Dallas to Houston high-speed rail project passes'major milestone' to becoming reality
Dallas Business Journal – A petition for rulemaking to issue a Rule of Particular Applicability submitted by Texas Central, the Dallas-based company building the project, was granted by the Federal Railroad Administration. Read More
New public comment practice begins for Regional Transportation Council meetings
Denton Record-Chronicle – Thanks to House Bill 2840, the regular meeting of the Regional Transportation Council will be open to public comment beginning Thursday afternoon in Irving. Read More
Austin, Texas, Transportation Group Launches New Website
Government Technology – GetThereATX.com consolidates information on the many different mobility options available in Austin, and specific trip solutions for commuters, employers, schools, special events and visitors. Read More
THAT'S A WRAP: New Public Transit Services bus now a rolling advertisement for city tourism
Mineral Wells Index – The recent economic rebirth has the city on a roll. Now the Chamber of Commerce and Public Transit Services truly has Mineral Wells on a roll – across the Metroplex. The chamber and PTS on Thursday unveiled a new 10-passenger bus completely wrapped in the chamber’s“Greetings From Mineral Wells” campaign slogan that will serve as a rolling tourism advertisement for the city as the vehicle shuttles passengers between Mineral Wells, Weatherford and DFW. Read More
French city of Dunkirk tests out free transport – and it works
France24 – The city of Dunkirk in northern France launched a revamped bus system last year with a twist – it’s completely free. A new study shows that the program is not only revitalizing the city center but also helping the environment. Read More
Federal transportation policy is undermining any progress on climate
T4America – The conversation on climate change tends to focus on a few big things—electric vehicles, renewable energy, putting a price on carbon. But no matter how much progress we make on those fronts, Democrats and Republicans remain deeply committed to antiquated policy that undermines any action we take on climate change: spending billions to build new highways, encouraging more and more driving. Read More
Multi-Car Owners May Pay Sustainability Fee to Fund Memphis Area Transit
Planetizen – Called a'sustainability fee' by Mayor Lee Harris of Shelby County, the proposed fee would apply only to households that have three or more registered vehicles, about 17 percent of county residents. The first two vehicles would be exempt. Read More
Is transit ridership loss inevitable? A U.S.–France comparison
The Transport Politic – Urban transit ridership has declined every year in U.S. cities since 2014. It has increased every year in France since 2000. What is going on? Read More
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Are you interested in getting more involved?
The Tarrant Transit Alliance is currently seeking nominations for the Board of Directors, Committees, and Committee Chair positions for our 2020 year. If you, or someone you know, is a good fit for TTA, we want you to join us!
Nominations Close September 20.
September 10, 7:00 PM @ Fort Worth City Hall
Fort Worth residents have two opportunities to speak out on the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget and proposed tax rate. Hearings for both will be conducted during the regularly scheduled City Council meetings on Aug 27 and Sept. 10, 2019.
City Council will vote on the proposed budget during during their Sept. 17, 2019 meeting. All three City Council meetings are scheduled for 7pm. at City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
Residents can also email their feedback regarding the proposed budget and the proposed tax rate.
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Forty-one elementary schools receive safe routes to school improvements
City of Fort Worth – The City of Fort Worth continues to improve safe routes to schools for students across the area with its Safe Routes to School program and additional projects. Read More
Texas Transportation Commission Approves State's 10-year Transportation Plan
TXDOT – The Texas Transportation Commission approved TxDOT’s 10-year transportation plan that includes more than $77 billion dedicated to improving safety, addressing congestion and connectivity, and preserving roadways for Texas drivers. Read More
News From Around the Country & Globe:
Google Maps adds multimodal trip planning feature
Smart Cities Dive - The app will display routes that include cycling and ride-hailing as first- and last-mile options along with transit directions. Read More
Lyft launching new program to remove transportation barriers toward healthy food
Al Dia Philadelphia - A partnership between Lyft, PHA and Uplift Solutions, is aiming to assist North Philly residents living in food deserts reach healthier food options. Read More
Could Kansas City become the first major U.S. city with a free transit system?
The Pitch KC – It costs $1.50 to ride a bus in Kansas City. That’s $15 per week to get to and from work—$50 per month for those that purchase a 31-day pass. That may not sound like much. But for low-income residents of Kansas City who don’t own a vehicle and struggle to make rent and put food on the table, it’s a significant line item on the budget. Making it all free is now on the table. Read More
Presidential candidates need to talk more about transportation
Curbed – It’s not just our fossil fuel dependence that needs to be addressed, it’s our car dependence. Read More
How Our Transport System is Biased Against Women
Streetsblog – The world we live in is designed by men - for men. And it continues to endanger women. Read More
One Thing We Can Do: Drive Less
New York Times – What would happen if everybody in the United States cut back on driving? We’re not talking about getting rid of your car, just using it a little bit less. It turns out that even driving just 10 percent less — if everyone did it — would have a big impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Read More
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Great Cities Have Great Transit
Accelerate Transit – Read the latest op-ed from TTA’s own Chairman - Jeff Davis! Read More
This Fort Worth transit official made sure TEXRail got built. Now he’s stepping down
Star-Telegram – As the city looks ahead to the next five to 10 years, much energy will be spent encouraging growth in the city's core. Read More
Fort Worth Is Growing Faster Than Dallas Is
D Magazine – So says the Census’ American Community Survey. Read More
Proximity to Light Rail a Hot Commodity for Offices in Dallas-Fort Worth
CoStar - CoStar Market Insights: Leasers, Tenants Both Win With Nearby Mass Transit. Read More
Public transit plans for Milwaukee and cities nationwide at risk from Koch-funded activists
Milwaukee Independent – A political battle over transit plans in other cities by Koch-funded interests offers insight into methods used by critics of Milwaukee’s streetcar, and foreshadows the methods to hinder its planned expansions. Read More
Officials: Phoenix voters say‘yes’ to expanding light rail system
ABC News – Phoenix voters have embraced mass transit in the nation’s fifth largest city by soundly saying“no” to a referendum that would have killed any future expansion. Read More
LA Metro Has An Innovation‘SWAT Team’ And They’re Fighting For The Future
LAist – They don’t have a secret laboratory or jetpacks, but the small Metro squad is behind some of the transit agency’s most ambitious projects. Read More
Uber deepens ties in healthcare with American Logistics partnership
Fierce Healthcare – Uber Health is partnering with healthcare transportation management company American Logistics to expand access to on-demand rides for medical appointments. As part of the collaboration, the companies will combine Uber's network of drivers and payer partners and American Logistics' transportation platform. By integrating the two technology solutions, healthcare plans and organizations will be able to provide patients more accurate and efficient scheduling, pickup and dropoff, real-time GPS tracking and messaging through one unified platform, the companies said in a press release. Read More
Interesting Articles Worth The Read:
Transit Can Save the Environment, Just Not How We Expected
Bloomberg – Your city might have a state-of-the-art public transportation system, but easier access is what will get drivers fed up with traffic to start using it. Read More
Micromobility : What does it mean for the future of transportation?
Dataconomy - How will micromobility change the way we travel from point“A” to“B”? How will micromobility co-exist with the traditional models of transportation? What is the importance of network effects in micro mobility? Read More
Mobility Data: How Your Travel Patterns Could Inform Policy
Planetizen – Data generated by travel modes can inform planners and regulators in improving the transportation system, but private mobility companies often restrict their access for concerns about privacy and competition. Read More
ENews / August 2019
August 28, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ TCC NW Campus
Project Bus is the City of Fort Worth and Trinity Metro's moving outreach opportunity. We will be conducting surveys and telling people about the Transit Master Plan. Come see us, get some free swag, and more!
August 27, 7:00 PM @ Fort Worth City Hall September 10, 7:00 PM @ Fort Worth City Hall
Fort Worth residents have two opportunities to speak out on the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget and proposed tax rate. Hearings for both will be conducted during the regularly scheduled City Council meetings on Aug 27 and Sept. 10, 2019. City Council will vote on the proposed budget during during their Sept. 17, 2019 meeting. All three City Council meetings are scheduled for 7pm. at City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
You are invited to Trinity Metro's first annual Bus Stop Clean Up Day. Trinity Metro will provide all team members with trash bags, safety vests,gloves and t-shirts.
News & Online:
Fort Worth’s economic challenge: How to keep up with Dallas-Plano-Irving?
Dallas News – For decades, the economies of Dallas and Fort Worth moved in tandem, usually rising and falling together and growing at similar rates. But their paths have diverged, primarily because the eastern side of the region, known as Dallas-Plano-Irving, has grown much faster than the western side, Fort Worth-Arlington. Compounding the effect, Dallas has created many more high-paying jobs in professional and business services. As a result, one side of the metro is lapping the other, at least by some key economic measures. Read More
DFW motorists are losing almost 3 days a year while stuck in traffic, new report says
Star-Telegram – Texas spent $1.6 billion improving Interstate 35W in Fort Worth yet traffic is still seriously congested at the Loop 820 interchange. It may be years before the problem can be fixed. Read More
Transit-Oriented Development Construction Activity Falls in Dallas-Fort Worth
CoStar – Market Stat: Share of Properties Falls to 10%, Lowest Since Mid-2010 Read More
Successes, further recommendations documented in 18-month follow-up to Economic Development Strategic Plan
City of Fort Worth – Eighteen months later, Fort Worth is making progress in areas around growth, creating a sustainable tax base and capitalizing on high-growth businesses. However, there is still much work to be done and additional recommendations on how to better achieve its goals. Read More
Houston area voters will have $3.5 billion decision about future of transit on November ballot
Houston Chronicle – Transit Officials finalize plan with someone for everyone, call for Metro bond election on November ballot that will give borrowing authority for first phase of billions in new bus lines, improved service and light rail to key places. Read More
Federal Program Would Help Cities Tear Down Highways
StreetsBlog – A new pot of money would help undo the sometimes-racist legacy of urban highway construction. Read More
New D.C. Development Guidelines Require More Consideration of Walkability
Planetizen – Washington, D.C. recently released its first new guideline for transportation review of new developments since 2012. Read More
Mayors tell the Senate that transit, biking, and walking are climate change solutions
Transportation for America – Testimonies from mayors at a recent Senate hearing showed that cities understand that reducing driving and expanding other transportation options is key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and boosting local economies at the same time. Read More
Why we’re thrilled to support the Build Local, Hire Local Act
Transportation for America – Last month, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand(NY) and Representative Karen Bass(CA-37) introduced legislation that would create transportation accessibility performance measures and a grant program to reconnect communities divided by highways. Read More
The Uber Problem
The Week – A giant loss raises questions about the entire ride-sharing model. Read More
Scooters in an unjust city: There's a war in our streets, and we don't even know it
Chicago Business – The immense mobility needs in black and brown neighborhoods are the result of systematic, significant and sustained disinvestment. Here's what the mayor can do to reverse the damage. Read More
Why We Can’t Figure Out Why American Infrastructure Is So Expensive
NY Mag – And why it’s going to be so expensive to find an answer. Read More
The Parking Garages of the Future
Governing – As many of them fall into disrepair, some are adapting to cities’ changing needs. Read More
How Some Groups Use Street Story to Improve Their Communities
Streets Blog – Street Story is a free, online platform that allows community groups, public agencies, and the public to contribute, collect, and analyze information about street hazards and design issues–both positive and negative–in their communities. So far, its developers have worked directly with thirteen California communities to help them learn, disseminate, and use the tool. Yesterday’s webinar highlighted how two areas, Bakersfield and Humboldt County, are already using Street Story. Both areas have high rates of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities and injuries, large areas to cover, and limited resources to work with. Read More
August 22, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ TCC NE Campus
August 28, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ TCC NW Campus
Registration will open soon!
Shared-Use Mobility Center Learning Module: Rural and Small Town Transportation
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a rural area is any area that is neither an urbanized area(50,000 or more people) nor an urban cluster(between 2,500 to 50,000 people). Currently, over 60 million(1 in 5) Americans live in such areas. Similarly, the term“small town” has a wide array of connotations, encompassing communities ranging from tiny village to sprawling suburb. For the context of this Learning Module, both rural and small towns are discussed, as many small towns have a similar set of transportation needs as their rural counterparts, and they are often geographically isolated within a greater rural context. In compiling research and examples, most attention was paid to communities of fewer than 150,000 residents.
McKinney-area transit board discusses ways to improve Collin County Transit program
Community Impact News – Currently, the transit(which provides on-demand transportation for older adults, disabled and low-income residents) operates as a voucher program. DCTA is proposing a new fare payment system where Riders would instead pay a flat fee of $3 for rides scheduled 24 hours in advance and $5 for rides scheduled the day of. Read More
CapMetro ridership up year over year
KUVE – One of the biggest challenges to Austin’s growth is mobility and how people get around town. It has been one year since CapMetro overhauled its system across the city and beyond. Year to year ridership is up 4.5% and since the service change in June 2018, ridership is up 3.4%. Even so, Clarke said the agency will continue to improve the service. Read More
Koch-Funded Group Helped Develop Plan to Kill Future of Phoenix Light Rail
Phoenix New Times – The shadow of the billionaire brothers over Phoenix's light rail debate would not come as a surprise to anyone who's following transit policy in the United States. Notorious for bankrolling dark-money campaigns, the Koch brothers recently have thrown their weight behind efforts to stop public transportation projects across the country. Read More
This California city just voted to give a $30 minimum wage to Uber and Lyft drivers
Fast Company – El Monte, east of Los Angeles, wants to make sure drivers have enough to pay for gas and maintenance and then make $15 an hour on top of that. Read More
More Americans have died in car crashes since 2000 than in both World Wars
Washington Post – Since January 2000, more Americans have died in car crashes than did in both World Wars, and the overwhelming majority of the wrecks were caused by speeding, drunk or distracted drivers, according to government data. Read More
New report encourages cities to consider congestion pricing
Metro-Magazine – The National League of Cities(NLC) released a new guide that encourages cities to consider congestion charging systems as a potentially economical solution to build thriving communities, calm traffic and improve quality of life for residents. Read More
If you want to be a“smart city,” ask these 3 questions first
Transportation for American – New transportation technology is not inherently good. Cities that want to be“smart” need to make sure that technology helps achieve their goals. Read More
Why Speed Kills Cities
City Lab – U.S. cities are dropping urban speed limits in an effort to boost safety and lower crash rates. But the benefits of less-rapid urban mobility don’t end there. Read More
Developers Reduce Parking via Car Sharing
Urban Land Magazine – Incentivized by city parking policies, private developers provide fewer parking spaces or increase density in new projects. Read More
Pittsburg Reveals the Downside of Self-Driving Cars
Streetsblog – Wider inequality. More sprawl. Worse transit. Those are some of the outcomes we could see from self-driving cars in cities, according to a Pittsburgh-based transit advocacy group. Read More
(Re)coding communities for smart growth
Smart Growth America – There’s a secret weapon available to communities that want to modernize their zoning codes and help make smarter growth the norm. Codes for Communities is a wide-ranging technical assistance program at Smart Growth America that covers all kinds of zoning reform and guidance on form-based codes. In just two years, the program has had tremendous impact in communities of all sizes across America. See More
Trinity Metro TEXRail running on 30-minute schedule
Trinity Metro TEXRail has some great news for passengers. The commuter rail line between Fort Worth and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is now operating more trains. On Sunday, July 28, TEXRail began offering 10 hours of 30-minute frequency during peak hours, seven days a week. This increases the number of daily trips from 48 to 73.
Bob Baulsir, president and chief executive officer of Trinity Metro, said the increased frequency enhances the already popular service. “We always intended to increase frequency after six months of service to provide more options for commuters, travelers and other passengers,” he said. “Riders love our service, and we often heard that they were eager for more trains to run.”
Additional schedule changes include time adjustments to accommodate the increased volume of service. For example, a train that previously left at 25 minutes past the hour now leaves at 43 minutes past the hour. Visitors to Downtown Fort Worth and Fort Worth Stockyards can enjoy later service eastbound to DFW Airport, with the last train leaving Fort Worth Central Station at 12:47 a.m. (previously 11:30 p.m.) and leaving North Side Station at 12:55 a.m. (previously 11:38 p.m.). TEXRail’s first departure from DFW Airport to Fort Worth is at 4:40 a.m. (previously 4:55 a.m.). Passengers should consult the online schedule prior to departure.
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How does North Texas plan and manage parking in a way that balances the needs and goals of a community while acknowledge economic forces that drive parking demand and future mobility? Join local transportation, city planning, real estate development, and other local professionals in a highly informative and timely discussion of this critical issue affecting North Texas growth and transportation.
City names new director for Transportation & Public Works
City of Fort Worth News – William M. Johnson, a public works executive with more than 20 years of experience managing and improving organizations has been named the new director of Fort Worth’s Transportation & Public Works Department. Mr. Johnson will join the city in September. Read More
Transit-oriented development set for downtown Carrollton
Dallas News – The project, called Olympus on Broadway, is the fourth phase of an apartment and retail development next to Carrollton's DART commuter rail station. Read More
Developers Seen As Key Ingredient In Several Multibillion-Dollar Transit Plans
Bisnow – As Boston weighs billions of dollars’ worth of transit repairs and upgrades, rail advocates are using real estate to elevate their case for some of the most ambitious proposals. Read More
MTA partners with tech companies to improve the transit system
Metro.us – the MTA and Partnership for New York City teamed up to create a Transit Tech Lab, which will allow tech companies to test out innovative products to help improve transit services. Read More
Colo. transit deploys Masabi’s account-based fare collection system
Metro-Magazine – Masabi and Transfort, the transit agency for the City of Fort Collins, Colo., announced the launch of a new fare collection system for Fort Collins’ riders. The system will help remove the need for passengers to carry cash or wait in line to buy a ticket when boarding the bus, improving the rider experience and helping to reduce wait times. Read More
Billions earmarked for EV charging stations and reducing emissions in bipartisan highway bill
Electrek – A new piece of legislation includes billions in funding for projects that include reducing carbon emissions, and could also go toward highway EV chargers. Read More
What Ride-Hailing is Really Doing to Urban Traffic
City Lab – In a new report, the companies admit that their drivers are increasing congestion in U.S. cities. Read More
In curbing transportation sector emissions, will states prioritize community needs?
Baltimore Sun – Building a clean, modern transportation system is a must for everyone. We must state with those who need it most. Read More
Four principles for the future of city streets
Medium – Cities can leverage design and technology to re-think our streets for pedestrians, bikes, and transit. Read More
Autonomous Car Industry’s Frightening Vision for Cities
Streetsblog – Cattle gates for pedestrians in NYC.“Antiseptic cities.” That is what auto industry officials tell the New York Times they envision for self-driving cars. Read More
Via, Trinity Metro launch on-demand shared transit service
Metro-Magazine – Via announced a new public transportation deployment in partnership with Fort Worth, Texas’ Trinity Metro. The service, called Mercantile ZIPZONE, is a new on-demand shared transit network bringing TEXRail and bus commuters first- and last-mile connections to the Mercantile Center Station. Read More
Transportation for America – Testimonies from mayors at a recent Senate hearing showed that cities understand that reducing driving and expanding other transportation options is key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and boosting local economies at the same time. Read More
Pedestrian deaths keep rising – can Congress reverse the trend?
Curbed – A new federal bill would require states to set aside highway funds for safer streets. Read More
L.A. is hemorrhaging bus riders – worsening traffic and hurting climate goals
LA Times – California needs to stop a transit ridership slump to meet its clean-air and traffic-reduction goals. Meanwhile, riders are ditching buses as soon as they can. To reverse the slump, Metro is preparing to redesign its network of 165 lines and 14,000 stops for the first time in a generation. Read More
See why the world’s best subway lines are destinations unto themselves
National Geographics – These subterranean train rides are packed with striking architecture, historic sites, and surprising views. Read More
City planners eye self-driving vehicles to correct mistakes of the 20th-century auto
Washington Post – Autonomous cars could cut traffic and pollution - or make them worse, planners say. Read More
Was the Automotive Era a Terrible Mistake?
New Yorker – For a century, we’ve loved our cars. They haven’t loved us back. Read More
ENews / July 2019
‘Uber for kids’? New rideshare for pre-teens, teens launches in Dallas
Dallas Business Journal – First launched in June 2018 in Connecticut, VanGo calls itself the"Uber for kids." On its site, the company claims that more than 85 percent of its drivers are mothers. It currently serves parents in the NYC metro area, Phoenix, Houston and Dallas. Read More
Commuting to Mercantile Center? Zip in with new transit service
City of Fort Worth – Officials inaugurated Trinity Metro’s new service that improves transportation options for employees in the Mercantile area. Read More
DART Wins National Award For Innovation in Recognition of GoPass App
CBS Local – The GoPass app, DART’s winning entry, was the first public transit ticket-purchasing app in the nation that involved multiple agencies and different types of transportation by combining efforts between DART in Dallas County, The Fort Worth Transportation Authority(now Trinity Metro) in Tarrant County and the DCTA in Denton County. Read More
Trinity Metro TEXRail starts 30-minute frequency
City of Fort Worth – Trinity Metro TEXRail commuter rail line between Fort Worth and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport will soon be operating more trains. Read More
California using $70 million to replace more than 200 diesel school buses with all-electric buses
Electrek – A study published in Economics of Education Review last month showed diesel retrofits had positive results on both respiratory health and test scores. Eliminating emissions from these buses completely will do even more to protect children from dangerous emissions while cutting air pollution. Read More
Austin, TX considers transit incentives to reduce congestion
Smart Cities Dive – Most of the proposed incentive strategies include direct benefit to customers, such as transit-use rewards or gamification programs. Read More
Travis County approves long-range transportation plan
Austin Monitor – At long last, Travis County has a long-range transportation plan. The Commissioners Court voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt the Travis County Transportation Blueprint, which lays out a vision for infrastructure in unincorporated parts of Travis County over the next quarter-century. Read More
Houston extends minimum parking exemptions into East End, Midtown
Rice – Car-centric Houston gets a little less car-centric. Read More
What the Open Mobility Foundation Says About Cities, Software And Standards
Forbes – Last month, 15 cities created something unprecedented: their own code standards body. Read More
Cities are getting hotter, but we can redesign them to keep us cool
Fast Company – As days of extreme heat get more common, there are a few simple solutions that cities around the world are implementing to keep people a little more cool. Read More
Ending parking minimums - why, where, who, how
Reinventing Transport – Parking minimums are under siege and it’s a very good thing. Read More
Geotab – See how much green space each person gets in U.S. cities, compared to roads and buildings. See it
25 Jul 2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM – The Collective Brewing Project
We invite you to join Near Southside, Inc. and the Tarrant Transit Alliance for a Member Mixer at Collective Brewing Project to mingle, network, eat & drink... all while learning a little bit about whats in the works from Fort Worth Bike Sharing.
How does North Texas plan and manage parking in a way that balances the needs and goals of a community while acknowledge economic forces that drive parking demand and future mobility? Join local transportation, city planning, real estate development, and other local professionals in a highly informative and timely discussion of this critical issue affecting North Texas growth and transportation. Register
Want to ride TEXRail but your workplace isn’t near a train station? This might help
Star-Telegram – Now, more people can take TEXRail to work, even if their workplace isn’t near a train station. Fort Worth’s transit agency, Trinity Metro, has launched a new service known as Zip Zone. Riders who take the TEXRail commuter line to Mercantile Center Station can now get a lift on the shared ride service for as little as $1, to get from the train station to their workplace. Read More
Ride-hailing is supposed to make transit easier, but those with disabilities feel left behind
Post-Gazette – Taxi companies, buses and light rail don’t always meet the needs of those with a disability, either. Read More
Mississippi city OKs public transit overhaul
Star-Telegram – Changes to the City of Tupelo’s transportation system are on the horizon. Read More
Minneapolis Seeking More Equitable Transportation Alternatives
NextCity.org –“Minneapolis has to first define what is most important to us as a city, and then find the matching approaches in technology to help us meet those goals.” Read More
Uber gave its Denver-area users easy access to transit info and tickets, and now more are using RTD
Denver Post – The idea behind Uber’s experiment was simple: Add real-time RTD bus and train information to the ride-sharing app – along with ticket purchases – and its users would be more likely to incorporate public transit into their journeys. Read More
The Electric Bus is Running Late
City Lab – Two reports from the World Resource Institute reveal the barriers to faster adoption of e-buses, and why China is dominating the market. Read More
Transit isn’t ‘smart’ unless it’s equitable
Metro-Magazine – In the past couple of years there’s been an encouraging movement among cities and transit agencies to become technologically“Smart.” They are upgrading or implementing a digital ecosystem to improve communications and mobility for their customers. We all love new technologies that make our lives easier to navigate daily but we must not forget the human factor. If vital information is not available to all citizens, then how can a city truly call itself smart. Read More
What the first transit/TNC partnership can teach us
Shared Use Mobility Center – The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority(PSTA) was the first public transit agency to sign a service provision contract with a private transportation network company(Uber) to provide subsidized first/last-mile connections to transit stops. A new case study by SUMC and Transit Center details the reasons why the agency took this step, how they responded to internal and external challenges as their pilot developed, and lists lessons learned with recommended actions for pilots going forward. Read More
Miami-Dade County Transit Alliance Transit Time Index
How fast can transit take you there?
That's one of the most important questions facing any transit system, and this tool answers it for over 100 locations in Miami-Dade County.
It measures the time it takes to drive or take transit between every location, and creates a score called the Transit Time Index, which measures how well(or not) transit can compete versus a typical car journey.
Overall, the score measures our progress towards making transit a competitive and viable option for Miamians.
Go to the Tool
Trinity Metro starts new first mile/last mile solution
Trinity Metro is introducing a new service to help employees in the Mercantile area get to work. The Mercantile ZipZone begins Monday, July 22, and will benefit TEXRail and bus commuters who travel to the Mercantile Center Station to connect to their jobs. Read More
We all have opinions about how to improve transit in Fort Worth. Help the Transit Moves Fort Worth planning effort by providing your input on project goals and objectives and investment priorities. In this survey, you’ll spend just four minutes answering some questions about what you think are the best ways to improve the transit system in Fort Worth. The information you submit will be used to develop Transit Moves | Fort Worth.
Take the Survey
Missed the Public Meetings?
You can now view the recorded version online Read More
Fort Worth buying four New Flyer electric buses for new zero-emission route
Green Car Congress – The Fort Worth Transportation Authority(Trinity Metro) has awarded New Flyer a contract for four heavy-duty, thirty-five-foot Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric buses. Read More
Student artwork fills downtown bus shelters
City of Fort Worth – As you visit, shop or work downtown, stop by a Trinity Metro bus shelter to view the winners of the Expressions That Move You Art Contest. Read More
ACTION NEEDED: Support a long-awaited federal Complete Streets bill
Smart Growth America – We have spent decades designing streets solely to move cars as quickly as possible instead of prioritizing the safety of all people. The result? The number of people struck and killed by drivers while walking increased by 35 percent over the last decade. We are in the midst of astonishing safety crisis—the United States has become an incredibly deadly place to go for a walk.
The federal government needs to take the lead on prioritizing safer streets.
Federal dollars and policies helped create these unsafe streets in the first place, and federal funds, policies, and guidance have a significant role to play in fixing our existing streets and in designing the streets we’ll build tomorrow. The Complete Streets Act of 2019 would require states to set aside money for Complete Streets projects and create a statewide program to dole out the money(and technical support), and also require states & metro areas to adopt design standards that support safer, complete streets.
This legislation is the product of more than a decade of work, and it is essential that Congress advance it and then incorporate it into the next long-term transportation law. Take Action
Cap Metro Ridership Increase Among Highest in Nation
Capital Metro - Capital Metro released ridership figures for May, announcing an 11.5% increase over the same month in 2018. This year-over-year increase is among the highest of transit agencies nationwide. Read More
First Transit to pilot shared AV service with Houston Metro, TSU
Metro-Magazine – Houston Metro is introducing the University District Circulator on the campus of TSU. An EasyMile SAV shuttle will travel on the Tiger Walk, a one-mile pedestrian walking loop, providing connection to multiple points and buildings on campus for students and faculty. Read More
Local business groups fight for public transit
Transportation for America – Twenty-five chambers of commerce and other organizations representing local business interests across the country have formed Chambers for Transit, a coalition facilitated by Transportation for America to fight for more federal support for transit. Read More
Take a Seat: 5 Brilliant Bus Stop Fixes
City Lab – When cities fail to provide basic amenities for bus riders, community organizations are forced to step in – and they’re getting creative. Read More
Why Aren’t Cities Getting Ready for Autonomous Vehicles?
CityLab – A new study warns that most city leaders aren’t doing much to anticipate the robot-car future. Read More
Why is bus ridership falling almost everywhere except Pittsburg?
Grist.org – We headed to the Paris of Appalachia to investigate this transit mystery - the best kind of mystery. Read More
Uber is convenient for those who can afford it. What about everyone else?
Smart Cities Dive – Transit agencies need to be just as innovative as private tech companies to provide transportation alternatives that are accessible to everyone. Read More
AVs could improve transportation access in“transit deserts”
Axios – More large U.S. cities are seeing their outer reaches turn into transit deserts, where demand for transportation vastly exceeds supply. Economic inequality and urban sprawl have contributed to the problem, which generates barriers to health care access, employment and even everyday shopping. Connecting public transit systems with automated vehicles — whether in ride-sharing or shuttle services — could offer one solution.
Uber and Lyft Are Bleeding While Spinoffs Hit the Pedal
Ozy.com – They wouldn’t exist without the ride-sharing giants, but these startups depend upon firms still failing to turn a profit. Read More
3 emerging public transit trends from the 2020 THUD budget
Smart Cities Dive – The legislation, approved Tuesday, provides $13.5 billion in funding to public transit to improve existing rail lines, technology and equity plans. Read More
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