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TARRANT TRANSIT ALLIANCE TRANSIT EQUITY PRINCIPLES - Outline of Policy Recommendations -

5 Aug 2021 9:41 PM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES WERE ADOPTED BY THE TARRANT TRANSIT ALLIANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ON AUGUST 5, 2021.


This is Part 2 - Outline of Policy Recommendations.

To view Part 1 - Statement of Purpose, CLICK HERE.



Outline of Policy Recommendations


Local Policies

(Relevant to Tarrant County transit agencies, city governments, county governments, and NCTCOG-ranged areas)

 

These policies are the primary focus of the Tarrant Transit Alliance. Policies we are supportive of at a local level are outlined below.

  • Ensure our Tarrant County based transit agencies and services (Trinity Metro, VIA, etc.) are utilizing our tax payer's dollars efficiently by providing transparent, cost-effective, and accountable services to our riders.
     

  • Develop strategic partnerships with Tarrant County cities and the NCTCOG to ensure policies are regionalized across the County.
     

  • Incorporate stronger transparency and public feedback mechanisms so communities affected by planning efforts are a part of the planning process.
     

  • Implement the plans that you pay for. Don’t let a million-dollar study sit on the shelf.
     

  • Redesign current transit networks so more people can reach more places in less time, prioritizing the travel needs of people of the global majority and low-income neighborhoods. Expand frequent service in response to changing residential and employment patterns.
     

  • Integrate fares, routes, and schedules between overlapping bus and rail services to create cohesive, easy-to-use regional transit networks that expand access for riders.
     

  • Strategically increase the amount of transit service in areas where it is needed, so many more people and jobs are within walking distance of bus or train routes that arrive frequently all day, every day.
     

  • Look for viable service options for areas that don't have high ridership but still need service.
     

  • Enable riders to bypass traffic congestion by implementing comprehensive bus prioritization techniques as needed such as bus-only lanes and signal prioritization on major routes.
     

  • Improve pedestrian and bicycle connections to transit stops and stations, and add shelters and other amenities at bus stops.
     

  • Add features to make existing and new transit infrastructure universally accessible, such as transit elevators and sidewalks.
     

  • Reform commuter rail operations and fares to make service useful and affordable to lower-income riders who the 9-to-5 suburban service model has excluded.
     

  • Implement safety policies that look beyond policing, such as station and stop cameras and operator de-escalation training, so all communities feel free from the threat of violence and harassment.
     

  • Structure fares to make transit affordable for everyone, including discounts or free passes for people with low incomes, seniors, students, and children. Ensure that these opportunities are effectively communicated to these communities.
     

  • Work with FWISD & other school districts to create school-based transit passes for students, parents, teachers, & faculty. Emphasize high schools, after-school programs, career & technology programs, internships, etc.
     

  • Increase the presence of transit riders, women, Black and brown people, people with disabilities, and other under-represented groups on agency governing boards.
     

  • Ensure public-funded ventures benefit the whole community & commit to the public instead of the bottom line.
     

  • Equally prioritize maintenance and utilitarian upgrades of existing transit infrastructure with aesthetically-driven projects or high-cost capital expansions.
     

  • When major capacity expansion projects are built, implement them in places with high concentrations of people and jobs, where the most people will benefit, not where the smallest number will object.

 

 

State Policies

TTA is a local transit advocacy organization. We know that our region’s transit system and the future of expansion are affected by the decisions of our state government.

Policies we are supportive of/and would like to see employed at the Texas state level are outlined below.

  • Classify transit workers as essential workers, entitled to PPE, leave, and other necessary benefits.
     

  • Flex more federal funds to transit agencies instead of highways.
     

  • Ramp up investment in pedestrian safety along major transit routes on state roads.
     

  • Eliminate red tape for converting right-of-way on state roads to transit-only lanes.
     

  • Comprehensively analyze impacts of new transportation technologies on existing workers, including workers who may be deskilled, required to learn new skills, or entirely displaced. Look at how these technologies will be accessible to the workforce and people who need them.
     

  • Create more seats for transportation labor in new technology-related working groups.
     

  • Incorporate stronger transparency and public feedback mechanisms

 

Federal Policies

TTA understands that the realities of our region’s transit system are also greatly affected by the decisions of our federal government.

Policies we are supportive of and would like to see employed at the federal level are outlined below. 

  • Achieve funding parity between the highway program and the transit program.
     

  • Overhaul the Federal Highway Administration program to reduce carbon emissions, prioritize road maintenance over expansion, and induce state DOTs to improve pedestrian and bike connections to transit.
     

  • Significantly enlarge transit capital grant programs. Prioritize maintenance, retrofitting systems for accessibility, and upgrades and expansions that benefit the most riders.
     

  • Align incentives within all federal transit grant programs to reward agencies that increase overall ridership and improve service for everyone.
     

  • Create a program modeled on SNAP benefits to dramatically expand fare relief.
     

  • Identify causes of high transit construction costs and systematically promote practices to bring costs down.
     

  • Create a new standard for paratransit to achieve reliable, on-demand service for people with disabilities and people over 65.
     

  • Stronger transparency and public feedback mechanisms for federal rules regarding autonomous technologies, including mandatory plans for when and where the new product or service would be phased into operations and for formal procurement.


CONTACT US

(682) 231-2036

PO Box 470474
Fort Worth, TX 76147

rachel@TarrantTransitAlliance.org

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