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TTA NEWSLETTER: An Update from the Tarrant Transit Alliance

20 Mar 2018 9:16 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

TTA NEWSLETTER

March 20, 2018

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: 

The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth Supports the DASH


The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth is one of the Tarrant Transit Alliance's founding partners.  We are so excited to announce that the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth has announced its plan to support the Dash Circulator by contributing $15,000 a year for the next three years!

Dash --- Toward the Finish Line

The Dash is a new transit option being developed in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Led by a group of passionate community members and transit advocates, the circulator project has been a work in progress for years. In 2017 the North Texas Council of Governments (NTCOG) allocated over four million dollars for the purchase of the first all-electric buses in the Trinity Metro fleet. The four environmentally friendly vehicles will be exclusively dedicated to a new route connecting downtown to West 7th and the Cultural district.

The goal for the Dash is to make public transit a more attractive option for choice riders; those who are not transit-dependent or are not comfortable using public transit. The huge volume of residential development in our city, particularly along 7th street, will further increase traffic congestion and parking challenges in the district. The resulting increase in frustration is leading more citizens to demand alternatives. Circulator routes have proven successful in other cities across the U.S. and data indicates the strategy could be highly beneficial in Fort Worth as well. A successful three-year Dash pilot program will pave the way for expanding the concept in other areas of Fort Worth and move the city toward a more sustainable future.

But, the Dash can’t succeed without the support of the local business community. This grass-roots initiative relies on an innovative public-private funding model. Support from the City, private businesses, and community organizations is essential and good progress is being made toward the $1.5 million funding goal with less than $100,000 to raise.

The support of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth is a significant achievement toward the progress of the Dash. The real estate community recognizes the valuable role robust public transportation plays in the economic development of a community. As north Texas continues to attract businesses and their employees, Fort Worth must make the investment to meet the demand of a changing population.

For more information on the Dash, please contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org


Interested in getting more involved with the Tarrant Transit Alliance?

We are now working on formalizing our committee structures and pushing our strategic plan forward.  If you missed the sign up last time and are looking for a way to get involved with the Tarrant Transit Alliance, please fill out the following form:

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The City of Fort Worth Active Transportation Plan Public Meetings

March 20, 22, 26, 27 at 6:00 PM - Various Locations

LEARN ABOUT THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION IN TARRANT COUNTY

Note: This event is not hosted by The Tarrant Transit Alliance & is being shared for your information.

Do you walk or ride your bike in Fort Worth? Do you use public transportation? If you answered yes to one of these questions, mark your calendar and make plans to attend a public meeting to give input on how the city can make mobility improvements.

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A Walkable Future

April 20, 7:30 AM at the City Club of Fort Worth

Hear the latest news on the National Walkability trend from Chris Leinberger, national expert on walkable urban development. Using detailed economic data, Leinberger identifies the value-add created by walkability, building support for these projects.

Panel members will explore the real-world challenges of creating walkable developments when dealing with wary existing neighborhoods, outdated or inflexible regulations, and market perceptions and realities.

Find out more

To register, you will need to make a guest profile with ULI.



TRANSIT IN THE NEWS

CALL TO ACTION:
Tell Congress: Unite to Support Public Transportation

The Administration’s infrastructure initiative and budget recommendations will cut funding for critical public transportation infrastructure programs, including the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program (TIGER), and Amtrak.

Congress has the opportunity to include funding for public transportation in their infrastructure legislation and protect and increase funding for public transportation in the federal budget. Investments in public transportation will contribute to economic growth, jobs and getting people back to work—all pieces that can make our economy stronger.

Remind your elected representatives that their constituents care about public transportation and want robust federal funding for our public transit infrastructure. Please click the button below to urge Congress to unite and support public transportation in any future infrastructure legislation.

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CONTACT US

(682) 231-2036

PO Box 470474
Fort Worth, TX 76147

rachel@TarrantTransitAlliance.org

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