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TTA eNews - What's going on with the Tarrant Transit Alliance?

26 Apr 2018 8:20 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

An update from the Tarrant Transit Alliance

TTA NEWSLETTER

April 26, 2018

What's been going on with the Tarrant Transit Alliance?

Committee Meetings & The Board of Directors

Since January, the Tarrant Transit Alliance has been quickly formalizing the internal structures of our organization.  In April, we have held our first Education Committee Meeting, our first Membership Committee Meeting, and our first Board of Directors Meeting.

There are still opportunities for you to get involved!  If you care about transit and hope to make a difference in our community, we need your help to move this issue forward!

The TTA Ridership Committee has been formed to increase and improve ridership (especially riders of choice) in Tarrant County.  The Ridership Committee is currently looking for members and looking for the best date to meet.

The aim of the TTA Membership Committee is to foster a regional membership in the Tarrant Transit Alliance.  This fun, social committee meets at 5:30 PM on the third Tuesday of every month at the T&P Tavern.

If you are interested in participating in either of these committees, please contact rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org (or reply to this email!)


Spreading the Word

TTA Staff and Leadership have also been hard at work presenting to the public about the importance of transit and our next steps as an Alliance.  This includes representing our group at the SteerFW Civic Summit and making a presentation to the Mayor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities.  TTA Staff is also planning on 'making the case' to the League of Neighborhoods and CREW Fort Worth in the coming months.

If you are a member of an organization that you think would be interested in hearing more about the importance of transit and the Tarrant Transit Alliance's efforts, please contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org.  We would love to talk to your group!



A Walkable Future

Finally, the Tarrant Transit Alliance partnered with several local organizations, including the Urban Land Institute, The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, AIA Fort Worth, CMAA North Texas, The Trinity River Vision Authority, and the Near Southside for "A Walkable Future" last Friday.  

This event had over 190 people in attendance, and we had the pleasure of hearing from Chris Leinberger of George Washinton University - named one of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists of all time.  He discussed the tide-change that has been occurring from drivable suburban to walkable urban and the benefits of such models.  We also had the pleasure of hearing from a panel that consisted of Frank Bliss of Cooper & Stebbins, Justin Springfield of Old Town Development, Fernando Costa of the City of Fort Worth, and Bill Boecker of Fine Line Development on how they have taken walkability into account in their own projects.  This panel was expertly moderated by Scott Polikov of Gateway Planning.

Our favorite takeaway? We were shocked to learn that the most walkable urban metros have the highest social equity!  According to Mr. Leinberger and his team, those urban metros include New York City, Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco, and Minneapolis - St. Paul!  How can this be?  While these metros have higher housing costs, their transportation costs are substantially lower and these households have access to 2-3x more employment opportunities!

If you hoped to make it but were unable to, you can download the presentations from this event (and a sister event in Dallas) by clicking on the link below.

Download the Presentations



CALL TO ACTION:

The City of Fort Worth's Active Transportation Plan

The City of Fort Worth is currently collecting survey responses on where people need and want to walk and bike in Fort Worth, with a particular emphasis on connecting to public transportation. Your feedback is important to help identify what improvements would most benefit the community. Your feedback can include comments and suggestions related to pedestrians, bicycles, persons with disabilities, road crossings, safety, connectivity, maintenance and other active transportation issues. 

The survey will take around 15-20 minutes, depending on your answers. However, you are able to leave and return to the survey to continue your progress (as long as you are not using a private web browser).  The survey can be accessed via the button below.

Take the Survey

For more information on the Active Transportation Plan, visit www.fortworthtexas.gov/atp. This website will also allow you to link to interactive map survey and view a presentation from the public meetings held at the end of March.



Planning for the Future with Trinity Metro -
The Masterplan Masterclass

May 17, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM at the ITC

Join the Tarrant Transit Alliance for a Master Plan Masterclass. What has Trinity Metro accomplished from this 2015 Masterplan? What still needs to be accomplished? How are they planning on implementing innovative solutions and future technologies into their approach? What is the status of regionalism at the Trinity Metro?

Find out about how the City of Fort Worth and the surrounding communities can implement a multi-modal transit system at this informational breakfast session!

$15 For Members

$25 for Non-Members

Tickets include coffee, breakfast, networking and great information!

REGISTER NOW!



SAVE THE DATE: 
Transit Oriented Development Panel with Scott Smith of Pheonix's Valley Metro

May 22, 2018

SAVE THE DATE!  The Tarrant Transit Alliance will be partnering with the Urban Land Institute for a Panel on Transit Oriented Development the morning of May 22.







Fortress Festival!

April 28 & April 29

Fortress Festival is North Texas’ destination music festival.

The annual two-day festival will hold its second edition this April 28 & 29 in Fort Worth’s world renowned Cultural District. Over 20 bands, including Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, Rapsody and more will perform on two outdoor stages. Tickets are now on sale here.

The festival is a partnership between Fortress Presents and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. More than 9,000 people, hailing from 33 different states, attended the inaugural event in 2017 to watch a lineup that included Run the Jewels, Purity Ring, Flying Lotus, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Slowdive and more.

Fortress Festival is ready to celebrate its 2nd year in Fort Worth. Buy your tickets today to see great music in the Cultural District along bus route 2, which runs up to every 15 minutes, 7 days a week!

Find out more about Fortress Fest



Public Meetings / Hearings - Trinity Metro Service Changes & Improvements

April 30, May 1, May 3 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Trinity Metro invites public involvement and comment regarding proposed Fall service changes/improvements to Route 1  Hemphill, Route 20  Handley, Route 28  Mansfield Hwy and The Spur. Also proposed new transit service to Tarrant County College Northeast Campus in North Richland Hills and Southeast Campus in Arlington.

Find out More

About us

The Tarrant Transit Alliance is a coalition committed to educating, empowering and mobilizing our community to promote transit policy to serve our entire region.

The Tarrant Transit Alliance works with contributors, community officials and regional leaders to build support for funding regional transit in Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Are you interested in joining the transportation movement?  Become a part of the change by joining the Tarrant Transit Alliance!  Company and Individual membership options are available.

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CONTACT US

(682) 231-2036

PO Box 470474
Fort Worth, TX 76147

rachel@TarrantTransitAlliance.org

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