What's been going on with the Tarrant Transit Alliance?
Committee Meetings & The Board of DirectorsSince 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. 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.