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13 Jun 2018 7:30 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

An update from the Tarrant Transit Alliance

TTA NEWSLETTER

June 12, 2018

Big Announcement

Trinity Metro celebrated the opening of a maintenance facility for the TEXRail line on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. TEXRail – a new 27-mile commuter rail line – will be open to the public for use beginning in January 2019. The line will extend from downtown Fort Worth through North Richland Hills and Grapevine into Terminal B of the DFW International Airport.

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Farm & City - One Thousand Texans for Transit

June 30 @ 11:00 AM

One Thousand Texans for Transit is a statewide coalition of public transportation activists. Together, we will combine our local expertise and work together to affect meaningful advances in transit support and funding at the state level. 

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TEXAS

Austin:

Capital Metro launches new bus system: Capital Metro in Austin is launching a new bus system in June, slated to be the biggest change in the system’s history, creating 9 new routes, adjusting 13 routes, and eliminating 2 routes. The change is intended to create a “network approach to how people really move throughout the region,” according to CEO and President Randy Clark. The new system will have 14 high-frequency – running every fifteen minutes – routes, meaning shorter wait times for customers. Rides will be free the first week of the system change.

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San Antonio:

The Texas Transit Association has recognized San Antonio’s VIA Metropolitan Transit as the Outstanding Metropolitan Transit System in Texas in 2018. The system was recognized for its work to “transform the region’s public transportation system by designing and implementing programs and services that demonstrate innovation, show effective problem solving, and integrate technology.” The system has begun to convert its entire fleet to compressed natural gas vehicles, created an online and smartphone trip planner, and completed 1,000 bus stop improvements.

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Houston:

The Uptown Management District of Houston approved and has begun construction of Houston’s first Bus Rapid Transit line. The new system will feature 14 new buses with designated bus lanes, creating a frequent service system. Metro Chairman Carrin Patman says she believes “Bus Rapid Transit can hopefully provide service as rapidly and as conveniently as rail service at a fraction of the cost…[and] is a darn good way to move people.” The new system is expected to begin operations in 2019.

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NATION

New York:

In May, New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) released a plan for an overhaul of the city’s bus system that includes a redesign of nearly 300 bus routes, promising to improve customers’ daily rides. The plan intends to “increase inter-neighborhood connectivity by modifying bus routes; give buses more priority on city streets with dedicated bus lanes; accelerate passenger boarding; step up traffic enforcement; and provide more real-time information about bus service.” By 2021, the MTA plans on introducing zero-emissions and double-decker vehicles. The main goal of the overhaul is to reduce the bus delays currently so common in the system and increase ridership after a decline of 14 percent over the last decade. NYC Council Member Mark Levine calls the overhaul “a huge win for bus riders.”

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North Dakota:

In 2017, Bis-Man Transit – the transit system serving the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Area – adjusted its bus routes and worked to improve the timeliness of its buses. Buses are now on time 80% of the time, and ridership has increased on average 24% over the course of last year, with some routes seeing a roughly 70% increase in ridership.  

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Kentucky:

Madisonville, Kentucky celebrated the first anniversary of its public transportation system this May. The system, Go Madisonville Transit, first sent out buses in May 2017 to provide affordable transportation for those who did not have access to it. The new transit system provides a cheaper way to get around town and averages around 2,000 trips per month, with most of the trips being travel to and from work. Jeff Browning, a local representative of Pennyrile Allied Community Services, Inc – a partner in the transit system – says the community of Madisonville benefits greatly from the public transit service as it provides access to the business around the city, helping the city’s economy.

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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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