The 2018 TTA Transit Academy
September - November 2018The TTA Transit Academy is designed to equip private- and public-sector leaders across Tarrant County with the personal and group tools to lead conversations about the value of multi-modal transit across the region and the emerging mass transit options that can address our mobility needs in Tarrant County.
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NCTCOG Public Meetings
September 19, 25 & 27
Residents can learn more about a proposal to improve bicycle-pedestrian access through the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and various other transportation-focused efforts during public meetings in September.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments will host a public meeting series beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 at its Arlington offices. Meetings are also scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 11 in Dallas and 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in North Richland Hills.
Staff will present several improvements and funding recommendations identified to fill gaps in the area’s expanding bicycle-pedestrian trail network. The public will hear about progress on the 53-mile Fort Worth-to-Dallas regional trail network and the Cotton Belt trail at the meetings.
Residents will also have the opportunity to learn about and comment on new transit projects being funded by the Federal Transit Administration through Fiscal Year 2018. The funds will be split among the following programs: Urbanized Area Formula, Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities, State of Good Repair, and Bus and Bus Facilities.
Additionally, information regarding the automated vehicle program and the deployment of AV fleets in North Texas will be discussed at the public meetings. North Texas has become a leader in the deployment of this technology and seeks to continue cultivating partnerships to help it expand in the years to come.
A revision of the Public Participation Plan used to inform and engage the public about transportation initiatives will also be presented. The plan outlines the principles, goals and strategies for involving North Texans in the transportation and air quality planning process. This includes procedures for public comment periods. Staff will present proposed revisions to the plan that reflect new legislative requirements and the increasing role of video in public input opportunities.
Furthermore, residents will have the chance to provide input on the proposed modifications to transportation and related air quality planning tasks managed by the metropolitan planning organization. Proposed modifications to the Fiscal Year 2018 and Fiscal Year 2019 Unified Planning Work Program will be presented for discussion.
Other resources and information about proposed modifications to the list of funded projects, electric vehicle incentives, the Regional Smoking Vehicle Program and AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine will also be highlighted during the meetings.Watch the Arlington meeting live at www.nctcog.org/video. For more information on the public meetings, visit www.nctcog.org/input.
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City of Fort Worth Active Transportation Plan
September 25 & 27, October 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10 @ 6:00 PMDo 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. The City of Fort Worth has partnered with the North Central Texas Council of Governments with support through the Blue Zones Project to create an Active Transportation Plan (http://fortworthtexas.gov/atp/). Active transportation is transportation powered by human energy, and the active transportation network is the bicycle and pedestrian facilities, as well as connections to the public transportation system, that allows people to get around the city without a car. Public transportation is active travel because it often starts or ends with a walking trip and it provides an essential connection for people who walk (including people who use mobility devices). This plan will integrate and update previous planning efforts such as the Walk Fort Worth and Bike Fort Worth plans, develop a new Trails Master Plan and provide coordination with the regional Transit Master Plan. The result will be a unified, citywide transportation network for people who walk and bike, with a coordinated implementation strategy for planning, prioritizing and building improvements.
The Sept. 25 meeting will have a presentation at 6 p.m. followed by audience comments and questions. The other meetings will be an open house format so the public may come and go at their convenience, and staff will be available to answer questions. For those who are unable to attend, an online presentation from the Sept. 25 public meeting and online survey will be available through Nov. 2. To learn more, contact Julia Ryan at 817-392-2593.
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Getting to mobility as a service, with Chloe Spano
"Gather all the mobility services that exist and combine them to provide the most efficient travel plan. Help the end user to make the decision to make the modal shift from the car to other modes. Help the agencies to keep improving the system. . . . That's the vision. It's fun to work on."
On the latest podcast, we're joined by Chloe Spano for a look at integrated mobility systems and the promise of mobility as a service. A native of France, Chloe has been with Cityway since it was a startup 18 years ago, working with transit agencies to provide information for transit riders. Fast forward to current efforts in the greater Paris region to prepare for the 2024 Olympics by integrating transit and other modes (from roadway congestion to bike share and carpooling options) to provide real-time, predictive trip planning and payment for the general public.
What are the most important factors in making this happen? First, good data: from all the players involved and with the elements needed to create an intermodal trip planner. "Agencies should own their data." Secondly, getting all the large and small players to work together - cities, regions, different mobility providers.
What about suburbs and rural locations? What about dockless bikes and scooters?
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