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15 Jan 2019 8:30 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

News you need to know to move transit forward in Tarrant County

 ENews / January 2019

Support the work of the Tarrant Transit Alliance

Sponsoring the Tarrant Transit Alliance brings special recognition to your organization. It signals your support for transit-oriented development and the economic development potential realized from an expanded regional transit system.

There are several sponsorship opportunities available:

  • Sponsor a Monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixer - $300
    The Tarrant Transit Alliance holds monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixers on the third Thursday of the month. At these mixers, attendees will get to hear updates from people who are working on pushing transportation forward and network with other transportation advocates in the region. As a Mixer Sponsor, your company's logo will be featured on the event's website, signage at the Mixer, and you will get a sponsor table where you can promote your company.

  • Sponsor a Tarrant Transit Alliance Event - $500
    The Tarrant Transit Alliance holds programs that aim to educate participants on important topics surrounding transportation in our region. If you would be interested in adding your company to the list of potential sponsors to reach out to before events are published, please contact us. Event sponsors get their company's logo on the event's website, and signage and a sponsor table at the event.

  • 2019 Annual Sponsors
    There are two different levels of Annual Sponsorship for the Tarrant Transit Alliance:

    • Gold Sponsorship - $5,000
      Gold Sponsorships come with recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, company logo at all TTA events and membership for two key representatives at your company.

    • Platinum Sponsorship - $10,000
      Platinum Sponsorships come with priority recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, headline company logo at all TTA events and membership for four key representatives at your company.

If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org or call her at 682-231-2036.

Upcoming Events

January Friends of Transit Mixer

January 17, 2019, 5:30 - 7:00 PM at the Twilite Lounge

We hope you will join the Tarrant Transit Alliance for drinks, a few small bites, and a quick update about the state of transit in Tarrant County at our monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixer!

Featured Speaker

Detra Whitmore, Trinity Metro

At the January Mixer, we will have Detra Whitmore from Trinity Metro speak about the companies approved by the Trinity Metro Board of Directors to conduct first-mile last-mile pilot programs in our region. 

Interested in sponsoring this mixer? contact Rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org


Fort Worth/Dallas WalkUp Wake Up Call

January 23, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM at the Fort Worth Convention Center

The WalkUP analysis is a unique study of the current and future development patterns in the Metroplex. It documents the start of the pendulum swinging back to "walkable urban" development that the market is demanding. In comparable markets, like metro Atlanta and Washington, DC, the price premiums generated by the pent-up demand for walkable urban places has been satisfied is being satisfied in redeveloping center cities. Suburbs such as Grapevine and Addison Circle are also developing urban centers. The skillsets, financial, infrastructure, construction and, most importantly, place management necessary to succeed in walkable urban development is fundamentally different than the development trends of the late 20th century, when the vast majority of the Metroplex was developed.

This event will welcome you to the future of development.


The Transit Academy Session 3

January 31, 2019, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM at the Grapevine CVB

The 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.


The third session of the Transit Academy will look at the identification and activation of community resources to support transit conversations.


News you need to know

Give input on the city's Active Transportation Plan

Share your input on the city’s active transportation plan that will improve safety and mobility for people who walk, bike and use public transportation in Fort Worth.

Meetings are scheduled for:

  • Jan. 24, 6 p.m. at Central Library, 500 West Third.
  • Jan. 28, 6 p.m. at Northwest Regional Library, 6228 Crystal Lake Drive.
  • Jan. 29, 6:45 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 5565 Truman Drive.
  • Jan. 31, 6 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library, 4001 Library Lane.

The city has partnered with the North Central Texas Council of Governments with support through the Blue Zones Project to create an active transportation plan. Active transportation is transportation powered by human energy (walking and biking). The active transportation plan’s network will include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, as well as connections to the public transportation system, allowing people to get around the city without a car.

Coordinating this plan with public transportation is important because these trips often start or end with walking or biking. These are essential connections for people who walk (including people who use mobility devices) and bike.

This plan will integrate and update previous planning efforts such as the Walk Fort Worth and Bike Fort Worth plans, develop the first 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.

For those who are unable to attend, an online presentation from the Jan. 24 public meeting will be available for viewing.

To learn more, contact Julia Ryan at 817-392-2593.

CAPPA interdisciplinary course teams with AECOM engineering firm to explore untapped transportation modes

A new interdisciplinary course in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs will explore recent technological innovations in mobility during Spring 2019.

CAPPA will team with AECOM, a multinational engineering firm, in an innovative partnership that promotes the cooperative network between UTA and industry, to present the course.

The Future of Hypermobility will be offered in CAPPA for graduate and upper undergraduate students starting Jan. 24, 2019.

For the first time in CAPPA, this particular class will include all disciplines within the college with faculty participation from Planning and Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Public Policy. Additionally, UTA’s civil engineering program will be contributing to the class.

“Similar to previous transformations, brought about by automobiles and airplanes, the future implications of new mobilities are likely to be multidimensional and complex, and their exploration requires an interdisciplinary perspective,” said Ivonne Audirac, interim director of CAPPA’s doctoral planning program.

Mobility experts from AECOM, that is helping implement the hyperloop technology in Texas, will partner with the class to help teach and further mobility research in the DFW metroplex.

Steven Duong, associate vice president for design and planning at AECOM and the Hyperloop Texas proposal lead consultant, reached out to CAPPA faculty about a course exploring this project. Duong earned a UTA master’s degree in city and regional planning in 2013.

The course will explore the future of the hyperloop, and new mobility services such as autonomous vehicles, air taxis and drone-based delivery.

Grapevine mayor: City stands to benefit from Plano DART extension

This map shows the 27-miles TEXRail crosses on its way to the airport and the stations it stops at.

Prior to the debut of TEXRail on Jan. 10, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $908 million loan was awarded to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System to connect the DART to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. This system would be built along the Cotton Belt line and would supply east-west rail connecting downtown Plano to DFW Airport. TEXRail connects DFW Airport to Grapevine and several other stations on its route to Fort Worth.

The Cotton Belt Corridor Regional Rail Project is a 26-mile passenger railroad extending from DFW Airport eastward to the Plano/Richardson area, covering three counties and seven cities. The project will be constructed primarily within the existing DART-owned railroad right of way. The tracks are currently used for freight rail service.

TEXRail service brings passengers from downtown Fort Worth to the DFW Airport. When complete, the Plano DART extension will bring passengers from Plano to the airport, where they are able to connect to places such as Grapevine and Fort Worth, and vice-versa, through TEXRail.

“The funding of this project is a real win for North Texas and couldn’t come at a better time,” Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate said in a statement. “The additional travelers that come as a result of this expansion will have the opportunity to take advantage of our historic downtown area and Grapevine Main station, creating a positive economic benefit that will ultimately accrue to our residents.”

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors!



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