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22 Jan 2019 8:33 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

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

 ENews / January 2019

Welcome new TTA Members

We would like to send a special welcome to the newest members of the Tarrant Transit Alliance!

  • Paul McManus
  • Jesse Herrera
  • Matthew Ireland
  • Gannon Gries
  • Maribel Gallardo

If you or someone you know would like to support our efforts to improve transportation in Tarrant County, please ask them to consider joining the Tarrant Transit Alliance!

Thank you for supporting TTA!

A big 'Thank you' to the following companies for sponsoring some upcoming Tarrant Transit Alliance Events:

If you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming TTA Event, please contact rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org.

Upcoming Events

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

Fort Worth is crazy over TEXRail, so is now the time to extend the trains south and west?

Commuter rail supporters in Fort Worth say the time to strike is while the iron is hot.

Officials at the new TEXRail train line, which lured more than 11,000 riders in its first weekend, say they want to take advantage of all the buzz created by the service and immediately begin expansion plans.

The commuter line, which connects Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, Grapevine and DFW Airport, currently only goes as far south as the Texas & Pacific Station in downtown Fort Worth.

But officials at Trinity Metro, the transit agency that owns TEXRail, believe it’s realistic to extend the line another 1.5 miles to the southwest and open another station in Fort Worth’s medical district — possibly in three to four years, if they get started now.


An evolving guide for cities struggling with dockless bikes and scooters

Two years ago fleets of dockless scooters and bikes weren't even within the realm of possibilities. Today, hundreds of cities across the country are grappling with how to manage the latest advances in shared micromobility services.

That's where Transportation for America's brand new resource—the Shared Micromobility Playbook—comes in as cities consider how best to manage these services.

Produced with feedback from the 23 cities that participated in our Smart Cities Collaborative, the Playbook is intended to help all cities better understand the variety of policy options at their disposal by exploring the core components of a comprehensive shared micromobility policy.

This Playbook is an extension of Transportation for America's Smart Cities Collaborative and intended to serve as the start of an ongoing conversation where cities can share their experiences and identify best practices as the results of the first pilot programs across the country come in.

The Playbook is divided into eight policy sections: General provisions, operations, equipment & safety, parking & street design, equity, communications & community engagement, data, and metrics.

Each section identifies key policy areas to reflect on, highlights the various options in each policy area, reviews the pros and cons of each level of action, and provides case studies of cities that have enacted certain policies. Sections also include suggested national standards across cities, areas for cities to make local choices, and key considerations when deliberating policy options along with recommendations.

View the Playbook

RTC approves legislative program for 86th session

From the City of Fort Worth City News - NCTCOG’s Regional Transportation Council (RTC) has finalized its legislative program for the 86th Texas Legislature, which began Jan. 8. The RTC remains focused on continuing to improve transportation and air quality and ensuring funding and financing mechanisms are available to support investments in the region’s transportation infrastructure.

Legislation supporting regional and local decision-making processes by metropolitan planning organizations, county commissioner courts and city councils is a top priority, along with their ability to use tolling, managed lanes, debt financing and public-private partnerships. The RTC is also seeking legislation to ensure fair-share allocation of funds to metropolitan regions, clarify definitions of toll road and comprehensive development agreement, and seek additional revenue for transportation.

While recent legislative sessions have provided more revenue for transportation, funding realities warrant additional action this session.

The RTC is encouraging the Legislature to reinstate and protect the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan program revenue, reinstate the appropriation of dedicated revenues to the Low-Income Repair and Replacement Assistance Program (LIRAP) and Local Initiative Projects (LIP), and appropriate LIRAP’s residual balance of previously-collected funds. A proposal to modernize the LIRAP and LIP programs would focus more on transportation projects with an air quality benefit.

Furthermore, progress should build on past efforts to retain eminent domain authority in transportation corridors and implement performance-based planning.

Learn more about the RTC’s legislative affairs, including efforts for which it will provide additional support during the 140-day session.

Teamwork helps region meet transportation challenges despite historic growth

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.”

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