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5 Feb 2019 9:05 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

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

 ENews / February 2019


Transit Highlights

The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index - the Center for Neighborhood Technology

Did you know that 23% of an average person's income is spent on transportation in Fort Worth, TX (National Average income is considered $53,889)? On top of that, an additional 27% of their income is spent on housing? That's 50% of an average person's income spent!  However, there are parts of our city where an average person could spend 60, 70, even 80% of their income on housing and transportation!  When you have to spend money on housing and transportation, that leaves less for you to spend on important things like food, healthcare, savings... essentially, anything else!  In fact, the Center for Neighborhood Technology states that 0% of the City of Fort Worth's Neighborhoods are location efficient (compact, close to jobs and services, with a variety of transportation choices, which allow people to spend less time, energy, and money on transportation).

Compare this to a place like New York City, which scored an 86% Location EfficiencyScore.  Typically considered a very expensive place to live, when you look at the Housing and Transportation Affordability Index, a very different picture emerges.  While 37% of a person's income is spent on housing, only 11% is spent on Transportation, for a total of 47%.  If you adjust the figures for the region's typical average income ($67,296 instead of $53,889), the H+T Cost % goes down to only 39% of the total average person's income.

Want to dig into the data? You can find out the specific Housing + Transportation cost for a region, a county, a neighborhood or even a block using the Center for Neighborhood Technology's Housing and Transportation Index.  You can also look up metrics like job access and the average number of automobiles per household.

Go to the H+T Index

Are you a data nerd? Dig into Total Driving Costs while you are at it!

Total Driving Costs

The Trinity Metro 2019 State Legislative Program and Resolution

Trinity Metro has published their 2019 State and Legislative Program.  This program is open to the public, and you can download a copy for your consumption right here.

Download the 2019 Legislative Program

The Main Takeaway: 

Trinity Metro is petitioning the State Legislature to allow the same opportunity as DART to enter into public-private legislation, which would require approval of a simple text amendment to Texas Transportation Code § 452.108

Trinity Metronomics

Trinity Metronomics is a monthly report covering a variety of Trinity Metro news and insights, including key performance indicators, goals and project highlights. 

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Upcoming Events

CTEDD: Equity Issues in Transportation

February 5, 2019, 3:00 - 4:00 PM at the University Center at UTA

The Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions and Dollars (CTEDD) at the University of Texas at Arlington welcomes you all to its first session of the CTEDD Lecture Series.


10th Annual Northeast Tarrant Transportation Summit: Texas - The Wild Wild West of Transportation

February 8, 2019, 8:00 AM - 1::30 PM at Hurst Conference Center

Howdy! Put on your boots and scoot on over to the 10th Annual Northeast Tarrant Transportation Summit on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas!

This Summit is one of the largest transportation events in Texas. Every year, it showcases a panel of modern-day transportation trailblazers that discuss what’s on the horizon of transportation innovation in Tarrant County, the State of Texas and the United States, as a whole.

This year’s event features legendary Texas businessman and chairman of Texas Central, Drayton McLane, Jr.

A transportation maverick in his own right, he will provide his insights on this uncharted transportation territory and even what bullets and trains have in common!

At this year’s Summit we will see and hear the good, the bad and the ugly of the next generation of transportation as we gallop

full-speed ahead into the wild blue yonder.

So, saddle up! This Summit promises to be the can’t-miss transportation event of the year!


February Friends of Transit Mixer

NEW DATE: February 28, 2019, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Location TBD

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 Speakers


Susan Alanis

Assistant City Manager

City of Fort Worth


Chad Edwards

Mobility & Innovation Officer

City of Fort Worth

At the February Mixer, we will hear from Chad Edwards and Susan Alanis from the city of Fort Worth.  Chad Edwards is the new Mobility and Innovations officer and he will update our group on this new position at the city and what he will be focusing on during his first year.  Then, Susan Alanis, Assistant City Manager, will give the group an update on the Transit Task Force and the initial findings of the new Nelson & Nygaard study the city has funded. 

Location will be announced soon.

While this event is free to attend, Please RSVP so we know to expect you!


News you need to know

This is the largest city in U.S. without mass transit. Is it a transportation innovator?

Justin Tarkington is a big fan of Via on-demand rideshare service.

Each work day, he uses the Via app to hail a ride from his home in east Arlington — not far from East Mitchell Road and Texas 360 — and within moments a Mercedes Metris van shows up to give him a ride to CentrePort train station.

From there, he catches the Trinity Railway Express to Fort Worth, where he works each day in the food service industry.

“I get where I need to go — home, and work,” Tarkington said on a recent afternoon outside CentrePort.

Lyft says it reduces impaired driving and boosts the Dallas-Fort Worth economy. But at what cost?

From the Dallas Morning News - New data from Lyft suggests its Dallas-Fort Worth riders added $70.7 million to the local economy last year and are 67 percent less likely to drive impaired due to the availability of the ride-hailing service.

But at what cost?

Lyft's data detailing its impact on spending comes on the tail of another study pointing to ride-hailing companies as contributing to the declining use of public transit.

That study, conducted by civil engineers at the University of Kentucky, found that for every year ride-hailing companies are present in a city, rail ridership can be expected to decrease 1.3 percent and bus ridership can be expected to drop by 1.7 percent. It also suggests the effect "builds with each passing year."

Ride-hailing companies often tout their services as supplementing public transportation — filling in gaps where transit systems don't meet commuters' needs. Lyft's report estimates that ride-hailing increases public transit ridership by 5 percent in two years for the average transit agency, citing a 2018 study.

Uber has also produced economic impact data about its Texas service that calculates everything from riders' savings on single trips and parking costs to more speculative measures, such as time savings and the cost of car ownership.

In Dallas, public transit use has remained stagnant or declined in recent years. The most recent data from Dallas Area Rapid Transit shows bus ridership has generally been in decline for a decade but has fallen more significantly since 2015, and light rail ridership has remained flat in recent years.

In a 2018 ridership report, DART cited competition from ride-hailing companies as a reason for losses in ridership, though the agency does partner with prominent companies in order to help riders get to difficult-to-reach rail stations.

"Almost all of these studies – and our analysis of the phenomenon – are based upon correlations rather than causation," said DART spokesman Mark Ball, "We can't confirm with certainty that transit riders are actually moving to [ride-sharing services] from transit, but it appears to be happening in some situations."

The University of Kentucky study led by Gregory Erdhardt examined 22 transit agencies in large American cities, including Dallas' DART. It determined that factors such as gas prices, car ownership and service changes were important but insufficient in understanding what leads to declining public transportation use.

"For a long time, it's been about ride-hailing complementing transit in different ways. That is true to a degree. But it's a question of whether it's happening enough," Erdhardt told CityLab.

Starting today, TEXRail is no longer free. Are people riding the trains anyway?

Will TEXRail riders put their money where their mouth is?

On Friday, the new 27-mile commuter train service from downtown Fort Worth to DFW Airport began charging fares to its customers. Since the passenger rail line opened Jan. 10, it had been available to the public at no charge as a way to encourage North Texans to try it out.

The rail line has been extremely popular, with nearly 5,000 riders per day during the free period.

And early Friday morning at Smithfield Station in North Richland HIlls, even though the rides were no longer gratis, plenty of commuters were seen waiting on the platform — most huddling under a canopy as a light mist fell.


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