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19 Feb 2019 8:15 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)



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

 ENews / February 2019



Transit Highlights

The City of Fort Worth's Draft Active Transportation Plan is Online

Fort Worth’s goal is to develop a plan for a transportation system that provides multiple alternatives for travel. The Active Transportation Plan will focus on walking and bicycling, including connectivity between other modes such as vehicles and transit. 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 Active Transportation Plan is a validation requirement for the Blue Zones Project, a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier for everyone in Fort Worth.

The draft version of this plan is now online.  There are a few placeholders in the plan for updated costs, prioritization, and performance measures, as this information is still being refined. Expect another draft that includes these additional updates.

The comment period for the draft is open until March 1st. Please direct any comments to

Julia Ryan
Senior Planner
817-392-2593

Read the Draft

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Dockless Shared Mobility Recommendations

The Fort Worth Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission (PABAC) recently made some recommendations about Dockless Shared Mobility Programs including Dockless Bikes and Scooters. 

To summarize - The PABAC does not support dockless bikes, stating that the current docked system is the preferred model as it mitigates negative impacts associated with dockless bikes.  However, the PABAC does support the city looking into the feasibility of a dockless scooter program. 

The recommendations document also outlines the best practices for the regulations of dockless shared mobility programs and specific recommendations for some of the regulations for a shared scooter program.

See the Presentation

Read the Recommendations 



Upcoming TTA Events


February Friends of Transit Mixer

February 28, 2019, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Locust Cider House


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. 

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

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Save the Date: TEXRail & TOD Tour

March 19, 2019, 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ The T&P Station

How much new development can one rail line produce?

The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, the Tarrant Transit Alliance, and the Urban Land Institute - North Texas are all teaming up for a TEXRail and TOD Tour. Ride the new TEXRail train and learn about the new and proposed development along its tracks.

Registration will open before you know it, but go ahead and save the date so you can get this event on your calendar!

Sponsorships are available now. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please click the button below.

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Events Around Town

Here is a list of upcoming events around town that might be of interest to you:

TxDOT Texas Transportation Plan 2050

21 Feb 2019 @5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
NCTCOG Large Meeting Room 

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SWTA Freedom Through Transit Annual Conference

2 Mar 2019 - 6 Mar 2019
El Paso Convention Center

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2019 National Shared Mobility Summit

5 Mar 2019 - 7 Mar 2019
Fairmont Chicago
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News you need to know

Holy Moly there's a lot of news out there about transportation! Here's an overview of some great articles you can read in your spare time:


Local News

Who’s running for office in Fort Worth? Here’s a look at the 2019 local election

Star-Telegram - Some Texans may still be feeling the fatigue of the 2018 midterm, but the local election cycle is just getting started.

Fort Worth voters can weigh in on city council, Tarrant Regional Water District and school board seats May 4.

Few incumbent politicians will have an easy election this spring. Only city council members Carlos Flores and Ann Zadeh will run unopposed, according to the latest filings from Fort Worth Secretary’s Office. All nine seats, including Fort Worth Mayor, are up for election.

The Tarrant Regional Water District has two at-large seats open for four-year terms. Panther Island, the $1.16 billion flood control and economic development project overseen by the district, will play a major role in this year’s election.

Scrutiny of the project was renewed late last year when the federal government skipped allocating money for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ portion of the project — a bypass channel in the Trinity River near downtown that would form Panther Island.

The Fort Worth school board is made up of nine single-member districts. Four of those positions are up for election this year. School board members serve four-year terms without pay. This year, no incumbents are running for re-election in Districts 5 and 6, which are currently held by Judy Needham and Ann Sutherland, respectively.

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Vision 2020: Dallas Transit Hub

NBCDFW - A vacant city owned parking lot that used to serve Reunion Arena visitors is the site for a proposed Transit Hub that would link High Speed Rail with other Dallas ground transportation. The city intends to invite developers to construct a mixed use complex on the site that would be much more than a train station. It could include movies, stores, restaurants, offices and apartments.

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News from around the Country & Around the World

FY 2019 Public Transportation Funding Is Great News For Nation’s Commuters and Communities

American Public Transportation Association - The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed by President Trump today, is great news for American commuters and communities as it continues historic funding levels with more than $16 billion for public transportation and intercity passenger rail.

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Why do automakers fear car-sharing? Take a look at Moscow.

Chicago Tribune - Carsharing in Moscow has gained massive traction in the last few years, staking claim to the largest shared fleet in Europe and 2nd in the world. Russia's internet giant Yandex is behind it all.

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In Remembrance of Rosa Parks: Transit Equity Day

Nonprofit Quarterly - On February 4th, the nation celebrated Transit Equity Day, in honor of the late Rosa Parks, who would’ve turned 106 years old. The holiday is intended to draw attention to transit as a civil rights issue and an important element of a climate-safe future...effective public transit planning is important for ensuring affordable, accessible, and convenient transportation options that contribute to the well-being of many disenfranchised communities.

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Microsoft, Moovit, and TomTom team up for multi-modal transport platform

Venture Beat - Microsoft, Moovit, and TomTom are combing forces to tackle urban congestion and suburban sprawl with a new partnership that will leverage data to help third-party developers expand mobility options for urban transportation.



Interesting Articles Worth the Read

Transit and Emerging Technologies

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A Balanced View of the Debate Surrounding Ridehailing and Urban Congestion

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American cities with rail transit are more likely to attract well-educated young people to live centrally

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The Predictions Were Wrong: Self-Driving Cars Have a Long Way to Go

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The Green New Deal's Huge Flaw

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How Two Cities Actually Reduced Driving

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Cool Tools on the Web

Mapping the impact of dockless vehicles


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Fort Worth, TX 76147

rachel@TarrantTransitAlliance.org

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