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26 Feb 2019 8:00 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

 ENews / February 2019



What's Going on in TTA?

Welcome to new TTA members!

A warm welcome to the newest members of the Tarrant Transit Alliance!

  • Steve Montgomery, MontgomeryGR
  • Paige Hendricks, Paige Hendricks Public Relations
  • Bob Russey, Russey Insurance Services

Do you want to be a part of the change in our region? Join TTA by going to tarranttransitalliance.org/join-tta!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the Tarrant Transit Alliance signals your support for transit-oriented development and the economic development potential realized from an expanded regional transit system. Increase the awareness, education and advocacy efforts for expanding, enhancing and improving transit in the region by supporting the Tarrant Transit Alliance!

Upcoming Sponsorship Opportunities:

Monthly Friends of Transit Mixer Sponsor - $300

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.  These programs occur monthly, so reach out to let us know when you would be interested in sponsoring!

TEXRail TOD Tour - $500 (2 Sponsorships Left!)

This program occurs March 19th and is open to members of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, TTA, and the Urban Land Institute.  Event sponsors get their company's logo on the event's website and signage and 5 event tickets.  This program is limited to the first 55 to sign up, so sponsoring is a great way to guarantee spots!

Annual Sponsors - $5000-$10,000 

Annual Sponsorships come with recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, your company logo at all TTA events and membership for 2-4 key representatives at your company.

Interested in Sponsoring?  Contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org.


Transit Highlights

Trinity Metronomics


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

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TxDOT Transportation Plan - leave your comments

Want to help guide the future of Texas Transportation?

Take a moment to explore TxDOT's Texas Transportation Plan 2050 Virtual Open House.  Learn what TxDOT is focusing on in the next 30 years and help guide priorities for our state and region.

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Upcoming TTA Events


February Friends of Transit Mixer

THIS THURSDAY - 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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TEXRail & TOD Tour - LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

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.

This event is only open to the first 55 to sign up.  To guarantee your spot, please consider Sponsoring.

You can also register for just the Grapevine portion of the program if you can't make the 4:20 train departure time.

This event is for members of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, the Tarrant Transit Alliance, and the Urban Land Institute only. If you are not a member and wish to join, please click here.

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Upcoming Transit Events

Here is a list of upcoming events around our region and nation hosted by other organizations that might be of interest to you:


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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From Buffalo to Mariposa: State of the Art Workshops

6 Mar 2019 – 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
Webinar
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News you need to know

Local News

Arlington doesn't have a public mass transit system, so how do you get around? Curious Texas investigates

Dallas News – It’s difficult to commute between Arlington and other Dallas-Fort Worth cities unless you own a car or are willing to pay a hefty ride-sharing bill...

The suburb — home to Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor, AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park — is one of the largest U.S. cities without a public mass transit system.

Over the years, critics have said Arlington’s decision not to have a public transportation system is a burden to its nearly 400,000 residents.

Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke took a swing at the suburb during a stop on his U.S. Senate campaign last year, claiming the city’s decision to function without a public transportation system is “not by accident ... it is by design.”

An anonymous reader familiar with Arlington’s lack of public transit asked Curious Texas: What is preventing the city of Arlington from having a mass transit solution so Cowboys and Rangers fans can finally take the train?

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Clearer vision emerges for Grapevine Transit District

Community Impact Newspaper - Architects have shared a sharper vision for the redevelopment of the Grapevine Transit District, located near the Grapevine Main TEXRail station. Mesa Planning architects have been studying redevelopment of this area in anticipation of the increased pedestrian traffic from the train station. The architects requested approval from Grapevine City Council on Feb. 19 for their plan to hone in on the vision of this corridor.

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Will I-35W congestion finally be fixed? Fort Worth mayor has news for North Texas drivers

Star-Telegram –  Fort Worth is hoping to grow the number of people using public transit to reduce traffic and spur economic development. In January the city council approved a new incentive policy that included property tax breaks for developments near commuter rail lines that mix commercial and residential units.

TEXRail, the commuter rail line that runs from downtown Fort Worth to DFW Airport, shuttled nearly 100,000 people through North Richland Hills and Grapevine in January, according to Trinity Metro. The transit authority hopes to have 8,000 riders a day by the end of 2019.

Trinity Metro officials estimate TEXRail could be extended to the medical district for about $130 million, and to TCU for another $70 million. The current line was expected to cost $1 billion but actually cost tens of millions of dollars less, meaning some money may already exist to extend the line.

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News from around the Country & Around the World

Atlanta zoning update addresses parking, ADUs, missing middle

Congress for the New Urbanism –  The City of Atlanta recently adopted a zoning update designed to accommodate a growing population—including reductions in off-street parking requirements and more opportunities for “missing middle” housing types and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in single-family neighborhoods.

 The update resulted from a diagnostic test run on the city's zoning in 2015. “The diagnostic identified two buckets of items which came to known as Quick Fixes Phase I and Phase II,” Keyetta Holmes, Office of Zoning and Development Interim Director, told Public Square. “Phase I items were those items that could be done in the short term. Phase II were the midterm fixes that required an in-depth review of the code and were included zoning innovations that were necessary for a more equitable code.”

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Uber, Lyft to pay into fund to provide wheelchair-accessible trips

San Francisco Examiner – People using motorized wheelchairs have largely been left in the dust by the ride-hail revolution.

Now Uber and Lyft are set to start paying into a fund that will create California’s first wheelchair-accessible ride-hails — but the details of how that service will work have yet to be worked out.

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In Berlin, there’s now one app to access every mode of transportation

Fast Company – If you want to go somewhere in Berlin without driving your own car, a new app will give you every option–from bikesharing and scooters to ridehailing, carpooling, carsharing, taxis, and the entire public transportation system–and let you buy tickets on a single platform.

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Transit app Citymapper wants to simplify public transport with a weekly subscription

The Verge – Getting around a global city like London, New York, or Shanghai has become vastly more complicated in recent years. In addition to public transport options like buses and metro systems, travelers can now choose from a myriad of taxi apps, bike hire schemes, and new “micromobility” options like electric scooters.

Transport app Citymapper wants to simplify the process of navigating all of this with a contactless payment card that runs on a weekly subscription: the Citymapper Pass. The card is only available in London right now with an initial rollout limited to a few thousand subscribers, but Citymapper says it’s part of a long-term goal to simplify city transit.

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