What's Going on in TTA?
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 (1 Sponsorship 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 email@example.com.
New Trinity Metro “First Mile/Last Mile” ZIPZONE Service Promotes Commuting To Work
Trinity Metro - As an innovative way to help North Texans reach their destinations, Trinity Metro is providing ZIPZONE, a first mile/last mile transportation solution, in select service areas.
The first area Trinity Metro is offering the new ZIPZONE service is in the Alliance corridor. Alliance ZIPZONE is the result of a regional partnership with the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), allowing riders to connect with the North Texas Xpress that operates between downtown Fort Worth and Alliance and Denton. Alliance ZIPZONE replaces the Alliance Link, a first mile/last mile pilot started by Toyota. That pilot ended in January 2019.
The Case For Transit Funding in Texas
Farm&City - If you’re reading this in a major Texas metro, you are currently experiencing about 1/3 the transit funding than you would experience in the other largest major US metros.
There is less bus frequency, less places you can get to by transit, less high quality rapid transit options, less fiscally productive real estate investment, and more people having to drive a lot more than they would like to.
We presented the following one pager to the Texas House Committee on Appropriations – S/C on Articles VI, VII & VIII Committee, as they had their initial discussion of the Texas Department of Transportation budget. You can see the testimony at 4:05:45 in this video.Download the One-Pager
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
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.
The train portion of this event is full but you can add your name to the waitlist. However, There is one more sponsorship spot for $500 that comes with 5 tickets. If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also register for just the Grapevine portion of the program if you can't make the 4:20 train departure time.
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Waitlist - FULL EVENT
Register - GRAPEVINE ONLY
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:
2019 National Shared Mobility Summit5 Mar 2019 - 7 Mar 2019
From Buffalo to Mariposa: State of the Art Workshops6 Mar 2019 – 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
Vision Zero Texas Lobby Day12 Mar 2019 – 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Texas Capital, Austin
News you need to know
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Dallas Public Transit Was Better in 1919 Than It Is in 2019
DMagazine – Dallas public transit was on the right track. By 1919, the city had an extensive streetcar network that could carry riders from Oak Cliff to Highland Park, South Dallas to Greenville Ave., Oak Lawn to Fair Park, and pretty much every where in between. An artist named Jake Berman has released a new rendering of that system that is a lot easier to read than the old historic maps you may have seen. The map makes it resoundingly clear that Dallas’ public transit system was once pretty great.
In fact, the new map looks like a rendering of future dreams for Dallas transit–a way to get around the inner city and plan dense development around trafficked transit corridors. And it was all there a hundred years ago–built out, functioning, even offering commuter rail service to places like Coriscana, Waco, Denton, and Fort Worth.
And then we ripped it out.
TxDOT Urges Young Drivers To Plan For Sober Ride
TxDOT – Spring Break is a dangerous time on Texas roads, with hundreds of impaired driving crashes involving young drivers occurring each year. As college students and young adults head to Spring Break destinations in the coming weeks, the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Plan While You Can” campaign reminds them to make a plan for a sober ride before the party starts.
“Drinking alcohol and driving can severely impact a young person’s future. Many promising lives are cut short due to the poor decision to drink alcohol and drive,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “We urge young drivers to make responsible choices during the Spring Break holiday. Before heading out, please plan ahead for a sober ride to ensure you get to and from your destination safely.”
During last year’s Spring Break* in Texas, there were 444 crashes involving young drivers who were driving under the influence of alcohol. Those crashes killed 11 people and seriously injured another 37.
News from around the Country & Around the World
Cuomo, de Blasio agree on tolls in Manhattan, MTA overhaul
AP News – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced a deal on plans for new tolls on motorists entering the heart of Manhattan, an important show of support as state lawmakers debate ways to raise revenue for an outdated transit system.
Interesting Articles Worth the Read
The Bus Is Still Best
The Atlantic – This article written by Human Transit author Jarett Walker explores why the bus still makes the most sense when trying to solve transportation issues in a city. Some key takeaways are:
- Micro-Transit is a new name for an old idea (dial-a-ride or demand-responsive transit) except with a smartphone. But these services are still as inefficient.
- Vans will become cheaper to run than buses only after they become fully automated. At the moment, passenger transport is at least 70% labor costs (this is why transit agencies run the largest bus they could need).
- The "to your door" convenience offered by micro transit is so expensive per rider that it cannot scale to the volumes of people traveling in a city. It can only be a special service for a small number of people.
- Micro-Transit IS a way to provide coverage services & is a useful way to provide disabled persons with specialized services.
- Transit Boards must find the balance between ridership goals (service where lots of people will ride) and coverage goals (a little service to everyone).
- The problem of urban transportation is a problem of sharing space. Even with autonomous vehicles, the congestion problem stays the same if you are driving or taking micro-transit alone.
- A city's bus service is as good as its leaders and voters want it to be.