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12 Mar 2019 12:40 PM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

 ENews / March 2019



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!

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

Upcoming Sponsorship Opportunities:

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.


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!


FEATURED SPEAKER

TD Smyers

CEO, United Way of Tarrant County


At the March Mixer, please join us at the new Blackland Distillery where we will hear from TD Smyers, CEO of UnitedWay of Tarrant County about their recent Tarrant County Community Assessment Report which identified Transportation as a top identified issue of our region.

What are the findings and how is the UnitedWay planning on tackling this issue?  Find out at our next Mixer!

This event is free to attend, but please register so we know how many to expect!

Interested in sponsoring this mixer? - Contact Rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org

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Transit Highlights

New Transit Options: Train, circulator and Lyft services driving transportation changes

Fort Worth Business Press – New transit options that have already pulled into the station and some that are on track for arrival will make it easier and more convenient to move around the Fort Worth area without a car.

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The Race and Culture Task Force Makes Recommendations to City Council

City Manager David Cooke presented the recommendations of the City of Fort Worth Race and Culture Task Force during the Pre-Council session to the members of City Council on March 5th.  Included in these recommendations are three Transportation Strategies/Goals:

  1. Transportation equity policy and five-year action plan: Facilitate more equitable decisions about the allocation of resources for transportation improvements.
  2. Transportation funding criteria: Facilitate more equitable decisions about the allocation of resources for transportation improvements.
  3. After-action reviews of pedestrian and bicycle crashes: Reduce the incidence of pedestrian and bicycle crashes in minority neighborhoods.

To read the full report, click on the link below:

Read the Report


Some interesting bills in the 2019 #TXLege Session

Our Friends at Farm&City have been busy successfully introducing the Vision Zero Texas legislative agenda, which has included the following bills:

  • HB 1287: Israel, Phelan, Meyer, Murphy, Martinez - Safe Neighborhood Streets
  • SB 1023: Rodríguez - Safe Neighborhood Streets
  • HB 1289: Israel - Stop for Pedestrians
  • SB 43: Zaffarini - Consistent Statewide Hands Free
  • HB 4243: Lozano - Crash Not Accident

While these are not public-transportation-related per se, these bills allow for a safer system that is more accessible for all users - pedestrians, bikers, drivers and riders.  Did you know that an average Texas day in transportation takes 10 lives and leaves 50 people with life-changing serious injuries like brain damage or a loss of a limb?  Safer Texas roads are good for everyone involved.

Some other Texas Legislative bills to follow:

  • HB 962: Miller - Relating to the operation of a motor vehicle passing a pedestrian or a person operating a bicycle.
  • HB 4281SB 1080: Israel, Watson - Relating to a county motor fuels tax in certain counties for mobility improvement projects
  • HB 3255SB 1526: Rodriguez, Watson - Relating to a county sales and use tax in certain counties for transportation improvement projects
  • HB 448SB 1524: Turner, Chris | Thierry, Zaffarini - Relating to the creation of an offense for failing to secure certain children in a rear-facing child passenger safety seat system
  • HB 2306: Rosenthal - Relating to a study regarding the public health considerations of transportation planning
  • HB 2814: Goodwin - Relating to the designation of highway safety corridors
  • SB 44: Zaffarini - Relating to the use of a wireless communication device by a state officer or employee while operating a motor vehicle

Additional Legislative Updates

Both the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress address many important transportation issues that affect the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

NCTCOG staff regularly update policy and technical committee members, transportation partners and others interested in monitoring legislative initiatives related to the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) legislative priorities.

Read the Updates


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.

Check it out


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.

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


News you need to know

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Interesting Articles Worth the Read

Jarrett Walker's 2018 RailVolution Keynote

For those who could not make the 2018 RailVolution conference to see Human Transit author Jarrett Walker's keynote address, you are in luck!  You can watch his full presentation via the link below - 

Watch the Video


Uber and Lyft are losing money. At some point, we’ll pay for it.

Washington Post – How can Uber and Lyft, both of which are planning initial public offerings this year, be price-competitive with car ownership outside of places such as Manhattan? Heavy subsidies, from both the companies and the drivers themselves.

The ride-sharing market offers a real-life illustration of the old economist’s joke: “We’re losing money on every unit, but we’ll make it up in volume!” Unfortunately for us riders, there’s only so much cheap investment money, and only so many inexperienced drivers, out there. Once Uber and Lyft have burned through those, they’re going to have to charge us what the rides are actually worth. Customers will be in for a rude shock.

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Political Winds Shift in San Diego

Smart Growth America – While San Diego has a few light rail lines, an extensive bus network, and a commuter rail line that connects to Oceanside, CA (about 35 miles north), much of the city is still very car-dependent. But there are hints of change as city leaders have begun to remake land use and development policy over the past few years—especially in the last 12 months—and political winds have start to shift.

This month on Building Better Communities with Transit—our podcast about transit-oriented development (TOD)—we chat with Colin Parent, Executive Director of Circulate San Diego, an advocacy organization that promotes public and active transportation in tandem with sustainable growth. As Colin notes, much of the renewed interest and support for transit and TOD is being driven by one thing: the housing crisis.

A fair amount of what Colin covers on the podcast is happening in real time. City leaders like Republican Mayor Kevin Falconer have become more vocal and assertive around new housing and are relaxing height limits and parking requirements across the city, including along the mid-coast transit corridor currently under construction. In fact, last Monday (March 4) the city voted to eliminate parking minimums and require parking costs to be unbundled from housing costs in "transit priority areas." And the city's transit agency has amended policies to allow for more TOD within the last year. Early discussions are also taking place about the possibility of a future ballot measure to raise new transit funding, as Colin discusses.

Listen to the Podcast


Who Pays For Roads? How the "Users Pay" Myth Gets in the Way of Solving America's Transportation Problem

Frontier Group & U.S. PIRG Education Fund – Many Americans believe that drivers pay the full cost of the roads they use through gas taxes and other user fees. That has never been true, and it is less true now than at any other point in modern times.

  • Roads don't pay for themselves
  • All of us bear the cost of roads
  • Governments spend more non-user tax dollars on highways than on transit, bicycling, walking and passenger rail travel, combined.
  • People who walk and bicycle pay their fair share for use of the transportation system.
  • Americans lead increasingly multimodal lives. Most are not “drivers” or “non-drivers” but people who use a variety of modes and pay for transportation in a variety of ways.
  • Solving the transportation funding crisis may or may not require higher gas taxes. It certainly requires policymakers to use fresh thinking. They can begin by taking three steps:
  1. Recognize the reality that all Americans now bear the cost of roads
  2. Treat revenue sources and investment decisions as separate. 
  3. Move toward a sensible pricing system for transportation.
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CONTACT US

(682) 231-2036

PO Box 470474
Fort Worth, TX 76147

rachel@TarrantTransitAlliance.org

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