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24 Apr 2019 8:17 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

 ENews / April 2019



Get out and Vote!

In-person early voting runs April 22-30 in the May 4 city election for mayor and city council.

To locate an early voting site in Tarrant County, Click here.

Not sure who to vote for?  
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ran a great Voters Guide for the City of Fort Worth and Arlington. See it here.


What's Going On With TTA?

Car-Free in Fort Worth:

TTA president Rachel Albright has decided to see what it might look like to ditch her car for the entire month of April to see how our current transit system fairs for a young professional who has been pretty car-reliant.  She is currently at the beginning of week 4, and has been posting regularly on the TTA website -

Read the Blog


She is also calling on YOU to pledge to do the same... not for an entire month - but maybe for a day, or a weekend... maybe a week for the brave!

If you are willing to try the pledge, you can sign up by clicking on the link below. 

Take the Pledge


2019 Membership Campaign:

Want to be a part of the change in our region?

Join the Tarrant Transit Alliance, or get a friend to join between April 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019 for a change to WIN BIG!

The Trinity River Vision Authority has graciously donated a fun-filled prize package that includes:

Any new members will be entered into a drawing to win this package. Any existing members will be entered into a separate drawing for an identical package.


Sign up today!

You can be a part of the voice of transit in Tarrant County with some of the best and brightest in our region, including our Founder Council Members, our Annual Sponsors, and our Corporate Members:

     
   Trojan 
Commercial Real Estate
 
     




TTA Events

SAVE THE DATE - 
May Friends of Transit Mixer

May 14, 2019 - Location TBD

At this next Friends of Transit Mixer, the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth will join the Tarrant Transit Alliance to learn more about the Transit Moves Fort Worth Transportation Plan.  Find out what recommendations are being made and talk about what priorities YOU think exist.

More information coming soon.

Sponsorship is available. For more information, please contact rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org



SAVE THE DATES - 
Transit Moves Fort Worth Outreach

May 22 2019 @ 5:30 PM, May 23, 2019 @ 12:00 PM & @ 5:30 PM – 
Locations TBD

Get Involved in the City of Fort Worth's Transportation Plan! 


The City of Fort Worth is excited about the possibility to significantly improve the reach and quality of the city’s transit system. Help us to improve transit by providing input at an upcoming meeting to ensure all your transportation needs are met.

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Events Around Town:


Voices For Public Transportation: National “Get on Board” Day

25 Apr 2019
Public transit systems and mobility champions will be uniting to raise awareness about the importance of public transportation. We’ll be highlighting the economic, social, cultural, and safety benefits of public transportation—and why we all need to “Get On Board” when it comes to investing to improve and expand public transportation in communities large and small.

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In the News & Online:

Local News:

The boom continues: DFW has gained a whopping 1 million people since 2010

Star-Telegram – If you need more evidence that Texas is growing at a breakneck pace consider this — Dallas-Fort Worth and greater Houston have gained more than 1 million people since 2010.

The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area added 131,767 residents from 2017-2018, more than any other metropolitan area in the country, pushing its population to 7,539,711, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The population of the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland area reached 6,997,384.

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Mayors recognized for work in securing Regional Veloweb Trail

City of Fort Worth News - The Regional Transportation Council recognized the mayors of Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Irving and Dallas for their successful efforts to collaborate and secure funding for the Fort Worth-to-Dallas Regional Veloweb Trail.

Once complete, the regional trail will extend 53 miles from downtown Fort Worth to downtown Dallas and connect with an extensive network of trails in each city. It will provide easier access to transit, employment, schools, neighborhoods and many other trails in each of the five cities.

All sections of the regional trail are expected to be complete by 2023.

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TRE Link offers new option to DFW Airport

City of Fort Worth News – Trinity Railway Express passengers now have a new way to travel to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. On April 15, Trinity Metro began operating the TRE Link in conjunction with Dallas Area Rapid Transit and DFW Airport.

TRE Link, which features a paint scheme similar to the TRE, will replace the existing shuttle that connects CentrePort passengers with the airport. Like the current service, TRE Link will operate every 30 minutes on weekdays.

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News From Around the Country & Globe:

Austin, TX City Council approves strategic mobility plan

Smart Cities Dive – The Austin, TX City Council unanimously approved the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP) on Thursday, marking the city's first comprehensive transportation plan. The adopted plan includes the draft of the plan as well as staff-recommended amendments.

Robert Spillar, Austin's transportation director, said in a statement that the plan is a "major milestone for Austin's mobility portfolio," noting it will address "the multimodal needs of our community" and offer more affordable opportunities to get around the city.

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National Partnership Launched to Empower Texas Transit Boards

C-TEDD – Urban transit agency boards play a vital role in translating a community’s needs and preferences into lasting action. Often made up of ordinary citizens representing specific neighborhoods or constituencies, these boards engage in critical, long-range planning that can transform cities for better or worse. At the same time, however, many board members come into the role with no formal training in planning, engineering, or finance. This often creates a learning curve for these officials, who must make vital decisions while still learning the ins and outs of their agency and its operations.

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Interesting Articles Worth The Read:

University of Washington researchers want to help Uber and Lyft protect data and share it with cities

Geek Wire – Cities where Uber and Lyft operate have a data problem. The University of Washington wants to provide the solution.

Companies such as Uber and Lyft are sitting on mounds of valuable data about where and when riders move around cities. Transportation officials are eager to get their hands on that information but the companies have been playing hardball out of fear that the data will be subject to public records requests under transparency laws.

Enter the UW’s Transportation Data Collective. Think of it as a vault where the city and tech companies can store sensitive information that is protected by the University of Washington. Although the UW is a public university, its research is not subject to public records requests, allowing it to function as a neutral third party.

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CONTACT US

(682) 231-2036

PO Box 470474
Fort Worth, TX 76147

rachel@TarrantTransitAlliance.org

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