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Transit in Tarrant County - What's new?

14 May 2019 8:17 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

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What's Going On With TTA?

Welcome New TTA Member:

A big welcome to the newest member of the Tarrant Transit Alliance:
  • Scott Scherer, Harris Kocher Smith


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!



What's Going on with Trinity Metro?

Have You Met Spike?:

Have you met Spike? Spike is the 8th Trinity Metro TEXRail train that will join the family later this summer. Currently at the brand new Stadler U.S. facility in Salt Lake City Utah celebrating the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad meet and the driving of the ceremonial golden spike, our Spike will head to Fort Worth soon. His arrival will bring a more frequent schedule to the Trinity Metro TEXRail service. Follow Trinity Metro on social media to see his journey. Read More 


Need a ride to work? This service will connect you to TEXRail

Star-Telegram –  Job hunters in Fort Worth will soon have an easier time connecting with the more than 18,000 positions in Mercantile Center.

The Fort Worth city council Tuesday committed $500,000 to an on-demand ride share pilot program with Trinity Metro designed to connect TEXRail riders with employers in the Mercantile Center distribution/office park area. Beginning between July and August, riders of either TEXRail or the bus can get off at the Mercantile stop and use a smart phone app to hail a Via car to take them to work. Read More



Upcoming Events


Transit Moves Fort Worth Outreach

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

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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Learning Opportunities:

Webinar Recap: Measuring Vision Zero from the Outside

Understanding Vision Zero progress requires creativity and strategy, which advocates in Denver, Boston and Cambridge have in large supply. In our recent Vision Zero Network webinar, WalkDenver and LivableStreets Alliance shared how they developed and used measurement tools, such as annual report cards and progress reports, to hold their leaders accountable to their Vision Zero goals. They call attention to progress(or lack thereof) toward Vision Zero goals, such as miles of bike lanes built, number of pedestrian crossings added, type and quality of data collection and public reporting. And then, they use these tools as advocacy instruments to energize the community, garner media attention for street safety, advance legislation and/or influence budgets. Learn more from our recent blog post, where you can also access the webinar recording.

Upcoming Webinars:

EcoDistricts Webinar: Centering Health in District-Scale Development

15 May 2019 – 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Webinar: Engaging with Elected Officials

22 May 2019 – 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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VisionZero Webinar - Meaningful Community Engagement to Advance Vision Zero

22 May 2019 – 2:00 PM (EDT)

Learn More


In the News & Online:

Local News:

Gridlock: Is far west Fort Worth the next bottleneck?

Star-Telegram – Every afternoon, motorists get stuck on Interstates 20 and 30 as they head toward far far west Fort Worth, Aledo and Weatherford.

With booming developments like Walsh and Morningstar, the number of people traveling back and forth each day is about to soar: Traffic is expected to increase by 40 percent over the next 20 years along Interstate 20 just west of the merge with Interstate 30. Read More

How Successful is Regionalism? Let’s Do the Math.

D-Magazine – If you are drinking the regionalism Kool-Aid, then its time to take a hard look at the long-term costs of DFW's rapid decades of wild growth. Read More

‘If you can’t beat them, silence them’: City leaders, Texas Legislature at odds over local control

Dallas News – The Texas Legislature is cracking down on cities.  Lawmakers — particularly conservative ones — are pushing bills this session to limit how much local governments can tax their residents. They’re trying to stop cities from imposing bans on short-term rentals, like Airbnb. They want to block local officials from forcing businesses to offer employees paid sick leave.

Bennett Sandlin, executive director of the Texas Municipal League, said local control is under attack like he’s never seen before. The assault is ratcheting up nationwide, he said, because of conservative groups pressuring state legislatures to peel back business regulation. But he also said the tone is set at the top, and Gov. Greg Abbott is a fierce leader in the war against cities. Read More

Denton Transportation Authority Expands Options via Mobility as a Service Model

Dallas Innovates – From scooters to ridesharing to autonomous vehicles, DCTA is combining services from 31 public and private transportation providers in the communities it serves. Read More


News From Around the Country & Globe:

The FTA just announced $15 million in funding for innovative mobility projects in public transportation. https://youtu.be/GBuOhT2eyRc


“It’s not right”: why Uber and Lyft drivers went on strike

Vox – Following Lyft’s IPO and prior to Uber’s, drivers are demanding fair wages and better treatment. Read More


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CONTACT US

(682) 231-2036

PO Box 470474
Fort Worth, TX 76147

rachel@TarrantTransitAlliance.org

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