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4 Jun 2019 8:15 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

 ENews / June 2019



A Letter From the Chair

Public transportation initiatives have progressed since our beginning 18 months ago. The conversation about the benefits of transit has been gaining momentum because of all of you. The City of Fort Worth has delegated public transportation to Assistant City Manager, Susan Alanis, who understands that transit is transformational, and the City has hired Chad Edwards to lead the program. Mr. Edwards comes from Dart and has a planning background in transit. He understands many of the components in building a complete transit system, and we are fortunate to have him. Moreover, the County has recently hired Kristen Camareno, the former CEO of B-Cycle, to coordinate County efforts in public transportation. Ms. Camareno certainly understands first mile/last mile options and will be a real asset to transit.

All transit improvements are incremental because they require proper planning and capital. Fort Worth has embarked on a study, headed by Mr. Edwards with the assistance of consultants Nelson\Nygaard, to update the Trinity Metro Master Plan and to educate the Fort Worth City Council on all things transit. We are hopeful that we will see additional funds for transit in the City’s 2019-2020 budget and a demonstrated plan for longer-term funding.

Just as planning and funding transit is incremental, so is the Tarrant Transit Alliance’s strategy of educating and advocating for transit one person at a time. There is strong local support for transit as demonstrated by the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth’s study of Fort Worth voters where rail was supported by over 80%, and other transit modes by over 50% of the respondents. We need to continue to educate and advocate for funding Tarrant County initiatives. Initiatives including more frequent and longer hours of operations along our major corridors for buses; more first and last mile options; improved accessibility and more comfort through better information and bus shelters; building the next leg of TEXRail to the Southside; and making additional investments in new modes such as Bus Rapid Transit and fixed guideway options like the Streetcar.

Thank you all for your commitment to making our region a place that embraces public transportation. I look forward to our continued successes towards Tarrant County that is competitive with our peers and in providing additional opportunities for Tarrant County citizens to have the freedom to get to their schools, their jobs, their churches, their shopping, and enjoy all of the opportunities that a robust transit system can offer.

Jeff Davis

Chair, Tarrant Transit Alliance




What's Going On With Trinity Metro?

In this edition of Trinity Metronomics:


Overall ridership is up due to increase in services: TEXRail, TRE LINK, and ZIPZONE.  This is something to celebrate!

If you look JUST at bus, TRE and Vanpool you’ll see a decrease in ridership from April 2018; however, APTA considers 2 to 3 percent increases or decreases as essentially a stable ridership

In this edition, you will also learn a little bit more about the Dash debut


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Transit Moves | Fort Worth

Help Shape the Future of Transit in Fort Worth:

We all have opinions about how to improve transit in Fort Worth. Help the Transit Moves Fort Worth planning effort by providing your input on project goals and objectives and investment priorities. In this survey, you’ll spend just four minutes answering some questions about what you think are the best ways to improve the transit system in Fort Worth. The information you submit will be used to develop Transit Moves | Fort Worth.

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What's Going On With TTA?

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!



Learning Opportunities:

Taking Headways: A Streetsblog Podcast: High Impact Investing in Low Wealth Communities

Hear from Maurice Jones, President and CEO of LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). Maurice talks about working with communities and existing businesses to develop talent in the workforce, breaking down barriers to entry in certain professions such as property development, and the history of policies and practices that intentionally excluded certain populations from opportunity.
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Upcoming Webinars:

VisionZero Webinar - Using Health Data to Advance Vision Zero: A New Approach from San Francisco

4 Jun 2019 12:30 PM (EDT)

Toward Zero Deaths Webinar: Working with Nontraditional Stakeholders

5 Jun 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

VisionZero Webinar - Telematics as a Vision Zero Tool

18 Jun 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)




In the News & Online:

Local News:

Fort Worth now the 13th largest U.S. city

City of Fort Worth News – U.S. Census Bureau 2019 population estimates show Fort Worth jumping form the 15th to 13th largest city in the United States with a population of 895,008. Fort Worth gained 19,552 residents in 2018, climbing ahead of Columbus, Ohio and San Francisco. Read More

‘The Last Thing I Expected’: What Riders Are Saying About TEXRail

KERA News – TEXRail got off to a bit of a rocky start, delayed by the federal government shutdown.  But four months after the train began running between central Fort Worth and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, riders say they’re happy with the service.  Read More 


News From Around the Country & Globe:

Google Maps launches a‘wheelchair accessible option for 6 cities

Mashable – Big cities like London usually aren't known for being easily accessible to people using wheelchairs, but a new feature from Google Maps is a step toward making it easier. Read More

Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis and Philadelphia are about to jump-start their bike infrastructure

Fast Company – A new accelerator program will help the five cities get past the usual resistance to bike and transit infrastructure and change their streets as quickly as possible. Read More

Congress will reconsider $1.1 billion‘Smart Cities and Communities Act’

State Scoop – The legislation would coordinate federal agencies to support urban technology initiatives and provide five years of funding. 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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