June 19, 2020
Written on behalf of the TTA Board and members -
Today, on June 19, 2020, we celebrate the 155th anniversary of the acknowledgment in the state of Texas of the Emancipation Proclamation that declared 'all Slaves forever free,' by a U. S. Presidential Proclamation and Executive Order. This proclamation established the foundation on which we hold up the social and economic pillars of Social Justice and Freedom for all, including affordable and accessible public transportation. The Tarrant Transit Alliance would like to join in this 155-year Juneteenth celebration of Black Freedom by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement by our commitment to pursue Social Justice through our advocacy and dedication to equitable transit in Tarrant County.
Transportation access has long collided with trends of racial inequity. Consider, for example, how our highway system disproportionately cut through low-income areas and communities of color. These concrete barriers would displace people, lead to polluted neighborhoods, lower land values, and cut the access of entire populations to city services. Even today, transportation funding continues to help the suburbs at the expense of cities, with only 20% of all transportation dollars spent on mass transit. Let us also consider the powerful statement Rosa Parks made in 1955 when she was arrested for illegally sitting on the front of the bus, actively defying the Montgomery City Code.
Today, we see structural racism in our quickly gentrifying neighborhoods. Policies that, on face value, look to be about revitalizing cities were often (and are still often) rooted in long-standing racial prejudice that worsens pre-existing inequalities. We acknowledge the role that unchecked development can bring to a community & the need for better options for our majority-minority areas. While transit has the power to gentrify and displace, when done with an equity lens, transit can also elevate our community. Equity = Access to Opportunity and transit provides that access.
To do the work, internally and externally, to truly be drivers of progress, agencies and city leaders need to take a step back to listen to the voices that have long done the work to promote equitable placemaking and then take real, sustainable action. This requires financial resources and visionary leadership.
It is in honor of activists like Rosa Parks that TTA pushes toward transit equity through increased funding at the local, state, and federal levels. We promise to apply an equity lens to our board and programming to ensure equal representation, and we will actively work to better engage in inclusive public outreach. We will make the space to listen, learn, and support opportunities for change amongst TTA proponents, both at the community level and within the public sector.
So let's honor the day by taking a critical look at our past and determining how we can commit to act on the growing calls to dismantle racist systems. Let's set some tangible goals that espouse the values we hold dear. Let's invest in an equitable future.
Thank you for your commitment for Change.
Tarrant Transit Alliance
While the coronavirus has taken an enormous toll on transit ridership across the region and country, there are thousands of people locally who continue to rely on public transit every day to reach jobs and make other essential trips.
Our regional transit system is vital to our region — now more than ever.
Transit gets essential workers to work so all of us have access to food, healthcare, and other necessities. It ensures that those unable to drive or without access to a car are able to get to their medical appointments, the pharmacy, the grocery store, and other essential destinations.
Keeping our transit system running frequently and safely for essential trips and essential workers is an economic issue, a health issue, and a racial equity issue.
To help keep transit riders and transit drivers safe, here are some safety tips, originally published on this Active Transportation Alliance blog post, and adjusted for relevance to Tarrant County.
Tips for transit riders:
Avoid crowded buses or train cars.
This may mean giving yourself more time to wait for a less crowded bus or train to arrive. Trinity Metro, for example, has limited the number of riders to 35 percent of capacity.
Check your bus or train schedules before you travel.
Because of lower ridership, Trinity Metro is now operating on a modified Sunday schedule seven days a week
Keep your driver or conductor healthy — only interact with them when absolutely necessary.
Limit non-essential touching of handrails, straps, seat backs, and other surfaces.
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after using public transit. Remember not to touch your face.
We have also ceated a PDF in English and Spanish that you can print out and share.
Download in English
Download in Spanish
Join us in the fight for the future of transit! With lower ridership numbers and decreased sales tax, transit funding is facing a crisis. The federal emergency funding that has been awarded so far is a stopgap measure, but we need to rethink the ways we fund transit. Stay tuned for ways to get involved or email email@example.com with any ideas, questions, or concerns.
For additional COVID-19 related guidelines, news, and potential schedule changes, go to https://ridetrinitymetro.org/
This text based off of the Active Transportation Alliance's post co-authored by Julia Gerasimenko and Maggie Melin.
In this video, we interview Chad Edwards, the City of Fort Worth Regional Mobility & Innovation Officer, to find out more about where the "Transit Moves Fort Worth" plan stands now that the city has been on lockdown.
Thank you to our Sponsor Huitt-Zollars!
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Through our work with the Tarrant Transit Alliance and Farm&City, we have come to realize that pro-transit work, no matter how locally, does not happen in a vacuum. Moreover, we are all affected by the lack of support for transit funding at the state level. We identified an opportunity to collaborate and coordinate efforts between advocacy groups to elevate transit throughout the state of Texas, and held our first council meeting on May 15th.
This council is a place where advocacy organizations can share:
Best practices, skills, and resources (e.g., Equitable Public Outreach, Educational events, etc.)
Opportunities for coordination for state policy changes that relate to transit
Local advocacy strategies
So far, the council has discussed how to advocate effectively for transit during the pandemic, participation in National Transit advocacy efforts, lobbying for state-level transit funding, effective funding and campaigning strategies, bus electrification, and working at the MPO level.
Our next meeting is June 12th.
Started during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to provide you with the information you want to know about what is going on with mobility in Tarrant County. The goal of Mobility Matters is to bring in multiple perspectives - People working behind the scenes (city planners, trinity metro staff), people working the front lines (operators, non-profits), people who use the system every day. We want to hear their stories, and learn a little bit about our Mobility system.
Go to Mobility Matters on Youtube here
Dallas-Fort Worth ranked 21st out of 228 metropolitan areas on a list of U.S. cities with the most ozone pollution. Luckily, there is a solution!
Dallas Morning News "Dallas-Fort Worth’s air pollution dropped to record lows last year, but it still gets an ‘F’ in national report" - https://bit.ly/3aPRbRY
New York Times "The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America" https://nyti.ms/3bPqiyQ
This week, many of you are working from home, maybe for the first time. Some of you are experiencing the challenge of navigating shifting roles between employee, parent, and teacher in cramped environments. Many are worried about what these changes mean for your family, job, employees, and the community as a whole.
While many of you are working from home, navigating your children’s needs with your business’s needs, many others can no longer work. The end of the month is coming, groceries need to be purchased, medications need to be filled. Others can no longer go out - they are older or immunocompromised. Many in our community live paycheck to paycheck and are one disaster away from no longer being able to provide for their families. Our community is suddenly experiencing shifts in our autonomy and in the systems on which we rely.
Still, others provide essential social services and who HAVE to go into work. Even if it compromises their health or the health of their family. Transit drivers are included in this heroic bunch. The Trinity Metro team has agreed to continue to provide the critical service of moving people around for as long as possible during this challenging time. We would like to thank all of the Trinity Metro transit team, with a special appreciation to the many transit drivers, for their indiscriminate professionalism to ensure the safe mobility for the thousands of transit riders.
During this crisis, the fragility of our community becomes more defined. The essential need of access becomes more clearly understood. Without access, how do we get food? Without access, how do we get medical care? Who do we rely upon to help us gain access to these things? Many reading this have access to your own personal vehicle, but are, perhaps, experiencing what limited access feels like for the first time.
So, we want to personally thank the helpers for all that they do, now more than ever. Thank you, grocery store clerks, for giving us access to food. Thank you, social workers & non-profit care providers, for giving us access to resources. Thank you, medical professionals, for giving us access to healthcare.
… and Thank you, Transit Drivers, for giving us ACCESS.
The next 2 weeks will be difficult. The entire Tarrant Transit Alliance board and membership is available to support and serve the Tarrant County Community in any way that we can during these challenging times directly related to health.
Well wishes to all of you,
On December 4th, 2019 the Tarrant Transit Alliance hosted our first ever "Sip & Celebrate" to honor Jeff Davis, our founding chairman, as he transitions from chair of the Tarrant Transit Alliance to the Chair of the Trinity Metro Board of Directors.
The Tarrant Transit Alliance also had the pleasure of surprising Councilperson Ann Zadeh with the 2019 Visionary Award For providing the visionary leadership needed to start the transit journey in Tarrant County.
Congratulations to you both!
The Rail Passengers Association, the nation’s oldest and largest organization speaking for the nation’s 40 million annual users of rail and transit, is launching a new partnership with Amtrak, Trinity Metro, and DownTown Fort Worth, Inc. and local rail passenger advocates to recruit and train enthusiastic volunteers to help travelers at the Fort Worth Central Station.
While the station is fully staffed by Amtrak ticket and station agents, the Rail Passengers Association is expanding its nationwide station volunteer program to enhance the passenger experience for customers traveling on Amtrak, TexRail and TRE to and from the station. Rail Passengers and its partners are hosting an open house on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at the station to introduce the Station Host Volunteer program to the community and to recruit enthusiastic volunteers to lend a hand expanding the numbers of volunteers who already support the station.
“The Station Volunteer program comes down to customer experience and helping Amtrak passengers with a service that makes them feel welcomed into the community,” said Rail Passengers Association President and CEO Jim Mathews.“This is a unique program that couldn’t exist without the commitment made by amazing volunteers, and we hope to keep expanding the program to other cities and towns throughout the country.”
The Station Host Volunteer Open House will take place on December 14 at the Fort Worth Central Station at 1001 Jones Street. The event will run from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. The Open House will welcome community members and volunteers to the station and will include refreshments and giveaways for guests. Members of the Rail Passengers Association, Amtrak, Trinity Metro, and Downtown Fort Worth Inc. will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.
The program is set up to have volunteers available to assist passengers using Amtrak’s“Texas Eagle” and“Heartland Flyer” trains traveling through the Fort Worth station. Volunteers will staff the station before train arrival and after train departure for the twice daily Texas Eagle and Heartland Flyer trains.
To learn more, email the Rail Passengers Association.
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