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,
Tarrant Transit Alliance
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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ENews / September 2019
The Tarrant Transit Alliance is currently seeking nominations for the Board of Directors, Committees, and Committee Chair positions for our 2020 year.
Submit your Nomination
September 23, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Crockett Row
Celebrate the launch of The Dash service on Monday, Sept. 23 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Crockett Row (Crockett Street between Currie Street and Norwood Street).
Join us for complimentary breakfast and giveaways. You can also pick up your free #DASHandDISCOVER wristband.
These wristbands are your pass for great discounts from Crockett Row and the Cultural District Merchants.
September 24, 5:00 PM, Location TBD
JOIN US TO HAVE A DRINK & NETWORK
We invite you to join the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Tarrant Transit Alliance for a Member Mixer to mingle, network, eat & drink... all while learning a little bit about mobility in Fort Worth!
Get an update from Sal Espino - Director of Government Relations with Trinity Metro, about the future of transportation on the Northside and in Fort Worth in general. Learn about his current goals at the local, state and federal level and his strategic legislative plan for our region.
Interested in sponsoring this event?
October 26, 2019 @ 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
You are invited to Trinity Metro's first annual Bus Stop Clean Up Day.
Support your community, help clean up a bus stop.
Trinity Metro will provide all team members with trash bags, safety vests,gloves and t-shirts.
Grab your friends and help us give back to our community.
Sign up your own Team
Sign up for the TTA Team
October 15, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
SAVE THE DATE! Join the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth and the Tarrant Transit Alliance for an update on the newly announced Alliance Mobility Innovation Zone.
Registration will open soon.
Transit & Housing: Joint Development in Seattle
The Rail~Volution Podcast – Seattle’s Sound Transit is in the midst of a comprehensive expansion of transit service (Sound Transit 3 or ST3) that will double size of the system to approximately 120 miles and 80 stations. The legislation behind ST3 includes new direction to the agency to consider affordable housing on surplus property and provides new tools to make that happen. Listen to the podcast to find out about the evolution of transit-oriented development (TOD) at the agency, how they manage timelines and expectations, as well as the changes in statute that underlie their work.
Cornyn, Cruz support use of federal funds to extend TEXRail commuter train
Star-Telegram – Trinity Metro, the local transit agency, wants to take advantage of all the buzz created by the opening of the TEXRail commuter line, and possibly extend the trains to Fort Worth's medical district in three years. Another stop could be added at TCU. Read More
Dallas to Houston high-speed rail project passes'major milestone' to becoming reality
Dallas Business Journal – A petition for rulemaking to issue a Rule of Particular Applicability submitted by Texas Central, the Dallas-based company building the project, was granted by the Federal Railroad Administration. Read More
New public comment practice begins for Regional Transportation Council meetings
Denton Record-Chronicle – Thanks to House Bill 2840, the regular meeting of the Regional Transportation Council will be open to public comment beginning Thursday afternoon in Irving. Read More
Austin, Texas, Transportation Group Launches New Website
Government Technology – GetThereATX.com consolidates information on the many different mobility options available in Austin, and specific trip solutions for commuters, employers, schools, special events and visitors. Read More
THAT'S A WRAP: New Public Transit Services bus now a rolling advertisement for city tourism
Mineral Wells Index – The recent economic rebirth has the city on a roll. Now the Chamber of Commerce and Public Transit Services truly has Mineral Wells on a roll – across the Metroplex. The chamber and PTS on Thursday unveiled a new 10-passenger bus completely wrapped in the chamber’s“Greetings From Mineral Wells” campaign slogan that will serve as a rolling tourism advertisement for the city as the vehicle shuttles passengers between Mineral Wells, Weatherford and DFW. Read More
French city of Dunkirk tests out free transport – and it works
France24 – The city of Dunkirk in northern France launched a revamped bus system last year with a twist – it’s completely free. A new study shows that the program is not only revitalizing the city center but also helping the environment. Read More
Federal transportation policy is undermining any progress on climate
T4America – The conversation on climate change tends to focus on a few big things—electric vehicles, renewable energy, putting a price on carbon. But no matter how much progress we make on those fronts, Democrats and Republicans remain deeply committed to antiquated policy that undermines any action we take on climate change: spending billions to build new highways, encouraging more and more driving. Read More
Multi-Car Owners May Pay Sustainability Fee to Fund Memphis Area Transit
Planetizen – Called a'sustainability fee' by Mayor Lee Harris of Shelby County, the proposed fee would apply only to households that have three or more registered vehicles, about 17 percent of county residents. The first two vehicles would be exempt. Read More
Is transit ridership loss inevitable? A U.S.–France comparison
The Transport Politic – Urban transit ridership has declined every year in U.S. cities since 2014. It has increased every year in France since 2000. What is going on? Read More
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Are you interested in getting more involved?
The Tarrant Transit Alliance is currently seeking nominations for the Board of Directors, Committees, and Committee Chair positions for our 2020 year. If you, or someone you know, is a good fit for TTA, we want you to join us!
Nominations Close September 20.
September 10, 7:00 PM @ Fort Worth City Hall
Fort Worth residents have two opportunities to speak out on the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget and proposed tax rate. Hearings for both will be conducted during the regularly scheduled City Council meetings on Aug 27 and Sept. 10, 2019.
City Council will vote on the proposed budget during during their Sept. 17, 2019 meeting. All three City Council meetings are scheduled for 7pm. at City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
Residents can also email their feedback regarding the proposed budget and the proposed tax rate.
Interested in sponsoring this event?
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Forty-one elementary schools receive safe routes to school improvements
City of Fort Worth – The City of Fort Worth continues to improve safe routes to schools for students across the area with its Safe Routes to School program and additional projects. Read More
Texas Transportation Commission Approves State's 10-year Transportation Plan
TXDOT – The Texas Transportation Commission approved TxDOT’s 10-year transportation plan that includes more than $77 billion dedicated to improving safety, addressing congestion and connectivity, and preserving roadways for Texas drivers. Read More
News From Around the Country & Globe:
Google Maps adds multimodal trip planning feature
Smart Cities Dive - The app will display routes that include cycling and ride-hailing as first- and last-mile options along with transit directions. Read More
Lyft launching new program to remove transportation barriers toward healthy food
Al Dia Philadelphia - A partnership between Lyft, PHA and Uplift Solutions, is aiming to assist North Philly residents living in food deserts reach healthier food options. Read More
Could Kansas City become the first major U.S. city with a free transit system?
The Pitch KC – It costs $1.50 to ride a bus in Kansas City. That’s $15 per week to get to and from work—$50 per month for those that purchase a 31-day pass. That may not sound like much. But for low-income residents of Kansas City who don’t own a vehicle and struggle to make rent and put food on the table, it’s a significant line item on the budget. Making it all free is now on the table. Read More
Presidential candidates need to talk more about transportation
Curbed – It’s not just our fossil fuel dependence that needs to be addressed, it’s our car dependence. Read More
How Our Transport System is Biased Against Women
Streetsblog – The world we live in is designed by men - for men. And it continues to endanger women. Read More
One Thing We Can Do: Drive Less
New York Times – What would happen if everybody in the United States cut back on driving? We’re not talking about getting rid of your car, just using it a little bit less. It turns out that even driving just 10 percent less — if everyone did it — would have a big impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Read More
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Great Cities Have Great Transit
Accelerate Transit – Read the latest op-ed from TTA’s own Chairman - Jeff Davis! Read More
This Fort Worth transit official made sure TEXRail got built. Now he’s stepping down
Star-Telegram – As the city looks ahead to the next five to 10 years, much energy will be spent encouraging growth in the city's core. Read More
Fort Worth Is Growing Faster Than Dallas Is
D Magazine – So says the Census’ American Community Survey. Read More
Proximity to Light Rail a Hot Commodity for Offices in Dallas-Fort Worth
CoStar - CoStar Market Insights: Leasers, Tenants Both Win With Nearby Mass Transit. Read More
Public transit plans for Milwaukee and cities nationwide at risk from Koch-funded activists
Milwaukee Independent – A political battle over transit plans in other cities by Koch-funded interests offers insight into methods used by critics of Milwaukee’s streetcar, and foreshadows the methods to hinder its planned expansions. Read More
Officials: Phoenix voters say‘yes’ to expanding light rail system
ABC News – Phoenix voters have embraced mass transit in the nation’s fifth largest city by soundly saying“no” to a referendum that would have killed any future expansion. Read More
LA Metro Has An Innovation‘SWAT Team’ And They’re Fighting For The Future
LAist – They don’t have a secret laboratory or jetpacks, but the small Metro squad is behind some of the transit agency’s most ambitious projects. Read More
Uber deepens ties in healthcare with American Logistics partnership
Fierce Healthcare – Uber Health is partnering with healthcare transportation management company American Logistics to expand access to on-demand rides for medical appointments. As part of the collaboration, the companies will combine Uber's network of drivers and payer partners and American Logistics' transportation platform. By integrating the two technology solutions, healthcare plans and organizations will be able to provide patients more accurate and efficient scheduling, pickup and dropoff, real-time GPS tracking and messaging through one unified platform, the companies said in a press release. Read More
Interesting Articles Worth The Read:
Transit Can Save the Environment, Just Not How We Expected
Bloomberg – Your city might have a state-of-the-art public transportation system, but easier access is what will get drivers fed up with traffic to start using it. Read More
Micromobility : What does it mean for the future of transportation?
Dataconomy - How will micromobility change the way we travel from point“A” to“B”? How will micromobility co-exist with the traditional models of transportation? What is the importance of network effects in micro mobility? Read More
Mobility Data: How Your Travel Patterns Could Inform Policy
Planetizen – Data generated by travel modes can inform planners and regulators in improving the transportation system, but private mobility companies often restrict their access for concerns about privacy and competition. Read More
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