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  • 12 Feb 2019 1:03 PM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / February 2019



    Transit Highlights

    United Way of Tarrant County cites Transportation as a Key Issue in our Region in their 2018-19 Community Assessment Report

    The United Way of Tarrant County has published its 2018-2019 Community Assessment Report.  In this report, the top identified issues facing our region are:

    • Housing and Homelessness
    • Health, Mental Health and Wellness
    • Transportation
    • Education, Early Childhood and Youth
    • Basic Needs, Emergency Assistance and Financial Stability

    If you would like to read the entire report or learn more about their findings, please click on the button below:

    Read the Report


    Upcoming TTA Events


    February Friends of Transit Mixer

    February 28, 2019, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Locust Cider House


    At the February Mixer, we will hear from Chad Edwards and Susan Alanis from the city of Fort Worth.  Chad Edwards is the new Mobility and Innovations officer and he will update our group on this new position at the city and what he will be focusing on during his first year.  Then, Susan Alanis, Assistant City Manager, will give the group an update on the Transit Task Force and the initial findings of the new Nelson & Nygaard study the city has funded. 

    While this event is free to attend, Please RSVP so we know to expect you!

    REGISTER



    Save the Date: TEXRail & TOD Tour

    March 19, 2019, 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ The T&P Station

    How much new development can one rail line produce?

    The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, the Tarrant Transit Alliance, and the Urban Land Institute - North Texas are all teaming up for a TEXRail and TOD Tour. Ride the new TEXRail train and learn about the new and proposed development along its tracks.

    Registration will open before you know it, but go ahead and save the date so you can get this event on your calendar!

    Sponsorships are available now. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please click the button below.

    Sponsor

    This event is open to members of REC of GFW, ULI, and TTA only.  If you would like to attend this event, please consider sponsoring or joining TTA.


    Events Around Town

    Here is a list of upcoming events around town that might be of interest to you:

    NCTCOG Transportation Public Meeting

    11 Feb 2019 @2:30 PM
    NCTCOG

    Show details

    TxDOT Texas Transportation Plan 2050

    21 Feb 2019 @5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    NCTCOG Large Meeting Room 

    Show details

    SWTA Freedom Through Transit Annual Conference

    2 Mar 2019 - 6 Mar 2019
    El Paso Convention Center

    Show details

    2019 National Shared Mobility Summit

    5 Mar 2019 - 7 Mar 2019
    Fairmont Chicago
    Show details


    News you need to know

    Holy Moly there's a lot of news out there about transportation! Here's an overview of some great articles you can read in your spare time:

    Local News

    McKinney, state officials begin discussing regional transportation plan

    The city has been a key player in a commuter bus service proposal, called Route 70, that would travel along SH 121 between McKinney and Lewisville. A funding source for the service has not been determined. McKinney and several surrounding cities will also participate in a regional study on transit.  However, they are not sure a traditional Bus Route is the right choice.

    Read More

    Would you ride to work? Why Fort Worth is looking to TEXRail stations for development

    Fort Worth traffic has been a fact of life basically forever, but a plan propelled by interest in the TEXRail line could cut the need for a car for many who want to live and work in Tarrant County.

    Read More


    News from around the Country & Around the World

    Global People-Before-Cars Transportation Alliance Launches With $6m Grant

    The New Urban Mobility alliance – NUMO for short – has been launched today in Washington, D.C. It aims to provide a guiding vision for more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient transportation in cities and will major on modes other than private motor cars.

    Read More

    Denver Mass Transit Forms Partnership with Uber

    For the first time, riders can now plan bus or rail trips on their Uber app. However, some transit experts caution against letting private-sector firms become the de facto mobility manager for a transit region.

    Read More

    Honda and Zipcar Expand Car-Sharing Operations, Focus on College Students

    Automakers are responding to the rise of sharing services in different ways. Some are starting their own, but Honda partners with an existing player: Zipcar. The two companies are now expanding their partnership, hoping to entice more new car-sharing users in California and Ohio.

    Read More

    Frenemies: BMW, Mercedes Prepare ‘Jurbey’ Joint Mobility Service

    BMW and Daimler (parent of Mercedes-Benz), are preparing to launch a joint mobility venture this winter called Jurbey. This Berlin-based operation will offer and coordinate between:

    • Ride-hailing (a la Uber)
    • Car sharing
    • Parking
    • Charging
    • Other Miscellaneous on-demand mobility services

    Jurbey services might also include software (for parking, energy supply and distribution, and transportation services info); arranging contracts (for rentals, parking, and trip planning); insurance; loans and financial services; gas stations for fueling, repair, maintenance, and charging; and online access to data for the various services.

    Read More


    Interesting Articles Worth the Read

    Check out our interesting articles on the Resources Page


  • 5 Feb 2019 9:05 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / February 2019


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    Transit Highlights

    The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index - the Center for Neighborhood Technology

    Did you know that 23% of an average person's income is spent on transportation in Fort Worth, TX (National Average income is considered $53,889)? On top of that, an additional 27% of their income is spent on housing? That's 50% of an average person's income spent!  However, there are parts of our city where an average person could spend 60, 70, even 80% of their income on housing and transportation!  When you have to spend money on housing and transportation, that leaves less for you to spend on important things like food, healthcare, savings... essentially, anything else!  In fact, the Center for Neighborhood Technology states that 0% of the City of Fort Worth's Neighborhoods are location efficient (compact, close to jobs and services, with a variety of transportation choices, which allow people to spend less time, energy, and money on transportation).

    Compare this to a place like New York City, which scored an 86% Location EfficiencyScore.  Typically considered a very expensive place to live, when you look at the Housing and Transportation Affordability Index, a very different picture emerges.  While 37% of a person's income is spent on housing, only 11% is spent on Transportation, for a total of 47%.  If you adjust the figures for the region's typical average income ($67,296 instead of $53,889), the H+T Cost % goes down to only 39% of the total average person's income.

    Want to dig into the data? You can find out the specific Housing + Transportation cost for a region, a county, a neighborhood or even a block using the Center for Neighborhood Technology's Housing and Transportation Index.  You can also look up metrics like job access and the average number of automobiles per household.

    Go to the H+T Index

    Are you a data nerd? Dig into Total Driving Costs while you are at it!

    Total Driving Costs


    The Trinity Metro 2019 State Legislative Program and Resolution

    Trinity Metro has published their 2019 State and Legislative Program.  This program is open to the public, and you can download a copy for your consumption right here.

    Download the 2019 Legislative Program

    The Main Takeaway: 


    Trinity Metro is petitioning the State Legislature to allow the same opportunity as DART to enter into public-private legislation, which would require approval of a simple text amendment to Texas Transportation Code § 452.108



    Trinity Metronomics

    Trinity Metronomics is a monthly report covering a variety of Trinity Metro news and insights, including key performance indicators, goals and project highlights. 

    Read More


    Upcoming Events

    CTEDD: Equity Issues in Transportation

    February 5, 2019, 3:00 - 4:00 PM at the University Center at UTA

    The Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions and Dollars (CTEDD) at the University of Texas at Arlington welcomes you all to its first session of the CTEDD Lecture Series.

    REGISTER


    10th Annual Northeast Tarrant Transportation Summit: Texas - The Wild Wild West of Transportation

    February 8, 2019, 8:00 AM - 1::30 PM at Hurst Conference Center

    Howdy! Put on your boots and scoot on over to the 10th Annual Northeast Tarrant Transportation Summit on Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas!

    This Summit is one of the largest transportation events in Texas. Every year, it showcases a panel of modern-day transportation trailblazers that discuss what’s on the horizon of transportation innovation in Tarrant County, the State of Texas and the United States, as a whole.

    This year’s event features legendary Texas businessman and chairman of Texas Central, Drayton McLane, Jr.

    A transportation maverick in his own right, he will provide his insights on this uncharted transportation territory and even what bullets and trains have in common!

    At this year’s Summit we will see and hear the good, the bad and the ugly of the next generation of transportation as we gallop

    full-speed ahead into the wild blue yonder.

    So, saddle up! This Summit promises to be the can’t-miss transportation event of the year!

    REGISTER


    February Friends of Transit Mixer

    NEW DATE: February 28, 2019, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Location TBD

    We hope you will join the Tarrant Transit Alliance for drinks, a few small bites, and a quick update about the state of transit in Tarrant County at our monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixer!

    Featured Speakers

     

    Susan Alanis

    Assistant City Manager

    City of Fort Worth

     

    Chad Edwards

    Mobility & Innovation Officer

    City of Fort Worth


    At the February Mixer, we will hear from Chad Edwards and Susan Alanis from the city of Fort Worth.  Chad Edwards is the new Mobility and Innovations officer and he will update our group on this new position at the city and what he will be focusing on during his first year.  Then, Susan Alanis, Assistant City Manager, will give the group an update on the Transit Task Force and the initial findings of the new Nelson & Nygaard study the city has funded. 

    Location will be announced soon.

    While this event is free to attend, Please RSVP so we know to expect you!

    REGISTER





    News you need to know

    This is the largest city in U.S. without mass transit. Is it a transportation innovator?

    Justin Tarkington is a big fan of Via on-demand rideshare service.

    Each work day, he uses the Via app to hail a ride from his home in east Arlington — not far from East Mitchell Road and Texas 360 — and within moments a Mercedes Metris van shows up to give him a ride to CentrePort train station.

    From there, he catches the Trinity Railway Express to Fort Worth, where he works each day in the food service industry.

    “I get where I need to go — home, and work,” Tarkington said on a recent afternoon outside CentrePort.


    Lyft says it reduces impaired driving and boosts the Dallas-Fort Worth economy. But at what cost?

    From the Dallas Morning News - New data from Lyft suggests its Dallas-Fort Worth riders added $70.7 million to the local economy last year and are 67 percent less likely to drive impaired due to the availability of the ride-hailing service.

    But at what cost?

    Lyft's data detailing its impact on spending comes on the tail of another study pointing to ride-hailing companies as contributing to the declining use of public transit.

    That study, conducted by civil engineers at the University of Kentucky, found that for every year ride-hailing companies are present in a city, rail ridership can be expected to decrease 1.3 percent and bus ridership can be expected to drop by 1.7 percent. It also suggests the effect "builds with each passing year."

    Ride-hailing companies often tout their services as supplementing public transportation — filling in gaps where transit systems don't meet commuters' needs. Lyft's report estimates that ride-hailing increases public transit ridership by 5 percent in two years for the average transit agency, citing a 2018 study.

    Uber has also produced economic impact data about its Texas service that calculates everything from riders' savings on single trips and parking costs to more speculative measures, such as time savings and the cost of car ownership.

    In Dallas, public transit use has remained stagnant or declined in recent years. The most recent data from Dallas Area Rapid Transit shows bus ridership has generally been in decline for a decade but has fallen more significantly since 2015, and light rail ridership has remained flat in recent years.

    In a 2018 ridership report, DART cited competition from ride-hailing companies as a reason for losses in ridership, though the agency does partner with prominent companies in order to help riders get to difficult-to-reach rail stations.

    "Almost all of these studies – and our analysis of the phenomenon – are based upon correlations rather than causation," said DART spokesman Mark Ball, "We can't confirm with certainty that transit riders are actually moving to [ride-sharing services] from transit, but it appears to be happening in some situations."

    The University of Kentucky study led by Gregory Erdhardt examined 22 transit agencies in large American cities, including Dallas' DART. It determined that factors such as gas prices, car ownership and service changes were important but insufficient in understanding what leads to declining public transportation use.

    "For a long time, it's been about ride-hailing complementing transit in different ways. That is true to a degree. But it's a question of whether it's happening enough," Erdhardt told CityLab.



    Starting today, TEXRail is no longer free. Are people riding the trains anyway?

    Will TEXRail riders put their money where their mouth is?

    On Friday, the new 27-mile commuter train service from downtown Fort Worth to DFW Airport began charging fares to its customers. Since the passenger rail line opened Jan. 10, it had been available to the public at no charge as a way to encourage North Texans to try it out.

    The rail line has been extremely popular, with nearly 5,000 riders per day during the free period.

    And early Friday morning at Smithfield Station in North Richland HIlls, even though the rides were no longer gratis, plenty of commuters were seen waiting on the platform — most huddling under a canopy as a light mist fell.



  • 4 Feb 2019 5:30 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    BY BILL HANNA AND GORDON DICKSON
    FEBRUARY 04, 2019 05:30 AM

    ARLINGTON 

    Justin Tarkington is a big fan of Via on-demand rideshare service.

    Each work day, he uses the Via app to hail a ride from his home in east Arlington — not far from East Mitchell Road and Texas 360 — and within moments a Mercedes Metris van shows up to give him a ride to CentrePort train station.

    From there, he catches the Trinity Railway Express to Fort Worth, where he works each day in the food service industry.

    “I get where I need to go — home, and work,” Tarkington said on a recent afternoon outside CentrePort.

    Tarkington’s experience is just what Arlington boosters want to hear: someone using the service to get to work instead of using a car.

    In its latest figures, Arlington said there have been more than 113,000 rides since the service began in December 2017. Roughly half the rides begin or end near the University of Texas at Arlington or downtown Arlington.

    And plenty of people have downloaded the app — there are now 12,290 accounts.

    “We have really established new paths,” said Mayor Jeff Williams. “Our Via rideshare program has caught fire across America.”

    Last March, Arlington’s program drew national attention from CBS. Via is also setting up a pilot program in Los Angeles and operates in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

    And Williams noted that the Tarrant County Mayors Council approved a resolution about trying to find a way to bring group rideshare throughout the county.

    Like Uber or Lyft, passengers can hail a ride using an app on their smartphone for $3 a ride. Unlike those other services, Via won’t pick passengers up at their doorstep but will instead provide a pickup location within a short walk. There’s a good chance other passengers will be inside the shuttle.

    But some question whether Arlington is still a transit desert.

    Diane Allen, UTA’s director of landscape architecture., has written a book on transit deserts and insists Arlington is still one.

    “I think there’s definitely a need for mass transit,” Allen said. “Via is proving you need more of it. I think it’s just the beginning. I don’t think it’s the solution.”

    Rachel Albright is president and chief staff executive of Tarrant Transit Alliance, a fledgling group that promotes regionwide connections in the western half of the Metroplex. She applauds Arlington’s Via service for extending new forms of ride-sharing to an audience that otherwise might not try it, and using data and algorithms to maximize time savings for riders.

    But Albright said there is no replacement for public transit that covers all parts of a city with frequent, reliable service.

    “A major transit-dependent group lives in Arlington,” she said, “but right now it (Via) is not an option for them.”

    Arlington will continue to look for other transit opportunities, Williams said, but won’t make the costly infrastructure investments for buses or light rail.

    “We’re not done but what we have is a very convenient, cost-efficient solution,” Williams said.

    A list of innovative transportation projects from the Department of Transportation shows Arlington has the most in Texas, from on-street testing of autonomous vehicles to its connected signals program that provides drivers real-time signal data, anticipated wait time and suggested travel speed.

    DRIVE.AI is the city’s autonomous vehicle program travels on city streets in the entertainment district. It has carried 931 passengers between Oct. 18 and Jan. 25. It is one-year pilot project that is free of charge to the public.

    But Williams said the most frequent request from residents is when will Via expand.

    Via’s service area extends from Lamar Boulevard to the north, Interstate 20 to the south, Texas 360 to the east and Fielder Road to the west — that’s about third of the city..

    Via costs about $1.7 million annually but to expand it citywide would run about $7 million, said Alicia Winkelblech, senior strategic initiatives officer for the city of Arlington. There isn’t timeline for when it could run citywide.

    Also, Via runs a limited schedule, staying open only until 9 p.m Monday through Saturday.

    Arlington, which has rejected increased sales taxes for bus service three times, is known as the largest city in the United States without mass transit. During debates on the issue, many critics have complained that cities that have full-fledged bus service pay high taxes to support those services, and yet there are times when many of the buses run empty.

    Asked about this inefficiency, Albright cites a book titled Human Transit by Jarrett Walker, who argues that a bus with low ridership operating on city streets is still a cheaper alternative to a bus sitting idly waiting for a ride-sharing call to come in. Why? Because the former is reinforcing a feeling of redundancy and reliability in the community, whereas the latter is pretty much invisible to all but a few.

    And, as Via riders know, it’s not uncommon to see the black buses with blue stripes and the words “Arlington on-demand” written on their sides parked idly in certain areas (including CentrePort Station, as well as UTA) for 10 minutes or longer, waiting for a customer to request a ride on an app.

    Allen, the UTA professor, came to Arlington from New Orleans. Allen noted it had buses as well as a streetcar system that was popular with tourists. She said it’s time for Arlington to embrace its role as a large city rather than car-centric suburb.

    “Arlington has all the pieces,” Allen said. “It’s an employment center. It’s got diversity. It’s got a major university. It’s just waiting for something more.”


    Read More at Star-Telegram.com


  • 29 Jan 2019 11:31 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / January 2019



    Welcome new TTA Members

    We would like to send a special welcome to the newest members of the Tarrant Transit Alliance!

    • Cindy Boyd

    Want to support our efforts to improve transportation in Tarrant County? Consider joining the Tarrant Transit Alliance!


    Upcoming Events



    The Transit Academy Session 3

    January 31, 2019, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM at the Grapevine CVB

    The TTA Transit Academy is designed to equip private- and public-sector leaders across Tarrant County with the personal and group tools to lead conversations about the value of multi-modal transit across the region and the emerging mass transit options that can address our mobility needs.


    Session 3 - January 31
    ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY & CREATING THE CONVERSATION

    The third session of the Transit Academy will look at the identification and activation of community resources to support transit conversations.

    FIND OUT MORE



    CTEDD: Equity Issues in Transportation

    February 5, 2019, 3:00 - 4:00 PM at the University Center at UTA

    The Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions and Dollars (CTEDD) at the University of Texas at Arlington welcomes you all to its first session of the CTEDD Lecture Series.

    REGISTER



    February Friends of Transit Mixer

    February 21, 2019, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Location TBD

    We hope you will join the Tarrant Transit Alliance for drinks, a few small bites, and a quick update about the state of transit in Tarrant County at our monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixer!

    Featured Speakers

     

    Susan Alanis

    Assistant City Manager

    City of Fort Worth

     

    Chad Edwards

    Mobility & Innovation Officer

    City of Fort Worth


    At the February Mixer, we will hear from Chad Edwards and Susan Alanis from the city of Fort Worth.  Chad Edwards is the new Mobility and Innovations officer and he will update our group on this new position at the city and what he will be focusing on during his first year.  Then, Susan Alanis, Assistant City Manager, will give the group an update on the Transit Task Force and the initial findings of the new Nelson & Nygaard study the city has funded. 

    Location will be announced soon.

    While this event is free to attend, Please RSVP so we know to expect you!

    REGISTER




    News you need to know

    CREW Fort Worth to honor TEXRail as "Project of the Year"

    The Fort Worth Chapter of the Commerical Real Estate Women's Association will be honoring TEXRail as the 2018 Project of the Year on March 6th at their Annual Awards Luncheon.

    For those who are interested in learning more about this awards luncheon, please click on the button below.

    Find out More


    Texas To Form Connected And Automated Vehicle Task Force

    Texas Department of Transportation announced on January 22nd that it is going to create a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Task Force to become a central point for CAV advancement in Texas. The task force is designed to be a one-stop resource for information and coordination on all ongoing CAV projects, investments and

    initiatives in Texas. In addition to documenting public and private entity efforts and facilitating partnerships, the CAV Task Force will host industry forums and report lessons learned to facilitate progress and encourage greater collaboration.

    Read More


    High-speed bullet train between Dallas and Houston could be operational by 2025, company representative says

    Commuters between Dallas and Houston could have a less expensive, more convenient alternative to flying by 2025.

    The company behind a proposed 90-minute bullet train, Texas Central Partners, is waiting on a finalized environmental impact statement and record of decision from the Federal Railroad Administration. With a nod from the FRA, construction on the train—the first of its kind in the U.S.—will hopefully begin this year, Vice President of External Affairs David Arbuckle said at a Jan. 16 Growth & Mobility Luncheon hosted by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce.

    So far funding for the train, estimated to cost between $12 billion and $15 billion, has come from private investments, Arbuckle said. A bill passed by the Texas Legislature said no state money can be used to pay for the train; however, Arbuckle said Texas Central can coordinate with the Texas Department of Transportation to make the train a reality.

    Read More



    Thank you to our Annual Sponsors!

    SUPER SPONSORS

    Interested in sponsoring the Tarrant Transit Alliance?

    Contact rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org


  • 22 Jan 2019 8:33 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / January 2019



    Welcome new TTA Members

    We would like to send a special welcome to the newest members of the Tarrant Transit Alliance!

    • Paul McManus
    • Jesse Herrera
    • Matthew Ireland
    • Gannon Gries
    • Maribel Gallardo

    If you or someone you know would like to support our efforts to improve transportation in Tarrant County, please ask them to consider joining the Tarrant Transit Alliance!


    Thank you for supporting TTA!

    A big 'Thank you' to the following companies for sponsoring some upcoming Tarrant Transit Alliance Events:


    If you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming TTA Event, please contact rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org.


    Upcoming Events

    Fort Worth/Dallas WalkUp Wake Up Call

    January 23, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM at the Fort Worth Convention Center

    The WalkUP analysis is a unique study of the current and future development patterns in the Metroplex. It documents the start of the pendulum swinging back to "walkable urban" development that the market is demanding. In comparable markets, like metro Atlanta and Washington, DC, the price premiums generated by the pent-up demand for walkable urban places has been satisfied is being satisfied in redeveloping center cities. Suburbs such as Grapevine and Addison Circle are also developing urban centers. The skillsets, financial, infrastructure, construction and, most importantly, place management necessary to succeed in walkable urban development is fundamentally different than the development trends of the late 20th century, when the vast majority of the Metroplex was developed.

    This event will welcome you to the future of development.

    REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED BUT YOU CAN REGISTER ON-SITE


    FIND OUT MORE



    The Transit Academy Session 3

    January 31, 2019, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM at the Grapevine CVB

    The TTA Transit Academy is designed to equip private- and public-sector leaders across Tarrant County with the personal and group tools to lead conversations about the value of multi-modal transit across the region and the emerging mass transit options that can address our mobility needs.


    Session 3 - January 31ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY & CREATING THE CONVERSATION

    The third session of the Transit Academy will look at the identification and activation of community resources to support transit conversations.

    FIND OUT MORE


    News you need to know

    Fort Worth is crazy over TEXRail, so is now the time to extend the trains south and west?

    Commuter rail supporters in Fort Worth say the time to strike is while the iron is hot.

    Officials at the new TEXRail train line, which lured more than 11,000 riders in its first weekend, say they want to take advantage of all the buzz created by the service and immediately begin expansion plans.

    The commuter line, which connects Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, Grapevine and DFW Airport, currently only goes as far south as the Texas & Pacific Station in downtown Fort Worth.

    But officials at Trinity Metro, the transit agency that owns TEXRail, believe it’s realistic to extend the line another 1.5 miles to the southwest and open another station in Fort Worth’s medical district — possibly in three to four years, if they get started now.


    A NEW PLAYBOOK FOR SHARED MICROMOBILITY

    An evolving guide for cities struggling with dockless bikes and scooters

    Two years ago fleets of dockless scooters and bikes weren't even within the realm of possibilities. Today, hundreds of cities across the country are grappling with how to manage the latest advances in shared micromobility services.

    That's where Transportation for America's brand new resource—the Shared Micromobility Playbook—comes in as cities consider how best to manage these services.

    Produced with feedback from the 23 cities that participated in our Smart Cities Collaborative, the Playbook is intended to help all cities better understand the variety of policy options at their disposal by exploring the core components of a comprehensive shared micromobility policy.

    This Playbook is an extension of Transportation for America's Smart Cities Collaborative and intended to serve as the start of an ongoing conversation where cities can share their experiences and identify best practices as the results of the first pilot programs across the country come in.

    The Playbook is divided into eight policy sections: General provisions, operations, equipment & safety, parking & street design, equity, communications & community engagement, data, and metrics.

    Each section identifies key policy areas to reflect on, highlights the various options in each policy area, reviews the pros and cons of each level of action, and provides case studies of cities that have enacted certain policies. Sections also include suggested national standards across cities, areas for cities to make local choices, and key considerations when deliberating policy options along with recommendations.

    View the Playbook



    RTC approves legislative program for 86th session

    From the City of Fort Worth City News - NCTCOG’s Regional Transportation Council (RTC) has finalized its legislative program for the 86th Texas Legislature, which began Jan. 8. The RTC remains focused on continuing to improve transportation and air quality and ensuring funding and financing mechanisms are available to support investments in the region’s transportation infrastructure.

    Legislation supporting regional and local decision-making processes by metropolitan planning organizations, county commissioner courts and city councils is a top priority, along with their ability to use tolling, managed lanes, debt financing and public-private partnerships. The RTC is also seeking legislation to ensure fair-share allocation of funds to metropolitan regions, clarify definitions of toll road and comprehensive development agreement, and seek additional revenue for transportation.

    While recent legislative sessions have provided more revenue for transportation, funding realities warrant additional action this session.

    The RTC is encouraging the Legislature to reinstate and protect the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan program revenue, reinstate the appropriation of dedicated revenues to the Low-Income Repair and Replacement Assistance Program (LIRAP) and Local Initiative Projects (LIP), and appropriate LIRAP’s residual balance of previously-collected funds. A proposal to modernize the LIRAP and LIP programs would focus more on transportation projects with an air quality benefit.

    Furthermore, progress should build on past efforts to retain eminent domain authority in transportation corridors and implement performance-based planning.

    Learn more about the RTC’s legislative affairs, including efforts for which it will provide additional support during the 140-day session.


    Teamwork helps region meet transportation challenges despite historic growth

    This map shows the 27-miles TEXRail crosses on its way to the airport and the stations it stops at.

    Prior to the debut of TEXRail on Jan. 10, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $908 million loan was awarded to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System to connect the DART to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. This system would be built along the Cotton Belt line and would supply east-west rail connecting downtown Plano to DFW Airport. TEXRail connects DFW Airport to Grapevine and several other stations on its route to Fort Worth.

    The Cotton Belt Corridor Regional Rail Project is a 26-mile passenger railroad extending from DFW Airport eastward to the Plano/Richardson area, covering three counties and seven cities. The project will be constructed primarily within the existing DART-owned railroad right of way. The tracks are currently used for freight rail service.

    TEXRail service brings passengers from downtown Fort Worth to the DFW Airport. When complete, the Plano DART extension will bring passengers from Plano to the airport, where they are able to connect to places such as Grapevine and Fort Worth, and vice-versa, through TEXRail.

    “The funding of this project is a real win for North Texas and couldn’t come at a better time,” Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate said in a statement. “The additional travelers that come as a result of this expansion will have the opportunity to take advantage of our historic downtown area and Grapevine Main station, creating a positive economic benefit that will ultimately accrue to our residents.”



    Thank you to our Annual Sponsors!

    SUPER SPONSORS


  • 15 Jan 2019 8:30 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / January 2019



    Support the work of the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    Sponsoring the Tarrant Transit Alliance brings special recognition to your organization. It signals your support for transit-oriented development and the economic development potential realized from an expanded regional transit system.

    There are several sponsorship opportunities available:

    • Sponsor a Monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixer - $300
      The Tarrant Transit Alliance holds monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixers on the third Thursday of the month. At these mixers, attendees will get to hear updates from people who are working on pushing transportation forward and network with other transportation advocates in the region. As a Mixer Sponsor, your company's logo will be featured on the event's website, signage at the Mixer, and you will get a sponsor table where you can promote your company.

    • Sponsor a Tarrant Transit Alliance Event - $500
      The Tarrant Transit Alliance holds programs that aim to educate participants on important topics surrounding transportation in our region. If you would be interested in adding your company to the list of potential sponsors to reach out to before events are published, please contact us. Event sponsors get their company's logo on the event's website, and signage and a sponsor table at the event.

    • 2019 Annual Sponsors
      There are two different levels of Annual Sponsorship for the Tarrant Transit Alliance:

      • Gold Sponsorship - $5,000
        Gold Sponsorships come with recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, company logo at all TTA events and membership for two key representatives at your company.

      • Platinum Sponsorship - $10,000
        Platinum Sponsorships come with priority recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, headline company logo at all TTA events and membership for four key representatives at your company.

    If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org or call her at 682-231-2036.


    Upcoming Events

    January Friends of Transit Mixer

    January 17, 2019, 5:30 - 7:00 PM at the Twilite Lounge

    We hope you will join the Tarrant Transit Alliance for drinks, a few small bites, and a quick update about the state of transit in Tarrant County at our monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixer!

    Featured Speaker


    Detra Whitmore, Trinity Metro

    At the January Mixer, we will have Detra Whitmore from Trinity Metro speak about the companies approved by the Trinity Metro Board of Directors to conduct first-mile last-mile pilot programs in our region. 

    Interested in sponsoring this mixer? contact Rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org


    REGISTER HERE


    Fort Worth/Dallas WalkUp Wake Up Call

    January 23, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM at the Fort Worth Convention Center

    The WalkUP analysis is a unique study of the current and future development patterns in the Metroplex. It documents the start of the pendulum swinging back to "walkable urban" development that the market is demanding. In comparable markets, like metro Atlanta and Washington, DC, the price premiums generated by the pent-up demand for walkable urban places has been satisfied is being satisfied in redeveloping center cities. Suburbs such as Grapevine and Addison Circle are also developing urban centers. The skillsets, financial, infrastructure, construction and, most importantly, place management necessary to succeed in walkable urban development is fundamentally different than the development trends of the late 20th century, when the vast majority of the Metroplex was developed.

    This event will welcome you to the future of development.


    REGISTER HERE



    The Transit Academy Session 3

    January 31, 2019, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM at the Grapevine CVB

    The TTA Transit Academy is designed to equip private- and public-sector leaders across Tarrant County with the personal and group tools to lead conversations about the value of multi-modal transit across the region and the emerging mass transit options that can address our mobility needs.


    Session 3 - January 31ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY & CREATING THE CONVERSATION

    The third session of the Transit Academy will look at the identification and activation of community resources to support transit conversations.

    FIND OUT MORE


    News you need to know

    Give input on the city's Active Transportation Plan

    Share your input on the city’s active transportation plan that will improve safety and mobility for people who walk, bike and use public transportation in Fort Worth.

    Meetings are scheduled for:

    • Jan. 24, 6 p.m. at Central Library, 500 West Third.
    • Jan. 28, 6 p.m. at Northwest Regional Library, 6228 Crystal Lake Drive.
    • Jan. 29, 6:45 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 5565 Truman Drive.
    • Jan. 31, 6 p.m. at Southwest Regional Library, 4001 Library Lane.

    The city has partnered with the North Central Texas Council of Governments with support through the Blue Zones Project to create an active transportation plan. Active transportation is transportation powered by human energy (walking and biking). The active transportation plan’s network will include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, as well as connections to the public transportation system, allowing people to get around the city without a car.

    Coordinating this plan with public transportation is important because these trips often start or end with walking or biking. These are essential connections for people who walk (including people who use mobility devices) and bike.

    This plan will integrate and update previous planning efforts such as the Walk Fort Worth and Bike Fort Worth plans, develop the first Trails Master Plan, and provide coordination with the regional Transit Master Plan. The result will be a unified, citywide transportation network for people who walk and bike, with a coordinated implementation strategy for planning, prioritizing and building improvements.

    For those who are unable to attend, an online presentation from the Jan. 24 public meeting will be available for viewing.

    To learn more, contact Julia Ryan at 817-392-2593.


    CAPPA interdisciplinary course teams with AECOM engineering firm to explore untapped transportation modes

    A new interdisciplinary course in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs will explore recent technological innovations in mobility during Spring 2019.

    CAPPA will team with AECOM, a multinational engineering firm, in an innovative partnership that promotes the cooperative network between UTA and industry, to present the course.

    The Future of Hypermobility will be offered in CAPPA for graduate and upper undergraduate students starting Jan. 24, 2019.

    For the first time in CAPPA, this particular class will include all disciplines within the college with faculty participation from Planning and Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Public Policy. Additionally, UTA’s civil engineering program will be contributing to the class.

    “Similar to previous transformations, brought about by automobiles and airplanes, the future implications of new mobilities are likely to be multidimensional and complex, and their exploration requires an interdisciplinary perspective,” said Ivonne Audirac, interim director of CAPPA’s doctoral planning program.

    Mobility experts from AECOM, that is helping implement the hyperloop technology in Texas, will partner with the class to help teach and further mobility research in the DFW metroplex.

    Steven Duong, associate vice president for design and planning at AECOM and the Hyperloop Texas proposal lead consultant, reached out to CAPPA faculty about a course exploring this project. Duong earned a UTA master’s degree in city and regional planning in 2013.

    The course will explore the future of the hyperloop, and new mobility services such as autonomous vehicles, air taxis and drone-based delivery.


    Grapevine mayor: City stands to benefit from Plano DART extension

    This map shows the 27-miles TEXRail crosses on its way to the airport and the stations it stops at.

    Prior to the debut of TEXRail on Jan. 10, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $908 million loan was awarded to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System to connect the DART to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. This system would be built along the Cotton Belt line and would supply east-west rail connecting downtown Plano to DFW Airport. TEXRail connects DFW Airport to Grapevine and several other stations on its route to Fort Worth.

    The Cotton Belt Corridor Regional Rail Project is a 26-mile passenger railroad extending from DFW Airport eastward to the Plano/Richardson area, covering three counties and seven cities. The project will be constructed primarily within the existing DART-owned railroad right of way. The tracks are currently used for freight rail service.

    TEXRail service brings passengers from downtown Fort Worth to the DFW Airport. When complete, the Plano DART extension will bring passengers from Plano to the airport, where they are able to connect to places such as Grapevine and Fort Worth, and vice-versa, through TEXRail.

    “The funding of this project is a real win for North Texas and couldn’t come at a better time,” Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate said in a statement. “The additional travelers that come as a result of this expansion will have the opportunity to take advantage of our historic downtown area and Grapevine Main station, creating a positive economic benefit that will ultimately accrue to our residents.”



    Thank you to our Annual Sponsors!

    SUPER SPONSORS


  • 8 Jan 2019 8:15 PM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / January 2019



    TEXRail will begin Service January 10

    Trinity Metro has received word from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) that the entire 27-mile TEXRail route has been approved for passenger service. We expect to begin full service from the T&P Station to DFW Airport’s Terminal B on Thursday, Jan. 10.

    BACKGROUND

    On Friday afternoon, Jan. 4, Trinity Metro discovered a signal issue that interrupted train operations. We determined the issue was caused by a hardware installation problem by our signal contractor. We are testing each piece of hardware to make sure that all components are working properly before we begin passenger service.

    President/CEO Paul Ballard credits the FRA for continuing to work with Trinity Metro during a time when they are short-handed. “We greatly appreciate all of the efforts to move TEXRail from the testing phase to full service by all of the personnel at FRA.”

    Plan Your Trip


    Upcoming Events

    January Friends of Transit Mixer

    January 17, 2019, 5:30 - 7:00 PM at the Twilite Lounge

    We hope you will join the Tarrant Transit Alliance for drinks, a few small bites, and a quick update about the state of transit in Tarrant County at our monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixer!

    Featured Speaker


    Detra Whitmore, Trinity Metro

    At the January Mixer, we will have Detra Whitmore from Trinity Metro speak about the companies approved by the Trinity Metro Board of Directors to conduct first-mile last-mile pilot programs in our region. 





    Interested in sponsoring this mixer? contact Rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org


    REGISTER HERE



    The Transit Academy Session 3

    January 31, 2019, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM at the Grapevine CVB

    The TTA Transit Academy is designed to equip private- and public-sector leaders across Tarrant County with the personal and group tools to lead conversations about the value of multi-modal transit across the region and the emerging mass transit options that can address our mobility needs.


    Session 3 - January 31
    ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY & CREATING THE CONVERSATION

    The third session of the Transit Academy will look at the identification and activation of community resources to support transit conversations.



    FIND OUT MORE



    Get Involved with TTA

    Sponsor the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    Sponsoring the Tarrant Transit Alliance brings special recognition to your organization. It signals your support for transit-oriented development and the economic development potential realized from an expanded regional transit system.

    There are several sponsorship opportunities available:

    • Sponsor a Monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixer - $300
      The Tarrant Transit Alliance holds monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixers on the third Thursday of the month. At these mixers, attendees will get to hear updates from people who are working on pushing transportation forward and network with other transportation advocates in the region. As a Mixer Sponsor, your company's logo will be featured on the event's website, signage at the Mixer, and you will get a sponsor table where you can promote your company.

    • Sponsor a Tarrant Transit Alliance Event - $500
      The Tarrant Transit Alliance holds programs that aim to educate participants on important topics surrounding transportation in our region. If you would be interested in adding your company to the list of potential sponsors to reach out to before events are published, please contact us. Event sponsors get their company's logo on the event's website, and signage and a sponsor table at the event.

    • 2019 Annual Sponsors
      There are two different levels of Annual Sponsorship for the Tarrant Transit Alliance:

      • $5000 Gold Sponsorship - $5,000
        Gold Sponsorships come with recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, company logo at all TTA events and membership for two key representatives at your company.

      • $10,000 Platinum Sponsorship - $10,000
        Platinum Sponsorships come with priority recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, headline company logo at all TTA events and membership for four key representatives at your company.

    If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org or call her at 682-231-2036.


    Join a Committee!

    There are several ways to get involved with the Tarrant Transit Alliance and move transit forward.

    • Join the Membership Committee and help plan monthly "Friends of Transit" Happy Hours around Tarrant County.
    • Interested in being a part of the inner circle?  Apply to be our Membership Committee Chair!
    • Join the Ridership Committee and work on improving Bus Shelters in Tarrant County
    • Join the Education Committee and help us plan the 2019 Transit Academy

    If you are interested in getting involved, please click on the button below!

    Sign up to Participate


    News you need to know

    Tarrant County's TEXRail makes inaugural ride

    TEXRail kicked off the new year with its "Golden Ticket" event - giving stakeholders and community leaders a chance to take the first ride of the TEXRail train to the DFW airport.

    Several news sources covered the event, you can find out more by clicking on the links below- 


    Plano forms tax zone to generate up to $12.3M to build DART stations along Cotton Belt line

    Two tracts of land near downtown Plano have been designated as a new tax increment finance, or TIF, zone with the anticipation it will generate millions in revenue for the construction of two new passenger rail stations in the area.

    Plano City Council voted unanimously Dec. 18 to establish the new TIF zone, with one tract of land near a future station at the intersection of 12th Street and K Avenue and another near the future Shiloh Road station.

    READ MORE


    Burleson First on List for New Commuter Rail Service

    Earlier this year, the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ (NCTCOG) Regional Transportation Council approved Mobility 2045, a comprehensive transportation plan for Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

    The plan includes the development of Cleburne Line, a commuter rail project which will cost an estimated $1.7 billion.

    NCTCOG initially plans to implement commuter rail service from Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center to Burleson as a pilot project or the first segment of the Cleburne Line.

    READ MORE



    Thank you to our Annual Sponsors!

    SUPER SPONSORS


  • 1 Jan 2019 8:30 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / January 2019



    Wishing you a very happy 2019 
    from the Tarrant Transit Alliance!


    Upcoming Events

    January Friends of Transit Happy Hour

    January 17, 2019, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

    We hope you will join the Tarrant Transit Alliance for drinks, a few small bites, and a quick update about the state of transit in Tarrant County at our monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixer!

    Featured Speaker


    Detra Whitmore, Trinity Metro

    At the January Mixer, we will have Detra Whitmore from Trinity Metro speak about the companies approved by the Trinity Metro Board of Directors to conduct first-mile last-mile pilot programs in our region. 

    Interested in sponsoring this mixer? contact Rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org


    REGISTER HERE


    Get Involved with TTA

    Sponsor the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    Sponsoring the Tarrant Transit Alliance brings special recognition to your organization. It signals your support for transit-oriented development and the economic development potential realized from an expanded regional transit system.

    There are several sponsorship opportunities available:

    • Sponsor a Monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixer - $300
      The Tarrant Transit Alliance holds monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixers on the third Thursday of the month. At these mixers, attendees will get to hear updates from people who are working on pushing transportation forward and network with other transportation advocates in the region. As a Mixer Sponsor, your company's logo will be featured on the event's website, signage at the Mixer, and you will get a sponsor table where you can promote your company.

    • Sponsor a Tarrant Transit Alliance Event - $500
      The Tarrant Transit Alliance holds programs that aim to educate participants on important topics surrounding transportation in our region. If you would be interested in adding your company to the list of potential sponsors to reach out to before events are published, please contact us. Event sponsors get their company's logo on the event's website, and signage and a sponsor table at the event.

    • 2019 Annual Sponsors
      There are two different levels of Annual Sponsorship for the Tarrant Transit Alliance:

      • $5000 Gold Sponsorship - $5,000
        Gold Sponsorships come with recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, company logo at all TTA events and membership for two key representatives at your company.

      • $10,000 Platinum Sponsorship - $10,000
        Platinum Sponsorships come with priority recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, headline company logo at all TTA events and membership for four key representatives at your company.

    If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org or call her at 682-231-2036.


    Join a Committee!

    There are several ways to get involved with the Tarrant Transit Alliance and move transit forward.

    • Join the Membership Committee and help plan monthly "Friends of Transit" Happy Hours around Tarrant County.
    • Interested in being a part of the inner circle?  Apply to be our Membership Committee Chair!
    • Join the Ridership Committee and work on improving Bus Shelters in Tarrant County
    • Join the Education Committee and help us plan the 2019 Transit Academy

    If you are interested in getting involved, please click on the button below!


    News you need to know

    Dallas Area Rapid Transit awards contract to build Cotton Belt rail line

    Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has approved a $783 million contract for Archer Western Herzog joint venture to design and build the 26-mile Cotton Belt commuter rail line.

    The line will stretch across North Texas from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Plano, and it will connect northern areas of Tarrant, Dallas and Collin counties.

    Archer Western Herzog JV is composed of Irving-based Archer Western Construction and Fort Worth-based Herzog Contracting Corp. Cotton Belt includes 10 total stations as well as interchanges with the DART light-rail Orange, Green and Red lines, the TEXRail commuter line to Fort Worth and local bus services. Stations will be located in Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano. Archer Western Herzog will work on the rail line with assistance from lead designer Jacobs Engineering.

    READ MORE



    TxDOT Seeking Public Input On Future Of Rail In Texas

    The Texas Department of Transportation is seeking public input on an update to the Texas Rail Plan, which includes a list of current and future rail projects that the public will have the opportunity to learn about and submit comments. The plan also keeps inventory of all rail lines; analyzes rail service goals and contributions to the economy; catalogs and assesses potential infrastructure projects; and examines finance strategies for projects and services.

    The public can review and provide input on the plan via the online meeting. There also is a survey and online form to submit public comments until Jan. 8, 2019. These options provide an opportunity for the public to comment on all rail-related issues in Texas, both freight and passenger, as well as existing and future projects and programs.

    The rail system is a critical component of our thriving economy, safely connecting industries, ports and people. Per federal requirements, states must have a state rail plan that is updated every four years to establish policy, priorities and implementation strategies for freight and passenger rail in the state.

    For media inquiries contact MediaRelations@txdot.gov or call (512) 463-8700.




    Thank you to our Annual Sponsors!

    SUPER SPONSORS


  • 21 Dec 2018 8:18 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / December 2018




    Join the 
    Tarrant Transit Alliance

    Please consider joining the Tarrant Transit Alliance in the 2019 year.

    Your financial support of the Tarrant Transit Alliance will help us to continue to build on our recent successes to make this region more economically competitive with our peers throughout the United States.

    There are different levels of Membership based on what you are able to contribute.

    To learn more, click on one of the buttons below.

    Join as an Individual

    Join as a Company

    If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarrranttransitalliance.org




    A Note From TTA

    A 2019 Texas Legislative Session Update

    Recently, I attended two events that outlined the new Legislative Priorities at the Texas state level. The first was the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition's Legislative Panelwhich featured Senator Kelly Hancock; State Representatives Stephanie Klick, Matt Krause, Chris Turner, Tony Tinderholt; and State Senator-Elect Beverly Powell.  At this session, these representatives spoke about what the top priorities will be in the coming year.  These priorities include Public school finance and property tax reform, school safety solutions, and Hurricane Harvey relief.  Other items mentioned were cost-effective healthcare, quality public education & workforce training, tourism & expansion of transportation options.


    Likewise, at the Texas Transit Association'Pre-Session Legislative Seminar in Austin, several speakers listed similar priorities - Public school finance, property tax reform, school safety, and Hurricane Harvey relief.  While these issues were highlighted, more conversations were surrounding what we could do in the Transportation arena.  This seminar included several representatives, transit agency workers, and lobbyists speaking openly about what priorities they will be pushing forward in the 2019 year.  The big takeaway? TxDOT might be ready to consider transit projects that help relieve congestion issues. Want to get a new transit project funded? Tell the story of how that project will save time and money, and back it up with lots of data!


    Rachel Albright

    The Tarrant Transit Alliance


    Announcing the 2019 Board of Directors

    We are pleased to announce the 2019 TTA Board of Directors:

    • Jeff Davis – Republic Title – Chairman
    • Andre McEwing – Tarrant County College – Vice Chair and Advocacy Chair
    • Karen Vermaire Fox – The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth – Secretary/Treasurer

    • Hap Baggett – Happy Baggett Properties
    • Paul Ballard – Trinity Metro – Honorary Board Member
    • Bob Baulsir – Trinity Metro – Honorary Board Member
    • Mike Brennan – Near Southside, Inc.
    • Graham Brizendine – McKesson Pharmaceutical & Broker Direct Real Estate
    • Amy Buresh – The DASH, FW Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission
    • Shanna Cate – Trinity River Vision
    • Travis Clegg – Peloton Land Solutions
    • Michelle Davis-Mohammed – Tarrant County College
    • Rainey Dock Matthews – Mayors Committee on Persons With Disabilities
    • Sal Espino – Trinity Metro – Honorary Board Member
    • Bob Farley – City of Grapevine
    • Maribel Gallardo – Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
    • Bob Jameson – Visit Fort Worth
    • Melissa Konur – Downtown Fort Worth Inc.
    • Stacy Marshall – Southeast Fort Worth Inc.
    • Monty Mohon – University of North Texas Health Science Center
    • Sadie Murray
    • TD Smyers – United Way Tarrant County
    • Jennifer Trevino – Girls Inc. of Tarrant County
    • Walter Williams – Tarrant County College District


    Upcoming Events

    January Friends of Transit Happy Hour

    January 17, 2019

    We hope you will join the Tarrant Transit Alliance for drinks, a few small bites, and a quick update about the state of transit in Tarrant County at our monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixer!

    At the January Mixer, we will have Detra Whitmore from Trinity Metro speak about the companies approved by the Trinity Metro Board of Directors to conduct first-mile last-mile pilot programs in our region.  The location will be announced soon.

    Interested in sponsoring this mixer? 
    Contact Rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org


    REGISTER HERE


    Get Involved with TTA

    Sponsor the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    Sponsoring the Tarrant Transit Alliance brings special recognition to your organization. It signals your support for transit-oriented development and the economic development potential realized from an expanded regional transit system.

    There are several sponsorship opportunities available:

    • Sponsor a Monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixer - $300
      The Tarrant Transit Alliance holds monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixers on the third Thursday of the month. At these mixers, attendees will get to hear updates from people who are working on pushing transportation forward and network with other transportation advocates in the region. As a Mixer Sponsor, your company's logo will be featured on the event's website, signage at the Mixer, and you will get a sponsor table where you can promote your company.

    • Sponsor a Tarrant Transit Alliance Event - $500
      The Tarrant Transit Alliance holds programs that aim to educate participants on important topics surrounding transportation in our region. If you would be interested in adding your company to the list of potential sponsors to reach out to before events are published, please contact us. Event sponsors get their company's logo on the event's website, and signage and a sponsor table at the event.

    • 2019 Annual Sponsors
      There are two different levels of Annual Sponsorship for the Tarrant Transit Alliance:

      • $5000 Gold Sponsorship - $5,000
        Gold Sponsorships come with recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, company logo at all TTA events and membership for two key representatives at your company.

      • $10,000 Platinum Sponsorship - $10,000
        Platinum Sponsorships come with priority recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, headline company logo at all TTA events and membership for four key representatives at your company.

    If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org or call her at 682-231-2036.


    Join a Committee!

    There are several ways to get involved with the Tarrant Transit Alliance and move transit forward.

    • Join the Membership Committee and help plan monthly "Friends of Transit" Happy Hours around Tarrant County.
    • Interested in being a part of the inner circle?  Apply to be our Membership Committee Chair!
    • Join the Ridership Committee and work on improving Bus Shelters in Tarrant County
    • Join the Education Committee and help us plan the 2019 Transit Academy

    If you are interested in getting involved, please click on the button below!


    News you need to know

    Bob Baulsir Named CEO of Trinity Metro

    On Monday, the Trinity Metro Board named Bob Baulsir as the CEO who will take current CEO Paul Ballard's place on April 15, 2019. Bob began working at Trinity Metro in 2014 shortly after Paul Ballard and has played a pivotal role in getting the TEXRail project off the ground.

    Read More Here


    New Trinity Railway Express station could transform a former gravel pit to a transit-oriented development

    TEXRail has been getting a lot of the love lately, but let's not forget about our friend the TRE.  There is a new station opening up that is a prime example of Transit-Oriented Development.  Find out more about the Trinity Lakes Development and the new TRE station using the links below -

    Read More Here

    Watch the Video



    Thank you to our Annual Sponsors!

    SUPER SPONSORS


  • 12 Dec 2018 8:16 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / December 2018




    Join the 
    Tarrant Transit Alliance

    Please consider joining the Tarrant Transit Alliance in the 2019 year.

    Your financial support of the Tarrant Transit Alliance will help us to continue to build on our recent successes to make this region more economically competitive with our peers throughout the United States.

    There are different levels of Membership based on what you are able to contribute.

    To learn more, click on one of the buttons below.

    Join as an Individual

    Join as a Company

    If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarrranttransitalliance.org




    Get Involved with TTA

    Sponsor the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    Sponsoring the Tarrant Transit Alliance brings special recognition to your organization. It signals your support for transit-oriented development and the economic development potential realized from an expanded regional transit system.

    There are several sponsorship opportunities available:

    • Sponsor a Monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixer - $300
      The Tarrant Transit Alliance holds monthly "Friends of Transit" Mixers on the third Thursday of the month. At these mixers, attendees will get to hear updates from people who are working on pushing transportation forward and network with other transportation advocates in the region. As a Mixer Sponsor, your company's logo will be featured on the event's website, signage at the Mixer, and you will get a sponsor table where you can promote your company.

    • Sponsor a Tarrant Transit Alliance Event - $500
      The Tarrant Transit Alliance holds programs that aim to educate participants on important topics surrounding transportation in our region. If you would be interested in adding your company to the list of potential sponsors to reach out to before events are published, please contact us. Event sponsors get their company's logo on the event's website, and signage and a sponsor table at the event.

    • 2019 Annual Sponsors
      There are two different levels of Annual Sponsorship for the Tarrant Transit Alliance:

      • $5000 Gold Sponsorship - $5,000
        Gold Sponsorships come with recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, company logo at all TTA events and membership for two key representatives at your company.

      • $10,000 Platinum Sponsorship - $10,000
        Platinum Sponsorships come with priority recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, headline company logo at all TTA events and membership for four key representatives at your company.

    If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org or call her at 682-231-2036.


    Join a Committee!

    There are several ways to get involved with the Tarrant Transit Alliance and move transit forward.

    • Join the Membership Committee and help plan monthly "Friends of Transit" Happy Hours around Tarrant County.
    • Interested in being a part of the inner circle?  Apply to be our Membership Committee Chair!
    • Join the Ridership Committee and work on improving Bus Shelters in Tarrant County
    • Join the Education Committee and help us plan the 2019 Transit Academy

    If you are interested in getting involved, please click on the button below!



    Upcoming Events

    Save the Date - January Friends of Transit Happy Hour

    January 17, 2019

    The Tarrant Transit Alliance will be launching monthly "Friends of Transit" Happy Hours for people who support Transit in Tarrant County.  These Happy Hours will take place all over the county and will include a quick presentation by people who are involved in transit issues in the city.  Please save the date, and join us for the first Happy Hour of the year on January 17th.


    News you need to know

    Update from the City of Fort Worth Transit Technical Advisory Team

    The city of Fort Worth has hired Nelson/Nygaard to conduct a study to supplement the 2016 master plan. Over the past few months, the research team has been interviewing various stakeholder groups and conducting market analysis to determine where the population will be growing and where transit demand might be highest in our region.  The initial interviews with the stakeholders are clear - we need a more reliable service, with more effective routes.  We want to see innovative solutions to our transportation issues that go beyond the bus, and we want improved access to data and improved communications. 

    It is the hope of the Tarrant Transit Alliance that the recommendations from this study will not only check these boxes but that our transit authority and city leaders will be able to work together to find the funding to make these a reality! 


    Trinity Metronomics

    Speaking of communicating data...Did you see Trinity Metro's new data dashboard Trinity Metronomics?


    Check it out by clicking on the button below!



    Two seasoned professionals join the City of Fort Worth Transportation & Public Works Department

    Fort Worth’s Transportation & Public Works Department added two members to its leadership team. They join the staff in January.

    Tanya Brooks will be assistant director overseeing the Traffic Management Division. In her new role, she will be responsible for maintaining and operating the city’s parking, signal, street lighting, pavement markings, and street signage programs, as well as the transportation and engineering planning sections.

    Chad Edwards will be the mobility and innovation officer. He comes to Fort Worth with nearly 20 years of experience in transportation planning. Most recently, Edwards was assistant vice president of capital planning at Dallas Area Rapid Transit, where he had oversight of several areas, including corridor development, feasibility assessments, transit system planning, and travel demand modeling.



    DFW transportation air quality plan gains federal approval

    The U.S. Department of Transportation ruled that the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s recently-adopted Metropolitan Transportation Plan comply with federal air quality regulations, allowing current and future transportation projects to proceed.

    Mobility 2045: The Metropolitan Transportation Plan for North Central Texas contains $136.4 billion in transportation improvements to be made over the next 20-plus years. The Regional Transportation Council (RTC) approved the plan in June 2018. The plan allocates $17.5 billion more expenditures than Mobility 2040, which the new plan replaces.

    State Highway 199, LBJ East, I-20/I-820/U.S. Highway 287 (the Southeast Connector) and transit on the Cotton Belt rail corridor are a few examples of projects where development and implementation may continue, providing needed congestion relief and associated air quality benefits in the rapidly growing region. The Highway 380 corridor will also be studied to determine the best way to accommodate east-west travel in fast-growing Collin and Denton counties. 

    Planned improvements include $33.3 billion for rail and bus.


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