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  • 2 Apr 2019 8:44 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / April 2019



    What's Going On With TTA?

    Membership Campaign:

    Hey you... yeah you!  Do you know someone who needs to be a member of the Tarrant Transit Alliance?  April is our membership month and we are hoping to DOUBLE OUR MEMBERSHIP by the end of this quarter (June 30th).

    What's in it for me?

    To sweeten the deal, we are creating two separate raffles.  One will be for existing members who refer a new member to join TTA and the other will be for new members.  For every new member you get to join TTA before June 30th, you get one entry into the raffle.

    Tell me more about these amazing prizes.

    The Trinity River Vision Authority has donated some amazing prizes for the two winners of the raffle.  Each prize includes: 

    Ok but how do I get them to join?

    Send them to our website tarranttransitalliance.org/join-tta

    Join TTA

    Or shoot them a membership flyer. You can download it here:

    Download

    Remember to have the person write the name of the referring member on the application so you can get credit.


    Pledge to go Car-Free:

    TTA president Rachel Albright has decided to see what it might look like to ditch her car for the entire month of April to see how our current transit system fairs for a young professional who is car-reliant.  She will be documenting her journey and regularly posting on the TTA Facebook page, as well as writing weekly reports in this newsletter.

    She is also calling on YOU to pledge to do the same... not for an entire month _ but maybe for a day, or a weekend... maybe a week for the brave!

    If you are willing to try the pledge, you can sign up by clicking on the link below. 

    Take the Pledge


    What's Going on with Trinity Metro?:

    TrinityMetronomics:


    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


    Trinity Metro Customer Satisfaction Survey:

    Trinity Metro would like to know what you think of bus service in Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Whether you use Trinity Metro buses frequently, occasionally, or infrequently, your opinion is extremely important and will tell them how they can improve bus service and better meet your needs.

    Complete Survey



    Events Around Town:

     

    Near Southside Open Streets

    7 Apr 2019 –– 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Magnolia Ave between 8th & Hemphill
    Show details

    NCTCOG April Transportation Public Meeting

    8 Apr 2019 –– 2:30 PM
    NCTCOG

    Show details


    America Walks Webinar:
    What’s Next for Walkable Communities

    10 Apr 2019 –– 1:00 PM

    Show details


    CTEDD Lecture Series:
    Planning for Mobility Systems in a High Tech Economy Era

    10 Apr 2019 –– 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Maverick Activities Center
    Show details


    In the News & Online:

    Local News:

    Trinity Metro’s downtown rail and bus station renamed

    City of Fort Worth – The downtown Fort Worth station that is the central hub of transportation for Trinity Metro buses and rail will now be known as Fort Worth Central Station. The Trinity Metro Board of Directors approved the name change during its March board meeting Monday.

    Long known as the Intermodal Transportation Center — and most often called ITC for simplicity — the downtown station is a stop along the TEXRail and Trinity Railway Express routes, and is a destination and transfer point for multiple Trinity Metro buses. Located at 1001 Jones St., the station is also home to Amtrak, Enterprise and Greyhound.

    Read More

    News From Around the Country & Globe:

    “I’m Pretty Sure That I’m Losing Money at the End of the Day” - Two Uber and Lyft drivers explain why they went on strike.

    SLATE – Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego demonstrated for higher pay and better working conditions.  the drivers complain their wages have been cut and that they’re not making a living wage ahead of the IPOs.

    Read More

    CSU Study: Public transit access leads to higher employment, lower poverty

    NBC5 – The Greater Cleveland RTA provides an annual economic impact of $322 million in Cuyahoga County alone and access to public transit can lead to increased property values, greater employment and decreased poverty, according to a new study released Tuesday from Cleveland State University’s Center for Economic Development.

    Read More


    Interesting Articles Worth The Read:

    Tony Seba: Clean Disruption - Energy & Transportation

    Stanford University futurist Tony Seba spent the last decades studying technological disruptions. He argues that the Electric Vehicle, battery storage, and solar power, along with autonomous vehicles, are a perfect example of a 10x exponential process which will wipe fossil fuels off the market in about a decade.

    Watch the Video

    Public transit infrastructure needs at least $232 billion, APTA says

    METRO MAGAZINE – With Congress looking to move an infrastructure bill forward this spring, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released new research identifying at least $232 billion in critical public transportation investments. The findings were unveiled as part of a report that was released for the first time at APTA’s annual legislative conference, shedding light on significant industry needs.

    Read More

    4 Communities Leading the Way for Walking, Public Transit

    SALUD AMERICA! – Transit-rich, walkable communities strengthen the local economy, create opportunities for Latino and other vulnerable residents, and enhance community resilience. That’s why America Walks, a nonprofit organization, released four case studies sharing collaborative efforts to improve safety, walkability, and access to transit in four communities across the country. This is another effort in their Transit-Walkability Collaborative, which was established in 2017 by America Walks and eight other organizations.

    Read More


    Infrastructure Solutions: Transit Transformation

    AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS – Beset by long-term problems related to underinvestment and inadequate maintenance, the U.S. transit sector confronts challenges pertaining to funding, demographic changes, and an increasing array of new transportation services competing for customers. Despite these obstacles, the transit industry continues to evolve while seeking to provide the most practical, cost-effective solutions at the local level.

    Read More

    Congress considering a smarter way to measure transportation investments

    T4AMERICA – Having thousands of jobs within a region doesn’t do much good if residents can’t use their local or regional transportation network to reach those jobs. A bill being reintroduced in Congress this week will provide transportation agencies with robust data to support smarter transportation planning that can better connect residents to jobs and services by all modes of travel.

    Read More


    Neat Transit tools:

    Reducing Demand for Vehicle Trips in Cities

    WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE'S TRANSFORMATIVE URBAN MOBILITY PROGRAM – Many cities have realized they cannot build themselves out of traffic jams by adding new roads and parking lots. An alternative is managing the demand for urban trips (called travel demand management). An interesting subset of demand management is to require companies to devise flexible ways to change how their employees commute.

    Go to the Guide

    The Role of Companies in Improving Urban Mobility

    WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE'S TRANSFORMATIVE URBAN MOBILITY PROGRAM – This guide describes how a government authority can prepare a Trip Reduction Ordinance. It also describes the elements of a Workplace Travel Plan to meet the requirements of a Trip Reduction Ordinance.

    Go to the Guide



    DID YOU KNOW -
    We keep a collection of Interesting Articles and Cool Tools on our website.

    CHECK IT OUT


  • 26 Mar 2019 7:50 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / March 2019



    Trinity Metro Calls to Action:

    Website Focus Group Wanted:

    Want to be a part of creating something modern, dynamic and meaningful?

    Trinity Metro is looking for two focus groups (5-8 people each) to come onsite and test some features of their website. Sessions will be held during the week, from 12-1p.m. Lunch will be provided. Submit your interest here.

    Sign up

    Customer Satisfaction Survey:

    Trinity Metro would like to know what you think of bus service in Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Whether you use Trinity Metro buses frequently, occasionally, or infrequently, your opinion is extremely important and will tell them how they can improve bus service and better meet your needs.

    Complete Survey


    Upcoming TTA Events:

    March Friends of Transit Mixer - This Thursday!

    FEATURED SPEAKER

    TD Smyers

    CEO, United Way of Tarrant County


    At the March Mixer, please join us at the new Blackland Distillery where we will hear from TD Smyers, CEO of UnitedWay of Tarrant County about their recent Tarrant County Community Assessment Report which identified Transportation as a top identified issue of our region.

    What are the findings and how is the UnitedWay planning on tackling this issue?  Find out at our next Mixer!

    This event is free to attend, but please register so we know how many to expect!

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

    Register



    Events Around Town:

     

    Near Southside Open Streets

    17 Apr 2019 –– 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Magnolia Ave between 8th & Hemphill
    Show details

    CTEDD Lecture Series:
    Planning for Mobility Systems in a High Tech Economy Era

    10 Apr 2019 –– 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Maverick Activities Center
    Show details


    DID YOU KNOW -
    We keep a collection of Interesting Articles and Cool Tools on our website.

    CHECK IT OUT


  • 12 Mar 2019 12:40 PM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / March 2019



    What's Going on in TTA?

    Sponsoring the Tarrant Transit Alliance signals your support for transit-oriented development and the economic development potential realized from an expanded regional transit system. Increase the awareness, education and advocacy efforts for expanding, enhancing and improving transit in the region by supporting the Tarrant Transit Alliance!

    Interested in Sponsoring?  Contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org.

    Upcoming Sponsorship Opportunities:

    Annual Sponsors - $5000-$10,000 

    Annual Sponsorships come with recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, your company logo at all TTA events and membership for 2-4 key representatives at your company.


    Monthly Friends of Transit Mixer Sponsor - $300

    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.  These programs occur monthly, so reach out to let us know when you would be interested in sponsoring!


    FEATURED SPEAKER

    TD Smyers

    CEO, United Way of Tarrant County


    At the March Mixer, please join us at the new Blackland Distillery where we will hear from TD Smyers, CEO of UnitedWay of Tarrant County about their recent Tarrant County Community Assessment Report which identified Transportation as a top identified issue of our region.

    What are the findings and how is the UnitedWay planning on tackling this issue?  Find out at our next Mixer!

    This event is free to attend, but please register so we know how many to expect!

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

    Register



    Transit Highlights

    New Transit Options: Train, circulator and Lyft services driving transportation changes

    Fort Worth Business Press – New transit options that have already pulled into the station and some that are on track for arrival will make it easier and more convenient to move around the Fort Worth area without a car.

    Read the Report


    The Race and Culture Task Force Makes Recommendations to City Council

    City Manager David Cooke presented the recommendations of the City of Fort Worth Race and Culture Task Force during the Pre-Council session to the members of City Council on March 5th.  Included in these recommendations are three Transportation Strategies/Goals:

    1. Transportation equity policy and five-year action plan: Facilitate more equitable decisions about the allocation of resources for transportation improvements.
    2. Transportation funding criteria: Facilitate more equitable decisions about the allocation of resources for transportation improvements.
    3. After-action reviews of pedestrian and bicycle crashes: Reduce the incidence of pedestrian and bicycle crashes in minority neighborhoods.

    To read the full report, click on the link below:

    Read the Report


    Some interesting bills in the 2019 #TXLege Session

    Our Friends at Farm&City have been busy successfully introducing the Vision Zero Texas legislative agenda, which has included the following bills:

    • HB 1287: Israel, Phelan, Meyer, Murphy, Martinez - Safe Neighborhood Streets
    • SB 1023: Rodríguez - Safe Neighborhood Streets
    • HB 1289: Israel - Stop for Pedestrians
    • SB 43: Zaffarini - Consistent Statewide Hands Free
    • HB 4243: Lozano - Crash Not Accident

    While these are not public-transportation-related per se, these bills allow for a safer system that is more accessible for all users - pedestrians, bikers, drivers and riders.  Did you know that an average Texas day in transportation takes 10 lives and leaves 50 people with life-changing serious injuries like brain damage or a loss of a limb?  Safer Texas roads are good for everyone involved.

    Some other Texas Legislative bills to follow:

    • HB 962: Miller - Relating to the operation of a motor vehicle passing a pedestrian or a person operating a bicycle.
    • HB 4281SB 1080: Israel, Watson - Relating to a county motor fuels tax in certain counties for mobility improvement projects
    • HB 3255SB 1526: Rodriguez, Watson - Relating to a county sales and use tax in certain counties for transportation improvement projects
    • HB 448SB 1524: Turner, Chris | Thierry, Zaffarini - Relating to the creation of an offense for failing to secure certain children in a rear-facing child passenger safety seat system
    • HB 2306: Rosenthal - Relating to a study regarding the public health considerations of transportation planning
    • HB 2814: Goodwin - Relating to the designation of highway safety corridors
    • SB 44: Zaffarini - Relating to the use of a wireless communication device by a state officer or employee while operating a motor vehicle

    Additional Legislative Updates

    Both the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress address many important transportation issues that affect the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

    NCTCOG staff regularly update policy and technical committee members, transportation partners and others interested in monitoring legislative initiatives related to the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) legislative priorities.

    Read the Updates


    TxDOT Transportation Plan - leave your comments

    Want to help guide the future of Texas Transportation?

    Take a moment to explore TxDOT's Texas Transportation Plan 2050 Virtual Open House.  Learn what TxDOT is focusing on in the next 30 years and help guide priorities for our state and region.

    Check it out


    Upcoming TTA Events


    TEXRail & TOD Tour - LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

    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.

    The train portion of this event is full but you can add your name to the waitlist.

    You can also register for just the Grapevine portion of the program if you can't make the 4:20 train departure time.

    Find out More

    Waitlist - FULL EVENT

    Register - GRAPEVINE ONLY


    News you need to know

    DID YOU KNOW -

    We keep a collection of Interesting Articles and Cool Tools on our website.

    CHECK IT OUT



    Interesting Articles Worth the Read

    Jarrett Walker's 2018 RailVolution Keynote

    For those who could not make the 2018 RailVolution conference to see Human Transit author Jarrett Walker's keynote address, you are in luck!  You can watch his full presentation via the link below - 

    Watch the Video


    Uber and Lyft are losing money. At some point, we’ll pay for it.

    Washington Post – How can Uber and Lyft, both of which are planning initial public offerings this year, be price-competitive with car ownership outside of places such as Manhattan? Heavy subsidies, from both the companies and the drivers themselves.

    The ride-sharing market offers a real-life illustration of the old economist’s joke: “We’re losing money on every unit, but we’ll make it up in volume!” Unfortunately for us riders, there’s only so much cheap investment money, and only so many inexperienced drivers, out there. Once Uber and Lyft have burned through those, they’re going to have to charge us what the rides are actually worth. Customers will be in for a rude shock.

    Read More


    Political Winds Shift in San Diego

    Smart Growth America – While San Diego has a few light rail lines, an extensive bus network, and a commuter rail line that connects to Oceanside, CA (about 35 miles north), much of the city is still very car-dependent. But there are hints of change as city leaders have begun to remake land use and development policy over the past few years—especially in the last 12 months—and political winds have start to shift.

    This month on Building Better Communities with Transit—our podcast about transit-oriented development (TOD)—we chat with Colin Parent, Executive Director of Circulate San Diego, an advocacy organization that promotes public and active transportation in tandem with sustainable growth. As Colin notes, much of the renewed interest and support for transit and TOD is being driven by one thing: the housing crisis.

    A fair amount of what Colin covers on the podcast is happening in real time. City leaders like Republican Mayor Kevin Falconer have become more vocal and assertive around new housing and are relaxing height limits and parking requirements across the city, including along the mid-coast transit corridor currently under construction. In fact, last Monday (March 4) the city voted to eliminate parking minimums and require parking costs to be unbundled from housing costs in "transit priority areas." And the city's transit agency has amended policies to allow for more TOD within the last year. Early discussions are also taking place about the possibility of a future ballot measure to raise new transit funding, as Colin discusses.

    Listen to the Podcast


    Who Pays For Roads? How the "Users Pay" Myth Gets in the Way of Solving America's Transportation Problem

    Frontier Group & U.S. PIRG Education Fund – Many Americans believe that drivers pay the full cost of the roads they use through gas taxes and other user fees. That has never been true, and it is less true now than at any other point in modern times.

    • Roads don't pay for themselves
    • All of us bear the cost of roads
    • Governments spend more non-user tax dollars on highways than on transit, bicycling, walking and passenger rail travel, combined.
    • People who walk and bicycle pay their fair share for use of the transportation system.
    • Americans lead increasingly multimodal lives. Most are not “drivers” or “non-drivers” but people who use a variety of modes and pay for transportation in a variety of ways.
    • Solving the transportation funding crisis may or may not require higher gas taxes. It certainly requires policymakers to use fresh thinking. They can begin by taking three steps:
    1. Recognize the reality that all Americans now bear the cost of roads
    2. Treat revenue sources and investment decisions as separate. 
    3. Move toward a sensible pricing system for transportation.
    Read the Report


  • 5 Mar 2019 8:08 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / March 2019



    What's Going on in TTA?

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Sponsoring the Tarrant Transit Alliance signals your support for transit-oriented development and the economic development potential realized from an expanded regional transit system. Increase the awareness, education and advocacy efforts for expanding, enhancing and improving transit in the region by supporting the Tarrant Transit Alliance!

    Upcoming Sponsorship Opportunities:

    Monthly Friends of Transit Mixer Sponsor - $300

    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.  These programs occur monthly, so reach out to let us know when you would be interested in sponsoring!

    TEXRail TOD Tour - $500 (1 Sponsorship Left!)

    This program occurs March 19th and is open to members of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, TTA, and the Urban Land Institute.  Event sponsors get their company's logo on the event's website and signage and 5 event tickets.  This program is limited to the first 55 to sign up, so sponsoring is a great way to guarantee spots!

    Annual Sponsors - $5000-$10,000 

    Annual Sponsorships come with recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, your company logo at all TTA events and membership for 2-4 key representatives at your company.

    Interested in Sponsoring?  Contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org.


    Transit Highlights

    New Trinity Metro “First Mile/Last Mile” ZIPZONE Service Promotes Commuting To Work

    Trinity Metro - As an innovative way to help North Texans reach their destinations, Trinity Metro is providing ZIPZONE, a first mile/last mile transportation solution, in select service areas.

    The first area Trinity Metro is offering the new ZIPZONE service is in the Alliance corridor. Alliance ZIPZONE is the result of a regional partnership with the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), allowing riders to connect with the North Texas Xpress that operates between downtown Fort Worth and Alliance and Denton. Alliance ZIPZONE replaces the Alliance Link, a first mile/last mile pilot started by Toyota. That pilot ended in January 2019.

    Read More

    The Case For Transit Funding in Texas

    Farm&City - If you’re reading this in a major Texas metro, you are currently experiencing about 1/3 the transit funding than you would experience in the other largest major US metros.

    There is less bus frequency, less places you can get to by transit, less high quality rapid transit options, less fiscally productive real estate investment, and more people having to drive a lot more than they would like to.

    We presented the following one pager to the Texas House Committee on Appropriations – S/C on Articles VI, VII & VIII Committee, as they had their initial discussion of the Texas Department of Transportation budget. You can see the testimony at 4:05:45 in this video.

    Download the One-Pager


    TxDOT Transportation Plan - leave your comments

    Want to help guide the future of Texas Transportation?

    Take a moment to explore TxDOT's Texas Transportation Plan 2050 Virtual Open House.  Learn what TxDOT is focusing on in the next 30 years and help guide priorities for our state and region.

    Check it out


    Upcoming TTA Events


    TEXRail & TOD Tour - LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

    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.

    The train portion of this event is full but you can add your name to the waitlist.  However, There is one more sponsorship spot for $500 that comes with 5 tickets. If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org.

    You can also register for just the Grapevine portion of the program if you can't make the 4:20 train departure time.

    Find out More

    Waitlist - FULL EVENT

    Register - GRAPEVINE ONLY



    Upcoming Transit Events

    Here is a list of upcoming events around our region and nation hosted by other organizations that might be of interest to you:


    2019 National Shared Mobility Summit

    5 Mar 2019 - 7 Mar 2019
    Fairmont Chicago
    Show details

    From Buffalo to Mariposa: State of the Art Workshops

    6 Mar 2019 – 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
    Webinar
    Show details

    Vision Zero Texas Lobby Day

    12 Mar 2019 – 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Texas Capital, Austin
    Show details


    News you need to know

    DID YOU KNOW -

    We keep a collection of Interesting Articles and Cool Tools on our website.

    CHECK IT OUT


    Local News

    Do you have one minute to help make Fort Worth better?

    City of Fort Worth – Fort Worth invites residents to join its new FlashVote community. It’s free, fast and fun.

    Civic participation has never been easier, and we would love your help.

    Why join? Provide your input on the issues you care about in seconds, from any device, anytime. Results from the community are shared within days. And FlashVote protects your data and privacy as an independent intermediary between you and the City of Fort Worth.

    Read More

    Dallas Public Transit Was Better in 1919 Than It Is in 2019

    DMagazine – Dallas public transit was on the right track. By 1919, the city had an extensive streetcar network that could carry riders from Oak Cliff to Highland Park, South Dallas to Greenville Ave., Oak Lawn to Fair Park, and pretty much every where in between. An artist named Jake Berman has released a new rendering of that system that is a lot easier to read than the old historic maps you may have seen. The map makes it resoundingly clear that Dallas’ public transit system was once pretty great.

    In fact, the new map looks like a rendering of future dreams for Dallas transit–a way to get around the inner city and plan dense development around trafficked transit corridors. And it was all there a hundred years ago–built out, functioning, even offering commuter rail service to places like Coriscana, Waco, Denton, and Fort Worth.

    And then we ripped it out.

    Read More

    TxDOT Urges Young Drivers To Plan For Sober Ride

    TxDOT – Spring Break is a dangerous time on Texas roads, with hundreds of impaired driving crashes involving young drivers occurring each year. As college students and young adults head to Spring Break destinations in the coming weeks, the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Plan While You Can” campaign reminds them to make a plan for a sober ride before the party starts.

    “Drinking alcohol and driving can severely impact a young person’s future. Many promising lives are cut short due to the poor decision to drink alcohol and drive,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “We urge young drivers to make responsible choices during the Spring Break holiday. Before heading out, please plan ahead for a sober ride to ensure you get to and from your destination safely.”

    During last year’s Spring Break* in Texas, there were 444 crashes involving young drivers who were driving under the influence of alcohol. Those crashes killed 11 people and seriously injured another 37.

    Read More


    News from around the Country & Around the World

    Cuomo, de Blasio agree on tolls in Manhattan, MTA overhaul

    AP News – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced a deal on plans for new tolls on motorists entering the heart of Manhattan, an important show of support as state lawmakers debate ways to raise revenue for an outdated transit system.

    Read More


    Interesting Articles Worth the Read

    The Bus Is Still Best

    The Atlantic – This article written by Human Transit author Jarett Walker explores why the bus still makes the most sense when trying to solve transportation issues in a city.  Some key takeaways are:

    • Micro-Transit is a new name for an old idea (dial-a-ride or demand-responsive transit) except with a smartphone. But these services are still as inefficient.
    • Vans will become cheaper to run than buses only after they become fully automated. At the moment, passenger transport is at least 70% labor costs (this is why transit agencies run the largest bus they could need).
    • The "to your door" convenience offered by micro transit is so expensive per rider that it cannot scale to the volumes of people traveling in a city. It can only be a special service for a small number of people.
    • Micro-Transit IS a way to provide coverage services & is a useful way to provide disabled persons with specialized services.
    • Transit Boards must find the balance between ridership goals (service where lots of people will ride) and coverage goals (a little service to everyone).
    • The problem of urban transportation is a problem of sharing space. Even with autonomous vehicles, the congestion problem stays the same if you are driving or taking micro-transit alone.
    • A city's bus service is as good as its leaders and voters want it to be.

    Read More


  • 26 Feb 2019 8:00 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / February 2019



    What's Going on in TTA?

    Welcome to new TTA members!

    A warm welcome to the newest members of the Tarrant Transit Alliance!

    • Steve Montgomery, MontgomeryGR
    • Paige Hendricks, Paige Hendricks Public Relations
    • Bob Russey, Russey Insurance Services

    Do you want to be a part of the change in our region? Join TTA by going to tarranttransitalliance.org/join-tta!

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Sponsoring the Tarrant Transit Alliance signals your support for transit-oriented development and the economic development potential realized from an expanded regional transit system. Increase the awareness, education and advocacy efforts for expanding, enhancing and improving transit in the region by supporting the Tarrant Transit Alliance!

    Upcoming Sponsorship Opportunities:

    Monthly Friends of Transit Mixer Sponsor - $300

    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.  These programs occur monthly, so reach out to let us know when you would be interested in sponsoring!

    TEXRail TOD Tour - $500 (2 Sponsorships Left!)

    This program occurs March 19th and is open to members of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, TTA, and the Urban Land Institute.  Event sponsors get their company's logo on the event's website and signage and 5 event tickets.  This program is limited to the first 55 to sign up, so sponsoring is a great way to guarantee spots!

    Annual Sponsors - $5000-$10,000 

    Annual Sponsorships come with recognition on our website’s homepage, social media recognition, your company logo at all TTA events and membership for 2-4 key representatives at your company.

    Interested in Sponsoring?  Contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org.


    Transit Highlights

    Trinity Metronomics


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

    Read More


    TxDOT Transportation Plan - leave your comments

    Want to help guide the future of Texas Transportation?

    Take a moment to explore TxDOT's Texas Transportation Plan 2050 Virtual Open House.  Learn what TxDOT is focusing on in the next 30 years and help guide priorities for our state and region.

    Check it out


    Upcoming TTA Events


    February Friends of Transit Mixer

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


    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. 

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

    REGISTER



    TEXRail & TOD Tour - LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

    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.

    This event is only open to the first 55 to sign up.  To guarantee your spot, please consider Sponsoring.

    You can also register for just the Grapevine portion of the program if you can't make the 4:20 train departure time.

    This event is for members of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, the Tarrant Transit Alliance, and the Urban Land Institute only. If you are not a member and wish to join, please click here.

    Find out More




    Upcoming Transit Events

    Here is a list of upcoming events around our region and nation hosted by other organizations that might be of interest to you:


    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

    From Buffalo to Mariposa: State of the Art Workshops

    6 Mar 2019 – 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
    Webinar
    Show details


    News you need to know

    Local News

    Arlington doesn't have a public mass transit system, so how do you get around? Curious Texas investigates

    Dallas News – It’s difficult to commute between Arlington and other Dallas-Fort Worth cities unless you own a car or are willing to pay a hefty ride-sharing bill...

    The suburb — home to Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor, AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park — is one of the largest U.S. cities without a public mass transit system.

    Over the years, critics have said Arlington’s decision not to have a public transportation system is a burden to its nearly 400,000 residents.

    Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke took a swing at the suburb during a stop on his U.S. Senate campaign last year, claiming the city’s decision to function without a public transportation system is “not by accident ... it is by design.”

    An anonymous reader familiar with Arlington’s lack of public transit asked Curious Texas: What is preventing the city of Arlington from having a mass transit solution so Cowboys and Rangers fans can finally take the train?

    Read More

    Clearer vision emerges for Grapevine Transit District

    Community Impact Newspaper - Architects have shared a sharper vision for the redevelopment of the Grapevine Transit District, located near the Grapevine Main TEXRail station. Mesa Planning architects have been studying redevelopment of this area in anticipation of the increased pedestrian traffic from the train station. The architects requested approval from Grapevine City Council on Feb. 19 for their plan to hone in on the vision of this corridor.

    Read More

    Will I-35W congestion finally be fixed? Fort Worth mayor has news for North Texas drivers

    Star-Telegram –  Fort Worth is hoping to grow the number of people using public transit to reduce traffic and spur economic development. In January the city council approved a new incentive policy that included property tax breaks for developments near commuter rail lines that mix commercial and residential units.

    TEXRail, the commuter rail line that runs from downtown Fort Worth to DFW Airport, shuttled nearly 100,000 people through North Richland Hills and Grapevine in January, according to Trinity Metro. The transit authority hopes to have 8,000 riders a day by the end of 2019.

    Trinity Metro officials estimate TEXRail could be extended to the medical district for about $130 million, and to TCU for another $70 million. The current line was expected to cost $1 billion but actually cost tens of millions of dollars less, meaning some money may already exist to extend the line.

    Read More


    News from around the Country & Around the World

    Atlanta zoning update addresses parking, ADUs, missing middle

    Congress for the New Urbanism –  The City of Atlanta recently adopted a zoning update designed to accommodate a growing population—including reductions in off-street parking requirements and more opportunities for “missing middle” housing types and accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in single-family neighborhoods.

     The update resulted from a diagnostic test run on the city's zoning in 2015. “The diagnostic identified two buckets of items which came to known as Quick Fixes Phase I and Phase II,” Keyetta Holmes, Office of Zoning and Development Interim Director, told Public Square. “Phase I items were those items that could be done in the short term. Phase II were the midterm fixes that required an in-depth review of the code and were included zoning innovations that were necessary for a more equitable code.”

    Read More

    Uber, Lyft to pay into fund to provide wheelchair-accessible trips

    San Francisco Examiner – People using motorized wheelchairs have largely been left in the dust by the ride-hail revolution.

    Now Uber and Lyft are set to start paying into a fund that will create California’s first wheelchair-accessible ride-hails — but the details of how that service will work have yet to be worked out.

    Read More

    In Berlin, there’s now one app to access every mode of transportation

    Fast Company – If you want to go somewhere in Berlin without driving your own car, a new app will give you every option–from bikesharing and scooters to ridehailing, carpooling, carsharing, taxis, and the entire public transportation system–and let you buy tickets on a single platform.

    Read More

    Transit app Citymapper wants to simplify public transport with a weekly subscription

    The Verge – Getting around a global city like London, New York, or Shanghai has become vastly more complicated in recent years. In addition to public transport options like buses and metro systems, travelers can now choose from a myriad of taxi apps, bike hire schemes, and new “micromobility” options like electric scooters.

    Transport app Citymapper wants to simplify the process of navigating all of this with a contactless payment card that runs on a weekly subscription: the Citymapper Pass. The card is only available in London right now with an initial rollout limited to a few thousand subscribers, but Citymapper says it’s part of a long-term goal to simplify city transit.

    Read More


    Interesting Articles Worth the Read

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    We keep a collection of Interesting Articles and Cool Tools on our website.

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  • 19 Feb 2019 8:15 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)



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

     ENews / February 2019



    Transit Highlights

    The City of Fort Worth's Draft Active Transportation Plan is Online

    Fort Worth’s goal is to develop a plan for a transportation system that provides multiple alternatives for travel. The Active Transportation Plan will focus on walking and bicycling, including connectivity between other modes such as vehicles and transit. This plan will integrate and update previous planning efforts such as the Walk Fort Worth and Bike Fort Worth plans, develop a new 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.

    The Active Transportation Plan is a validation requirement for the Blue Zones Project, a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier for everyone in Fort Worth.

    The draft version of this plan is now online.  There are a few placeholders in the plan for updated costs, prioritization, and performance measures, as this information is still being refined. Expect another draft that includes these additional updates.

    The comment period for the draft is open until March 1st. Please direct any comments to

    Julia Ryan
    Senior Planner
    817-392-2593

    Read the Draft

    Find out more


    Dockless Shared Mobility Recommendations

    The Fort Worth Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission (PABAC) recently made some recommendations about Dockless Shared Mobility Programs including Dockless Bikes and Scooters. 

    To summarize - The PABAC does not support dockless bikes, stating that the current docked system is the preferred model as it mitigates negative impacts associated with dockless bikes.  However, the PABAC does support the city looking into the feasibility of a dockless scooter program. 

    The recommendations document also outlines the best practices for the regulations of dockless shared mobility programs and specific recommendations for some of the regulations for a shared scooter program.

    See the Presentation

    Read the Recommendations 



    Upcoming TTA Events


    February Friends of Transit Mixer

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


    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. 

    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


    Events Around Town

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

    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

    Who’s running for office in Fort Worth? Here’s a look at the 2019 local election

    Star-Telegram - Some Texans may still be feeling the fatigue of the 2018 midterm, but the local election cycle is just getting started.

    Fort Worth voters can weigh in on city council, Tarrant Regional Water District and school board seats May 4.

    Few incumbent politicians will have an easy election this spring. Only city council members Carlos Flores and Ann Zadeh will run unopposed, according to the latest filings from Fort Worth Secretary’s Office. All nine seats, including Fort Worth Mayor, are up for election.

    The Tarrant Regional Water District has two at-large seats open for four-year terms. Panther Island, the $1.16 billion flood control and economic development project overseen by the district, will play a major role in this year’s election.

    Scrutiny of the project was renewed late last year when the federal government skipped allocating money for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ portion of the project — a bypass channel in the Trinity River near downtown that would form Panther Island.

    The Fort Worth school board is made up of nine single-member districts. Four of those positions are up for election this year. School board members serve four-year terms without pay. This year, no incumbents are running for re-election in Districts 5 and 6, which are currently held by Judy Needham and Ann Sutherland, respectively.

    Read More

    Vision 2020: Dallas Transit Hub

    NBCDFW - A vacant city owned parking lot that used to serve Reunion Arena visitors is the site for a proposed Transit Hub that would link High Speed Rail with other Dallas ground transportation. The city intends to invite developers to construct a mixed use complex on the site that would be much more than a train station. It could include movies, stores, restaurants, offices and apartments.

    Read More


    News from around the Country & Around the World

    FY 2019 Public Transportation Funding Is Great News For Nation’s Commuters and Communities

    American Public Transportation Association - The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed by President Trump today, is great news for American commuters and communities as it continues historic funding levels with more than $16 billion for public transportation and intercity passenger rail.

    Read More

    Why do automakers fear car-sharing? Take a look at Moscow.

    Chicago Tribune - Carsharing in Moscow has gained massive traction in the last few years, staking claim to the largest shared fleet in Europe and 2nd in the world. Russia's internet giant Yandex is behind it all.

    Read More

    In Remembrance of Rosa Parks: Transit Equity Day

    Nonprofit Quarterly - On February 4th, the nation celebrated Transit Equity Day, in honor of the late Rosa Parks, who would’ve turned 106 years old. The holiday is intended to draw attention to transit as a civil rights issue and an important element of a climate-safe future...effective public transit planning is important for ensuring affordable, accessible, and convenient transportation options that contribute to the well-being of many disenfranchised communities.

    Read More

    Microsoft, Moovit, and TomTom team up for multi-modal transport platform

    Venture Beat - Microsoft, Moovit, and TomTom are combing forces to tackle urban congestion and suburban sprawl with a new partnership that will leverage data to help third-party developers expand mobility options for urban transportation.



    Interesting Articles Worth the Read

    Transit and Emerging Technologies

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    A Balanced View of the Debate Surrounding Ridehailing and Urban Congestion

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    American cities with rail transit are more likely to attract well-educated young people to live centrally

    Read More

    The Predictions Were Wrong: Self-Driving Cars Have a Long Way to Go

    Read More

    The Green New Deal's Huge Flaw

    Read More

    How Two Cities Actually Reduced Driving

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    Cool Tools on the Web

    Mapping the impact of dockless vehicles


  • 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


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  • 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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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