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  • 13 Jun 2018 7:30 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    An update from the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    June 12, 2018

    Big Announcement

    Trinity Metro celebrated the opening of a maintenance facility for the TEXRail line on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. TEXRail – a new 27-mile commuter rail line – will be open to the public for use beginning in January 2019. The line will extend from downtown Fort Worth through North Richland Hills and Grapevine into Terminal B of the DFW International Airport.

    Be sure to follow @TarrantTransit on Twitter and @TarrantTransitAlliance on Facebook for more news and updates regarding transit in Tarrant County and across the nation. 




    Farm & City - One Thousand Texans for Transit

    June 30 @ 11:00 AM

    One Thousand Texans for Transit is a statewide coalition of public transportation activists. Together, we will combine our local expertise and work together to affect meaningful advances in transit support and funding at the state level. 

    Find out More



    TEXAS

    Austin:

    Capital Metro launches new bus system: Capital Metro in Austin is launching a new bus system in June, slated to be the biggest change in the system’s history, creating 9 new routes, adjusting 13 routes, and eliminating 2 routes. The change is intended to create a “network approach to how people really move throughout the region,” according to CEO and President Randy Clark. The new system will have 14 high-frequency – running every fifteen minutes – routes, meaning shorter wait times for customers. Rides will be free the first week of the system change.

    Find out more here


    San Antonio:

    The Texas Transit Association has recognized San Antonio’s VIA Metropolitan Transit as the Outstanding Metropolitan Transit System in Texas in 2018. The system was recognized for its work to “transform the region’s public transportation system by designing and implementing programs and services that demonstrate innovation, show effective problem solving, and integrate technology.” The system has begun to convert its entire fleet to compressed natural gas vehicles, created an online and smartphone trip planner, and completed 1,000 bus stop improvements.

    Find out more here


    Houston:

    The Uptown Management District of Houston approved and has begun construction of Houston’s first Bus Rapid Transit line. The new system will feature 14 new buses with designated bus lanes, creating a frequent service system. Metro Chairman Carrin Patman says she believes “Bus Rapid Transit can hopefully provide service as rapidly and as conveniently as rail service at a fraction of the cost…[and] is a darn good way to move people.” The new system is expected to begin operations in 2019.

    Find out more here


    NATION

    New York:

    In May, New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) released a plan for an overhaul of the city’s bus system that includes a redesign of nearly 300 bus routes, promising to improve customers’ daily rides. The plan intends to “increase inter-neighborhood connectivity by modifying bus routes; give buses more priority on city streets with dedicated bus lanes; accelerate passenger boarding; step up traffic enforcement; and provide more real-time information about bus service.” By 2021, the MTA plans on introducing zero-emissions and double-decker vehicles. The main goal of the overhaul is to reduce the bus delays currently so common in the system and increase ridership after a decline of 14 percent over the last decade. NYC Council Member Mark Levine calls the overhaul “a huge win for bus riders.”

    Find out more here


    North Dakota:

    In 2017, Bis-Man Transit – the transit system serving the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Area – adjusted its bus routes and worked to improve the timeliness of its buses. Buses are now on time 80% of the time, and ridership has increased on average 24% over the course of last year, with some routes seeing a roughly 70% increase in ridership.  

    Find out more here


    Kentucky:

    Madisonville, Kentucky celebrated the first anniversary of its public transportation system this May. The system, Go Madisonville Transit, first sent out buses in May 2017 to provide affordable transportation for those who did not have access to it. The new transit system provides a cheaper way to get around town and averages around 2,000 trips per month, with most of the trips being travel to and from work. Jeff Browning, a local representative of Pennyrile Allied Community Services, Inc – a partner in the transit system – says the community of Madisonville benefits greatly from the public transit service as it provides access to the business around the city, helping the city’s economy.

    Find out more here

    About us


    The Tarrant Transit Alliance is a coalition committed to educating, empowering and mobilizing our community to promote transit policy to serve our entire region.

    The Tarrant Transit Alliance works with contributors, community officials and regional leaders to build support for funding regional transit in Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

    Are you interested in joining the transportation movement?  Become a part of the change by joining the Tarrant Transit Alliance!  Company and Individual membership options are available.

    Learn More


  • 22 May 2018 10:33 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    What a great event we had this morning with ULI North Texas and the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth!

    If you would like to download the presentations from this event, including the full TOD report presented by David Leininger, please click on the button below.

    Download the Presentations

  • 17 May 2018 9:00 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    Download presentations from the May 17th Master Plan Master Class presentation here - 

    Download Presentations

  • 15 May 2018 8:30 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    Don't miss the great events we have coming up!

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    May 15, 2018

    Don't Miss out! 

    Some Great Events are coming your way!


    5-17-18 @ 7AM ––Planning for the future with Trinity Metro - The Masterplan Masterclass

    May 17, 2018 - 7:00 AM to 9:00 AMAt the ITC

    Join the Tarrant Transit Alliance for a Master Plan Masterclass. What has Trinity Metro accomplished from this 2015 Masterplan? What still needs to be accomplished? How are they planning on implementing innovative solutions and future technologies into their approach? What is the status of regionalism at the Trinity Metro? 

    Find out about how the City of Fort Worth and the surrounding communities can implement a multi-modal transit system at this informational breakfast session!

    FEATURING

    • Paul Ballard
      President & CEO, Trinity Metro 
    • Detra Whitmore
      Vice President of Administration, Trinity Metro 
    • Andre McEwing
      Supplier Diversity Manager, Tarrant County College
      & Vice Chair of The Tarrant Transit Alliance


     AGENDA

    • 7:00 - 7:30 Registration, Breakfast and Networking
    • 7:30 - 8:15 Program
    • 8:15 - 8:45 Panel
    • 8:45 - 9:00 Q&A


    5-22-18 @ 7AM –– The Future of TOD - Building Communities for the Future with Transit-Oriented Development

    May 22, 2018 - 7:00 AM to 9:00 AMAt the City Club of Fort Worth

    Last month, we heard from Chris Leinberger of George Washington University about the importance of walkability in city planning and development. A significant contribution to the walkability of any city is how areas within the city are connected.Enter the Transit-Oriented Development. TODs include a mix of commercial, residential, office, and entertainment centered around or located near a transit station. Transit enhances the overall economic efficiency and equity of a city, and building Transit-Oriented Development helps to capture these economic benefits efficiently. But, with emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles, are TODs still applicable to our city's future? If they are, What is the best way to harness and implement these development tools, and how do they work in North Texas?Identifying TOD Best Practices is the best way to encourage smart, sustainable growth and development. We invite members of the Tarrant Transit Alliance, the Urban Land Institute, and those interested in city planning and development join us on May 22nd for this unique opportunity to learn from the experts!

    AGENDA 

    • 7:00 - 7:30 AM
      Registration and Breakfast 

    • 7:30 - 9:00 AM
      Program


    ADMISSION: 
    • $35 for Members 
    • $50 for Non-Members 

    FEATURING
    Scott Smith
    President & CEO of Phoenix AZ's Valley Metro
    Scott Smith is the former mayor of Mesa AZ, a former developer, and current President and CEO of Phoenix's Valley Metro. Mr. Smith will give a presentation about how Phoenix and Mesa successfully utilized TODs, lessons learned in this process.

    David Leininger

    Strategic Advisor of Sasaki & Associates & Founder of Leininger Analytics
    David Leininger recently retired as the Executive Director of DART, is a member of the national ULI TOD Product Council and is the incoming chair of the local ULI TOD Product Council. The local product council has just finished a TOD database where they identified key areas where TODs are being done correctly, areas where they have failed, and areas that are ready for development.


    Ken Newell

    Trinity Lakes and The Newell Companies Trinity Lakes is a 1600 acre master-planned residential and mixed-use development in Northeast Fort Worth, Texas. Trinity Lakes is owned and developed by Ken Newell and his family.  The Newell family has been actively involved in the construction and development business in Fort Worth for over 50 years.

    About us

    The Tarrant Transit Alliance is a coalition committed to educating, empowering and mobilizing our community to promote transit policy to serve our entire region.

    The Tarrant Transit Alliance works with contributors, community officials and regional leaders to build support for funding regional transit in Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

    Are you interested in joining the transportation movement?  Become a part of the change by joining the Tarrant Transit Alliance!  Company and Individual membership options are available.

    Learn More


  • 26 Apr 2018 8:20 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    An update from the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    April 26, 2018

    What's been going on with the Tarrant Transit Alliance?

    Committee Meetings & The Board of Directors

    Since January, the Tarrant Transit Alliance has been quickly formalizing the internal structures of our organization.  In April, we have held our first Education Committee Meeting, our first Membership Committee Meeting, and our first Board of Directors Meeting.

    There are still opportunities for you to get involved!  If you care about transit and hope to make a difference in our community, we need your help to move this issue forward!

    The TTA Ridership Committee has been formed to increase and improve ridership (especially riders of choice) in Tarrant County.  The Ridership Committee is currently looking for members and looking for the best date to meet.

    The aim of the TTA Membership Committee is to foster a regional membership in the Tarrant Transit Alliance.  This fun, social committee meets at 5:30 PM on the third Tuesday of every month at the T&P Tavern.

    If you are interested in participating in either of these committees, please contact rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org (or reply to this email!)


    Spreading the Word

    TTA Staff and Leadership have also been hard at work presenting to the public about the importance of transit and our next steps as an Alliance.  This includes representing our group at the SteerFW Civic Summit and making a presentation to the Mayor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities.  TTA Staff is also planning on 'making the case' to the League of Neighborhoods and CREW Fort Worth in the coming months.

    If you are a member of an organization that you think would be interested in hearing more about the importance of transit and the Tarrant Transit Alliance's efforts, please contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org.  We would love to talk to your group!



    A Walkable Future

    Finally, the Tarrant Transit Alliance partnered with several local organizations, including the Urban Land Institute, The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, AIA Fort Worth, CMAA North Texas, The Trinity River Vision Authority, and the Near Southside for "A Walkable Future" last Friday.  

    This event had over 190 people in attendance, and we had the pleasure of hearing from Chris Leinberger of George Washinton University - named one of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists of all time.  He discussed the tide-change that has been occurring from drivable suburban to walkable urban and the benefits of such models.  We also had the pleasure of hearing from a panel that consisted of Frank Bliss of Cooper & Stebbins, Justin Springfield of Old Town Development, Fernando Costa of the City of Fort Worth, and Bill Boecker of Fine Line Development on how they have taken walkability into account in their own projects.  This panel was expertly moderated by Scott Polikov of Gateway Planning.

    Our favorite takeaway? We were shocked to learn that the most walkable urban metros have the highest social equity!  According to Mr. Leinberger and his team, those urban metros include New York City, Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco, and Minneapolis - St. Paul!  How can this be?  While these metros have higher housing costs, their transportation costs are substantially lower and these households have access to 2-3x more employment opportunities!

    If you hoped to make it but were unable to, you can download the presentations from this event (and a sister event in Dallas) by clicking on the link below.

    Download the Presentations



    CALL TO ACTION:

    The City of Fort Worth's Active Transportation Plan

    The City of Fort Worth is currently collecting survey responses on where people need and want to walk and bike in Fort Worth, with a particular emphasis on connecting to public transportation. Your feedback is important to help identify what improvements would most benefit the community. Your feedback can include comments and suggestions related to pedestrians, bicycles, persons with disabilities, road crossings, safety, connectivity, maintenance and other active transportation issues. 

    The survey will take around 15-20 minutes, depending on your answers. However, you are able to leave and return to the survey to continue your progress (as long as you are not using a private web browser).  The survey can be accessed via the button below.

    Take the Survey

    For more information on the Active Transportation Plan, visit www.fortworthtexas.gov/atp. This website will also allow you to link to interactive map survey and view a presentation from the public meetings held at the end of March.



    Planning for the Future with Trinity Metro -
    The Masterplan Masterclass

    May 17, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM at the ITC

    Join the Tarrant Transit Alliance for a Master Plan Masterclass. What has Trinity Metro accomplished from this 2015 Masterplan? What still needs to be accomplished? How are they planning on implementing innovative solutions and future technologies into their approach? What is the status of regionalism at the Trinity Metro?

    Find out about how the City of Fort Worth and the surrounding communities can implement a multi-modal transit system at this informational breakfast session!

    $15 For Members

    $25 for Non-Members

    Tickets include coffee, breakfast, networking and great information!

    REGISTER NOW!



    SAVE THE DATE: 
    Transit Oriented Development Panel with Scott Smith of Pheonix's Valley Metro

    May 22, 2018

    SAVE THE DATE!  The Tarrant Transit Alliance will be partnering with the Urban Land Institute for a Panel on Transit Oriented Development the morning of May 22.







    Fortress Festival!

    April 28 & April 29

    Fortress Festival is North Texas’ destination music festival.

    The annual two-day festival will hold its second edition this April 28 & 29 in Fort Worth’s world renowned Cultural District. Over 20 bands, including Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, Rapsody and more will perform on two outdoor stages. Tickets are now on sale here.

    The festival is a partnership between Fortress Presents and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. More than 9,000 people, hailing from 33 different states, attended the inaugural event in 2017 to watch a lineup that included Run the Jewels, Purity Ring, Flying Lotus, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Slowdive and more.

    Fortress Festival is ready to celebrate its 2nd year in Fort Worth. Buy your tickets today to see great music in the Cultural District along bus route 2, which runs up to every 15 minutes, 7 days a week!

    Find out more about Fortress Fest



    Public Meetings / Hearings - Trinity Metro Service Changes & Improvements

    April 30, May 1, May 3 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Trinity Metro invites public involvement and comment regarding proposed Fall service changes/improvements to Route 1  Hemphill, Route 20  Handley, Route 28  Mansfield Hwy and The Spur. Also proposed new transit service to Tarrant County College Northeast Campus in North Richland Hills and Southeast Campus in Arlington.

    Find out More

    About us

    The Tarrant Transit Alliance is a coalition committed to educating, empowering and mobilizing our community to promote transit policy to serve our entire region.

    The Tarrant Transit Alliance works with contributors, community officials and regional leaders to build support for funding regional transit in Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

    Are you interested in joining the transportation movement?  Become a part of the change by joining the Tarrant Transit Alliance!  Company and Individual membership options are available.

    Learn More


  • 20 Apr 2018 4:47 PM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    We had a great turn-out (over 190 registered!) at the April 20th "The Future of Walkability" program!

    For anyone interested, the presentation by Chris Leinberger can be downloaded via the button below.

    Download the Presentation

  • 10 Apr 2018 1:47 PM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    April 10, 2018

    BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: 

    Last-Mile Solution for AllianceTexas Now Available


    A new service started Monday to connect North Texas Xpress riders with their workplaces. 

    The Link app will let you book a ride to and from work within the Alliance area. The app allows the service to function on-demand, meaning: you only ride with people going to your same or similar destination.

    The app is free to download and you only pay $1 per ride when you request a ride.

    Find out more!

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    TTA's Communication Committee - Pushing the Conversation Forward.

    If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you might have noticed an increase in activity.  That is because Austin James of Fort Worth Urban (@UrbanFortWorth) and Loren Stewart (@txbornviking) have both begun to contribute to our conversation.  There is A LOT to talk about when it comes to improving transit in Tarrant County - from breaking transit news in Fort Worth and Tarrant County to improvements other communities have made to their transit options.  If you want to be a part of the conversation, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

    Follow us on Facebook

    Follow us on Twitter




    A Walkable Future

    April 20, 7:30 AM at the City Club of Fort Worth

    Hear the latest news on the National Walkability trend from Chris Leinberger, national expert on walkable urban development. Using detailed economic data, Leinberger identifies the value-add created by walkability, building support for these projects.

    Panel members will explore the real-world challenges of creating walkable developments when dealing with wary existing neighborhoods, outdated or inflexible regulations, and market perceptions and realities.

    Find out more

    To register, you will need to make a guest profile with ULI.




    TRANSIT IN THE NEWS


    Catholic Charities Fort Worth - Bridging the Gap for Those in Need Through the Tarrant Riders Network

    Less than 25% of Tarrant County provides fixed bus routes making transportation a real problem for many in our community. Transportation is cited as one of the most significant barriers to employment & is a leading cause of missed & delayed healthcare.

    Catholic Charities helps provide transportation solutions for those in need through the Tarrant Riders Network (TRN). Volunteers can drive their own vehicle, choose their own schedule, and make a tangible difference in the lives of fellow community members.

    Transportation services are provided in partnership with TRN to CCFW clients and partner agencies for employment, medical appointments, and public benefit office visits, and operates on Saturdays for employment purposes only.

    Find out more


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    Transit-Oriented Development Strengthens Communities

    Public transportation not only provides essential mobility to millions of Americans, but it also anchors communities and drives economic development.

    “Transit-oriented development” (TOD) refers to the way public transportation helps drive new investment in residential and commercial development along transit lines because ready access to public transportation helps attract new residents and businesses alike. TOD neighborhoods include a mixture of residences, stores, offices, and services, all located within a half-mile of public transit, and they are helping transform communities—and lives—throughout the nation.

    Households in transit-oriented neighborhoods spend, on average, 15 percent of their income on transportation, compared to 28 percent in neighborhoods without public transit access. In addition to lowering transportation costs, transit-oriented development:

    • Reduces strain on roads and highways—and helps limit traffic congestion

    • Promotes public health by supporting walking, cycling, and community interaction

    • Helps businesses attract both customers and employees

    • Revitalizes neighborhoods and supports housing affordability

    • Reduces air pollution and limits sprawl

    Read more on Voices for Public Transit


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    Discover the Social and Economic Benefits of Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

    Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) anchors vibrant communities around transit stops.


    When homes, offices, retail, and other amenities are located within the transit shed – generally a quarter mile to a half mile from a high-frequency transit stop – people can spend less time and money getting to all the places in their daily lives. Equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD) takes this a step further by making sure that the benefits of living near transit are available to people of all income levels.

    The Center for Neighborhood Technology's (CNT) eTOD Social Impact Calculator provides a broad swath of data for Chicago, IL that's important to developers, households, neighborhoods, and communities. This data includes parking, jobs, public transportation, greenhouse gas emissions, building purchasing power, and bikesharing.

    Building affordable housing in TODs gives low- and moderate-income residents access to low-cost transportation that connects them with schools, jobs, heath care and recreational amenities. CNT’s eTOD social impact calculator allows users to examine and quantify the financial, social, and environmental benefits of eTOD projects in Cook County. Whether you’re a developer in the midst of the predevelopment process or an advocate for affordable housing or social services, the data this tool provides can help you make the case for eTOD in your community.

    Launch The Tool



  • 20 Mar 2018 9:16 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    March 20, 2018

    BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: 

    The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth Supports the DASH


    The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth is one of the Tarrant Transit Alliance's founding partners.  We are so excited to announce that the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth has announced its plan to support the Dash Circulator by contributing $15,000 a year for the next three years!

    Dash --- Toward the Finish Line

    The Dash is a new transit option being developed in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Led by a group of passionate community members and transit advocates, the circulator project has been a work in progress for years. In 2017 the North Texas Council of Governments (NTCOG) allocated over four million dollars for the purchase of the first all-electric buses in the Trinity Metro fleet. The four environmentally friendly vehicles will be exclusively dedicated to a new route connecting downtown to West 7th and the Cultural district.

    The goal for the Dash is to make public transit a more attractive option for choice riders; those who are not transit-dependent or are not comfortable using public transit. The huge volume of residential development in our city, particularly along 7th street, will further increase traffic congestion and parking challenges in the district. The resulting increase in frustration is leading more citizens to demand alternatives. Circulator routes have proven successful in other cities across the U.S. and data indicates the strategy could be highly beneficial in Fort Worth as well. A successful three-year Dash pilot program will pave the way for expanding the concept in other areas of Fort Worth and move the city toward a more sustainable future.

    But, the Dash can’t succeed without the support of the local business community. This grass-roots initiative relies on an innovative public-private funding model. Support from the City, private businesses, and community organizations is essential and good progress is being made toward the $1.5 million funding goal with less than $100,000 to raise.

    The support of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth is a significant achievement toward the progress of the Dash. The real estate community recognizes the valuable role robust public transportation plays in the economic development of a community. As north Texas continues to attract businesses and their employees, Fort Worth must make the investment to meet the demand of a changing population.

    For more information on the Dash, please contact Rachel Albright at rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org


    Interested in getting more involved with the Tarrant Transit Alliance?

    We are now working on formalizing our committee structures and pushing our strategic plan forward.  If you missed the sign up last time and are looking for a way to get involved with the Tarrant Transit Alliance, please fill out the following form:

    SIGN ME UP!


    The City of Fort Worth Active Transportation Plan Public Meetings

    March 20, 22, 26, 27 at 6:00 PM - Various Locations

    LEARN ABOUT THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION IN TARRANT COUNTY

    Note: This event is not hosted by The Tarrant Transit Alliance & is being shared for your information.

    Do you walk or ride your bike in Fort Worth? Do you use public transportation? If you answered yes to one of these questions, mark your calendar and make plans to attend a public meeting to give input on how the city can make mobility improvements.

    Find out more


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    A Walkable Future

    April 20, 7:30 AM at the City Club of Fort Worth

    Hear the latest news on the National Walkability trend from Chris Leinberger, national expert on walkable urban development. Using detailed economic data, Leinberger identifies the value-add created by walkability, building support for these projects.

    Panel members will explore the real-world challenges of creating walkable developments when dealing with wary existing neighborhoods, outdated or inflexible regulations, and market perceptions and realities.

    Find out more

    To register, you will need to make a guest profile with ULI.



    TRANSIT IN THE NEWS

    CALL TO ACTION:
    Tell Congress: Unite to Support Public Transportation

    The Administration’s infrastructure initiative and budget recommendations will cut funding for critical public transportation infrastructure programs, including the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program (TIGER), and Amtrak.

    Congress has the opportunity to include funding for public transportation in their infrastructure legislation and protect and increase funding for public transportation in the federal budget. Investments in public transportation will contribute to economic growth, jobs and getting people back to work—all pieces that can make our economy stronger.

    Remind your elected representatives that their constituents care about public transportation and want robust federal funding for our public transit infrastructure. Please click the button below to urge Congress to unite and support public transportation in any future infrastructure legislation.

    Take Action




  • 6 Mar 2018 8:15 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    March 6, 2018

    ANNOUNCING: The 2018 Board of Directors

    Over the past few weeks, The Tarrant Transit Alliance has been hard at work formalizing our organization's structure.  This includes forming our Board of Directors and finalizing the first draft of our Strategic Plan.  This list is just the beginning, and a few more wonderful folk will be added in, but we just couldn't wait to share this exciting news!  

    We are now working on formalizing our committee structures and pushing our strategic plan forward.  If you missed the sign up last time and are looking for a way to get involved with the Tarrant Transit Alliance, please fill out the following form:

    SIGN ME UP!

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    TRANSIT IN THE NEWS

    TRINITY METRO SHOWS OFF ITS NEW LOOK

    Recently, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority announced that it would be changing its name to "Trinity Metro."  Last week, they unveiled their new look.

    Read all about it

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    MOLLY THE TROLLEY IS ONCE AGAIN FREE!

    The Fort Worth Convention and Visitor's Bureau announced its own name change last week, unveiling that they would now be known as "Visit Fort Worth" at their Annual Meeting.  Another announcement - starting this Thursday, Molly the Trolley would once again be FREE for all riders!  We can't think of a better way to get around downtown Fort Worth!

    Read all about it

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    CALL TO ACTION:
    Tell Congress: Unite to Support Public Transportation

    The Administration’s infrastructure initiative and budget recommendations will cut funding for critical public transportation infrastructure programs, including the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program (TIGER), and Amtrak.

    Congress has the opportunity to include funding for public transportation in their infrastructure legislation and protect and increase funding for public transportation in the federal budget. Investments in public transportation will contribute to economic growth, jobs and getting people back to work—all pieces that can make our economy stronger.

    Remind your elected representatives that their constituents care about public transportation and want robust federal funding for our public transit infrastructure. Please click on the button below to urge Congress to unite and support public transportation in any future infrastructure legislation.

    Take Action


  • 20 Feb 2018 8:36 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


    TTA NEWSLETTER

    WHATS NEW WITH TTA?

    The Tarrant Transit Alliance has been hard at work formalizing our organization's structure.  This includes forming our Board of Directors (more to come on this!) and finalizing the first draft of our Strategic Plan.

    If you are interested in getting involved with the TTA, please fill out the following form:

    SIGN ME UP!

    At the same time, we are already hard at work advocating for improved transportation funding with the City of Fort Worth!  We have been meeting with City Council and City Staff members to discuss funding options, and have a meeting scheduled with the League of Neighborhoods to continue our advocacy and education efforts!

    Finally, we are working on a Transit 101 workshop that we will begin to offer to people who are interested in learning more about how Transportation works in our region and what they can do to help improve public transportation.  This program is based on the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee's Transit Citizen Leadership Academy.  Some of the topics this course would cover includes:

    • Scanning the Landscape - a look at the historical, economic and social impact of transportation in the United States and in North Texas.
    • Understanding the Current Reality - An exploration of Tarrant County's transit system and the challenges we face.
    • Identifying Models of Success - An analysis of the successes and failures of other communities facing a transit challenge.
    • Evaluating the Options - An examination weighing value and cost of options for Tarrant County, informed by global practices.
    • Engaging the Community - Identification, and activation of community resources to support transit conversations.
    • Creating the Conversation - A design for facilitating conversation on transit options and opportunities.

    This is just the beginning! There will be more information on this program in the coming months.

    MOVING TRANSIT FORWARD

    THE DASH

    WHAT?

    The Dash is a grass-roots-led initiative aimed at resolving current mobility problems along the West 7th Corridor and connecting the Cultural District and Downtown. We are committed to demonstrating how innovative funding models can inspire investment in public transportation infrastructure and services which will produce economic and social benefits for our community. In fact, investment in transit can exceed the payoff of investment in many other policy areas, including the expected effects of reducing taxpayer burden.

    The vision for the Dash is to be a multi-route circulator system, with future recommended routes connecting Downtown to 1) Near Southside, 2) Panther Island and the Stockyards, and 3) Six Points Urban Village (planned). The first and most urgent route is the Cultural District line, which will utilize all-electric buses -- the first of their kind added to The T’s fleet. These energy efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles are sleek, unique and will have WiFi connectivity.

    HOW?

    This citizen-led project is a public/private partnership with The FWTA committed to providing 75% of the necessary funding for the Dash but it is up to businesses and citizens to raise the remaining 25% of operating costs. The funding model will also include a fixed fare.

    WHEN?

    Proposed Launch Timeline - EARLY 2019!

    Proposed Operating Schedule -

    • Sunday - Saturday, 10 am - 10 pm (15-min service)

    • Thursday - Saturday, 10 pm - 12:30 am (15-min service with extended evening hours)



    Find out more about the DASH


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    STUDENT PASSES AT
    TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE


    Starting in May of 2018, Tarrant County College will be purchasing bus passes for all 50,000+ students in their district to help their students get to class.  TCC's Student IDs will work as their bus pass, and they can utilize the pass anywhere that currently gets service.  Tarrant County College is also working with Trinity Metro to extend service to campuses that currently do not have service.  

    The Tarrant Transit Alliance will be partnering with Tarrant County College to help promote this partnership and educate their students on how to utilize these services.  This is a huge win for transportation utilization and ridership and we look forward to watching this program roll out in the coming months!

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    TEXRAIL

    TEXRail is on track to begin operations in late 2018.  This new commuter rail line will extend from downtown Fort Worth, northeast through North Richland Hills to downtown Grapevine, and then into DFW International Airport.  

    Did you know that there are people who still do not know about TEXRail?  If we want improved transit options in Tarrant County, TEXRail is an opportunity for us to show how successful a transit project can be!  We need to make TEXRail a roaring success by telling everyone we know about it!  

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    THE T BECOMES TRINITY METRO

    Have you heard? The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (AKA 'The T') has announced a name change.  As of January 29, our transportation authority is taking on a name that reflects a more regional look at transportation - Trinity Metro.

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    Fort Worth Grapples With How to Boost Transit Spending

    City of Fort Worth Councilmen Carey Moon (District 4) and Brian Byrd (District 3), spoke with the Trinity Metro Board of Directors on February 8th about the potential of increasing funding for transportation by allocating a portion of the sales-tax earnings.  Councilman Moon suggested bringing this to a vote in the May election.

    This came a week after City Manager David Cooke gave a presentation about Transit Funding in the pre-council meeting.  One of the possibilities mentioned in this January 30th session was taking funding from the Crime Control and Prevention District, a suggestion that the Tarrant Transit Alliance does not support.  Utilizing the cent that currently goes into the General Fund is a much better option, but it appears that the suggestion to put this on the May ballot has not come to fruition.  This does not stop the possibility of increased funding, it simply will not appear on the May ballot.

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    Arlington will Commit to Public Transportation — Once High-Speed Rail is Definite, Mayor Says

    One of the ways Transportation Authorities receive funding is by adding Member Cities.  At the moment, Trinity Metro only has 3 member communities.  Will the prospect of high-speed rail bring Arlington into the fold?

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