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  • 21 Aug 2018 8:30 PM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    An update from the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    August 21, 2018


    Catholic Charities

    Did you know that Catholic Charities Fort Worth is the second largest provider of public transportation in Tarrant County?

    Catholic Charities works from 6:15 am to 5:45 pm Monday through Friday.  They provide rides to individuals 65+ years of age, those who are disabled, and those over 18 who are low income to help them attain transportation self-sufficiency, with a specific focus on employment and employment-related trips, medical trips, and senior social trips.

    Their fares start at $2.00 per one-way trip and they currently serve Azle, Lake Worth, Saginaw, Benbrook, Sansom Park, Westworth Village, Crowley, Everman, Forest Hill, Grapevine, Haltom City, Keller, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Arlington, Mansfield, Kennedale, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, and Alliance areas.

    If you are interested in getting involved with this great organization and the service they provide, you can volunteer with their Tarrant Riders Network.  Volunteers can drive their own vehicle, choose their own schedule, and make a tangible difference in the lives of fellow community members.

    To learn more about volunteering, click here.


    Big Announcements

    Transit Service begins throughout all TCC Campuses

    Starting August 13, transit service became available to all TCC Campuses, including the Northeast and Southeast Campuses.

    TCC students with a current student ID can use this ID as a free pass to ride on any Trinity Metro bus and the Trinity Rail Express.

    To find out more, click here.


    Sponsor the Transit Academy

    The TTA Transit Academy is designed to equip private-sector 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 about the emerging mass transit options that can address our mobility needs.

    Sponsorship opportunities are now available for this unique series.  

    Find out more here.


    Rail~Volution

    Rail~Volution will be holding its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this year, from October 21-24, 2018. Their conference is “the only transportation conference that showcases the link between land use, transit, and development.” It is an event where planners, grass-roots and non-profit organizers, academics, transit officials, developers, health and housing advocates, and elected officials can come together to discuss, share, and innovate – all to provide “solutions for building livable communities with transit.” 

    FIND OUT MORE


    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. 




    Friends of Transit Mixer

    September 6, 2018

    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 very first "Friends of Transit" Mixer!

    For the first Friends of Transit Happy Hour, we will be celebrating the Tarrant Transit Alliance's first birthday at the Lazy Moose! Enjoy great conversation with likeminded folks on September 6th.

    This event is FREE to attend, but please RSVP so we know to expect you!

    RSVP




    The 2018 TTA Transit Academy

    September - November 2018

    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 in Tarrant County.

    Find out More








    Irving Transportation Investment SummitAugust 23-24

    On August 23-24, 2018, Irving will host the Transportation Investment Summit: Future of Mobility and Growth at the Irving Convention Center. The Summit will bring together innovative leaders and stakeholders from the transportation, water and economic development industry to convene with government officials at the local, state and federal levels.

    The purpose of the 2018 Summit is to highlight the growth in Texas’ infrastructure market, build partnerships, encourage transit-oriented development and develop strategies for increasing investment in sectors such as transportation, economic development, smart technology, water, and energy.


    Find out More



    The Texas Mobility Summit

    October 28 - 30

    The Texas Innovation Alliance in partnership with the City of Arlington, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), and metropolitan regions across the state are coming together to host the third annual Texas Mobility Summit on October 28-30, 2018. The goal of the Summit is to address common mobility challenges, showcase active and shovel-ready projects, and open the door to public-private partnership opportunities. As a leader in mobility and innovation, we invite you to join teams of transportation agencies, research institutions, industry thought leaders, and policymakers in advancing Texas’ transportation future.


    Find out More


  • 7 Aug 2018 8:15 PM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    An update from the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    August 7, 2018


    Why we all need improved Public Transit - a personal story

    A few weeks ago, I received a phone call on a Friday afternoon around 1:30 pm. On the other side of the line, was a woman calling to attempt to book a ride for her friend to visit the doctors the next day. I explained to her that I was not a transportation booking organization, but that I would happily try to help her find the right phone number to call. As a transit advocate, it was the least I could do.

    This woman lives 6 hours away, and her friend, who lived in Hurst, was deaf and blind & unable to book her own appointments. While she typically used the wonderful supplementary service Catholic Charities provides, either due to the timing or the location this service was no longer an option. I took down her information and her friend's location and appointment needs. "This will be easy," I thought, thinking of myself as one 'in the know' about the resources available for those who need a ride, and began a 2.5 hour-long quest to find the right phone number for this person in need.  I called everywhere from MyRide Tarrant County to 211 trying to help this woman help her friend.

    Imagine, for a second, that you are in the same situation as this woman's friend. Your health and wellness are tied up with your ability to get to the doctor's office when the appointment is scheduled, yet the resources are so difficult to find, you might not even know where to start! When I finally called her back with the resources I could find, she was very thankful. "I didn't know about any of these! It's so hard to find any of this stuff online!"

    This is why the Tarrant Transit Alliance was formed. Transportation isn't just about moving people, it is about helping our population get to work, school, the doctor's office, and the grocery store. Our population is growing, and we need to start making changes to our system NOW if we are going to ensure a more equitable, efficient, and economically competitive city in the future.

    - Rachel Albright, President of the Tarrant Transit Alliance


    Big Announcements

    The City of Fort Worth Transit Group

    The City of Fort Worth has formed a transportation Technical Committee, which will be overseeing the new City of Fort Worth Transit Master Plan. This plan will sit next to the existing Trinity Metro Master Plan that was adopted in 2015 and will be conducted by the same consulting firm (Nelson/Nygaard) as the Trinity Metro Master Plan. The goal is that this plan will help city staff and officials prioritize projects and implementation strategies for the next few years. This study is exciting for many reasons, one of which is the ability for the city leaders and staff to really own the outcomes of the study and drive changes to the city code and plan that will allow transportation projects to thrive. We are working on the structure as well, not just looking at what we can do in the current environment.

    The total project is projected to take around 18 months to complete and the approval for this study will go before the City Council on August 7th. A part of the proposal will be to set aside $1M for transit funding ($550 for TNC first mile/last mile innovation projects and $450 for this new Transit Master Plan).

    If you are interested in learning more about this project, the transit working group, or the proposed scope of work that will be going before City Council on Tuesday, please contact rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org.


    Support the DASH! Have your voice heard!

    The DASH is a new circulator that is set to begin service in spring of 2019.  This circulator will connect the Cultural District with Downtown and will run every 15 minutes on all-electric busses!  This new circulator will help connect these two districts and will give Fort Worth visitors the ability to enjoy the Fort Worth Cultural District without the need of renting a car.

    At the same time, the City of Fort Worth is working on plans to improve the West 7th corridor to make the area more bike, pedestrian, and transit-friendly.  A series of public meetings are being held to present the proposed plans and gather feedback.  This is your opportunity to voice your support or concerns and we encourage your attendance.

    FIND OUT MORE


    Sponsor the Transit Academy

    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 about the emerging mass transit options that can address our mobility needs.

    Sponsorship opportunities are now available for this unique series.  

    Find out more here.


    Rail~Volution

    Rail~Volution will be holding its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this year, from October 21-24, 2018. Their conference is “the only transportation conference that showcases the link between land use, transit, and development.” It is an event where planners, grass-roots and non-profit organizers, academics, transit officials, developers, health and housing advocates, and elected officials can come together to discuss, share, and innovate – all to provide “solutions for building livable communities with transit.” 

    Rail~Volution is open to all interested parties and offers a limited number of scholarships for those who need them. Apply ASAP for the scholarships however, as applications close on August 10. 

    FIND OUT MORE



    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. 





    The 2018 TTA Transit Academy

    September - November 2018

    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 in Tarrant County.

    Find out More


    SAVE THE DATE - Friends of Transit Mixer - September 6, 530 - 7 PM







    City of Fort Worth – West 7th Street Design & Connectivity Project Meetings

    July 30, August 6, & August 16 @ 6:30 PM

    The voter-approved 2018 bond program will provide $8.5 million to improve the right of way from the Trinity River west to University Drive for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and transit users.

    Make plans to attend one of the upcoming community meetings to discuss the project.

    Meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 30, Aug. 6 and Aug. 16 at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Carl E. Everett Education and Administration Building Room 406, located at 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.

    Information presented is the same at all three meetings.

    Proposed improvements include upgraded traffic signals, pedestrian crossings, shared bus/bike lanes, a median, improved sidewalks, and illumination improvements.

    To learn more, contact Project Manager Mitch Aiton at 817-392-6591.

    Find out More



    Irving Transportation Investment Summit

    August 23-24

    Investing in transportation and infrastructure is integral in creating jobs and expanding economic development. The City of Irving is proud to announce our efforts to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth by engaging with the local, state, and federal government, private sector investors, and agency leaders to encourage collaboration and future partnerships.

    On August 23-24, 2018, Irving will host the Transportation Investment Summit: Future of Mobility and Growth at the Irving Convention Center. Building upon previous years, the Summit will bring together innovative leaders and stakeholders from the transportation, water and economic development industry to convene with government officials at the local, state and federal levels.

    The purpose of the 2018 Summit is to highlight the growth in Texas’ infrastructure market, build partnerships, encourage transit-oriented development and develop strategies for increasing investment in sectors such as transportation, economic development, smart technology, water, and energy.

    We are offering exclusive opportunities to sponsor the event, including the Summit’s breakfast, Awards Luncheon, Stakeholder Reception and afternoon Ice Cream Social. The Summit will provide your organization an opportunity to highlight your work in front of industry leaders and elected officials.


    Find out More


  • 1 Aug 2018 8:30 PM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    An update from the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    August 1, 2018

    Big Announcements

    Support the DASH! Have your voice heard!

    The DASH is a new circulator that is set to begin service in spring of 2019.  This circulator will connect the Cultural District with Downtown and will run every 15 minutes on all-electric busses!  This new circulator will help connect these two districts and will give Fort Worth visitors the ability to enjoy the Fort Worth Cultural District without the need of renting a car.

    At the same time, the City of Fort Worth is working on plans to improve the West 7th corridor to make the area more bike, pedestrian, and transit-friendly.  A series of public meetings are being held to present the proposed plans and gather feedback.  This is your opportunity to voice your support or concerns and we encourage your attendance.

    FIND OUT MORE

    Rail~Volution

    Rail~Volution will be holding its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this year, from October 21-24, 2018. Their conference is “the only transportation conference that showcases the link between land use, transit, and development.” It is an event where planners, grass-roots and non-profit organizers, academics, transit officials, developers, health and housing advocates, and elected officials can come together to discuss, share, and innovate – all to provide “solutions for building livable communities with transit.” 

    Rail~Volution is open to all interested parties and offers a limited number of scholarships for those who need them. Apply ASAP for the scholarships however, as applications close on August 10. 

    FIND OUT MORE

    Contact Your Councilmembers & Support Transit!

    Local support for public transit is vital for any effort to fund and implement new transit systems or expand existing ones, and writing to your councilmember is often the most effective way to make your voice heard. 

    Want to write your local councilmember to ask them to support public transit in Tarrant County but aren’t sure what to write? Download and send our pre-written letters, now available on the Tarrant Transit Alliance website, to send to your elected official! 

    See Pre-Written Letters

    If you aren’t sure who your city council member is, you can check out our website for this information as well. 

    Find your Councilmember

    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. 




    City of Fort Worth – West 7th Street Design & Connectivity Project Meetings

    July 30, August 6, & August 16 @ 6:30 PM

    The voter-approved 2018 bond program will provide $8.5 million to improve the right of way from the Trinity River west to University Drive for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and transit users.

    Make plans to attend one of the upcoming community meetings to discuss the project.

    Meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 30, Aug. 6 and Aug. 16 at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Carl E. Everett Education and Administration Building Room 406, located at 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.

    Information presented is the same at all three meetings.

    Proposed improvements include upgraded traffic signals, pedestrian crossings, shared bus/bike lanes, a median, improved sidewalks, and illumination improvements.

    To learn more, contact Project Manager Mitch Aiton at 817-392-6591.

    Find out More



    Irving Transportation Investment Summit

    August 23-24

    Investing in transportation and infrastructure is integral in creating jobs and expanding economic development. The City of Irving is proud to announce our efforts to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth by engaging with the local, state, and federal government, private sector investors, and agency leaders to encourage collaboration and future partnerships.

    On August 23-24, 2018, Irving will host the Transportation Investment Summit: Future of Mobility and Growth at the Irving Convention Center. Building upon previous years, the Summit will bring together innovative leaders and stakeholders from the transportation, water and economic development industry to convene with government officials at the local, state and federal levels.

    The purpose of the 2018 Summit is to highlight the growth in Texas’ infrastructure market, build partnerships, encourage transit-oriented development and develop strategies for increasing investment in sectors such as transportation, economic development, smart technology, water, and energy.

    We are offering exclusive opportunities to sponsor the event, including the Summit’s breakfast, Awards Luncheon, Stakeholder Reception and afternoon Ice Cream Social. The Summit will provide your organization an opportunity to highlight your work in front of industry leaders and elected officials.





    TEXAS

    Funding for Transit, a State-Wide Initiative:

    Across the State of Texas, the case is being made for more transit funding. Houston will be holding a referendum on transit funding in 2019, and the city is currently considering plans for a regional bus rapid transit system, high capacity transit between Downtown and the Galleria, and commuter rail with connections to the airports. In Austin, the Mayor is attempting to gather together a regional coalition for a vote to build a regional transit system that would include the Capital Metro Project Connect plan. And, in San Antonio, the Mayor has established ConnectSA, a pro-transit advocacy organization that will work to fund VIA’s regional bus rapid transit plan.



    Digital Bus Stops in Fort Worth:

    Trinity Metro has installed digital bus stops at six transit centers in the Trinity Metro System. These digital bus stops are part of the Trinity Metro’s Master Plan’s focus on improving service and customer experiences. According to the President of Trinity Metro, Paul J Ballard, “digital signage provides the opportunity to make timely changes that impact our customers.” The new stops have been deployed at the following transfer centers: Hulen Mall, La Gran Plaza, Sierra Vista, East Side, North, and Ridgmar Mall.

    Find out more here


    Ozone Levels in San Antonio:

    San Antonio’s extreme levels of ozone have earned it a “non-attainment” designation by the Environmental Protection Agency, meaning the city must now take steps to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Mayor Ron Nirenberg has responded by stating the city will look to expanding and improving its mass transit in an effort to cut back on such emissions. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff has said that “Public transit [in San Antonio] is going to be the key.” The city is also likely to delay any future highway expansions as a result of the designation.

    Find out more here



    TRANSIT INNOVATION & EDUCATION

    Service Matters: Examining Ridership Trends in 25 North American Cities Over Time:

    Earlier this year, the Transportation at McGill Research group released a report that examined ridership trends in public transit in North America. Their biggest finding? “Cities must properly fund their public transit operations, especially bus services, to ensure a steady increase in ridership.” Decreasing bus service in response to lowered ridership will only serve to exacerbate that decline. In fact, this group found that the largest factor explaining ridership is the volume of bus service delivered by a transit agency. Increasing bus service has a stronger relationship to increasing transit ridership than increasing rail service, likely because larger shares of a region’s population are able to utilize bus services. The researchers also state that it is not the presence of Uber/Lyft, bike-sharing services, or lowered gas prices that have caused a decrease in transit ridership in recent years, but rather the decline in bus services offered by transit agencies. The authors suggest that “continued investment in transit operations, both rail and buses, is essential to mitigate the transit ridership decline in North American cities.” The key ingredients to increasing transit ridership, they write, is increased bus service frequency and coverage.

    Find out more here


    Services like UberPool are making traffic worse

    A New York consultant – Bruce Schaller, author of “Unsustainable?” – has released a report stating that services like UberPool and Lyft Line are not significantly reducing vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads, and are, in fact, exacerbating the problem of congestion. Schaller writes that Uber and Lyft have not delivered on their promises to decrease car ownership – car ownership is currently increasing across the nation – and have subsequently only added more vehicle miles driven. He shows that these services are not reducing private vehicle trips but are rather directly competing with, and drawing rides away from, bus and subway systems. Using data from eight cities, and the state of California, he concludes that “60 percent of ride-hail users would have otherwise used transit, walked or biked, or stayed home were it not for the availability of services such as Uber and Lyft.” Overall, the report casts doubt on the idea that such services will reduce private vehicle ownership or vehicle miles traveled and shows that they likely just compete with mass transit. Schaller warns cities and regions against betting against public transit in favor of ride-share services.

    Find out more here


    How Cars Divide America

    Richard Florida, co-founder and editor at large of CityLab, writes that “the car plays a central role in worsening America’s social, political, and economic divides” – the car divides America. Florida and his coworkers found that car-dependent metropolitan areas are less affluent than metropolitan areas in which more people bike, walk, or take transit to work. Related, car-dependent metros have lower levels of educational attainments than those where a larger share of commuters bike, walk or take transit. Furthermore, they found that driving a personal vehicle to work is associated with less innovation, while biking, walking, or taking transit to work is associated with more innovation. Florida does not believe the car is the sole problem for all that is wrong with America today, but he does believe that “in addition to wasted time and productivity, reduced quality of life, and…fatalities,” the car is a key factor in creating divides in our nation. An effort in all metropolitan areas to support and grow public transit could be helpful in healing these divides.

    Find out more here



  • 30 Jul 2018 8:05 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    What's the best way to tell the story of Fort Worth? Share your ideas in a quick survey.

    You can have a voice in how we talk about Fort Worth. Six organizations with citywide marketing responsibilities have teamed up to consider the best way to package and share Fort Worth’s story.

    The City of Fort Worth, Visit Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce and the Real Estate Council are asking people about what it is to live, work and play in Fort Worth.

    Take this 10-minute survey. With your help, we can take a major step toward the shared goal of developing common messages about Fort Worth that support the new strategic plans for economic development and tourism.

    TAKE THE SURVEY


  • 17 Jul 2018 8:15 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    An update from the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    July 17, 2018

    Big Announcement - 

    TTA Partners with Fort Worth BCycle

       We are so pleased to announce that the Tarrant Transit Alliance has partnered with Fort Worth BCycle. 

    We know that walking and biking are a big part of solving the first mile/ last mile issue.  
    Now, through the partnership between the Tarrant Transit Alliance and Fort Worth BCycle, TTA Members can enjoy $20 off an annual BCycle membership!  That is the unlimited use of the bike sharing program for an hour or less for the entire year!


    Want to take advantage of this offer? 

    Member Resources Page


    Join the TTA


    Become an Annual Sponsor

    The Tarrant Transit Alliance is now looking for annual sponsors.  Why sponsor TTA?  The Tarrant Transit Alliance is in its first year of existence. That means that your company can be at the forefront of this alliance's growth and success.  Your support demonstrates your commitment to raising awareness of a critical issue in your city and county.

    Find out more by clicking the link below 


    TTA BOARD UPDATE

    Announcing: New Board Members

                  

    We are very excited to announce that three new members of our Board of Directors were voted in during the last TTA Board of Directors session on July 11.  Please welcome Amy BureshRainey Dock Matthews, and Jennifer Trevino!


    The DASH - Support the new Circulator!

    At the July 11th Board Meeting, Amy Buresh and MaryAnn Means-Dufrene gave an update to our Board on the status of the DASH Circulator, which is set to begin service in the spring of 2019.  This citizen-led initiative will be a 3-year proof-of-concept pilot aimed at improving mobility in the Cultural District and Downtown.  The circulator will have 5 all-electric buses (which were secured by a grant from the NCTCOG) and will run every 15 minutes.

    A part of the DASH initiative has been taking an active role in the West 7th street improvement project.  DASH representatives are lobbying for shared bus/bike lanes to be a part of this improvement to allow safe travel for those who are biking and ensure that the DASH circulator is able to meet the 15-minute headways they are putting into place.

    If you would like to learn more about the DASH, you can contact Brandy O'Quinn, Amy Buresh, or MaryAnn Means-Dufrene.

    If you would like to learn more about the proposed West 7th Corridor Improvement Project, there will be several public meetings held at the UNT Health Science Center.  You can find out more by clicking on the button below

    Learn more




    TTA COMMITTEE UPDATES

    Education Committee

    The Tarrant Transit Alliance Education Committee is in the middle of planning our 'Transit 101' Series which is set to occur in September of this year. This series is based on The Transit Citizen Leadership Academy from the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee.  If you are interested in learning more about the Transit 101 series, please contact chair Carlo Andreani at candreani@pkce.com.


    Membership Committee

    The Membership Committee is looking to talk with you about why you should join the Tarrant Transit Alliance!  Mark your calendar for TTA's birthday - September 6th.  We will be hosting a "Friends of Transit" networking event.  Meet like-minded individuals and enjoy a cool beverage while hearing a brief update on what's going on in public transportation in Tarrant County.

    Interested in finding out if TTA Membership is right for you? Please contact chair Ryan Dwiggins at ryand@chcdev.com.


    Ridership Committee

    The Ridership Committee is focusing on how to improve the rider experience, specifically in regards to Bus Shelters.  We will be looking at ways to increase the number of shelters along routes and figure out ways to fund these new shelters.  If you are interested in improving the rider experience, please contact chair Tyler Arbogast at tia@jrhpartners.com.





    NE Tarrant Chamber of Commerce Luncheon - Transportation in Tarrant County

    Thursday @ 11:30 AM

    Join the North East Tarrant Chamber of Commerce at their July luncheon for a lively discussion on why a continued investment in transportation infrastructure at local, state and national levels is so important for Northeast Tarrant County! Discussion presenters include Oscar Trevino, Mayor of North Richland Hills; and Victor Vandergriff, former Chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, where he served for more than 5 years.

    Find out More



    City of Fort Worth - West 7th Street Design & Connectivity Project Meeting

    July 30, August 6, August 16

    A project meeting to discuss safety and connectivity improvements for the West 7th Street area.

    Find out More



    Irving Transportation Investment Summit

    August 23 - 24

    Investing in transportation and infrastructure is integral in creating jobs and expanding economic development. The City of Irving is proud to announce our efforts to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth by engaging with the local, state, and federal government, private sector investors, and agency leaders to encourage collaboration and future partnerships.

    On August 23-24, 2018, Irving will host the Transportation Investment Summit: Future of Mobility and Growth at the Irving Convention Center. Building upon previous years, the Summit will bring together innovative leaders and stakeholders from the transportation, water and economic development industry to convene with government officials at the local, state and federal levels.

    Find out More

  • 10 Jul 2018 8:15 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

    An update from the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    July 10, 2018

    Big Announcement:TTA Partners with Fort Worth BCycle

       We are so pleased to announce that the Tarrant Transit Alliance has partnered with Fort Worth BCycle. 

    We know that walking and biking are a big part of solving the first mile/ last mile issue.  Now, through the partnership between the Tarrant Transit Alliance and Fort Worth BCycle, TTA Members can enjoy $20 off an annual BCycle membership!  That is the unlimited use of the bike sharing program for an hour or less for the entire year!


    Want to take advantage of this offer? 

    Go to the Member Resources Page
    Join the Tarrant Transit Alliance


    Want to Get Involved?

    The Tarrant Transit Alliance was formed to galvanize community support for transit and transit-oriented development by providing information on the benefits of transit, developing a regional agreement on strategies for funding transit, and advocating for dedicated funding for regional and local transit.

    There are several ways you can help the Tarrant Transit Alliance push Transit Forward!


    Become an Annual Sponsor

    The Tarrant Transit Alliance is now looking for annual sponsors.  Why sponsor TTA?  The Tarrant Transit Alliance is in its first year of existence. That means that your company can be at the forefront of this alliance's growth and success.  Your support demonstrates your commitment to raising awareness of a critical issue in your city and county.

    Find out more by clicking the link below 


    Join the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    Join the Tarrant Transit Alliance and become a part of the change! 

    JOIN TTA


    Start the Conversation

    Let us know if you’d like to schedule presentations with your organizations about the benefits of public transit.




    1,000 Texans for Transit Update

    Farm & City – a non-profit dedicated to high quality urban and rural habitat in Texas – hosted a “1000 Texans for Transit” forum in Dallas on June 30, 2018. 

    Farm & City promotes high-quality public transit, equitable and democratic institutions, diverse representation, and safe and healthy neighborhoods. Farm & City also advocates for increased state and local funding for transit in Texas. 

    Saturday’s forum in Dallas educated attendees on the need for high-quality public transit in Texas and on what actions the organization was taking to advance this agenda. Attendees were also educated on how best individuals themselves could help advocate for and support public transit in Texas. 

    For more information, go to www.farmandcity.org.


    TEXAS

    Austin:

    Austin’s Capital Metro transit agency has revamped and relaunched its core bus service into a frequent service grid network. Austin has historically had issues with equity in its transit service, but this new service provides more access to people of color and low-income communities. The relaunch provides more rides overall to more people, as the reconfiguration has focused on removing illogical services that had high costs per rider.

    Read more here


    NATION

    New York City:

    The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced that the city will be getting a bus makeover, with 10 new buses being introduced and the entire system receiving a “holistic review and redesign.” This review could give the city a chance to “fix its routes, ease congestion, give better options to transit riders, and…relieve the pressure on its strained subway network.” The old system was built around the way the city used to operate, but the city has changed since the implementation of the bus service; the new plan aims to fit the bus lines to the way the city is now, and how it may be in the future.

    Read more here


    TRANSIT INNOVATION AND EDUCATION

    “Meet the Future of Urban Transportation: The Bus”

    Jason Bordoff, a former energy adviser to President Obama and founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, believes the bus is what will transform urban mobility in the years to come. “Next-generation electric buses are quieter and smoother” than those in use today and are becoming even more efficient and cheaper by the year. In fact, he writes that “electric buses are already cheaper than diesel buses when considering both the life-cycle cost of ownership and the costs of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.” While many worry that the need to charge buses could render them inefficient, innovations in wireless charging are encouraging. Furthermore, buses might well be far more suitable for autonomous driving than cars as they have simple and predictable routes and can be programmed en masse. Electric buses should reach upfront cost parity with diesel buses as early as 2030 – the time to plan for them, however, is now.

    Read more here


    “Neglecting aging public transportation hurts our economy”

    The President and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, Paul B. Skoutelas, provides a wonderfully informative article on the need to fund and support public transportation across the United States. In terms that everyone can get behind – i.e. economic – Skautelas writes that neglecting and underinvesting in our transit infrastructure “directly negatively affects our economy today and in the years ahead.” The United States currently has a $90 billion backlog needed to fix and modernize our transit infrastructure. Failing to address this backlog – as daunting as it seems – would cost the U.S. upwards of $340 billion over the course of six years. What’s more, investing in public transit is not a losing proposition. Every $1 invested in public transit generates roughly $4 in return, and 87% of trips on public transit directly benefit the economy. Cities across the nation and the nation itself lose billions of dollars annually as they continue to neglect the need for quality public transit infrastructure.

    Read more here


    “Ridesharing versus Public Transit: How Uber and Lyft tend to widen disparities of race and class in urban transportation systems”

    Steven Hill, of the American Prospect Magazine, writes that the impact of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have been mixed. While some people now have a useful mode of transportation, traffic congestion and carbon emissions have increased, public transit has been undermined, and racially discriminatory patterns in our transit systems have been reinforced and even exacerbated. Ridesharing in urban regions “appears to be delivering a body blow to public transportation,” disproportionately impacting minority and low-income communities. Because the ridesharing business model is to subsidize fares and inundate city streets in order to grab market share and pricing power, they eventually are able to compete directly and draw wealthier riders away from, public transit. In addition to exacerbating inequality in transportation, this scenario also leads to “Uber congestion,” by adding cars to take people who otherwise would have ridden their local transit system. Ridesharing services like Uber or Lyft cannot be seen as the sole solution to the future of transit In America.

    Read 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


  • 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


CONTACT US

(682) 231-2036

PO Box 470474
Fort Worth, TX 76147

rachel@TarrantTransitAlliance.org

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