On the 14th of May, 2019, 44 members of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth and the Tarrant Transit Alliance met in the basement of the Reata Restaurant in downtown Fort Worth to discuss the City of Fort Worth's transit strategies as presented by the Transit Moves | Fort Worth State of the System Report.
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News you need to know to move transit forward in Tarrant County
ENews / May 2019
In 2015, Trinity Metro(formerly known as the T) developed a Master Plan with the help of Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates to determine the actions that the transit agency must take to establish a great transit system that truly meets the needs of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. In 2017, the Tarrant Transit Alliance and the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth(along with several other civilians and organizations) petitioned the city for increased funding to continue to put the recommendations of this Masterplan into action. While this petition failed due to a lack of quorum, the city made some significant changes including re-structuring staff and conducting the supplementary Transit Moves | Fort Worth study on the best way for the city to move forward, which was also lead by Nelson\Nygaard.
On May 14th, 44 members of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth and the Tarrant Transit Alliance got together in the basement of the Reata Restaurant in downtown Fort Worth to discuss the City of Fort Worth’s transit strategies as presented by the Transit Moves | Fort Worth State of the System Report. While the Transit Moves | Fort Worth project is ongoing, the May 14thworkshop round table was organized for participants to discuss these strategies and how they might fit into the framework of the city. The goal of this workshop was to go over the recommendations, and then voice any priorities and concerns with the Transit Moves | Fort Worth project team. A report is being finalized that compiles the main discussion topics shared by the participants and will be available on the Tarrant Transit Alliance website.
On May 22nd and 23rd, three Public Meetings were held in various locations around the city to share the information gathered by the Transit Moves | Fort Worth team. All of this input will be processed and will help guide the next phase of the project.
To learn more about the Transit Moves | Fort Worth project, please visit transitmovesfortworth.com
Join the Tarrant Transit Alliance, or get a friend to join between April 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019 for a change to WIN BIG!
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Why is a bright red, electric bus named ‘The Dash’ driving around Fort Worth?
Star-Telegram – The Dash is a new zero-emissions service that Trinity Metro, Fort Worth’s regional transit agency, plans to operate every 15 minutes daily from the Fort Worth Central transit station downtown to cultural district attractions, including UNT Health Science Center and the new Dickies Arena. Read More
Provide your feedback on pedestrian safety
NCTCOG – Provide your input about walking in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and be entered for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card. In coordination with the Texas Department of Transportation, the North Central Texas Council of Governments is developing a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan to reduce the number and severity of pedestrian crashes and fatalities across North Texas. Take the Survey
Texas-Building Better Boards:
C-TEDD – The Texas-Building Better Boards(TX-BBB) program started in February 2019. A Texas-focused professional development program for transit agency board members across Texas. TX-BBB aims to empower members to make more informed decisions, it is intended to develop a permanent Texas Association of Transit Board Members. for the TX-BBB program and to create a“hot topics” list. Read More
Chambers Stand Up For Federal Transit Funding
This week, 25 chambers of commerce and other organizations representing local business interests across the country launched Chambers for Transit, a new coalition urging more federal support for transit(organized by T4America). “As Utah’s population continues to grow, transit is more important than ever,” said Derek Miller, President & CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber.“The availability of high quality transit in our communities directly correlates with Utah’s economic success, business-friendly climate and high quality of life.” Read More
Sacramento councilmember proposes free transit for students
Smart Cities Dive – The program is expected to drastically increase Sacramento Regional Transit’s student ridership, up 600% in the first year. Read More
TriMet riders can now add Hop Fastpass to Apple Wallet
Katu.com – Local transit options in Portland Oregon are making it easier for riders to use a Hop Fastpass by adding the feature to Apple Wallet. Read More
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May 22 2019 @ 5:30 PM, May 23, 2019 @ 12:00 PM & @ 5:30 PM –
Get Involved in the City of Fort Worth's Transportation Plan!
The City of Fort Worth is excited about the possibility to significantly improve the reach and quality of the city’s transit system. Help us to improve transit by providing input at an upcoming meeting to ensure all your transportation needs are met.
Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Webinar: Engaging with Elected Officials
22 May 2019 – 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
VisionZero Webinar - Meaningful Community Engagement to Advance Vision Zero
22 May 2019 – 2:00 PM (EDT)
VisionZero Webinar - Using Health Data to Advance Vision Zero: A New Approach from San Francisco
4 Jun 2019 12:30 PM (EDT)
Toward Zero Deaths Webinar: Working with Nontraditional Stakeholders
5 Jun 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
TEXRail in Grapevine provides a path to transit across the region
Community Impact Newspaper – About 200,000 have taken advantage of TEXRail in its first four months of operation between Grapevine and Fort Worth. In July, the passenger rail line will start picking up passengers every half-hour instead of every hour. Now, an option extending the other direction, connecting Grapevine to Collin County, is getting fast-tracked. Read More
Places Where People Spend the Most on Transportation - 2019 Edition
Yahoo Finance – The ease and affordability of mobility are important factors to weigh when you’re considering where you want to live… How much you spend on your transportation, though, largely depends on where you live. Read More
Austin’s Capital Metro launches Project Connect
Capital Metro – Instead of wondering how we can fit more cars on our roads, we need to think about how we can move more people. We need affordable options that connect our communities to jobs, schools, health care and so much more. And, we need to ensure our plan can adapt to innovations that could make our system fully electric, always connected and eventually, autonomous. We call this bold vision Project Connect. It won't be our vision alone though. It will be the community's plan and a complete system of reliable and frequent transit with congestion-proof services that operates free from other traffic. Read More
Takeaways from Denver’s Driverless Shuttled Deployment
Metro Magazine – The Regional Transportation District(RTD) launched a first-of-its-kind pilot project in Colorado: a first-, last-mile connection to a rail station using a driverless shuttle…Due to the novelty, this project took many months to plan and coordinate and, since deployment, the EasyMile and RTD project team leads reflected on its many lessons learned. Read More
Have you met Spike? Spike is the 8th Trinity Metro TEXRail train that will join the family later this summer. Currently at the brand new Stadler U.S. facility in Salt Lake City Utah celebrating the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad meet and the driving of the ceremonial golden spike, our Spike will head to Fort Worth soon. His arrival will bring a more frequent schedule to the Trinity Metro TEXRail service. Follow Trinity Metro on social media to see his journey. Read More
The Fort Worth city council Tuesday committed $500,000 to an on-demand ride share pilot program with Trinity Metro designed to connect TEXRail riders with employers in the Mercantile Center distribution/office park area. Beginning between July and August, riders of either TEXRail or the bus can get off at the Mercantile stop and use a smart phone app to hail a Via car to take them to work. Read More
Understanding Vision Zero progress requires creativity and strategy, which advocates in Denver, Boston and Cambridge have in large supply. In our recent Vision Zero Network webinar, WalkDenver and LivableStreets Alliance shared how they developed and used measurement tools, such as annual report cards and progress reports, to hold their leaders accountable to their Vision Zero goals. They call attention to progress(or lack thereof) toward Vision Zero goals, such as miles of bike lanes built, number of pedestrian crossings added, type and quality of data collection and public reporting. And then, they use these tools as advocacy instruments to energize the community, garner media attention for street safety, advance legislation and/or influence budgets. Learn more from our recent blog post, where you can also access the webinar recording.
EcoDistricts Webinar: Centering Health in District-Scale Development
15 May 2019 – 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Gridlock: Is far west Fort Worth the next bottleneck?
Star-Telegram – Every afternoon, motorists get stuck on Interstates 20 and 30 as they head toward far far west Fort Worth, Aledo and Weatherford.
With booming developments like Walsh and Morningstar, the number of people traveling back and forth each day is about to soar: Traffic is expected to increase by 40 percent over the next 20 years along Interstate 20 just west of the merge with Interstate 30. Read More
How Successful is Regionalism? Let’s Do the Math.
D-Magazine – If you are drinking the regionalism Kool-Aid, then its time to take a hard look at the long-term costs of DFW's rapid decades of wild growth. Read More
‘If you can’t beat them, silence them’: City leaders, Texas Legislature at odds over local control
Dallas News – The Texas Legislature is cracking down on cities. Lawmakers — particularly conservative ones — are pushing bills this session to limit how much local governments can tax their residents. They’re trying to stop cities from imposing bans on short-term rentals, like Airbnb. They want to block local officials from forcing businesses to offer employees paid sick leave.
Bennett Sandlin, executive director of the Texas Municipal League, said local control is under attack like he’s never seen before. The assault is ratcheting up nationwide, he said, because of conservative groups pressuring state legislatures to peel back business regulation. But he also said the tone is set at the top, and Gov. Greg Abbott is a fierce leader in the war against cities. Read More
Denton Transportation Authority Expands Options via Mobility as a Service Model
Dallas Innovates – From scooters to ridesharing to autonomous vehicles, DCTA is combining services from 31 public and private transportation providers in the communities it serves. Read More
The FTA just announced $15 million in funding for innovative mobility projects in public transportation. https://youtu.be/GBuOhT2eyRc
“It’s not right”: why Uber and Lyft drivers went on strike
Vox – Following Lyft’s IPO and prior to Uber’s, drivers are demanding fair wages and better treatment. Read More
A big welcome to the newest members of the Tarrant Transit Alliance:
You can be a part of the voice of transit in Tarrant County with some of the best and brightest in our region, including our Founder Council Members, our Annual Sponsors, and our Corporate Members.
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 has been pretty car-reliant. She is on her final week, and has been posting regularly on the TTA website -
TRE Link offers new option to DFW Airport...
May 14, 2019 - 5:30 - 7:00 PM
In the Basement of Reata
In 2015, Trinity Metro (formerly known as the T) developed a Master Plan with the help of Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates to determine the actions that the transit agency must take to develop a great transit system that truly meets the needs of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
In 2017, the Tarrant Transit Alliance and the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth (along with several other civilians and organizations) petitioned the city for increased funding to continue to put the recommendations of this Masterplan into action. While this petition failed, the city made some major changes including re-structuring staff and conducting a supplementary study on the best way for the city to move forward, also lead by Nelson\Nygaard - called Transit Moves | Fort Worth.
Find out more about the project by going to TransitMovesFortWorth.com
While this project is ongoing, the initial data has been collected and the initial strategy findings are about to be published. We invite you as a member of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth and the Tarrant Transit Alliance to join us for a workshop round table to discuss these strategies and how they might fit into the framework of the city.
The goal of this workshop is to do a deep dive into the recommendations, and voice any priorities and concerns from our representative groups with the Transit Moves | Fort Worth project team.
Cost: $25 - Includes 2 drinks and appetizers
May 4 election results
Mayor Betsy Price was elected to a fifth term on Saturday, defeating three opponents with a total of 55.7% of the vote.
All eight members of the City Council were re-elected, and there will be no need for a runoff election.
Center for Transportation, Equity, Decisions and Dollars teams up to innovate Fort Worth medical district
The Shorthorn – With big cities come big opportunities and the city of Fort Worth hopes to transform its Near Southside Medical District into an innovation district.
Electric-assist bikes roll into town
City of Fort Worth News – Experience the ease and convenience of riding electric as Fort Worth Bike Sharing adds 50 electric-assist bikes to the fleet.
Electric scooters could soon be kicked off Texas sidewalks, if state Senate gets its way
Texas Tribune – The upper chamber passed a bill Wednesday that would add several restrictions on the popular, but controversial, machines. The measure would require scooter renters to be at least 16 years old and it would prohibit more than one person from riding at a time.
‘Uber Was Supposed To Be Our Public Transit’
CityLab – Innisfil, Ontario, decided to partially subsidize ride-hailing trips rather than pay for a public bus system. It worked so well that now they have to raise fares and cap rides.
ENews / April 2019
In-person early voting runs April 22-30 in the May 4 city election for mayor and city council.
To locate an early voting site in Tarrant County, Click here.
Not sure who to vote for?
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ran a great Voters Guide for the City of Fort Worth and Arlington. See it here.
Join the Tarrant Transit Alliance, or get a friend to join between April 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019 for a chance to WIN BIG!
Emanuel: Chicago Is Now the First U.S. City to Publish Detailed Ride-Hailing Data
Streetsblog – Since at least 2017, the Active Transportation Alliance has advocated for making ride-hailing trip data public so that we can have a better sense of its impacts on the local transportation network and plan and legislate accordingly.
Not sure who to vote for?
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ran a great Voters Guide for the City of Fort Worth and Arlington. See it here.
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 has been pretty car-reliant. She is currently at the beginning of week 4, and has been posting regularly on the TTA website -
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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.
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You can be a part of the voice of transit in Tarrant County with some of the best and brightest in our region, including our Founder Council Members, our Annual Sponsors, and our Corporate Members:
May 14, 2019 - Location TBD
At this next Friends of Transit Mixer, the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth will join the Tarrant Transit Alliance to learn more about the Transit Moves Fort Worth Transportation Plan. Find out what recommendations are being made and talk about what priorities YOU think exist.
More information coming soon.
Sponsorship is available. For more information, please contact email@example.com
May 22 2019 @ 5:30 PM, May 23, 2019 @ 12:00 PM & @ 5:30 PM –
25 Apr 2019
Public transit systems and mobility champions will be uniting to raise awareness about the importance of public transportation. We’ll be highlighting the economic, social, cultural, and safety benefits of public transportation—and why we all need to “Get On Board” when it comes to investing to improve and expand public transportation in communities large and small.
The boom continues: DFW has gained a whopping 1 million people since 2010
Star-Telegram – If you need more evidence that Texas is growing at a breakneck pace consider this — Dallas-Fort Worth and greater Houston have gained more than 1 million people since 2010.
The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area added 131,767 residents from 2017-2018, more than any other metropolitan area in the country, pushing its population to 7,539,711, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The population of the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland area reached 6,997,384.
Mayors recognized for work in securing Regional Veloweb Trail
City of Fort Worth News - The Regional Transportation Council recognized the mayors of Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Irving and Dallas for their successful efforts to collaborate and secure funding for the Fort Worth-to-Dallas Regional Veloweb Trail.
Once complete, the regional trail will extend 53 miles from downtown Fort Worth to downtown Dallas and connect with an extensive network of trails in each city. It will provide easier access to transit, employment, schools, neighborhoods and many other trails in each of the five cities.
All sections of the regional trail are expected to be complete by 2023.
TRE Link offers new option to DFW Airport
City of Fort Worth News – Trinity Railway Express passengers now have a new way to travel to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. On April 15, Trinity Metro began operating the TRE Link in conjunction with Dallas Area Rapid Transit and DFW Airport.
TRE Link, which features a paint scheme similar to the TRE, will replace the existing shuttle that connects CentrePort passengers with the airport. Like the current service, TRE Link will operate every 30 minutes on weekdays.
Austin, TX City Council approves strategic mobility plan
Smart Cities Dive – The Austin, TX City Council unanimously approved the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP) on Thursday, marking the city's first comprehensive transportation plan. The adopted plan includes the draft of the plan as well as staff-recommended amendments.
Robert Spillar, Austin's transportation director, said in a statement that the plan is a "major milestone for Austin's mobility portfolio," noting it will address "the multimodal needs of our community" and offer more affordable opportunities to get around the city.
National Partnership Launched to Empower Texas Transit Boards
C-TEDD – Urban transit agency boards play a vital role in translating a community’s needs and preferences into lasting action. Often made up of ordinary citizens representing specific neighborhoods or constituencies, these boards engage in critical, long-range planning that can transform cities for better or worse. At the same time, however, many board members come into the role with no formal training in planning, engineering, or finance. This often creates a learning curve for these officials, who must make vital decisions while still learning the ins and outs of their agency and its operations.
University of Washington researchers want to help Uber and Lyft protect data and share it with cities
Geek Wire – Cities where Uber and Lyft operate have a data problem. The University of Washington wants to provide the solution.
Companies such as Uber and Lyft are sitting on mounds of valuable data about where and when riders move around cities. Transportation officials are eager to get their hands on that information but the companies have been playing hardball out of fear that the data will be subject to public records requests under transparency laws.
Enter the UW’s Transportation Data Collective. Think of it as a vault where the city and tech companies can store sensitive information that is protected by the University of Washington. Although the UW is a public university, its research is not subject to public records requests, allowing it to function as a neutral third party.
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.
Ok but how do I get them to join?
Send them to our website tarranttransitalliance.org/join-tta
Or shoot them a membership flyer. You can download it here:
Remember to have the person write the name of the referring member on the application so you can get credit.
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.
Read about her journey on the TTA Website -
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!
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.
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.
Trinity Metronomics is a monthly report covering a variety of Trinity Metro news and insights, including key performance indicators, goals and project highlights.
8 Apr 2019 –– 2:30 PM
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ENews / March 2019
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.
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
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