An update from the Tarrant Transit Alliance
Committee Meetings & The Board of Directors
If you are interested in participating in either of these committees, please contact firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. 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.
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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.
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!
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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!
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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.
To register, you will need to make a guest profile with ULI.
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.
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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
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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.
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.
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!
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Recently, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority announced that it would be changing its name to "Trinity Metro." Last week, they unveiled their new look.
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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!
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.
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:
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:
This is just the beginning! There will be more information on this program in the coming months.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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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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.
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.
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?
By Robert Francis email@example.com
Jan 26, 2018
On the muscle of my arm there's a red and blue tattooSays, Fort Worth I love you – Michael Martin Murphy
Sure, we love our city. Great Mexican food, barbecue and chicken-fried steaks, what’s not to love?
But will Amazon love us enough to locate HQ2 here? We won’t know until Jeff Bezos stops counting his money and makes the final decision. But hey, we made the cut to the final 20. And that wasn’t easy.
Based on the cities that made the cut, and what the company told some of the cities that didn't, the company will likely scrutinize six key criteria when making its final call: Talent, size, quality of life, education, those ever popular tax breaks and incentives, and transit. Amazon plans to announce its decision later this year.
Amazon executives were pretty quick to tell some areas that didn’t make the cut why they didn’t. As quickly as the Amazon site tells you they no longer have that special body lotion you love, they bluntly told officials from Kansas City, Missouri, that the region's lack of highly-skilled technology workers cost it a spot on the final list, according to Tim Cowden, CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council. Ouch.
If you look at the list of key attributes, put together by the Associated Press following the announcement of the finalists, Dallas and Fort Worth stack up pretty well.
But, according to some, Fort Worth’s plans for becoming HQ2 for the e-commerce giant may get derailed for one very important reason: Transit. There, according to Paige Shipp, regional director of Metrostudy, a provider of primary and secondary market information to the housing and residential construction industry, the western side of the Metroplex doesn’t stack up. During a speech at the 2018 Greater Fort Worth Builders Association’s Economic Forecast presented by Lee Lighting on Jan. 25 at Ridglea Country Club, Shipp said she expects transportation issues to rule out several of the potential sites put forward in the joint bid submitted by a number of North Texas cities. She identified sites in Dallas County, such as Trinity Groves, Victory Park, Reunion, Oak Cliff, Plano and near the University of Texas at Dallas as likely locations. All have a solid transit component.
As you can read in our story by Craig McDaniel on page 10, the area is moving forward with some new transit options. But as anyone who has driven Interstate 35 north of Fort Worth in the past 5 years knows, improving traffic nightmares doesn’t happen overnight.
And local business leaders are making their voices heard. It’s not the first time. The 35W Coalition in north Fort Worth helped put a focus on improving access to the fast-growing Alliance area. That is finally bearing fruit.
Now a new alliance is coming forth to push for “a more robust transit system for Fort Worth and Tarrant County.” The Tarrant Transit Alliance, supported by the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, among others, is planning to show up at the Jan. 30 Fort Worth City Council meeting to “make sure our transit systems stay a priority,” according to the group.
The organization points out that funding for the T, which operates the city’s bus service and some regional transportation independent from the city, comes from a half-cent sales tax approved by voters 34 years ago. Changing that formula won’t be easy.
In September 2017, the city was unable to generate sufficient support for a plan to expand bus service. So things are moving, if not on the tracks, to improve area transit.
Will it help land Amazon HQ2? Maybe not, but maybe we’ll get in the discussion. At the moment, on the Irish bookmaker site Paddy Power, the Dallas bid for Amazon’s has 20 to 1 odds, while Boston, where Charlie is still riding that M.T.A., has 2 to 1 odds. Austin, not exactly stunning in mass transit, by the way, has 11 to 2 odds.
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Transit investment in the Fort Worth area is much lower than in most current peer cities. Consequently, transit ridership is also lower.
In 2015, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority published their well thought out and studied Master Plan. Since the plan’s publication, no new funding mechanisms have been established from the city.
Funding for the T, which operates the city’s bus service and some regional transportation independent from the city, has come from a half-cent sales tax approved by voters 34 years ago. In 2017 that was about $68 million in revenue.
Just for comparison, in 2018 San Antonio has budgeted to spend 4.1million out of their general fund for new public transportation routes. Their funding mechanism is similar to ours, and their city realized that the half cent is simply not sufficient to fund their transit system. Nashville, a finalist for the Amazon HQ2, also provides funding for public transportation out of their general fund (and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s President & CEO Paul Ballard helped build that system when he worked for them!)
Our region is growing - Fort Worth is on track to become the Nation’s 12th largest city by 2019. By 2035, Tarrant County is projected to grow from 1.8 million residents to 2.8 million. With this growth, comes traffic congestion and further wear and tear on our infrastructure. While public transportation options are not cheap, building more roads is even more expensive. Improved public transportation allows cities to efficiently and equitably move people from one place to another, allowing for our city to expand and meet the needs of our growing population.
Our demographics are changing & our workforce is leaving - The number of millennials in the workforce in comparison to the number of Generation X and Z-ers is decreasing – there are more jobs and less workers. This is already creating competition in the jobs market as cities compete for workforce talent. Location decisions for major companies today start and end with “do they have the people we want?” Millennials want transportation options, and better transit options will be crucial to attracting and retaining this key demographic.
At the same time, Baby Boomers are reaching retirement. In Tarrant County, the population of older adults is projected to increase by over 185,000 residents – from just 9% of the population in 2010 to 17% of the population in 2030. This large population of older adults will require safe and affordable transit options to stay active and engaged in their communities and access daily services and medical appointments.
Economic Development -
Amazon’s HQ2 requests for proposals illustrates the competition between cities for workforce and the importance of public transportation options. As mentioned before, companies are researching and relocating in search of young, qualified talent - GM left the suburbs of Connecticut to Boston, McDonald’s moved its HQ to downtown Chicago, Expedia moved from Bellevue, Washington to Seattle… this is just to name a few.
An Equitable City -
Residents in the Fort Worth region spend over 25% of household income on transportation. In fact, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metro area is in the top 20 regions in the country for the highest annual transportation costs. Transit provides an affordable transportation option for those who depend on public transportation and those who choose to ride it. Building safe and efficient public transportation systems helps people get to work and school.
We need to prepare our city for the future -
Autonomous vehicles and other future technologies are coming, which will allow for even more connectivity. But these are not going to replace the systems we are setting into place. Light Rail and Bus Rapid Transit will serve as the spine to these transportation systems, with driverless buses replacing driven buses, and smaller vehicles traveling along the corridors we establish today, but with the ability to adjust for the last mile
Last Fall, our Fort Worth City Council leaders said they would look at the interim budget to see if there are savings that they could re-direct to improving the transit system. On Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00 pm, supporters of transit in Fort Worth will head to City Hall again to remind our elected officials of this promise and to make sure our transit systems stay a priority.
We want to use public transit, but it is infrequent and will not go where we need to go. We need funding to help improve the service, make it faster and easier to ride, and expand its reach. We HAVE to start today.
Increased funding allows for more frequent stops and longer hours, expansion of service areas, and the connection of urban villages and other city centers. This is the backbone of the system - a frequent transit network.
The T Masterplan is a well researched roadmap to make this happen. We have already moved into the Northside, the next step, based on research of demand centers, is to move into the western quadrant. This requires $4.4million for operating funds and $7million for the busses. The next quadrants are the Southside and the Eastside. This is to help build the base of the system and develop a frequent transit network so our community is best served and we can connect our city’s activity centers. This means building more service, which requires more funding.
We will be meeting on Tuesday, January 30 at 4:00 PM at The Winchester Tavern, a bar located at 903 Throckmorton st (Formerly Paddy Red's Irish Pub). If you would like to ask questions, go over talking points, get help signing up or just hang out with us before the City Council Meeting, that is the place to be!
We will help folks sign up until the 5:00 cut off, and then walk over to City Hall (a quick, 5 minute walk).
If you are driving, you can park on the streets and pay at the meter (parking is free after 6PM). To get here via public transportation, we recommend using Google Maps as it is very accurate. Simply click “directions” and then select the picture of a train at the top to get public transportation directions.
Ken AdairShareholderHarris, Finley & Bogle
Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers
Tyler ArbogastDevelopment DirectorJames R. Harris Partners
Paul BallardPresident & CEOFt Worth Transportation Authority
Michael BennettPrincipal & CEO
Bennett Benner Partners
Daniel BercePresident & CEO
Texas Christian University
Mike BrennanPlanning Director
Derek BuchananVice President - Commercial Real Estate
EJP Consulting Group
David CampbellVice President
Larry ChiltonExecutive VP of Real Estate Lending
Linda ChristieGovernment Relations
Tarrant Regional Water District
Travis CleggPrincipalPeloton Land Solutions
Bill CoppolaPresident - Southeast CampusTarrant County College
John CornelsenPresidentEvolving Texas
Jeff DavisChairman - Fort Worth DivisionRepublic Title
Michelle Davis-MohammedManager of Real Estate Management ServicesTarrant County College District
Ryan DwigginsVice President of DevelopmentCHC Development
Charles Edmonds & Associates
Sendera Title John Michael FranksAttorney
Wynne Law Firm
Eugene GiovanniniChancellorTarrant County College
Susan GraweBusiness Development DirectorBalfour Beatty
John D. HallVP of Administration & Campus OperationsUniversity of Texas at Arlington
Sloan HarrisPartnerVLK Architects
James HillExecutive VPTexas Capital Bank
Bob JamesonPresident & CEOFW Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ginger JohnsonVP, Business Development OfficerLegacyTexas Bank
Ryan JohnsonManaging PartnerGood Hope Development
Nanci Johnson-PlumpVice PresidentCBRE
University of Texas at Arlington
Drew KileSenior DirectorInstitutional Property Advisors
Northern Trust Company Brad LonbergerPrincipalGateway Planning Group
Scott MahaffeyCEOCohn & Gregory
Drew MartinManaging DirectorDM2
Nicholas K. MartinAsset & Project ManagerConcorde Asset Group
Andre McEwingSupplier Diversity ManagerTarrant County College District & Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce
Paxton MotheralVice PresidentCassco Development Ken NewellTrinity Lakes and Newell Company
Neftali OrtizManufacturing Engineer
Brandy O'QuinnPublic Affairs Senior Manager
Blue Zones Project
Nina PettyVice Chancellor for Real Estate & Facilities Tarrant County College District Phillip PoolePartnerTownsite Brian RandolphPresident
Keri RedfordManaging Director
JLL Valuation & Advisory Services Titus RodriguezCity Council Place 1City of North Richland Hills
Pollard RogersPartnerCantey Hanger LLP
Jonathan RussellSr. Project ManagerDunaway Associates
Texas Wesleyan University
TD SmyersPresident & CEO
United Way of Tarrant County
Casey ToungetBrokerColdwell Banker Commercial Advisors
Walter WilliamsDirector of Operational InfrastructureTarrant County College District
"It's dishonorable..." lack of quorum shuts down debate about public transit
BY SANDRA BAKER firstname.lastname@example.org
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 05:07 PM UPDATED SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 10:07 PM
FORT WORTH — A proposal to devote city property tax revenue to expanded bus service in Fort Worth appears dead after two council members who opposed the measure failed to show up for a public hearing Friday afternoon.
The council had scheduled a special session for a public hearing to change the property tax rate that, if approved, could have given the T about $2.8 million from tax revenues in 2018. The Fort Worth Transportation Authority has said it needs the money to implement expanded bus services to the city’s west side.
The council knew three of its members had conflicts and were not going to be able to make the meeting. But when Cary Moon of District 4 and Jungus Jordan of District 6 did not show for the meeting, Mayor Betsy Price declared a lack of quorum 15 minutes after it was supposed to start.
About four dozen residents, some in wheelchairs who previously have spoken about being transit dependent, showed up to the meeting. About half of them met with Councilwoman Ann Zadeh afterward in a separate meeting room, where 17 people spoke.
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