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  • 29 May 2019 8:15 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / May 2019



    Transit Moves | Fort Worth Update


    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




    What's Going On With TTA?


    Welcome New TTA Member:

    A big welcome to the newest member of the Tarrant Transit Alliance:
    • Alex Russey, Lockheed Martin


    2019 Membership Campaign:


     

    Want to be a part of the change in our region?

    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!


    The Trinity River Vision Authority has graciously donated a fun-filled prize package that includes:

    Any new members will be entered into a drawing to win this package. Any existing members will be entered into a separate drawing for an identical package.

    Sign up today!





    In the News & Online:

    Local News:

    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


    News From Around the Country & Globe:

    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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  • 21 May 2019 7:09 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / May 2019



    What's Going On With TTA?

    Welcome New TTA Member:

    A big welcome to the newest member of the Tarrant Transit Alliance:
    • Michael Dike, Village Homes
    • Jack Webb, Edward Jones


    2019 Membership Campaign:


     

    Want to be a part of the change in our region?

    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!


    The Trinity River Vision Authority has graciously donated a fun-filled prize package that includes:

    Any new members will be entered into a drawing to win this package. Any existing members will be entered into a separate drawing for an identical package.

    Sign up today!




    Upcoming Events


    Transit Moves Fort Worth Outreach

    May 22 2019 @ 5:30 PM, May 23, 2019 @ 12:00 PM & @ 5:30 PM –
    Various Locations

    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.

    Learn More


    Learning Opportunities:

    Shared-Use Mobility Center Learning Module: Persons with Disabilities

    Shared mobility has offered access to transportation options beyond the private automobile for a lot of the population. The technologies behind shared mobility have also offered additional, on-demand alternatives to day-before bookings for ADA-mandated paratransit. The US Department of Transportation Department’s Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) publishes reports and hosts presentations and webinars on research and implementation of the latest technology enabling universal design of transportation systems.
    Learn More


    Upcoming Webinars:

    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


    In the News & Online:

    Local News:

    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

    News From Around the Country & Globe:

    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


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  • 14 May 2019 8:17 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / May 2019



    What's Going On With TTA?

    Welcome New TTA Member:

    A big welcome to the newest member of the Tarrant Transit Alliance:
    • Scott Scherer, Harris Kocher Smith


    2019 Membership Campaign:

    Want to be a part of the change in our region?

    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!

    The Trinity River Vision Authority has graciously donated a fun-filled prize package that includes:

    Any new members will be entered into a drawing to win this package. Any existing members will be entered into a separate drawing for an identical package.

    Sign up today!



    What's Going on with Trinity Metro?

    Have You Met Spike?:

    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 


    Need a ride to work? This service will connect you to TEXRail

    Star-Telegram –  Job hunters in Fort Worth will soon have an easier time connecting with the more than 18,000 positions in Mercantile Center.

    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



    Upcoming Events


    Transit Moves Fort Worth Outreach

    May 22 2019 @ 5:30 PM, May 23, 2019 @ 12:00 PM & @ 5:30 PM –
    Various Locations

    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.

    Learn More


    Learning Opportunities:

    Webinar Recap: Measuring Vision Zero from the Outside

    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.

    Upcoming Webinars:

    EcoDistricts Webinar: Centering Health in District-Scale Development

    15 May 2019 – 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Learn More

    Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Webinar: Engaging with Elected Officials

    22 May 2019 – 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Learn More

    VisionZero Webinar - Meaningful Community Engagement to Advance Vision Zero

    22 May 2019 – 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn More


    In the News & Online:

    Local News:

    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


    News From Around the Country & Globe:

    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


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  • 8 May 2019 11:37 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / May 2019



    What's Going On With TTA?

    Welcome New TTA Members:

    A big welcome to the newest members of the Tarrant Transit Alliance:

    • Ian Bryant – HNTB Corp
    • Jim Patterson – Simmons Bank


    2019 Membership Campaign:

    Want to be a part of the change in our region?

    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!

    The Trinity River Vision Authority has graciously donated a fun-filled prize package that includes:

    Any new members will be entered into a drawing to win this package. Any existing members will be entered into a separate drawing for an identical package.


    Sign up today!

    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.


    Car-Free in Fort Worth:

    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 -

    Read the Blog


    What's Going on with Trinity Metro?

    April Trinity Metronomics:

       

    TRE Link offers new option to DFW Airport...

    Read More



    TTA Events


    TTA & REC of GFW Transit Masterplan Workshop

    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

    Register



    Transit Moves Fort Worth Outreach

    May 22 2019 @ 5:30 PM, May 23, 2019 @ 12:00 PM & @ 5:30 PM –
    Various Locations

    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.

    Learn More


    In the News & Online:

    Local News:

    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.

    See Results

    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.

    Read More

    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.

    Read More

    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.

    Read More


    News From Around the Country & Globe:

    ‘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.

    Read More


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  • 30 Apr 2019 11:19 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / April 2019



    Get out and Vote!

    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.


    What's Going On With TTA?

    Welcome New TTA Members:

    A big welcome to the newest members of the Tarrant Transit Alliance:

    • Scott Arnold – Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
    • Jennifer Grissom – Fort Worth Bike Sharing
    • Stacy Sanford – Expedia / SteerFW
    • Jack Thompson – City of Crowley
    • Casey Tounget – Transwestern
    • Britt West
    • Elisabet Westbye – Bike Friendly Fort Worth


    2019 Membership Campaign:

    Want to be a part of the change in our region?

    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!

    The Trinity River Vision Authority has graciously donated a fun-filled prize package that includes:

    Any new members will be entered into a drawing to win this package. Any existing members will be entered into a separate drawing for an identical package.


    Sign up today!

    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.

    Car-Free in Fort Worth:

    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 -

    Read the Blog




    TTA Events


    TTA & REC of GFW Transit Masterplan Workshop

    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

    Register



    Transit Moves Fort Worth Outreach

    May 22 2019 @ 5:30 PM, May 23, 2019 @ 12:00 PM & @ 5:30 PM –
    Various Locations

    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.

    Learn More


    In the News & Online:

    Local News:

    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.

    Read More


    News From Around the Country & Globe:

    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.

    Read More

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  • 24 Apr 2019 8:17 AM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / April 2019



    Get out and Vote!

    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.


    What's Going On With TTA?

    Car-Free in Fort Worth:

    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 -

    Read the Blog


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

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

    Take the Pledge


    2019 Membership Campaign:

    Want to be a part of the change in our region?

    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!

    The Trinity River Vision Authority has graciously donated a fun-filled prize package that includes:

    Any new members will be entered into a drawing to win this package. Any existing members will be entered into a separate drawing for an identical package.


    Sign up today!

    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:

         
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    TTA Events

    SAVE THE DATE - 
    May Friends of Transit Mixer

    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 rachel@tarranttransitalliance.org



    SAVE THE DATES - 
    Transit Moves Fort Worth Outreach

    May 22 2019 @ 5:30 PM, May 23, 2019 @ 12:00 PM & @ 5:30 PM – 
    Locations TBD

    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.

    Learn More


    Events Around Town:


    Voices For Public Transportation: National “Get on Board” Day

    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.

    Show details


    In the News & Online:

    Local News:

    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.

    Read More

    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.

    Read More

    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.

    Read More


    News From Around the Country & Globe:

    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.

    Read More

    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.

    Read More


    Interesting Articles Worth The Read:

    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.

    Read More


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  • 10 Apr 2019 1:50 PM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)


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

     ENews / April 2019



    What's Going On With TTA?

    Welcome New Members:

    • John Wright - Simple Leadership Strategies
    • Robert Gleason - Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors


    Membership Campaign:

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

    What's in it for me?

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

    Tell me more about these amazing prizes.

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

    Ok but how do I get them to join?

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

    Join TTA

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

    Download

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


    Going Car Free:

    TTA president Rachel Albright has decided to see what it might look like to ditch her car for the entire month of April to see how our current transit system fairs for a young professional who is car-reliant.

    Read about her journey on the TTA Website - 

    Read the Blog

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

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

    Take the Pledge


    What's Going on with Trinity Metro?:


    Trinity Metro Customer Satisfaction Survey:

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

    Complete Survey


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

    CHECK IT OUT



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


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

     ENews / April 2019



    What's Going On With TTA?

    Membership Campaign:

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

    What's in it for me?

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

    Tell me more about these amazing prizes.

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

    Ok but how do I get them to join?

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

    Join TTA

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

    Download

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


    Pledge to go Car-Free:

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

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

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

    Take the Pledge


    What's Going on with Trinity Metro?:

    TrinityMetronomics:


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

    Read More


    Trinity Metro Customer Satisfaction Survey:

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

    Complete Survey



    Events Around Town:

     

    Near Southside Open Streets

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

    NCTCOG April Transportation Public Meeting

    8 Apr 2019 –– 2:30 PM
    NCTCOG

    Show details


    America Walks Webinar:
    What’s Next for Walkable Communities

    10 Apr 2019 –– 1:00 PM

    Show details


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

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


    In the News & Online:

    Local News:

    Trinity Metro’s downtown rail and bus station renamed

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

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

    Read More

    News From Around the Country & Globe:

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

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

    Read More

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

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

    Read More


    Interesting Articles Worth The Read:

    Tony Seba: Clean Disruption - Energy & Transportation

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

    Watch the Video

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

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

    Read More

    4 Communities Leading the Way for Walking, Public Transit

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

    Read More


    Infrastructure Solutions: Transit Transformation

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

    Read More

    Congress considering a smarter way to measure transportation investments

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

    Read More


    Neat Transit tools:

    Reducing Demand for Vehicle Trips in Cities

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

    Go to the Guide

    The Role of Companies in Improving Urban Mobility

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

    Go to the Guide



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

    CHECK IT OUT


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


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

     ENews / March 2019



    Trinity Metro Calls to Action:

    Website Focus Group Wanted:

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

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

    Sign up

    Customer Satisfaction Survey:

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

    Complete Survey


    Upcoming TTA Events:

    March Friends of Transit Mixer - This Thursday!

    FEATURED SPEAKER

    TD Smyers

    CEO, United Way of Tarrant County


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

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

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

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

    Register



    Events Around Town:

     

    Near Southside Open Streets

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

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

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


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

    CHECK IT OUT


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


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

     ENews / March 2019



    What's Going on in TTA?

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

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

    Upcoming Sponsorship Opportunities:

    Annual Sponsors - $5000-$10,000 

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


    Monthly Friends of Transit Mixer Sponsor - $300

    As a Mixer Sponsor, your company's logo will be featured on the event's website, signage at the Mixer, and you will get a sponsor table where you can promote your company.  These programs occur monthly, so reach out to let us know when you would be interested in sponsoring!


    FEATURED SPEAKER

    TD Smyers

    CEO, United Way of Tarrant County


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

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

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

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

    Register



    Transit Highlights

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

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

    Read the Report


    The Race and Culture Task Force Makes Recommendations to City Council

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

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

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

    Read the Report


    Some interesting bills in the 2019 #TXLege Session

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

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

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

    Some other Texas Legislative bills to follow:

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

    Additional Legislative Updates

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

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

    Read the Updates


    TxDOT Transportation Plan - leave your comments

    Want to help guide the future of Texas Transportation?

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

    Check it out


    Upcoming TTA Events


    TEXRail & TOD Tour - LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

    March 19, 2019, 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ The T&P Station

    How much new development can one rail line produce?

    The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, the Tarrant Transit Alliance, and the Urban Land Institute - North Texas are all teaming up for a TEXRail and TOD Tour. Ride the new TEXRail train and learn about the new and proposed development along its tracks.

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

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

    Find out More

    Waitlist - FULL EVENT

    Register - GRAPEVINE ONLY


    News you need to know

    DID YOU KNOW -

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

    CHECK IT OUT



    Interesting Articles Worth the Read

    Jarrett Walker's 2018 RailVolution Keynote

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

    Watch the Video


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

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

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

    Read More


    Political Winds Shift in San Diego

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

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

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

    Listen to the Podcast


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

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

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


CONTACT US

(682) 231-2036

PO Box 470474
Fort Worth, TX 76147

rachel@TarrantTransitAlliance.org

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