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

    An update from the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    July 17, 2018

    Big Announcement - 

    TTA Partners with Fort Worth BCycle

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

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


    Want to take advantage of this offer? 

    Member Resources Page


    Join the TTA


    Become an Annual Sponsor

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

    Find out more by clicking the link below 


    TTA BOARD UPDATE

    Announcing: New Board Members

                  

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


    The DASH - Support the new Circulator!

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

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

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

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

    Learn more




    TTA COMMITTEE UPDATES

    Education Committee

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


    Membership Committee

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

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


    Ridership Committee

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





    NE Tarrant Chamber of Commerce Luncheon - Transportation in Tarrant County

    Thursday @ 11:30 AM

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

    Find out More



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

    July 30, August 6, August 16

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

    Find out More



    Irving Transportation Investment Summit

    August 23 - 24

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

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

    Find out More

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

    An update from the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    July 10, 2018

    Big Announcement:TTA Partners with Fort Worth BCycle

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

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


    Want to take advantage of this offer? 

    Go to the Member Resources Page
    Join the Tarrant Transit Alliance


    Want to Get Involved?

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

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


    Become an Annual Sponsor

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

    Find out more by clicking the link below 


    Join the Tarrant Transit Alliance

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

    JOIN TTA


    Start the Conversation

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




    1,000 Texans for Transit Update

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

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

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

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


    TEXAS

    Austin:

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

    Read more here


    NATION

    New York City:

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

    Read more here


    TRANSIT INNOVATION AND EDUCATION

    “Meet the Future of Urban Transportation: The Bus”

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

    Read more here


    “Neglecting aging public transportation hurts our economy”

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

    Read more here


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

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

    Read more here

    About us

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

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

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

    Learn More


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

    An update from the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    June 12, 2018

    Big Announcement

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

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




    Farm & City - One Thousand Texans for Transit

    June 30 @ 11:00 AM

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

    Find out More



    TEXAS

    Austin:

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

    Find out more here


    San Antonio:

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

    Find out more here


    Houston:

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

    Find out more here


    NATION

    New York:

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

    Find out more here


    North Dakota:

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

    Find out more here


    Kentucky:

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

    Find out more here

    About us


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

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

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

    Learn More


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

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

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

    Download the Presentations

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

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

    Download Presentations

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

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

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    May 15, 2018

    Don't Miss out! 

    Some Great Events are coming your way!


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

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

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

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

    FEATURING

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


     AGENDA

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


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

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

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

    AGENDA 

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

    • 7:30 - 9:00 AM
      Program


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

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

    David Leininger

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


    Ken Newell

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

    About us

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

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

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

    Learn More


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

    An update from the Tarrant Transit Alliance

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    April 26, 2018

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

    Committee Meetings & The Board of Directors

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

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

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

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

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


    Spreading the Word

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

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



    A Walkable Future

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

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

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

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

    Download the Presentations



    CALL TO ACTION:

    The City of Fort Worth's Active Transportation Plan

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

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

    Take the Survey

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



    Planning for the Future with Trinity Metro -
    The Masterplan Masterclass

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

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

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

    $15 For Members

    $25 for Non-Members

    Tickets include coffee, breakfast, networking and great information!

    REGISTER NOW!



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

    May 22, 2018

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







    Fortress Festival!

    April 28 & April 29

    Fortress Festival is North Texas’ destination music festival.

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

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

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

    Find out more about Fortress Fest



    Public Meetings / Hearings - Trinity Metro Service Changes & Improvements

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

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

    Find out More

    About us

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

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

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

    Learn More


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

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

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

    Download the Presentation

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

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    April 10, 2018

    BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: 

    Last-Mile Solution for AllianceTexas Now Available


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

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

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

    Find out more!

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    TTA's Communication Committee - Pushing the Conversation Forward.

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

    Follow us on Facebook

    Follow us on Twitter




    A Walkable Future

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

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

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

    Find out more

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




    TRANSIT IN THE NEWS


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

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

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

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

    Find out more


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    Transit-Oriented Development Strengthens Communities

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

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

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

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

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

    • Helps businesses attract both customers and employees

    • Revitalizes neighborhoods and supports housing affordability

    • Reduces air pollution and limits sprawl

    Read more on Voices for Public Transit


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

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


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

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

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

    Launch The Tool



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

    TTA NEWSLETTER

    March 20, 2018

    BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: 

    The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth Supports the DASH


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

    Dash --- Toward the Finish Line

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

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

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

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

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


    Interested in getting more involved with the Tarrant Transit Alliance?

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

    SIGN ME UP!


    The City of Fort Worth Active Transportation Plan Public Meetings

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

    LEARN ABOUT THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION IN TARRANT COUNTY

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

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

    Find out more


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    A Walkable Future

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

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

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

    Find out more

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



    TRANSIT IN THE NEWS

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

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

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

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

    Take Action




CONTACT US

(682) 231-2036

PO Box 470474
Fort Worth, TX 76147

rachel@TarrantTransitAlliance.org

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