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April 2018

Access North Texas updated to meet transit needs

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) recently
updated Access North Texas through an inclusive planning process
relying on local input. The process included the participation of elected
officials, local government staff, transit riders, health and human
service agencies, educational institutions, and businesses.


Access North Texas is the public transit-human services transportation
coordination plan for the 16 counties served by NCTCOG. The plan
identifies the transportation needs of older adults, individuals with
disabilities, and individuals with lower incomes. Based on a
combination of research, technical analysis and public input, the plan
identifies strategies to better serve these vulnerable populations with
public transportation.


During the public outreach process, NCTCOG staff polled attendees to

gauge how transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber
and Lyft, self-driving vehicles, and other technologies were perceived in
their communities.

 

Some communities saw the potential transportation gap that TNCs
could fill while others had concerns about their accessibility.

 

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Concerns included vehicle accessibility for individuals using mobility devices and people who don’t own smartphones.

 

In the updated plan, NCTCOG staff included a new regional strategy that encourages communities toconsider non-traditional ways to deliver public transportation, including TNCs. Encouraging TNC service and coordination with transitagencies, where appropriate, will help in the development of their accessibility to all riders.

 

While Access North Texas is not a fundingdocument, it is used as a guide for agencies that provide transportationservices when federal and State funding becomes available. To review the plan, please visit www.accessnorthtexas.org.


US 75 named alt fuel corridor through region

The Federal Highway Administration has announced another round of designations of the Alternative Fuel Corridors. These corridors were established to ensure alternative fuel vehicles can travel on specified roadways that have adequate alternative fuel refueling/charging infrastructure.

In addition to previously awarded interstate highway corridors designated in 2016, the second round added US Highway 75 as a corridor for natural gas, propane, and electric vehicles to the North Texas region.

Based on these corridor designations, drivers from North Texas can have confidence in operating a variety of alternative fuel vehicles to neighboring
metropolitan areas.


A third round of corridor designations will occur later in 2018. For a complete map of alldesignated alternative fuel corridors across the country, visit
www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/alternative_fuel_corridors/maps.


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The number of Car Care Clinics scheduled throught April to help North Texans address issues with their vehicles.

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Check engine light on? Visit a Car Care Clinic near you in April

Did the check engine light recently appear on your car’s dashboard? The reasons could be numerous, from a simple thing such as a loose gas cap to a more serious — and expensive — issue.

 

Regardless of the problem, it is important to have it checked because your car will not pass the emissions portion of the State inspection until it is repaired.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments is partnering with local
automotive repair shops to conduct a series of Car Care Clinics in April. Once
again, the focus is on the dreaded check engine light. While you need to have a
problem with the light addressed, repairs may cost less than you think.

Talk to a mechanic for FREE at one of 12 clinics throughout the region beginning Saturday, April 7 andcontinuing until April 28. These clinics will provide drivers with an opportunity to talk to a technicianabout the potential cause the problem and how it may be fixed. Some vehicle owners may qualify forassistance with emissions repairs if they meet certain income requirements.


A NCTCOG staff member will be on hand at select clinics to explain the AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program, which allows qualifying motorists to get their vehicles repaired for as little as a $30 copay, so they can pass the emissions inspection. Income and vehicle requirements for the program are available at www.airchecktexas.org. A family of four earning $75,300 or less, for example, is eligible for a repair voucher worth up to $600.

 

AirCheckTexas is one of many successful programs credited with helping the region improve its airquality over the past several years. Ten Dallas-Fort Worth area counties are in nonattainment for ozonepollution and are working toward compliance with the federal government’s standard. To find a clinic
near you, visit www.ntxcarcare.org.

 

Map of 10-county nonattainment area



High-speed rail project moving forward

High-speed rail is moving forward across Texas. A series of public hearings were held along theplanned Dallas-to-Houston corridor, and comments have been received on that project. The Federal Railroad Administration is now working on responding to them.

 

The hope is to have a record of decision by the end of the year, allowing the project to advance to design and construction.

Elsewhere, NCTCOG is trying to assist Dallas and Fort Worth with the creation of a local governmentcorporation, which would have high-speed rail oversight in the region. Discussions also continue onhow to advance high-speed rail from Fort Worth to South Texas. The ultimate result could be a network of high-speed trains providing Texans another safe, efficient way to travel among the State’s major metropolitan areas.

high-speed rail photo


Data sharing grants available for DFW cities

Transportation partners interested in sharing information on road closures, major events and traffic signals to make the roads safer and more efficient are invited to apply for
grants of up to $25,000 by May 4.


NCTCOG is offering assistance to cities and other transportation partners as part of two initiatives. First, $125,000 is available to encourage the sharing of traffic signal data.

This information can be shared with the developer community to support development of connected-vehicle, vehicle-toinfrastructure and other intelligent transportation applications in an effort to improve how vehicles communicate.

These grant programs also seek to prepare the region for automated vehicles. Additionally, the Waze Data Sharing Program offers entities that agree to share

information on road closures access to real-time data provided by users of the navigation app. Like the traffic signal data project, this grant has $125,000 available for awards.


Ultimately, this information will help build out 511 DFW as a portal for transportation information.
To be eligible, applicants must:

 

  • Have jurisdiction over the relevant traffic signals and route
  • Be willing to share their data with outside entities, such as NCTCOG, neighboring jurisdictions, transit authorities, transportation information applications and others

 

This is the second time NCTCOG has offered such grants. Last year, grants were provided for both programs. The latest round of grants will help entities implement low-cost solutions to improve the reliability of their transportation networks.


Share thoughts on the Mobility 2045 plan

NCTCOG staff will present Mobility 2045 draft recommendations, funding initiatives, an air quality
update and bicycle opinion survey results during public meetings in April.

Residents can provide input on Mobility 2045, the MetropolitanTransportation Plan for Dallas-Fort Worth, as well as severalother transportation initiatives at public meetings on April 9 (Garland), April 10 (North Richland Hills) and April 11 (Arlington).


Mobility 2045 will define a long-term vision for the region’s transportation system and guide spending of federal and Statetransportation funds. This includes funding for highways, transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and other programs that can reduce congestion and improve air quality. The Regional Transportation Council is expected to take action on draft recommendations in June.

 

In addition to developing a Metropolitan Transportation Plan, NCTCOG staff is responsible for assisting with funding initiatives.The Transportation Improvement Program is a federally and State-mandated list of

projects with committed funding for construction or implementation within a four-year period. Staff willpresent the draft list of projects to be funded between 2019 and
2022.

 

Staff will also provide proposed modifications to the fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019 Work Program. The UPWP for regional transportation planning provides a summary of transportation and related air quality planning tasks to be conducted by the metropolitan planning organization within a two-year period.


Finally, air quality updates and bicycle opinion survey results will also be presented.

Watch the Arlington meeting in real time by clicking the “live” tab
at www.nctcog.org/video. A recording of the presentations will
also be posted at www.nctcog.org/input.

 
 


Other Calendar Items

April 6

TRTC
Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center
1001 Jones St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
8:30 am



April 4

DRMC
North Texas Tollway Authority
5900 W. Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75093
11 am


April 12

Regional Transportation Council
Transportation Council Room
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011
1 pm


April 27

Surface Transportation Technical Committee
Transportation Council Room
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011
1:30 pm

Read or print Local Motion as a PDF here.

Read previous newsletters here.

For more information about Local Motion topics, contact Brian Wilson at 817-704-2511 or bwilson@nctcog.org. Visit www.nctcog.org/trans for more information on the department.

Prepared in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation and the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration. The contents of this report reflect the views of the authors who are responsible for the opinions, findings and conclusions presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration or the Texas

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