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Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Planning Organization 40th Anniversary

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is celebrating its 40th anniversary as the region’s metropolitan planning organization.

For the past year, the NCTCOG Transportation Department has focused on progress made in transportation planning during the last four decades. From changes in the transportation system and improvements to air quality, tremendous steps have been taken to promote the efficient movement of people and enhance their quality of life. As the year winds down, it is time to look ahead, and North Texas has a roadmap that will help guide decision-making.

Logo: Regional Transportation Council 40th Anniversary

The Regional Transportation Council last month approved Mobility 2035 - 2014 Amendment, a $94.5 billion blueprint of transportation through 2035. The plan focuses first on making the most efficient use of the existing transportation system through maintenance, management and operations strategies, and coordination of land-use and transportation. Where major transportation investments are needed, strategic decisions can be made with the remaining available resources. Read more in Local Motion >>>

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About how many miles do North Texans drive on freeways and tollways each day?

A.   26 million
B.   56 million
C.   86 million
D. 116 million

Answer on the NCTCOG Transportation Facebook page for a chance to win a 40th anniversary flash drive.

 

Progress North Texas art
Progress North Texas artwork

Via Instagram / Facebook: Earlier this year, we asked Arlington ISD students how they think they will travel to work on their 40th birthday. This is the creation of the winner, Dawna Berry, whose picture appeared on the cover of Progress North Texas 2014. #DFWMPO40 #transpo #ThrowbackThursday #tbt

The Future of Transportation in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

Throughout 2014, the NCTCOG Transportation Department looked back at changes the region has seen since the metropolitan planning organization was established 40 years ago. As we approach the end of this milestone, we are now looking ahead to see how North Texas will continue to grow in the future.

Mobility 2035 - 2014 Amendment is a $94.5 billion blueprint for developing the region’s transportation system through 2035. Based on demographic projections for the next two decades, planners have outlined recommendations to ensure North Texas has a transportation system that provides mobility and supports residents’ quality of life.

Highlights:

Mobility 2035 - 2014 Amendment


  • The region’s current population of 6.7 million is projected to grow to 9.8 million.
  • In 2035, 6.1 million people will be employed in North Texas, up from 4.2 million today.
  • As of 2014, there are approximately 86 million vehicle miles of freeway/tollway travel each day, but that figure is expected to rise to 126 million by 2035.
  • It is recommended that North Texas add 1,481 freeway/tollway lane miles between 2013 and 2035, raising the region’s total to 6,645 lane miles. In 2013, the region had 134 lane miles of Express/HOV/Tolled lanes, but there would be 665 lane miles by 2035.
  • Mobility 2035 - 2014 Amendment recommends nearly 350 miles of additional passenger rail for the region, including high-speed or express service between Dallas and Fort Worth. At present, the region has 146 miles of light and commuter rail.
  • Over 300 miles of the Regional Veloweb, which is a network of off-street, shared-use paths designed for bicyclists, pedestrians and other non-motorized forms of transportation, are currently complete. The Veloweb will run to more than 1,700 miles by 2035.

Mobility 2035 - 2014 Amendment Expenditures

Notable Inventions of 1974

Post-It notes
Photo: Thinkstock
  • In 1974, 3M employees Spencer Silver and Art Fry created the Post-it note. Silver had developed a new adhesive that seemed to lack a practical application until Fry had a “eureka” moment while flipping through his hymnbook during church choir practice. After Silver and Fry began to write messages on Post-it notes in their office, they realized the full potential of the idea. Eventually, 3M released the product on the market in 1980.  

   Rubik Cube
Photo: Thinkstock

  • Erno Rubik created the first prototype of the Magic Cube, in 1974. The toy was renamed Rubik’s Cube in 1980. With 350 million units sold, the Rubik's Cube is one of the best-selling toys of all time.

Famous People Born in Late 1974

November 2 - Nelly, rapper
November 11 - Leonardo DiCaprio, actor
November 15 - Chad Kroeger, singer (Nickelback)
December 24 - Ryan Seacrest, television personality

Dallas-Fort Worth MPO at 40: Reflecting on Accomplishments, Historic Events and More

January 2014: What was Happening in 1974
February 2014: Forty Years of Media and Public Involvement
March 2014: Transportation Options
April 2014: The Regional Transportation Council
May 2014: Air Quality
June 2014: Youth Involvement in Transportation
July 2014: Regional Innovations
August 2014: Public Transportation
September 2014: Technology and Transportation Planning
October 2014: Growth in Population and Transportation
November 2014: Aviation
December 2014: Future of Transportation

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