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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.

Throughout 2014, the Transportation Department will look back at some historic events and accomplishments that shaped the region.

This month, the focus is on the key role public involvement plays in the transportation planning process.

Logo: Regional Transportation Council 40th Anniversary

The methods used to involve the public and gather input have changed in the last 40 years, but public participation continues to be an integral part of the transportation planning process.
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Transportation in 1974

Photo: Speed limit 55 sign   One lane mile of freeway can be built for about $5 million, the equivalent of $1 million in 1974.   Photo: gas pump

The price of gas in 1974 was 55 cents per gallon. For perspective, 55 cents in 1974 had the same buying power as $2.60 in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A new car could be purchased for $3,056 in 1974.

Total Transportation 1990 proposed a 40-mile transit project running from the Dallas central business district to the Fort Worth CBD, through the newly opened Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Today, the Trinity Railway Express connects via bus to DFW Airport. Additionally, Dallas Area Rapid Transit is months away from a light rail connection to DFW Airport, and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority is pursuing rail from downtown Fort Worth to the airport along the TEX Rail corridor.

Media in 1974

  • Metro daily newspapers in 1974: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Press, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald
  • Metro daily newspapers in 2014: The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
  • WBAP-TV was sold in 1974 and became KXAS-TV.

Forty Years of Public Involvement

How we get our message out

  • 1974: Newspaper, TV, radio, newsletters, meetings, presentations
  • 2014: Newspaper, TV, radio, newsletters, meetings, presentations, website, social media, video

How people communicate with us

  • 1974: Face to face, call, write a letter
  • 2014: Face to face, call, write a letter, email, social media, website.

Vintage publications

January 2014: What was happening in 1974



Trivia: The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan planning area currently consists of 12 counties. How many complete counties were in the original D-FW planning area?

A. 2
B. 4
C. 5
D. 6

Answer on the NCTCOG Transportation Facebook page or on Twitter by using @NCTCOGtrans and #DFWMPO40. Those who answer correctly will be entered in a random drawing for a multitool with Phillips and flathead screwdrivers, a flashlight and more.

Via Instagram / Facebook: Over the past 40 years, the way we deliver information to the region has seen tremendous change. The same can be said for how that information is consumed. Here is a look at agency newsletters through the years. Today, the Transportation Department shares information with you in many more ways, including print, Web and social media. #DFWMPO40

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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