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Have we heard from you? Citizen, local government and private sector input impacts decisions about transportation and air quality policies, programs and plans for North Texas. After all, these decisions determine how North Texans live and travel in the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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To request printed copies of any information related to a Regional Public Transportation Input Opportunity or an Update, call 817-695-9284 or e-mail awilson@nctcog.org.

Transportation Public Input Opportunities

Learn what is happening with transportation and air quality in the region, and helping set priorities for the future. The Regional Transportation Council and North Central Texas Council of Governments are seeking public input. Flier >>> [PDF]

May Public Meetings

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 6:00 pm
Richardson Civic Center
411 W Arapaho Road Richardson, TX 75080


Submit comments and questions
     E-mail:
transinfo@nctcog.org
     Fax: (817) 640-3028
     Phone: (817) 695-9240
     Mail: P.O. Box 5888
     Arlington, Texas 76005
     Web form

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 2:30 pm
North Central Texas Council of Governments
616 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, TX 76011

Monday, May 15, 2017 6:00 pm
North Richland Hills Library
9015 Grand Ave North Richland Hills, TX 76180


Comments for May meetings due by:
June 7th, 2017 11:59 pm

                                                                 May 10th - Video proceedings
                                    


Presentation Topics

Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program Recommended Projects [PDF, 2MB]   Handout [PDF]
Staff will present the list of recommended projects for funding in the 12-county North Central Texas Council of Governments Metropolitan Planning Area. Projects eligible under this program include on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, multimodal connections to public transportation and pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure associated with Safe Routes to School projects that will substantially improve safety and the ability for students to walk and bicycle to school. 

New Federal Transportation Funding [PDF]
Staff will be presenting on a proposed process to select projects via funding programs for an overall amount of approximately $345 million in federal funds. The projects will be categorized into approximately 11 programs based on similar goals. Project selection is proposed to occur in stages throughout 2017 and possibly into early 2018.

Mobility 2045: The Metropolitan Transportation Plan for North Central Texas Kick-off [PDF]
One of the primary responsibilities of a Metropolitan Planning Organization is the development and maintenance of a metropolitan transportation plan (MTP). The last comprehensive update of the MTP occurred in 2016 with the adoption of Mobility 2040. Staff has initiated the development of a new MTP, Mobility 2045. This Plan will reassess existing recommendations and include new demographics, financial forecasts and planning initiatives. Staff is working with partners to develop draft recommendations and will present an overview and proposed timeline for the Plan.

Joining Forces: Aligning Community & Military Missions [PDF]
NCTCOG is collaborating with military and community leaders for Joining Forces, a Regional Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) that will identify and recommend voluntary communications and land use strategies that support continued military capabilities. During a JLUS, the cities and counties surrounding the military installation work with the installation to plan and carry out specific actions that will promote compatible community and economic growth. Staff will present project activities conducted to date as well as remaining public involvement opportunities.

 

Fast Facts

Auto Occupancy Detection Technology Pilot Program Recruitment
Currently, High-Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) utilize the TexPress app to declare they are HOV's in order to receive a 50 percent discount during the peak-periods for Tolled Managed Lanes within the Dallas-Fort Worth region.  The North Central Texas Council of Governments, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation and North Texas Tollway Authority, have procured a vendor to test an automated approach to apply the 50 percent discount.  The vendor will implement a pilot of the app-based technology to automatically detect and verify vehicle occupancy for users of the DFW Connector Tolled Managed Lane facility.  NCTCOG is looking for volunteers that travel along the DFW Connector corridor to help test this automated technology.  If you are interested in participating in the pilot, please contact NCTCOG at transinfo@nctcog.org or 817-695-9240 and provide your name, email address and phone number so we can reach you as we begin this effort.

2017 Clean Air Action Day
Air North Texas, a regional campaign and partnership that seeks to improve air, offers North Texans the opportunity to take steps toward improving air quality by participating in Clean Air Action Day on Friday, June 23, 2017. North Texans can participate by doing at least one thing to help improve air quality. Examples of simple actions include: carpooling, using public transit, biking or walking instead of driving, telecommuting or bringing your lunch to work. Let Air North Texas know how you plan on participating in this year's Clean Air Action Day by completing the form at www.airnorthtexas.org/cleanairactionday. Then on June 23, share a photo of your action on social media using #CAAD2017 and tagging @NCTCOGtrans for a chance to win a prize!

Play button Following the Arlington meeting, a video of the presentation and discussion will be posted here.    
       

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For anyone wanting to ride transit to the Arlington public meeting, NCTCOG will offer a free connection to the meeting upon request on a first-come, first-serve basis. To request a free roundtrip ride between NCTCOG and the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort/DFW Airport Station, contact Carli Baylor at least 72 hours prior to the meeting at cbaylor@nctcog.org or
817-608-2365.
   

 


April Public Meetings




Wednesday, April 12, 2017 2:30 pm
North Central Texas Council of Governments
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011

Submit comments and questions
     E-mail:
transinfo@nctcog.org
     Fax: (817) 640-3028
     Phone: (817) 695-9240
     Mail: P.O. Box 5888
     Arlington, Texas 76005
     Web form

       This is an photo of the April  2017 Public Meetings





     Comments for April meetings due by:
                 May 12, 2017
11:59 pm


Presentation Topics

TxDOT's ADA Accessibility Program Reporting
Presentation PDF
The Texas Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure that every program, service, benefit, activity and facility open to the public is fully accessible and usable by people with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act covers many issues from workplace services to public transportation accommodations. Access and awareness are keys to ensuring the needs of disabled citizens are met. TxDOT staff developed a plan for reporting and will discuss how the agency provides opportunities to assist those with disabilities in its planning activities and how citizens can take an active role in making changes.

Hemphill/Lamar Partnership
Presentation PDF
The Hemphill/Lamar Connector project just south of downtown Fort Worth experienced rising costs as it neared implementation. These rising costs have led to the need for a partnership to supplement the City of Fort Worth's local funds and fill the remaining funding gap so construction of the project can commence. Staff will provide details of the proposed partnership.

DART/RTC TRIP Partnership
Presentation PDF
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) requested a partnership with the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) that will assist with the Transit Related Improvement Program (TRIP), which helps DART respond to concerns from member cities without rail service. At the same time, this partnership will benefit the region by increasing the pool of regional funds, which will be made available for future projects. Staff will discuss the innovative funding exchange between DART and the RTC.

Southern Dallas County Partnership
Presentation PDF
A funding partnership is being proposed among the Regional Transportation Council, Dallas County, the City of Lancaster and the City of Hutchins for several roadway projects in southern Dallas County. The proposed projects are beneficial to the region, as they provide critical connections to IH 45 and intermodal facilities. Staff will discuss the proposed funding partnership.

Air Quality Updates
Presentation PDF
Since the DFW region does not meet the federal air quality standard for the pollutant ozone, NCTCOG implements various projects and programs to improve air quality and protect public health. With the Environmental Protection Agency's new, more stringent ozone standard, the region will need to continue to work together to improve air quality.  North Texans are encouraged to adopt clean air choices throughout the year, especially during ozone season, which began March 1 and runs through November 30.  Staff will provide an update on a variety of air quality topics, including programs, upcoming outreach efforts and the transition to the more recent 2015 ozone standard.

 

About the Metropolitan Planning Organization and Public Involvement

As the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the NCTCOG Transportation Department and Regional Transportation Council are together responsible for developing, coordinating and allocating funding to transportation plans and related air quality projects.
What is the MPO?

NCTCOG invites and encourages all North Texans, including those traditionally underserved by transportation, to share ideas and opinions. The Public Participation Plan [PDF] details more about how groups and individuals can be involved. Additionally, NCTCOG proactively seeks to educate and engage North Texans in the transportation planning process. It is expected that by 2035, nine million people will call North Texas home. Meeting the mobility needs of today and tomorrow requires coordination and collaboration.

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