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January 2014

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OUR REGION

Help us celebrate the successes of past 40 years in transportation

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is celebrating its 40th anniversary as the region’s metropolitan planning organization this year. Throughout the next 12 months, the Transportation Department will look back at some historic events and accomplishments that shaped the region.

This month, the focus is on what was happening in 1974 in Dallas-Fort Worth transportation. The metropolitan area had a much smaller population, as just 2.6 million people called Dallas-Fort Worth home. But some important decisions were made that would pave the way for the expansion the region has now experienced.

One significant planning document approved in 1974 was FWTAotal Transportation Plan for the North Central Texas Region for 1990. The $3 billion plan laid the foundation for the future, and long-range transportation blueprints since were aimed at carrying out the principles of Total Transportation 1990. Among these were transportation's role in supporting the economic development of the central business districts and providing access to jobs, as well as the role of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in economic development and as a gateway to the nation. DFW Airport also opened in 1974.

   

NEXT CHALLENGE

Planning for the future needs of a diverse region relying on multiple modes of transportation. With your help, NCTCOG will continue the work being done in transportation and air quality to ensure the region’s residents have safe, reliable options for getting around. Tell us what your transportation priorities are. Share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #DFWMPO40. Suggestions will help with the development of future plans.

As is the case with today’s long-range plans, the 1990 document examined roadway and transit needs in the future, recommending a path forward. As the name suggests, it looked at the complete picture of what would be needed, also taking into account land use, economics and quality of life.

A peek at the map recommended in the plan shows many of the primary improvements including — State Highways 161 and 360, the President George Bush Turnpike, Chisholm Trail Parkway and a thriving airport serving as a gateway to the nation — are either reality or set to be delivered soon. One element of the plan not developed was Trinity Parkway, which would have run east-west as a reliever for SH 183 and Interstate Highway 30. However, money was found for improvements to existing roads, including SH 183.

On the rail side, progress is evident. Dallas Area Rapid Transit will complete light rail to DFW Airport by the end of the year, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority is pursuing rail from Fort Worth to the airport. Rail passengers looking to reach the airport from both sides can currently board the Trinity Railway Express to CentrePort/DFW Airport Station and arrive at DFW by bus. The work of NCTCOG and its transportation partners will continue as the region sees its population increase, but the dividends are being realized.

RTC POLICYMAKERS

First TEXpress lanes open on LBJ Express

The first 3.2 miles of the LBJ Express Project, between Preston Road and Greenville Avenue, opened in December, giving drivers of this stretch their first taste of TEXpress Lanes, which are tolled, managed lanes intended to provide motorists with increased mobility.

TEXpress Lanes run parallel to fully reconstructed main lanes and expanded frontage roads and offer drivers the option to pay a variable toll for more reliability.


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For the first six months of operation, while drivers are becoming familiar with the TEXpress Lanes, tolls along the segment will be capped and will range from 15 cents to 95 cents for the entire segment, depending on the time of day and direction.

TEXpress Lanes were developed over the past several years by transportation planners at NCTCOG and the Texas Department of Transportation, along with other industry experts.

All toll rates will be posted and clearly marked on electronic signs prior to drivers entering the TEXpress Lanes.

At the end of the six-month review period, tolls will fluctuate according to traffic volume and rate of speed. Electronic sensors throughout the corridor will measure congestion every few minutes and electronically recalibrate the rates; as congestion increases, the toll rate will increase to ensure that a predictable speed is maintained.

Drivers with valid toll transponders can qualify for carpool discounts if they will have at least one other passenger. Discounts can be obtained by pre-registering at DriveOnTEXpress.com. — By LBJ Express

Related link: LBJ TEXpress

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

Clean Cities survey: Help us count your fleet

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The Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition is now conducting its annual stakeholder survey. This survey provides data to the Department of Energy regarding the number and type of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles in the region.

This information is then passed to the State Energy Program and Congress. All local fleets are encouraged to participate and may be eligible for awards once information is gathered. Survey information can be found at DFWCleanCities.org. Please contact cleancities@nctcog.org with any questions regarding the survey.

Every year, the DFW Clean Cities Coalition surveys its members and interested parties on the use of clean vehicles and petroleum reduction in their fleets.

This information is used in speeches, reports, news articles and funding updates. Membership in the coalition is not required in order to complete the survey.

Related link: Clean Cities survey

 

Video: Freight center to aid truck efficiency

Cascade Sierra Solutions recently opened a Freight Efficiency Outreach Center in Dallas to help owner-operators and others in the trucking industry identify opportunities to run more efficiently. NCTCOG has posted a video at YouTube.com/NCTCOGtrans providing a peek at the center during construction and the grand opening ceremony.

Located on Interstate Highway 20 in south Dallas, the center provides information to medium- and heavy-duty fleet owners, and independent owner-operators seeking to upgrade to cleaner, more efficient vehicles.

 
 

Related link: YouTube

     

 

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Transportation Update

AirCheckTexas eyes restart of vehicle-replacement help

The AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program helps qualifying motorists comply with emissions standards by offering financial incentives to repair or replace vehicles. The program, which plays an important role in improving air quality in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is currently accepting applications for emissions-related repair assistance and is gearing up to start replacement assistance in February until funds are exhausted. For program requirements or to obtain an application, visit NCTCOG.org/airchecktexas or call 800-898-9103. AirCheckTexas provides motorists vouchers worth up to $600 toward emissions-related repairs year-round if they meet income requirements. Their vehicles must also meet certain specifications. When funds are available, the program offers vouchers worth as much as $3,500 toward the purchase of newer, cleaner vehicles.

Related Link: AirCheckTexas

Public comments

Comments or questions about transportation or air quality topics may be submitted at any time. Submit questions or comments online or send them to:

North Central Texas
Council of Governments
Transportation Department
P.O. Box 5888
Arlington, TX 76005-5888 

E-mail: transinfo@nctcog.org
Web site: www.nctcog.org/trans
Fax: 817-640-3028
Phone: 817-695-9240

 

 


     
     
     
     
 
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Local Motion is prepared in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation and the U.S. 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 Department of Transportation.

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