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January 2016

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OUR REGION

NCTCOG 50th Anniversary Logo
NCTCOG celebrating
50 years of cooperation with regional members

On January 20, 1966, the local governments of North Central Texas established the North Central Texas Council of Governments in response to their common interests and concerns and the need for a joint approach to resolve area-wide problems.

This voluntary, cooperative venture was intended to help local governments improve their capability to serve their residents by defining regional issues, problems and opportunities; by setting priorities and devising polices, plans and programs to deal with them; and by achieving efficient and effective action on area-wide matters through communication, coordination and cooperation. NCTCOG was the first Council of Governments in the state of Texas, which now has 24.

 

In 1966, the NCTCOG region consisted of 10 counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise) and eventually grew to include 16 counties (addition of Navarro, Palo Pinto and Somervell). Today, all 16 counties are NCTCOG members.

 

In addition to 16 counties, there are 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts among NCTCOG’s 238 member governments. Although change has been constant over these 50 years, NCTCOG’s focus has remained on the same common principles.

 

The values that defined NCTCOG in those early days – Communication, Cooperation, Coordination – still guide its work today as NCTCOG seeks to help its member governments meet the needs of their residents. And, though each city has its unique needs and interests, a cooperative spirit persists to help meet challenges, maximize benefits and reduce adverse effects.

 

Throughout the year, the agency will look back at significant events that helped North Central Texas grow into one of the most vibrant regions in the country. This yearlong look back will be chronicled through a special 50th anniversary website, NCTCOG.org/50, in newsletters, in videos, in photos displayed around the agency, and during this year’s General Assembly, which will be held on Friday, June 17.

 

Stay tuned throughout this year for stories, historical photographs and facts that help explain the history and work of NCTCOG and its look ahead into the future.

RTC POLICYMAKERS

Judge Whitley earns Road Hand Award

 

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley was recently named a winner of the prestigious Road Hand Award, given annually to a select list of transportation advocates across Texas.

 

A longtime member of the RTC, Whitley has played a key role in the development of several projects throughout the region, including Chisholm Trail Parkway, the North Tarrant Express and the DFW Connector, which have all recently been completed and are providing relief in some of the region’s most highly traveled corridors.

 

He has also played a significant role in the 9.7-mile extension of State Highway 360 between Sublett/Camp Wisdom roads and US Highway 287. The project went to construction late in 2015 after years of planning. Whitley is the 32nd North Texan to earn the Road Hand Award since 1973, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. This is the second consecutive year an RTC member has been recognized with the award. Fort Worth City Councilmember Jungus Jordan was recognized in 2014.

 

 

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TxDOT CFO named to agency's top job

 

James Bass was named executive director of TxDOT last month, succeeding Lt. Gen Joe Weber, who announced his retirement in October. Weber remained with the agency through the end of 2015.

Bass, who became TxDOT’s 21st executive director January 1, had served as the agency’s chief financial officer since 2005.

 

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

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Public input sough on Mobility 2040

 

NCTCOG staff will seek public input on draft Mobility 2040 recommendations and Unified Planning Work Program modifications at public meetings set for 6:30 pm January 7 in Dallas, 6:30 pm January 12 in Lewisville and 2:30 pm January 13 in Arlington.

NCTCOG is required to maintain a long-range plan for the region’s multimodal transportation system covering at least 20 years. Staff is developing Mobility 2040 and will highlight draft recommendations for major roadways, transit projects and bicycle-pedestrian infrastructure along with related air quality analysis and a list of near-term Transportation Improvement Program projects affected by the plan. The RTC is expected to adopt Mobility 2040 in March.

In addition to long-range planning, staff also manages the UPWP, which provides a summary of transportation and air quality planning tasks to be conducted by the metropolitan planning organization. Proposed changes to the fiscal year 2016 and fiscal year 2017 UPWP will be presented for review and comment. Finally, staff will present an overview of the Look Out Texans safety campaign. The AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program will also be highlighted. Following the public meeting in Arlington, a video recording will be online at NCTCOG.org/input.

 

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Fact sheet: AirCheckTexas program bolstered

 

The NCTCOG Transportation Department has published a fact sheet highlighting the popular AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program.

AirCheckTexas provides vouchers to qualifying motorists to repair or replace vehicles with emissions problems if those vehicles also meet certain criteria. Available at NCTCOG.org/factsheets, the fact sheet explains the program in English and Spanish.

 

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RAIL TRAIL

DCTA receives $2.4M grant for A-train

rail trail

 

The Denton County Transportation Authority was recently awarded funding from the Texas Department of Transportation under the Transportation Alternatives Program to complete the last portion of the A-train rail trail project in Lewisville.


DCTA received nearly $2.4 million in funds to complete the last portion of the Lewisville Hike and Bike Trail, which runs from the agency’s Old Town Station on East Main Street to the Highland Village/Lewisville Lake Station on Garden Ridge Boulevard.


Once complete, the Lewisville Hike and Bike Trail will run from DCTA’s Hebron Station all the way to the Highland Village/ Lewisville Lake Station. Construction on the last portion of the trail is expected to begin in early 2016. DCTA expects to complete the entire 18.1-mile trail by 2017. It will connect each of the agency’s rail stations, offering pedestrians and bicyclists a safe opportunity to travel the entire trail or take a break and ride the A-train or Connect bus.

 

— Submitted by DCTA

 

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 

Email: transinfo@nctcog.org
Website: www.nctcog.org/trans
Fax: 817-640-3028
Phone: 817-695-9240

 

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