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February 2014

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OUR REGION

Public involvement plays key role in transportation planning process

The tactics 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. 

This year, the North Central Texas Council of Governments is celebrating its 40th anniversary as the region’s metropolitan planning organization by not only reflecting on the past but also looking ahead to the future. Elements of the planning process, like the public’s involvement, will be featured throughout the yearlong campaign.

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Inclusive, effective efforts to encourage the exchange of ideas and information among the public, business leaders, elected officials, transportation professionals and other stakeholders help ensure the region’s transportation plans meet the needs of North Texans today and in the future. Collaboration and communication help develop the consensus needed for transportation plans, policies and projects that improve mobility, quality of life and air quality in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Public meetings have been and will continue to be one way to learn about and provide input on transportation priorities. Print publications, work with local reporters, and community presentations and events also help keep North Texans informed. Digital content, such as websites and social media, offers additional opportunities to keep up with and participate in the planning process. Together, these tactics and more are focused on gathering the public input that leads to effective transportation plans for the region.

Related link: Public Involvement

Transit surveys to help planners forecast, meet needs

Dallas-Fort Worth’s public transportation agencies are partnering with the North Central Texas Council of Governments to determine how residents are using the growing regional transit system and what changes could be made in the future to better accommodate the needs of an increasing population. Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Trinity Railway Express passengers are currently being asked to participate in ridership surveys, which are intended to improve the regional transportation system.

Denton County Transportation Authority and Fort Worth Transportation Authority passengers will be surveyed later this year, during the second phase of this $1.5 million project. The transit agencies are spending $900,000 on the survey project, while NCTCOG is contributing $600,000. For information on the survey, visit NCTCOG.org/survey2014

Related link: Transit Survey

RTC POLICYMAKERS

Celebrate 10 years of EPA's SmartWay

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is participating in the US Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Transport Partnership’s 10th anniversary in 2014. SmartWay is focused on reducing emissions, improving fuel economy and

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increasing energy efficiency in the freight industry. The goals of the anniversary celebration are to extend SmartWay across various freight modes, engage more partners and focus on the accomplishments of SmartWay affiliates. NCTCOG encourages local freight fleets to join the program, and improve environmental performance while enjoying the many benefits partners and companies receive.
On the Web
: www.nctcog.org/smartway

Related link: SmartWay

 

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DFW Connector featured in Mobility Matters

The DFW Connector, a $1.1 billion highway expansion project that recently marked substantial completion, will greatly enhance mobility around Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. To learn more about the project, read the winter issue of Mobility Matters.

The newsletter also contains an article about the Metro ArlingtonXpress, a two-year pilot project to test public transportation in what had become known as the nation’s largest city without it.

Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads, who played a role in the recent efforts to move Interstate Highway 35E to construction, is the subject of this issue’s RTC spotlight. 
On the Web: NCTCOG.org/MobilityMatters

Related link: DFW Connector

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

AirCheckTexas to restart vehicle replacements

The AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program will resume accepting applications for vehicle replacement assistance this month for a limited time. Vehicle owners in nine Dallas-Fort Worth counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant) may be eligible for vehicle replacement assistance after meeting certain requirements. Eligible vehicle owners may receive a voucher for up to $3,500 toward replacement costs.

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The program continues to accept repair applications for motorists whose vehicles have failed the emissions inspection in the past 30 days.

Interested individuals may apply for assistance by submitting a completed application, household income documentation for all adults and a copy of the vehicle inspection report by fax to 817-608-2315 or by mail to AirCheckTexas Program, PO Box 5888, Arlington, TX 76005.

For more information and to obtain an application, visit NCTCOG.org/airchecktexas or call 800-898-9103.

Related link: AirCheckTexas

 

Help us improve our outreach efforts

How do you want to stay informed about, involved in transportation planning? Take the survey ->


 

By answering a five-question survey at NCTCOG.org/meetings, you can provide information needed to help improve communication and outreach efforts related to transportation and air quality issues in the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The survey takes less than five minutes, and your feedback is confidential. It will help us better inform and involve North Texans when it comes to transportation and air quality projects and programs that affect daily life.

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Transportation Update

DFW Clean Cities survey open until March 12

The Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition is conducting its annual stakeholder survey in an effort to gather information about the use of clean vehicles and petroleum- reduction efforts in North Texas. If you would like your fleet counted, visit DFWCleanCities.org by March 12 to take the short survey. Information from the survey is given to the Department of Energy, providing a snapshot of 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. In 2012, those surveyed accounted for a reduction of the equivalent of almost 14 million gallons of gasoline. In 2011, slightly more than 12 million gallons of gasoline were reduced by fleets surveyed. Contact cleancities@nctcog.org with any questions regarding the survey.

Related Link: Clean Cities

 

NEXT CHALLENGE

In the past few years, we have broadened the reach of our involvement efforts by launching social media pages and posting video recordings of public meetings online. Later this year we will unveil another innovative tool that will make your involvement even easier. Still, in a region of 6.7 million, there are always more people to reach and more voices to hear. What are barriers to greater public participation in planning, and what solutions should we explore? Tell us on Twitter and Facebook using the #DFWMPO40 hashtag.

 

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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