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February 2015

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OUR REGION

 

AirCheckTexas to begin accepting vehicle replacement applications
 

10-County Nonattainment Area

10-county nonattainment map

A program that has helped lead to the replacement of more than 30,000 older vehicles since fiscal year 2003 will reopen this month for a limited time. The AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program will begin accepting applications for replacement assistance in North Texas for a limited time February 9. Last year, 652 vehicles were replaced with the help of vouchers worth up to $3,500. North Texans whose vehicles have failed the emissions portion of the state inspection in the past 30 days or are more than 10 years old are encouraged to apply for replacement assistance if they meet the income criteria and vehicle requirements. A family of four earning $72,750 or less per year may receive assistance.

 

Assistance is open to vehicle owners in nine Dallas-Fort Worth area nonattainment counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant). AirCheckTexas is one of many programs implemented to help North Texas reach attainment of the federal government’s ozone standard, which it has until 2018 to meet.

 

This is the fourth year in a row the replacement assistance has operated on a limited basis, following a reduction in funding. The repair component of the program, offering vouchers worth up to $600, has continued year-round.

The program offers $3,000 vouchers toward replacement of a vehicle with a newer, cleaner automobile. The amount increases to $3,500 if the newer car or truck is a hybrid, electric or natural gas-powered vehicle. For information on the status of the program and a video explaining the application process, visit www.nctcog.org/airchecktexas. Applications and income documentation for all adults in the household must be submitted by fax, 817-608-2315, or mail. The address is: AirCheckTexas Program, P.O. Box 5888, Arlington, TX 76005-5888

 

NCTCOG is not able to assist walk-ins because of limited resources. Assistance through this application-based program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

After enough applications have been received to exhaust the available funding, the replacement portion will be closed. The repair program will continue, but replacement applications will no longer be accepted for the rest of fiscal year 2015.

 

RTC POLICYMAKERS

 

Website aims to help fliers navigate airports

 

Fans flying into North Texas for last month’s College Football Playoff National Championship had a new tool to help them navigate the region’s airports. The NCTCOG Transportation Department launched NTXAirports.com before the big game. But while the site helps people in town for special events, it is broader in its reach, offering information on more than a dozen airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field, as well as ground transportation. The site provides contact information for taxis, limousines and the region’s public transportation providers to help people get around once they reach town.

 

On the Web: www.ntxairports.com.

 

Selman named TxDOT's top Dallas engineer

 

Kelly Selman was named district engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation’s Dallas District in December. Selman has served in a variety of capacities since joining TxDOT in 1986, most recently as the deputy district engineer for Dallas.

 

A 1986 graduate of Texas A&M University, Selman replaces Bill Hale, who accepted a job in Austin as TxDOT’s director of engineering operations for metro districts. Hale was a long-time member of the RTC and will be succeeded by Selman, who will continue to serve on NCTCOG’s Surface Transportation Technical Committee. Selman has been a member of STTC since 2006.

 

The Dallas District includes Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall counties.

 

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

IH 30 Sign
Clean Cities report deadline March 2

 

The Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition is surveying stakeholders for its annual report, which details information about the use of clean vehicles and petroleum-reduction efforts in North Texas.

 

Stakeholders combined to save more than 17 million gallons of fuel in 2013, continuing a trend of improvement over the past several years. In 2012, stakeholders surveyed accounted for a reduction of more than 14 million gallons. In 2011, the total was more than 12 million gallons. Fleet owners and operators who would like to be counted should visit www.dfwcleancities.org by March 2 to take the short survey.

 

The annual report is given to the Department of Energy, providing a snapshot of the number and type of vehicles in the region powered by alternative fuels and advanced technologies. All local fleets are encouraged to participate and will be eligible for recognition once information is gathered.

 

The 2014 report will also be used to verify which entities are complying with the region’s Clean Fleet Policy. Last year, entities that adopted the policy were required to complete a two-step reporting process: a questionnaire and the Clean Cities report.

 

This year, the process is more streamlined, as adoptees simply need to complete the Clean Cities report to be in compliance.

 

Clean Fleet Policy adoption and compliance is required for eligibility for clean fleet funding from the Regional Transportation Council.

 

Contact cleancities@nctcog.org with any questions regarding the report.

 

 

 

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FREIGHT OUTREACH

Program aims to reduce region's truck emissions

 

The North Central Texas Council of Governments has launched the Freight Efficiency Outreach Program to reduce emissions and improve air quality throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region, while also helping freight companies save money and fuel.

 

The program functions as a "one-stop" for companies and drivers.  It showcases SmartWay-verified, low-emission and advanced-retrofit technologies; best operational practices; and education on policies that regulate the trucking industry.

 

Dallas-Fort Worth area vendors of SmartWay-verified technologies are invited to attend a workshop at NCTCOG's Arlington offices, 616 Six Flags Drive, at 1:30 pm on February 24 to learn about ways to get involved in this unique, volunary industry partnership.

 

For more information about the program and how it can help fleets and the region as a whole, visit:

www.nctcog.org/trans/air/programs/

smartway/feop/index.asp.

 

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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