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March 2015

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OUR REGION

State kicks off 'Two Steps, One Sticker' inspection program
 

The traditional Texas inspection sticker has expired. Motorists are now being issued one windshield sticker for the inspection and registration of their vehicles, thanks to House Bill 2305, approved in 2013 during the 83rd Legislative Session. The law aims to increase compliance with the vehicle inspection and registration process while reducing fraud. Under the new law, vehicles must now pass an inspection before they can be registered. So, what if your vehicle registration is due before the inspection sticker has expired? Through February 29, 2016, you can still renew the registration if your vehicle has a current passing inspection because the first year is transitional. To find out when your inspection is due, visit www.twostepsonesticker.com and click on the “When Do I Inspect?” button. The website also explains other scenarios Texans may encounter under this new system.

 

Regional efforts have helped increase vehicle-emissions compliance and led to the repair and replacement of more high-emitting vehicles over the years. For example, NCTCOG works to reduce inspection fraud through the Regional Emissions Enforcement Program (REEP). A coordinated effort with local law enforcement and other officials, REEP helps identify and remove from the roadways vehicles with counterfeit, fictitious, expired or fraudulent inspection stickers. The AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program also helps qualifying motorists with emissions-related repairs and offers vehicle replacements for a limited time each year. Since 2002, AirCheckTexas has helped North Texans repair more than 30,000 vehicles with emissions problems and replace 30,000 more.

 

For more information about the AirCheckTexas Program, visit www.nctcog.org/airchecktexas. For more information about REEP, please visit www.nctcog.org/reep.


NCTCOG sponsoring car care clinics in April

 

April is Car Care Month, and again this year, NCTCOG has partnered with local automotive repair shops in North Texas to sponsor Car Care Clinics throughout the month. These free clinics help drivers understand the basics of vehicle care and maintenance during National Car Care Month. This nationwide effort, held each April, aims to provide information about ways to prolong vehicle life, obtain better gas mileage and minimize emissions. Attendees will receive a complimentary vehicle emergency kit while supplies last, and many clinics will provide free vehicle checkups. To find a car clinic scheduled near you visit www.NTXCarCare.org.

 

For additional information, send an email to NTXCarCare@nctcog.org or call 817-704-5605.

 

RTC POLICYMAKERS 

 

TTC OKs funds for SH 360/IH 30 project

 

FWTAexas Transportation Commission approved $1.7 billion in Proposition 1 projects in February. Among the regional enhancements expected to move forward with the help of $367 million provided to the Dallas-Fort Worth area is an interchange at Interstate Highway 30 and State Highway 360. The $247.5 million project will receive $122.5 million in Proposition 1 funding. In the Dallas District, several projects are slated to receive funding, including the expansion of Interstate Highway 35E in Dallas and Ellis counties from four lanes to six.

 

The constitutional amendment Texas voters approved in November allows for a portion of the oil and gas severance taxes earmarked for the Rainy Day Fund to be spent on non-toll highway projects. For more on which projects received money, visit www.txdot.gov/apps-cq/prop1/project_info.htm.

 

Mobility Matters examines airport access

 

The winter issue of Mobility Matters is now available in print and online. The newsletter includes a cover story on the completion of Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Orange Line service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and other significant surface transportation options improving access to the airport. Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen provides his perspective in the RTC Spotlight, and NCTCOG Transportation Director Michael Morris discusses the department’s revised Public Participation Plan.

 

On the Web: www.nctcog.org/MobilityMatters

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

Input sought on transportation improvements

 

A comprehensive list of funded transportation projects through 2018 is maintained in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Projects with committed funds from federal, state and local sources are included in the TIP. To maintain an accurate project listing, this document is updated on a regular basis.

 

The current set of project modifications will be available for public review and comment March 9-April 7 at www.nctcog.org/input. To request printed copies of the information, call 817-695-9284 or email awilson@nctcog.org.

 

The annual listing of obligated projects will also be available for review. Each year, NCTCOG, in consultation and coordination with the Texas Department of Transportation and public transportation agencies, compiles a listing of obligated projects, including investments in roadways, transit, maintenance, pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities, for which federal funds were obligated in the preceding fiscal year.

 

Air quality fact sheet revised for ozone season

 

The NCTCOG Transportation Department has updated its air quality fact sheet in time for the beginning of ozone season in Dallas-Fort Worth. This revised document provides background on the region’s continuing efforts to reduce the concentration of ground-level ozone and the role the public plays in this endeavor. Read more at www.nctcog.org/factsheets.

 

Ten DFW counties are in nonattainment for the pollutant ozone and are working to improve air quality. The counties are Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise.

 

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AIR QUALITY

State offers rebate for Alternative fuel vehicles

 

FWTAexas Commission on Environmental Quality is providing incentives for the purchase or lease of qualifying new vehicles powered by alternatives to gasoline.

 

Vehicles powered by compressed natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas or electricity (plug-ins) are eligible for $2,500 in incentives through the Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive (LDPLI) Program, which opened last May.

 

TCEQ maintains a list of eligible vehicle makes and models at www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/terp/ld.html. The program is open to public- and private-sector entities, and individuals for the purchase or lease of eligible new vehicles.

 

Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until June 26 or until all funding is awarded. Purchases made since May 13, 2014, are eligible for the rebate.

 

For instructions on how to claim this incentive, visit www.dfwcleancities.org/evnt.

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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