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March 2016

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RTC to consider Mobility 2040 transportation plan in March


The Regional Transportation Council is expected to consider the next long-range transportation plan for the Dallas-Fort Worth area March 10. Under Mobility 2040, the region will spend approximately $118.9 billion on improvements to the transportation system for the next 24 years.


The plan takes a multimodal approach to meeting the transportation needs for DFW, which is expected to grow to nearly 10.7 million people by 2040. The plan will enhance traveler choice as it is implemented, and represents a boost of more than $24 billion on future transportation needs compared to the current mobility plan, an increase made possible in part by the availability of more funding on the federal and state levels. Mobility 2035 — 2014 Amendment outlined $94.5 billion to be spent through 2035 improving the transportation system. Recommendations of the new plan include over 3,650 new roadway lane miles and a 380-mile passenger rail system by 2040. Drafts of Mobility 2040 have been presented to the public three times since December. Mobility 2040 not only uses a multimodal approach, but it provides a substantial investment in the maintenance of infrastructure that already exists. Improvements would be broken down as follows:

  • Freeways, tollways, arterials and HOV/managed lanes: $43.4 billion
  • Infrastructure maintenance: $37.4 billion
  • Rail and bus: $27.2 billion
  • Management and operations: $7.2 billion
  • Growth, development and land-use strategies: $3.6 billion

On the transit side, the plan recommends a combination of rail and high-intensity bus service, which could be used in certain corridors as a precursor to passenger rail. Among the areas slated for high-intensity bus are Interstate Highway 35W from downtown Fort Worth to the Alliance area and IH 30 between Arlington and Dallas.

Mobility 2040 will include a bundle of voluntary policies intended to help the region reach its transportation goals as it continues to deal with fast growth. The policy considerations will focus on a balanced and integrated system offering more transportation options.


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NCTCOG sponsoring April Car Care Clinics


NCTCOG is partnering with local automotive repair shops to sponsor Car Care Clinics throughout April to help North Texas drivers whose vehicles have the check-engine light illuminated.


A vehicle’s check-engine light turns on when there may be an issue that negatively impacts its emissions.
These free clinics will provide drivers with an opportunity to talk to a technician about their vehicles’ issues. Staff will be at each clinic to discuss financial assistance available to help drivers with repairs.

To find a clinic, visit For additional information, send an email to or call 817-704-5605.

RTC meetings available live online


The Regional Transportation Council is scheduled to meet at 1 pm March 10 in Arlington to consider Mobility 2040 and other transportation matters. If you can’t make it in person, consider watching online. The meeting will be streamed live at for anyone with access to a computer or mobile device.


The RTC has been broadcasting meetings live on the Internet since September following the approval by the Texas Legislature last year of a law requiring such meetings be made available. Archived RTC and public meetings are also available online.



Input sought on transportation to school


Schools are one of the largest trip generators and most significant public investments, with long-lasting impacts on the region’s transportation facilities, development and quality of life. Yet, despite the continued construction of campuses to keep up with the growth in Dallas-Fort Worth, students do not walk or bicycle to class as much as in the past.


NCTCOG staff will seek public input on efforts to better link schools and transportation at public meetings in March. The meetings are scheduled for 6:30 pm March 15 in Carrollton, 2:30 pm March 16 in Arlington and 6:30 pm March 21 in Grapevine.


The new Community Schools and Transportation Program encourages improved coordination, site planning and safe, multimodal transportation to and from schools. Staff will provide an overview of the program and information on community benefits and public involvement opportunities.


Attendees will also be able to provide input on the draft 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program during the public meetings. FWTAIP is a federally and state-mandated list of funded projects with committed funding for construction or implementation within a four-year period. A new TIP is developed every two years through a collaboration among NCTCOG, the Texas Department of Transportation, local governments and transportation authorities. Staff will present the draft list of projects to be funded between 2017 and 2020.Modifications to the list of funded projects, AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program, Clean Fleets North Texas funding recommendations and April Car Care Clinics will also be highlighted.


Following the public meeting in Arlington, a video recording will be online at



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Mobility Matters

Winter newsletter features 35 Express, award winners


The winter 2016 issue of Mobility Matters is now available and features an article on the 35 Express Project, the reconstruction of Interstate Highway 35E in Dallas and Denton counties. The project will expand capacity through the addition of main lanes and managed lanes, as well as rebuilt frontage roads.
Mobility Matters also profiles Charles Emery, longtime chairman of the Denton County Transportation Authority, who helped get DCTA started. DCTA’s A-train commuter line is adjacent to IH 35E and has experienced growth since the first phase of the $4.8 billion project began, according to DCTA.
Director of Transportation Michael Morris also discusses Look Out Texans, a NCTCOG safety campaign encouraging bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers to share the road. Additionally, partners who went above and beyond in their efforts to help improve air quality last year are featured in an article announcing Air North Texas award winners.


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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 

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Phone: 817-695-9240


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