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April 2016


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Mobility 2040 policies aim to help reliability



The Regional Transportation Council last month approved Mobility 2040, the long-range transportation plan that outlines $118.9 billion to be spent on multimodal

projects over the next 24 years. But the growth North Texas has seen in recent decades is only expected to continue, necessitating efforts beyond pouring more concrete to improve mobility. Through a series of voluntary policies, Mobility 2040 seeks the help of local governments to improve system reliability. There are opportunities for cities, counties, transportation partners and school districts to adopt measures that would create a balanced and integrated transportation system offering more options. In return for adopting policies, local governments would receive transportation development credits. To be eligible for TDCs, which help offset local match requirements, entities must adopt 50 percent of the policies for which they are eligible. Not all 20 policies apply to every group.


There are four types of policies:

  • Joint staff consideration: RTC staff works with a local agency to implement and encourage a specific policy action in the region.
  • Governing body approval: A local government passes a resolution, court order or similar measure reflecting adoption of the policy.
  • Ordinance: A locally enforceable law is approved in support of the policy.
  • Election: Voters consider a policy at the polls.

The policies cover a variety of areas, including air quality, thoroughfare revitalization, employee trip reduction, safety, transit and aviation. For example, agencies can adopt a policy aimed at reducing wrong-way driving. And cities could work with NCTCOG and major employers to encourage their employees to drive less, which could ease traffic congestion in some busy corridors. Read more about Mobility 2040 and the policy bundle at

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$233 million

Cost of the planned interchange at Interstate Highway 30 and State Highway 360. The improvements will modernize the corridor and improve traffic flow through the area.

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