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April 2015

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First Car Care Clinic set for April 7 in Cleburne
 

Spring is here, and as temperatures warm up, many people are thinking about getting their cars in shape for the hot North Texas summer.

 

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is partnering with auto repair shops across the Dallas-Fort Worth area to sponsor free Car Care Clinics during National Car Care Month, recognized each April. The first clinic is scheduled for 6 pm April 7 at Rick’s Automotive in Cleburne.

 

There will be several events over the next few weeks that will give motorists the opportunity to learn about the importance of a well-maintained vehicle. Clinics will be held in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Parker and Tarrant counties through April 25.

 

North Texans who attend a clinic will learn what the check-engine light means, how to monitor fluid levels and other basic maintenance lessons that could help prolong their vehicles’ lives and aid the environment. Many clinics will provide free vehicle checkups. While supplies last, attendees will receive a complimentary vehicle emergency kit, which includes jumper cables, an LED flashlight, basic first aid kit, and manual for basic car troubleshooting and guidance. To find a car clinic scheduled near you, visit www.NTXCarCare.org. Proper vehicle maintenance may not only save motorists money on expensive repairs in the future, but it can also lead to air quality improvements by reducing emissions and improving fuel economy.


Fort Worth Bike Sharing offers 24-hour membership discounts

 

Bicycling is a popular way to exercise or travel from place to place, whether for work or pleasure. Those who live, work or play in Fort Worth do not even have to own a bicycle to enjoy conveniently getting around on two wheels. Fort Worth Bike Sharing has 35 stations throughout the city where people can check out a bicycle for a small fee and enjoy what the city has to offer. The organization is offering discounts on 24-hour memberships for the next several weeks. Stop by any of its sharing stations before May 1 and enter promo code 030115 to receive 50 percent off the cost of a 24-hour membership (regularly $8). Overtime fees may apply. For information, visit www.fortworthbikesharing.com.

 

RTC POLICYMAKERS 

 

Interchange to improve access to Arlington

 

The planned interchange at Interstate Highway 30 and State Highway 360 will improve traffic flow through the central part of the region and provide better access to Arlington businesses and entertainment.

 

Among the improvements planned for the area are a fully directional interchange at IH 30 and SH 360 and the reconstruction and widening of the bridge currently used to access Six Flags Drive from IH 30. This bridge is part of the clover leaf entrance and exit ramps, which will be eliminated as part of the project, and is also is used by Six Flags Drive traffic to enter IH 30.

 

The wider bridge over IH 30 will also provide better access to Six Flags Over Texas and the greater commercial area as part of the Six Flags Drive extension north to Avenue H.
FWTAexas Department of Transportation is expected to award the contract later this year. The project is slated for completion in 2018.

 

The $254 million project was awarded $200 million in Proposition 1 funds in February by the Texas Transportation Commission after a public involvement effort and a recommendation in February by the Regional Transportation Council. The RTC has also committed an additional $25 million.

 

Proposition 1, a 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. The first annual allocation was approximately $1.7 billion.

 

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT
 
Join NCTCOG at spring community events

 

NCTCOG is participating in several community outreach events this spring to discuss air quality initiatives and answer questions regarding metropolitan transportation planning in North Texas.

 

Residents who attend EcoCoppell Earthfest, Oak Cliff Earth Day, Grapevine’s EPIC Earth Day Experience and Earth Day Texas at Fair Park, among others, can stop by the NCTCOG table to visit with staff about the many projects and programs helping improve the transportation system in the growing region.

 

Information about how North Texans can help improve air quality in the region will be available. Additionally, staff will highlight transportation and air quality programs, including Try Parking It, the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition, Air North Texas, Clean Air Action Day, Regional Smoking Vehicle Program and the NCTCOG Active Transportation Program.

 

Brochures and publications will be distributed, as well as lunch bags, water bottles, activity books, crayons and other educational items.

 

The public will also have an opportunity to provide input that will be used in development of Mobility 2040, the long-range metropolitan transportation plan that outlines transportation improvements that address mobility, air quality and quality of life in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

 

For more information and to view the complete calendar of events NCTCOG will be attending, visit www.airnorthtexas.org/events.asp.

 

 

 

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Report highlights success of sustainable development

The growth Dallas-Fort Worth continues to experience requires a coordinated transportation planning effort involving NCTCOG and other partner agencies. However, considering financial constraints, traditional approaches to transportation improvements must be complemented with other options. Sustainable development is one example of a non-traditional solution being used in DFW to improve transportation.

 

The Sustainable Development Funding Program was created in 2001 to support compact developments, which can encourage viable, affordable alternative modes of transportation. The NCTCOG Transportation Department has published a Regional Mobility Initiatives technical report explaining the benefits of sustainable development and illustrating its impact on communities across North Texas. Since the approval of the Sustainable Development Funding Program, 81 projects have been completed or are in progress, supported by $144.7 million of funding through public-private partnerships. Read the report at www.nctcog.org/trans/outreach/rmi/.

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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