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May 2015

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picture of winner with teacher and principal
Ruben Ramirez, second from left, was named winner of the annual Progress North Texas art contest during a ceremony at the Garland ISD Middle School Art Show in April. His drawing will appear on the cover of the annual transportation report. Joining Ramirez, a seventh-grader at Sam Houston Middle School, are Elizabeth Pulver, his teacher; Brian Wilson, Progress North Texas editor; and Don Hernandez, SHMS principal.
Garland ISD's Ramirez named winner of annual transportation art contest

Ruben Ramirez, a seventh-grader from Sam Houston Middle School in Garland, won the annual Progress North Texas art contest from among a record 100 entries.


The theme of this year’s contest was “Improving Transportation for Your Family.” Ramirez took a multimodal approach, including a taxi, a bus and bicycle-pedestrian signs in his creation.


His work will appear on the cover of Progress North Texas 2015, which examines transportation and air quality improvements made in the region last year. Readers will learn about additional choices being provided to help residents move throughout the region and beyond, and how changes are aiding families. Great attention is paid to surface transportation enhancements being made in the region, but the report will also discuss safety, aviation and technological advancements made in the last year, as well as work being done to improve air quality and public involvement efforts.


Ramirez was recognized during a ceremony at the Garland ISD Middle School Art Show in April. Joining Ramirez as top finishers were Emily Tran of Jackson Technology Center (second) and Leslie Barker of Austin Academy (third). The creations of all three winners, plus seventh-graders Samantha Hernandez and Yexon Lazo, who earned honorable mentions, will appear inside Progress North Texas 2015.


The NCTCOG Transportation Department began the art contest four years ago in an effort to reach out to students and inspire them to think about transportation. The goal was to invite them to imagine solutions to problems faced today in the hopes that they will become adults who are engaged in the transportation decision-making process.


A slideshow of all the artwork submitted is available at Progress North Texas 2015 will be published in print and online at




UAS technology promising for transportation


NCTCOG is working with local aviation partners to evaluate the safe application of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), technology that can be used for transportation planning and data collection.


Although historically used for military purposes, UAS technology can assist with aerial photogrammetry, law enforcement and disaster response. At an Air Transportation Advisory Committee workshop April 1, local officials discussed the potential benefits of UAS while underscoring the need for regional coordination.


Officials from Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Joint Reserve Base and the Arlington Police Department discussed the importance of clear, uniform guidelines that can be applied to the use of this emerging technology.
The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute is partnering with other universities on research and development of UAS. An update on this project was also provided at the workshop.


Unmanned aircraft are an example of a technology NCTCOG monitors for impacts on regional aviation planning, as recommended in the Regional General Aviation and Heliport System Plan. UAS technology is promising for aviation and transportation planning because it would provide NCTCOG new data and help it cost-effectively generate imagery to improve planning and safety. FWTAexas Department of Transportation and other outside agencies may also benefit. Read more about NCTCOG’s involvement with UAS at



Entities adopting Clean Fleet Policy update


A regional effort to encourage cleaner vehicle fleets across Dallas-Fort Worth is progressing. As of April, 23 local fleets have adopted the revised Clean Fleet Policy. This includes cities, counties, school districts and a transit agency. Funding eligibility through the Regional Transportation Council requires adoption of the Clean Fleet Policy, and as the Dallas-Fort Worth area continues to face air quality challenges, RTC urges all organizations with fleet operations in the DFW ozone nonattainment area to adopt the new Clean Fleet Policy. The RTC resolution and new policy template can be viewed at Supporting items, also available online, include a Clean Fleet Policy guidance document, which outlines practical examples for implementing policy elements.


Input sought on transportation modifications


Planners will seek comments online for a change to the short-term list of funded projects and work program modifications starting May 11.


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, which is periodically updated to ensure accuracy. The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for regional transportation planning provides a summary of the transportation and related air quality planning tasks conducted by the metropolitan planning organization.


Information on changes to both documents will be available for review and comment at through June 9. To request printed copies of the information, call 817-695-9284 or email



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TCEQ Grant

EV rebate deadline June 26


The deadline to qualify for the Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive (LDPLI) Program is approaching.


Public or private entities and individuals interested in the state rebate from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) must lease or purchase a qualifying vehicle and fill out an application, which TCEQ must receive by June 26.


This program provides financial incentives of up to $2,500 for the purchase or lease of eligible new vehicles powered by compressed natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas or electric drives (plug-ins).


TCEQ has a list of specific eligible vehicle makes and models online, and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


The commission released funding in May 2014 for the LDPLI Program.


For additional information about this TCEQ program, visit

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 

Fax: 817-640-3028
Phone: 817-695-9240


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