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July 2015

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OUR REGION

Former RTC member Kever wins Pitstick Award
 

Former Regional Transportation Council member Geralyn Kever received the William J. Pitstick Regional Excellence Award last month at NCTCOG’s 49th Annual General Assembly Meeting in Hurst. During her term on the RTC, where she represented McKinney and nearby cities, Kever helped advance several projects in Collin County. She was also a member of the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition and a McKinney city councilmember. Prior to her time on the city council, she served on the McKinney ISD school board, as well as several other municipal boards and commissions.The Pitstick Award is presented by NCTCOG annually to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to good, strong representative local government and a spirit of regionalism by promoting cooperation and coordination among residents and elected officials. The General Assembly also approved a new Executive Board, electing the following officers for the next year: President John Horn, Hunt County Judge; Vice President Lissa Smith, Plano Mayor Pro Tem; and Secretary-Treasurer Tom Lombard, North Richland Hills City Councilmember. The General Assembly also added four director positions to maintain equitable regional representation, expanding the board to 17 voting members.

 

New park-and-ride lot open near IH 30 in Grand Prairie

 

With easy access to Interstate Highway 30 and near major interchanges with north-south roads, the newly opened free park-and-ride lot in Grand Prairie is en route to employment destinations and popular sports and entertainment attractions, making it ideal for North Texans carpooling to work and special events.
The park-and-ride lot, near IH 30 and Beltline Road, which has 328 spaces ultimately will be accessible from the TEXpress Lanes on IH 30, which are under construction. Commuters are encouraged to use TryParkingIt.com to find carpool and vanpool options for work, then utilize the Grand Prairie park-and-ride as a meeting point. Another option, DFWConnectaRide.com, is available for real-time ridesharing needs such as special events and occasional work trips.

Beyond standing out for its regional access and central location, the park-and-ride lot features a 233-foot recycled glass Prairie Ribbon mosaic of native grasses and bluebonnets. The mosaic includes an estimated 780,000 one-inch tiles. Fort Worth artist Pamela Summers designed the artwork, installed by 10 participants in the city of Grand Prairie’s Weed and Seed program that provides qualified ex-offenders job training. In the process, participants learned about art, photography and tile.

A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and donations from local sponsors funded the mosaic. The park-and-ride lot was a joint project between the city of Grand Prairie, Texas Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation Council.

2040 demographics information available

 

Demographics information forecasting the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s population and employment in 2040 was recently approved by the NCTCOG Executive Board and is now available for download.  The numbers indicate the region of almost 7 million will add more than 3.5 million people by 2040, growing to 10.7 million. Employment is expected to eclipse 6.7 million. This information will be used to plan Mobility 2040, the region’s next long-range plan. It is available at RDC.nctcog.org.

 

RTC POLICYMAKERS 

 

Parker County’s Riley elected chair of RTC

 

Parker County Judge Mark Riley was elected chair of the Regional Transportation Council in June and will lead the 44-member transportation policymaking body for the next year.

 

Riley, who has served as vice chair for the past year, replaces Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell, whose one-year term has expired. Riley as appointed to the RTC in 2008.

 

Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen was named vice chair, and Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Franke is the new secretary.

 

Texas Workplace Charging Road Show
 

North Texans are invited to learn about electric vehicles and EV charging at the Dallas-Fort Worth area stop of the Texas Workplace Charging Road Show, scheduled for 8:30 am to 2:00 pm July 30.

This statewide event will include a general introduction to EVs and charging stations, as well as information on available EV resources, how workplace charging can serve as a valuable employee incentive and best practices for installing and managing a successful workplace charging program.

Attendees can hear from companies offering EV charging to their employees and meet equipment vendors. Test driving opportunities will also be available.

Additional information and registration details can be found at DFWCleanCities.org/workplacecharging.

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

 
Recommendations sought on Transit, AQ

 

Planners will ask for input on transit and air quality recommendations as well as outline a process to evaluate some legacy transportation projects at public meetings this month. The meetings are scheduled for July 13 in Carrollton, July 15 in Arlington and July 16 in Fort Worth.

 

The North Central Texas Council of Governments issued a call for projects to competitively award Federal Transit Administration funding from two programs that support transportation services for seniors, persons with disabilities and low-income individuals. Approximately $4.9 million was available to award in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington and Denton-Lewisville urbanized areas. Staff will present recommendations to award five projects the available federal funding. Additionally, as development of the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program begins, a determination will be made regarding which of the Regional Transportation Council’s ongoing air quality and management/operations projects should be continued, which ones can be discontinued, and which programs/projects of this nature should be considered for inclusion in the new TIP.

 

Finally, transportation partners, local governments and staff are reviewing a list of projects funded 10 or more years ago, but not yet implemented. The intent is to ensure high-priority, ready-to-proceed projects receive funding and to determine if older, lower-priority projects should be canceled. Staff will review the list of legacy projects and steps required of the implementing agencies for the projects to be funded.

 

Following the public meeting in Arlington, a video recording will be online at NCTCOG.org/meetings where more information about the meetings is available.

 

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Progress North Texas 2015

Improving transportation for your family

 

How would you improve transportation for your family? We asked Garland ISD sixth- and seventh-graders to provide their answers in the form of pictures. And the results were impressive. Congratulations to Ruben Ramirez of Sam Houston Middle School, whose artwork is on the cover of this year’s Progress North Texas.

Published annually, Progress North Texas provides a look back at the work done to improve the transportation system. The report examines the issues typically part of transportation discussions in Dallas-Fort Worth – growth, mobility, transportation options, technology, air quality – while explaining how the improvements are benefitting families.

 

If you have a meeting or presentation and think your audience would benefit from a summary of the work done to improve transportation, printed copies are available by emailing Brian Wilson at bwilson@nctcog.org.

 

You can also read the report online at NCTCOG.org/ourregion.

 

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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