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October 2015

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AirCheckTexas accepting vehicle replacement applications
 

The AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program has begun accepting applications for replacement vouchers after the Legislature restored full funding to what has become one of the most successful air quality programs in the region.

 

Administered by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, AirCheckTexas provides qualifying motorists vouchers worth up to $3,000 toward vehicle replacement ($3,500 for hybrids and some other fuel-efficient models) or repair vouchers of up to $600 if their vehicles failed the emissions portion of the state inspection. A family of four earning $72,750 or less per year may receive assistance. The program will receive $22 million per year over the next two fiscal years. The new fiscal year began Sept. 1. In fiscal year 2015, 547 vehicles were replaced with the help of AirCheckTexas vouchers, pushing the total to 31,132 replacements since the program began in 2002.

 

The additional funding is anticipated to allow NCTCOG to provide replacement vouchers to approximately 6,000 residents and leave the replacement component of the program open longer. Vouchers for emissions-related repairs are expected to be offered year-round. For information, visit NCTCOG.org/airchecktexas.

 

 
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North Texans must look out for one another to bike, walk and drive safely

 

The Look Out Texans campaign encourages North Texans to look out for one another and offers specific tips to bike, walk and drive safely together. In North Texas between 2010 and 2014, there were more than 8,200 reported bicycle and pedestrian crashes involving motor vehicles that resulted in over 500 fatalities, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Increasing awareness of how people can bike, walk and drive safely can help reduce accidents.

For example, people bicycling should follow the same traffic rules as vehicles, ride in the same direction as traffic, always stop at traffic signals and stop signs, and use hand signals. People walking must be alert and visible. Pedestrians should only cross streets at crosswalks and intersections where they can gauge traffic and be visible. Before crossing, eye contact with drivers ensures they were seen. Finally, people driving should allow at least three feet when passing someone on a bicycle. State law allows bicyclists to ride on roadways and use the middle of a lane. Drivers must also look out for people walking, always yielding to crossing pedestrians.

To see all 21 safety tips that will be highlighted around the region and learn more about the Look Out Texans campaign, visit LookOutTexans.org.


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Clean fleets funding deadline is October 23

 

The deadline to apply for funding through the North Central Texas Council of Governments Clean Fleets North Texas 2015 Call for Projects is 5 pm October 23.

 

This call for projects will provide approximately $2.5 million in grant funds for public and private fleets operating in the 10-county ozone nonattainment area.

Project types eligible for grant funding include qualifying new purchase, replacement, repower, retrofit, engine conversion or installation of idle reduction technologies on school buses. Up to 80 percent in grant funding will be awarded based on cost effectiveness of submitted projects.

 

In addition, NCTCOG is seeking information on refueling or recharging infrastructure projects desired by fleets; while these projects are not eligible for grant funds at this time, staff will use this information to evaluate potential future opportunities for assistance. For more information, visit NCTCOG.org/aqfunding or email aqgrants@nctcog.org.

 

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Survey:

 

5 questions about transportation
 

What you think about roads, transit, biking and walking in North Texas can help define our region’s transportation blueprint for the future. Take the new Mobility 2040 survey about long-term transportation plans and please consider sharing it with friends. Visit NCTCOG.org/survey2040 to tell us what you think.

 

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

 
Early voting for Proposition 7 starts October 19

 

Early voting for Proposition 7, the constitutional amendment to provide additional transportation revenue for the state, begins October 19.

 

If Proposition 7 is approved by voters, $2.5 billion from state sales tax would be deposited into the State Highway Fund beginning in September 2017, once revenue exceeds $28 billion. By September 2019, 35 percent of the proceeds from the motor vehicle sales tax would also be directed to the State Highway Fund, when it exceeds $5 billion in that fiscal year. Proposition 7 funds are to be used for non-tolled roadway projects and to repay bonds issued by the state.

 

Registered voters may cast their ballot at any of the early voting polling locations in the county they are registered in through October 30. The constitutional amendment election will take place on Tuesday, November 3. For more information about voting, visit the secretary of state’s website at VoteTexas.gov.

 

Mobility 2040, AirCheckTexas to be discussed

 

NCTCOG staff will seek public input on Mobility 2040, the next long-range transportation plan, and provide information about the relaunch of the AirCheckTexas Program during public meetings in October.

The meetings will be held at 6:30 pm October 12 in Dallas, 2:30 pm October 14 in Arlington and 6:30 pm October 15 in Fort Worth. The public will also hear an update about proposed modifications to the Unified Planning Work Program, a summary of the transportation and air quality planning tasks to be conducted by NCTCOG.

 

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

 

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Improved Mobility

TxDOT opens

SH 161 shoulders

to peak travel

 

In a regional effort to relieve congestion, the Texas Department of Transportation has constructed peak-hour lanes on State Highway 161. The lanes run approximately three miles on SH 161 where the highway drops to two lanes in each direction. This project uses the existing highway shoulder to provide one additional travel lane in each direction during selected travel times.

 

Drivers will use the inside shoulders as peak-hour lanes during rush hours from 6 am to 10 am and 2 pm to 7 pm weekdays. The test period for these lanes, which run between two segments of the President George Bush Turnpike, began September 14.

 

The project consists of several elements of operation including Intelligent Transportation System solutions and active traffic management strategies including closed circuit cameras for incident detection, dynamic message signs, additional lighting, emergency pull-off locations and a pilot program using tow trucks to speedily remove stalled vehicles. — TxDO T

 

 

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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