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June 2017

Region can ‘take steps toward improving AQ’ June 23


Across the region June 23, North Texans will do something extra to reduce ozone-causing pollution, as part of the eighth annual Clean Air Action Day. This year’s theme is “Take Steps Toward Improving Air Quality,” and with 19 potential clean air choices, there are several actions they can take to do their part. The full list is available at www.airnorthtexas.org/cleanairactionday.

Air North Texas, the regional clean air campaign, is sponsoring a social media contest in the days leading up to June 23 to encourage residents to share their steps toward improving air quality. Residents simply post about their clean air actions on June 23 or earlier with the hashtag #CAAD2017 to be entered into a drawing for prizes.

Partners around the region have planned clean air contests, social media campaigns and events for their residents and businesses for June 23. For the second year, the City of Dallas will host a lunchtime outreach event and environmental fair downtown, at City Hall and Pegasus Plaza, including a mobile clinic from Asthma Chasers.

The City of Grand Prairie will continue its annual traditions of holding a Clean Air Action Challenge for local businesses and a Clean Air Party for city employees. On June 22, Grand Prairie will also highlight Clean Air Action Day at the Texas AirHogs baseball game for the Get Fit GP Guys Night Out. UNT Health Science Center will host an outreach event to raise awareness about clean air. Attendees can enjoy popsicles, watch short films about environmental issues and sign the campus sustainability pledge.

In addition, Clean Air Action Day is the theme for the City of Plano’s latest Live Green in Plano newsletter and social media campaign. To learn how you can help improve air quality, visit www.airnorthtexas.org.

Mobility 2045 planning underway in North Texas

NCTCOG has begun work on Mobility 2045, the region’s new Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Air quality conformity regulations require a new analysis of the region’s air quality, giving planners an opportunity to develop the next MTP. NCTCOG is asking partners interested in proposing new projects to submit ideas by August 31.

Public meetings will likely be scheduled for the fall so residents can provide input on their transportation priorities over the next 25-plus years. This plan will include projected improvements to the region’s multimodal transportation system through 2045, when a new demographics forecast suggests the region will be home to 11.2 million residents. Mobility 2045 will build off the current MTP, Mobility 2040, which the Regional Transportation Council approved in 2016.

The new plan will be consistent with the 10-Year Plan, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and Texas Freight Plan. It will also include a more prominent emphasis on emerging technologies. Innovations such as high-speed rail and automated vehicles are among the exciting advances in which North Texas will be involved.


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The number of potential clean air optons residents and business can choose on Clean Air Action Day and throughout the year.

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Bryce Charles wins NCTCOG student art contest

When Grand Prairie middle school students were asked to illustrate their vision of the future of transportation, Bryce Charles knew what to draw.
Bryce envisioned a system that would streamline ommuting, reducing the stress that his parents and many other drivers regularly experience.

The Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy seventh-grader was named the winner of the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ annual art
contest for his tunnel road over the Trinity River. He drew ergonomically shaped cars that will save gas and operate more efficiently.
Bryce’s accomplishment was recognized during a ceremony in May at the Grand Prairie Independent School District’s monthly board meeting.

His drawing is on the cover of the 2017 version of Progress North Texas, NCTCOG’s annual transportation report. He received a framed
copy of the cover. His school was also presented with one to display.

The study of architectural and automobile magazines inspired Bryce’s creation, which included cars traveling over a sun-splashed Trinity River
into downtown Dallas. Sean Martin, also a Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy student, finished second and Valere Martinez, who attends the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, was third.

The art contest allows NCTCOG to reach younger North Texans and introduce them to transportation, taking advantage of their fresh ideas
and vivid imaginations. One day, these students will need to get to work. And whether they choose a car, train, bike or vehicle yet to be invented, they will want to arrive safely and on time. See the art entries and read the report at www.nctcog.org/ourregion, where copies can be requested.

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RTC approves funding for key southern Dallas County projects

Cities interested The Regional Transportation Council has approved a partnership with Dallas County and the cities of Lancaster and Hutchins to advance two area projects with important regional benefits. The partnership is a result of the Southern Dallas County Infrastructure Study completed in 2012. The study, whose goal is to support growth of a high-quality, well-integrated inland port in southern Dallas County recommends several roadways including the two approved in this partnership.

A 1.3-mile section of Jefferson Street/Pleasant Run Road and a 2.25-mile stretch of Wintergreen Road will each be widened from two lanes to four. This strategic partnership will allow the leveraging of local and federal funding to improve access to intermodal facilities, Interstate Highway 45 and the future Loop 9 in southern Dallas County. Additionally, access will be enhanced for residents and businesses in the area. The two projects would cost a total of $28 million, with the RTC contributing $18 million.




New TEXpress Lanes open on IH 35E

The Texas Department of Transportation opened an 18-mile TEXpress Lane corridor on Interstate Highway 35E from IH 635 in Dallas County to Swisher Road in Denton County in May. The corridor features two concurrent lanes from IH 635 to Valwood Parkway and two reversible lanes from Valwood Parkway to Swisher Road. A total of 14 entrance ramps and 15 exit ramps are part of the project, as well as direct connections to and fromthe LBJ TEXpress Lanes.

Southbound lanes are open Monday through Friday from 3 am to 11 am and all day Saturday and Sunday. The weekend schedule may be adjusted to accommodate special events. Northbound lanes are open weekdays from 1 pm to 1 am. The TEXpress Lanes provide drivers an option. They can choose to take the main lanes at no cost or pay to use the TEXpress Lanes, which are designed to keep traffic moving at 50 mph or faster.
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85th Legislature wraps up in Austin

The 85th session of the Texas Legislature, where State lawmakers debated many transportation issues, concluded on May 29. In previous years, the Legislature took major steps to provide additional funding for transportation. Lawmakers this session instead focused on issues such as high-speed rail, safety and emerging technologies.

Two high-speed rail bills approved will implement security requirements for private high-speed rail operators and rules prohibiting the use of State funds for high-speed rail operated by a private entity. Numerous bills seeking to end the planned highspeed rail from Dallas to Houston did not receive final approval; the project will continue as planned.

Related to safety, a measure outlawing texting while driving was approved by both chambers, after numerous attempts to outlaw it in past years. Finally, automated vehicle driving regulations were created in anticipation of vehicle testing on roadways. The last day Governor Greg Abbott can sign or veto bills passed during the regular session is June 18.



NCTCOG to discuss transportation funding

NCTCOG will present a draft summary of transportation and air quality planning efforts, as well as proposed federally funded transit projects for fiscal year 2017 during June public meetings.

Residents are encouraged to provide input on the Unified Planning Work Program and transit projects proposed by several agencies at public meetings on June 13 (Dallas), June 14 (Arlington) and June 20 (Hurst). The UPWP is a required summary of activities to be undertaken by NCTCOG as the metropolitan planning organization.

Information on proposed modifications to funded projects, the AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program and Clean Air Action Day will also be highlighted. Watch the Arlington meeting in real time by clicking the “live” tab at www.nctcog.org/video. A recording of the presentations will also be posted at www.nctcog.org/input.

Additionally, the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration are conducting a review of the metropolitan planning process for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A presentation and survey are available for review and comment at www.nctcog.org/input.

Public Meeting Details



6.13.17 |
Public Meeting at Meadows Conference Center:
2900 Live Oak St.
Dallas, TX 75204
6:00 p.m



6.14.17 |
Public Meeting at NCTCOG
616 Six Flags Dr.
Arlington, TX 76011
2:30 p.m.
6.20.17 |
Public Meeting at Hurst Public Library
901 Precinct Line Rd.
Hurst, TX 76053
6:00 p.m.



Other Calendar Items

June 2

DRMC North Texas Tollway Authority
5900 W. Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75093
11 am


June 7

TRTC Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center
1001 Jones St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
8:30 am



June 8

Regional Transportation Council Transportation Council Room
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011
1 pm


June 30

Surface Transportation Technical Committee
Transportation Council Room
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011
1:30 pm

Read or print Local Motion as a PDF here.

Read previous newsletters here.

For more information about Local Motion topics, contact Brian Wilson at 817-704-2511 or bwilson@nctcog.org. Visit www.nctcog.org/trans for more information on the department.

Prepared in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation and the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration. The contents of this report reflect the views of the authors who are responsible for the opinions, findings and conclusions presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration or the Texas

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