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New Park-and-Ride Lot Open Near
IH 30 in Grand Prairie

  Commuters, Special Event Goers Benefit

July 20, 2015 (Arlington, Texas) –With easy access to IH 30 and near major interchanges with north-south roads, the free park-and-ride lot in Grand Prairie is en route to major employment destinations and popular sports and entertainment attractions, making it ideal for North Texans carpooling to work and special events.

The new park and ride lot with 328 spaces is accessible from IH 30 Belt Line Road exits today, and ultimately, it will also connect to entrances and exits of managed toll/HOV lanes on IH 30, which are under construction. Carpoolers may leave cars parked for the day, and two regional resources, www.tryparkingit.com and www.dfwconnectaride.com, help North Texans find carpools or vanpools for work and special events, respectively.

Try Parking It focuses on commuters and matching carpoolers and vanpoolers with similar work trips. DFW Connect a Ride focuses on real-time ridesharing for occasional carpooling needs to work, popular destinations and/or special events.

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 and the Regional Transportation Council.

From Fort Worth/Arlington on Eastbound IH 30:

Take Exit 34 for Belt Line Road
Keep right for IH 30 Frontage Road
Enter the facility on the right

From Dallas/Irving on Westbound on IH 30:

Take Exit 34 for Belt Line Road
Merge onto IH 30 Frontage Road
Take the Texas U-turn from the left lane to get on the Eastbound IH 30 Frontage Road
Enter the facility on the right


 

About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:

NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.

NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including
16 counties, 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts. For more information on the
NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit  www.nctcog.org/trans.

For more news from the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans/outreach/media.

 

      Contact:

Amanda Wilson (817) 695-9284 awilson@nctcog.org or Sonya Landrum (817) 695-9273
slandrum@nctcog.org

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