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Mobility 2040 and Air Quality
to be Discussed
at Public Meetings Dec. 14-16

North Texans can provide input on transportation recommendations
at public meetings, online

Dec. 3, 2015 (Arlington, Texas) – Preliminary recommendations for major roadways, transit projects, and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure between now and 2040 in North Texas will be discussed at public meetings in December. Air quality, including the new, more stringent EPA standard, will also be discussed.

At public meetings Dec. 14 in Denton, Dec. 15 in Richardson and Dec. 16 in Fort Worth, the public will be asked to provide input on the long-range transportation plan, Mobility 2040, as local elected officials and transportation partners seek to balance expected increases in population and congestion with available funding. Recommendations also include a program to encourage local agency adoption of transportation-related policies. NCTCOG is required to maintain a long-range transportation plan that defines a blueprint for the region’s multimodal transportation system. This long-range plan must have a time horizon of at least 20 years.

Additionally, regional air quality will be discussed. Since the Dallas-Fort Worth area does not meet the federal air quality standard for the pollutant ozone, NCTCOG implements various projects and programs in the region to improve air quality and protect public health. Staff will provide a summary of the 2015 ozone season and the air quality programs in the region. Staff will also provide information on the EPA’s new, more stringent ozone standard. Proposed modifications to the list of funded projects maintained in the Transportation Improvement Program and AirCheckTexas will also be highlighted at the meetings.

Following the meeting on Dec. 16, a video recording of the discussion will be posted at www.nctcog.org/input.

Public Meeting Details

Monday, Dec. 14
6:30 p.m.
Denton North Branch Library
3020 N. Locust Street
Denton, TX 76209

Tuesday, Dec. 15
6:30 p.m.
Richardson Civic Center
411 W. Arapaho Road
Richardson, TX 75080

Wednesday, Dec. 16
2:30 p.m.
Ella Mae Shamblee Branch Library
1062 Evans Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104


 

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.

 

      About the Regional Transportation Council:

The Regional Transportation Council (RTC) of the North Central Texas Council of Governments has served as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for regional transportation planning in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 1974. The MPO works in cooperation with the region’s transportation providers to address the complex transportation needs of the rapidly growing metropolitan area. The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area includes Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise counties. The RTC’s 44 members include local elected or appointed officials from the metropolitan area and representatives from each of the area’s transportation providers.

 

      Contact:

Amanda Wilson (817) 695-9284, awilson@nctcog.org

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