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North Texas Transportation-AQ Balance Gets Federal Approval

Mobility 2040 plans to improve transportation system may proceed

Sept. 26, 2016 (Arlington, Texas) – The US Department of Transportation ruled in September that the Dallas-Fort Worth area's recently adopted long-range transportation plan complies with federal air quality regulations, allowing current and future transportation projects to proceed.  State Highway 199, LBJ East, SH 360, and transit on the Cotton Belt rail corridor are a few examples of projects where development and implementation may continue providing needed congestion relief and associated air quality benefits in the rapidly growing region.

Mobility 2040: The Metropolitan Transportation plan for North Central Texas contains $118.9 billion in transportation improvements to be made over the next 24 years. The plan, which the Regional Transportation Council approved in March, proposes spending roughly $24 billion more than its predecessor, Mobility 2035 – 2014 Amendment, which outlined $94.5 billion in expenditures through 2035.

The 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) may also proceed, according to the Department of Transportation. The TIP is a multiyear list of projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth area approved for federal, state and local funding.

As the metropolitan planning organization for the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth area, the RTC develops and implements transportation policies, projects and programs designed to improve mobility and air quality.

The region's long- and short-range transportation plans must comply with federal air quality regulations because ten Dallas-Fort Worth area counties, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise are in nonattainment for ozone pollution.

RTC policies have helped the Dallas-Fort Worth area improve air quality by reducing nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds by 2.68 tons and 0.71 tons per day, respectively.

Mobility 2040 not only uses a multimodal approach, but it provides a substantial investment in the maintenance of existing infrastructure. Planned improvements are broken down as follows:

  • Freeways, tollways, arterials and HOV/managed lanes: $43.4 billion
  • Infrastructure maintenance: $37.4 billion
  • Rail and bus: $27.2 billion
  • Management and operations: $7.2 billion
  • Growth, development and land-use strategies: $3.6 billion

Mobility 2040 introduces a new element to improve mobility and air quality: a bundle of policies. Through the voluntary policies, Mobility 2040 seeks the help of local governments to improve system reliability. The policy bundle concept allows cities, counties, transportation partners and school districts to select and adopt measures tailored to their needs in order to create a balanced and integrated transportation system. For more on Mobility 2040, including the policies, visit www.nctcog.org/mobility2040.

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.

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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, 170 cities, 24 school districts and 30 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.

 

 

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

Chris Klaus (817) 695-9286 cklaus@nctcog.org

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