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Transportation to School Focus of Public Meetings March 15-21

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

March 11, 2016 (Arlington, Texas) – NCTCOG staff will seek public input on efforts to better link schools and transportation at public meetings in March. The meetings are scheduled for 6:30 pm March 15 in Carrollton, 2:30 pm March 16 in Arlington and 6:30 pm March 21 in Grapevine.

Schools are one of the largest trip generators and most significant public investments, with long-lasting impacts on the region’s transportation facilities, development and quality of life. Yet, despite the continued construction of campuses to keep up with growth in Dallas-Fort Worth, students do not walk or bicycle to class as much as in the past. The new Community Schools and Transportation Program encourages improved coordination, site planning and safe, multimodal transportation to and from schools. Staff will provide an overview of the program and information on community benefits and public involvement opportunities.

Attendees will also be able to provide input on the draft 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program. The TIP is a federally and state-mandated list of funded projects with committed funding for construction or implementation within a four-year period. A new TIP is developed every two years through collaboration among NCTCOG, the Texas Department of Transportation, local governments and transportation authorities. Staff will present the draft list of projects to be funded between 2017 and 2020.

Modifications to the list of funded projects, AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program, Clean Fleets North Texas funding recommendations and April car care clinics will also be highlighted.

Following the public meeting in Arlington, a video recording will be online at NCTCOG.org/input.

Public Meeting Details

Tuesday, March 15
6:30 p.m.
Hebron & Josey
Public Library
4220 N. Josey Lane
Carrollton, TX 75010

Wednesday, March 16
2:30 p.m.
North Central Texas
Council of Governments
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011

Monday, March 21
6:30 p.m.
Bessie Mitchell
House
411 Ball Street
Grapevine, TX 76051


 

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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