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Mobility Matters - Images of a freight truck traveling on a highway, downtown Fort Worth, a TRE locomotive, downtown Dallas skyline and highway traffic; Celebrating 35 Years of Regional Transportation Excellence, 1974 - 2009
Winter 2017 — Semiannual newsletter of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
Mobility Matters is a quarterly newsletter about the transportation planning activities and air quality
programs of the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Regional Transportation
Council — together serving as the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth
area since 1974. Contact us at

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NCTCOG Seeks Partnerships for Automated Vehicles

The North Central Texas Council of Governments has established an automated vehicles program area that will explore the safety, accessibility and efficiency implications of the emerging technology.

NCTCOG recently issued requests seeking partners interested in transportation data sharing to advance automated vehicles and accelerate their integration into the transportation system. Several vehicle manufacturers and travel navigation services are testing technology that will take data from infrastructure and convert it to information that will make travel easier.


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FWTA receives$499M grant forTEX Rail line

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority received a $499 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration in December, giving full funding to the 27-mile TEX Rail commuter line between Fort Worth and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The $1.034 billion project will provide passenger rail service to two stations in downtown Fort Worth before moving across Tarrant County, through North Richland Hills and Grapevine, and concluding at Terminal B at DFW Airport.


A Quarter-Century Later, We're Still Innovating

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A Message from Michael Morris, P.E., Director of Transportation

We recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of one of the most revolutionary pieces of federal transportation legislation ever conceived by our nation. The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) reshaped the way we plan for transportation needs in North Texas and across the country. With the signing of ISTEA in December 1991, local governments were given more flexibility to solve their own problems, and the focus of surface transportation shifted to include more than highways.


Transportation Choices Essential to Maintaining Quality of Life in Fast-Growing Plano, Smith Says

Lissa Smith Mayor Pro Tem Plano

Lissa Smith,
Executive Board Chair,
Mayor Pro Tem, Plano

Toyota's new $350 million North American headquarters expected to open this year will result in thousands of employees added to the Legacy area of Plano, already home to a growing number of major employers. FedEx Office opened in 2015, joining JC Penney, Frito Lay, Pizza Hut and others. Also in the plans for 2017 are regional-headquarters for JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Liberty Mutual.

Corporate additions and expansions will bring more workers to an area already bracing for growth over the next two decades. Collin County is expected to see an increase of 744,000 residents by 2040 to push its population past 1.5 million, nearly twice as many people as in 2010.


RTC Approves Legislative Priorities

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State legislators will be in Austin through May to debate transportation and other important issues, during the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature. In advance of the session, the Regional Transportation Council approved a legislative program in November that aims to continue the improvements made in transportation and air quality during recent years, invest in further progress to meet the region's needs and provide support for additional transportation topics that maybe addressed.

FLYBY DFW Aims to Inspire Youth to Take Flight

The North Central Texas Council of Governments partnered with local aerospace companies and educators to develop FLYBY DFW, a game that allows participants of all ages to fly some of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world – and learn about key aspects of aviation while they are at it.

Online Extra:
TxDOT at 100: Connecting Texans to what matters most

On April 4, the Texas Department of Transportation will celebrate 100 years.

From the earliest days of connecting farms to market, to the modern realities of multi-lane metropolitan highways, TxDOT now manages 80,000 miles of roadway. As the state's economy and population continue to grow, TxDOT remains committed to meeting Texas' ongoing and ever-changing transportation needs.

TxDOT is proud of its 100 years of service to the people of Texas, and the department is particularly proud of the collaborative tradition that has helped guide our service, projects and ongoing plans for the future.

History has shown that by working closely with community leaders and residents, TxDOT has developed one of the safest and most reliable transportation systems in the world.



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