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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
Spring 2013 — Quarterly 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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Dallas-Fort Worth TEXpress Lanes to Open with '2-Plus' Occupancy Requirement

Drivers will be introduced to a more efficient way to travel later this year, when the region’s first managed lanes begin opening along State Highways 121/114 (the DFW Connector) and a portion of Interstate Highway 635. Also called TEXpress Lanes, these new lanes will offer motorists the chance to bypass congestion in adjacent general-purpose lanes if they are willing to pay a toll. TEXpress Lanes will also be built on the North Tarrant Express project in Tarrant County. <More>

Map: SH 360 extension

Agreement Brings SH 360 Extension into Focus
A Message from Michael Morris, Transportation Director
Transportation progress has put the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the spotlight these days, with two major projects planned for decades either done or on a path to completion.

Last year, the North Texas Tollway Authority opened the President George Bush Turnpike Western Extension through western Dallas County. This important link between two interstates provided an alternative for drivers tired of the congestion they often face on State Highway 360 and Loop 12.

Now, it’s time to address SH 360, which has long been discussed and advocated by Arlington, Grand Prairie and Mansfield. NTTA and the Texas Transportation Commission are negotiating an agreement that would extend the crucial SH 360 as a toll road south of Interstate Highway 20.

Significant work remains before we can travel this extension, but we’re closer than we’ve been in recent memory to its completion. This shared commitment between TxDOT and NTTA is the latest example of agencies working together to meet the long-term transportation needs of the region.

TxDOT will finance, design and construct the project. SH 360 will then join NTTA’s growing network of efficient roadways and be managed by the tollway authority. TxDOT will be repaid with toll revenue. <More>

Capehart Optimistic Changes in Arlington Will Improve Connectivity to the Region
Regional Transportation Council Member Profile
Sheri Capehart, Councilmember, City of Arlington

Long before Sheri Capehart was elected to the Arlington City Council, she took an interest in transportation. However, she didn’t learn about the intricacies of traffic management or how zoning affects mobility overnight.

It took her two days. Well, she’s still learning, but it was a two-day session at City Hall in the 1980s that laid the foundation for Capehart. There were issues with how Thousand Oaks Drive connected with Kelly Elliott Road and the effect to surrounding neighborhoods, including hers.

So Capehart headed for City Hall and started listening to tapes and learning as much as she could. She knew the city had a transportation department, but soon discovered there were no easy answers. “I didn’t even know the right questions to ask,” she said. <More>

5 Groups Who Will Benefit From NCTCOG Aviation Careers Website
With its central location and lack of a seaport, North Texas depends on aviation to help drive the economy. For the industry to continue thriving and meet the needs of residents over the next two decades, aviation-related private companies and public-sector organizations need qualified workers. <More>

Photo: Hit Ozone Out of the Park

Commit to a Change for Ozone Season
Ozone season began March 1, and North Texans are again being asked to look at their daily routines to see how they can help clean the air. Ten Dallas-Fort Worth area counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise) are in nonattainment for ozone and must comply with federal rules by 2018 or risk losing highway funding.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is urging businesses, governments and individuals to Be Air Aware by committing to clean-air actions on days when ozone levels are expected to be highest. Last year, as the campaign began, the focus was on encouraging individuals who live, work and play in North Texas, and public- and private-sector employers to sign up to receive email notifications from Air North Texas when the ozone levels were expected to be high. <More>

Graphic: Celebrating 5 Million Miles Saved

Try Parking It Saves Drivers 5M Miles, which allows users to log their alternative commutes and watch the savings add up, has saved Dallas-Fort Worth area commuters 5 million miles.

Since 2006, commuters wishing to leave their cars at home have been able to choose from a list of alternatives, including taking transit, telecommuting, bicycling and sharing a ride. Those who have to drive alone can still watch the savings accumulate if they bring their lunch.

Since 2010, the website has also allowed users to find carpools to join by providing ridesharing information from the region’s three transit agencies in one location. <More>

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