Contact: Amanda Wilson
Arlington, Texas – The North Central Texas Council of Governments will hold a public meeting April 12 at its Arlington offices to discuss proposed funding partnerships intended to move transportation projects forward across the region.
The Hemphill/Lamar Connector project, south of downtown Fort Worth, experienced rising costs as it neared implementation. Staff will provide details of a proposed partnership with the City of Fort Worth to facilitate construction of the project.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit requested a partnership with the Regional Transportation Council to assist with the Transit Related Improvement Program, or TRIP, which helps DART respond to concerns from member cities without rail service. This partnership will benefit Dallas-Fort Worth by increasing the pool of regional funds available for future projects. Staff will discuss the innovative funding exchange between DART and the RTC.
Additionally, a funding partnership is being proposed among the RTC, Dallas County and the cities of Lancaster and Hutchins for several roadway projects in southern Dallas County. The proposed projects would provide critical connections to Interstate Highway 45 and intermodal facilities. Staff will discuss the potential funding partnership.
The Texas Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure that every program, service, benefit, activity and facility open to the public is fully accessible and usable by people with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act covers issues from workplace services to public transportation accommodations. Access and awareness are keys to ensuring the needs of disabled residents are met. TxDOT staff developed a plan for reporting and will discuss how the agency provides opportunities to assist those with disabilities in its planning activities and how North Texans can take an active role in making changes.
Since the Dallas-Fort Worth region does not meet the federal air quality standard for ozone pollution, NCTCOG implements various projects and programs to improve air quality and protect public health. With the Environmental Protection Agency's new, more stringent ozone standard, the region will need to continue to work together to improve air quality. North Texans are encouraged to adopt clean air choices throughout the year, especially during ozone season, which began March 1 and runs through November 30. Staff will provide an update on a variety of air quality topics, including programs, upcoming outreach efforts and the transition to the 2015 ozone standard.
Scheduled for 2:30 p.m., the meeting will be streamed at www.nctcog.org/video, giving residents unable to attend in person access to it in real time. This live streaming of the public meeting represents the NCTCOG Transportation Department's effort to provide innovative opportunities for the public to become involved in transportation. Following the meeting, a recording of the proceedings will be available at www.nctcog.org/input.
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.
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