Local Motion - January 2018
Public to receive update on Mobility 2045 plan |
City of Arlington partners with app-based rideshare company |
Air quality continues steady improvement |
NTTA introduces new way to call for help |
RTC approves safety, transit asset measures |
Online comment period continues through Jan. 10
@NCTCOG revamps social media strategy
In addition to developing a long-range transportation plan, NCTCOG staff also creates a Unified Planning Work Program. The UPWP for regional transportation planning provides a summary of transportation and related air quality planning tasks to be conducted by the metropolitan planning organization over a two-year period. Proposed modifications to the FY 2018 and FY 2019 UPWP will be presented. Staff will also present the benefits of solar to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and showcase participating cities and their solar-friendly efforts.NCTCOG has served as a SolSmart adviser to North Texas for the past year by hosting trainings and webinars and working with individual cities to make the region more solar friendly. Finally, AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine will be highlighted.
Watch the Arlington meeting in real time by clicking the “live” tab at http://www.nctcog.org/video. A recording of the presentations will also be posted at http://www.nctcog.org/input.
Rides cost $3 each way and are available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays. With the initial rollout, a North Texan who wants to go from, say, Fort Worth to classes at the University of Texas at Arlington, can take the TRE from downtown to the CentrePort/DFW Station and schedule a Via ride the rest of the way. The user would pull up the app, schedule a ride and report to the pick-up point a short distance away.
By spring or early summer, Via is expected to offer connections to the Parks at Arlington and Arlington Highlands along Interstate Highway 20. When fully implemented, Via will serve locations in an area bound by Interstate Highway 30 to the north, IH 20 to the south, Fielder Road to the west and State Highway 360 to the east. For information, visit http://www.arlington-tx.gov/via. The app is available in the App Store and on Google Play. Those without smartphones can call 817-784-7382 to book a ride.
The City will pay $322,500, 33 percent of the cost of the one-year pilot. The rest is to be paid for by the Federal Transit Administration. Via replaces the Metro ArlingtonXpress, which provided bus service from the TRE’s CentrePort/DFW Airport Station to UTA, with an additional stop near the Entertainment District for the past several years. MAX service ended in December.
In 2015, the standard was lowered from 75 ppb to 70 ppb and included a one-month extension of the ozone season. Air quality in North Texas has improved significantly since 1998, when the ozone concentration was 102 ppb.
The region’s progress is a result of NCTCOG and its partners adopting clean air programs and policies, along with advances in vehicle technology. For information on how you can help improve air quality, visit http://www.airnorthtexas.org/.
Through November, NTTA had assisted 24,138 motorists in 2017. This is an average of 72 a day. For more on the program, visit http://www.ntta.org.
They are based on historical data and must be achievable, not just aspirational. For 2018, that means the goals for North Texas include 665 fatalities and approximately 3,600 serious injuries. Targets are based on five-year averages and will be reexamined each year.
The RTC requested an addendum be added explaining that one death is too many. The RTC also approved transit asset performance measures. The goal of the transit performance measures is “to ensure transit vehicles, rail lines and other capital assets are in a state of good repair.” Transit vehicles and rail track are areas of emphasis. Transit assets should not be older than the industry standard, according to the adopted performance measure.
The performance measures will be reported in Progress North Texas, NCTCOG’s annual transportation state of the region, and used in various planning ventures.
Social media is a valuable tool for the Transportation Department because of its speed and far-reaching capabilities. It is also a great way to connect with those in the North Texas region who may be looking for more convenient public involvement opportunities.
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