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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
Summer/Fall 2009 — 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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Transportation Gathers Steam

North Texas’ transportation system has built tremendous momentum in the past few years, and 2009 is turning out to be a particularly decisive year in the fight against congestion. Projects that policymakers and planners have discussed for years are closer than ever to construction. <More>

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Grassroots Involvement
Will Help Drive Rail Expansion

A Message from Michael Morris, Transportation Director
Plans of an expanded rail network are still alive, despite the results of this year's legislative session. Regional transportation leaders and members of the North Texas legislative delegation have worked too hard for six years in pursuit of a local remedy to congestion to give up. <More>

Rail expansion is just part of the region's plan to get traffic moving and improve air quality.

Tower 55 freight railroad congestion
Photo: Eric Lyman

Hicks Enjoys Balancing Regional, City Goals
Regional Transportation Council Member Profile
Kathleen Hicks, Councilmember, City of Fort Worth

Kathleen Hicks talks fondly of the days when she was able to rely more heavily on mass transit to move from place to place. <More>

Fort Worth and the region face many challenges in the years to come.

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Vehicle Replacement Program Proves Popular with North Texans
A popular program intended to help qualifying residents retire old cars and trucks is back up and running for the new fiscal year. In fiscal year 2009, the program helped more than 6,000 residents replace their vehicles with newer, cleaner-burning cars and trucks. <More>

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Region's Drivers Embrace Alternatives to Traveling Alone
Commuters using the region’s alternative commute Web site have saved more than 2 million miles of solo driving in less than three years. The milestone was reached June 12, 10 months after users of logged the millionth saved mile. <More>

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National Outreach Award

Air North Texas, the environmental awareness program highlighted in the spring 2009 issue of Mobility Matters, recently received a national award from the EPA.

The Environmental Protection Agency recognized the outreach and educational efforts of Air North Texas with the presentation of a Clean Air Excellence Award. <More>

Answers to Recently Received Questions
Q: Is there funding available for Tower 55?

Q: The Southwest-to- Northeast rail project, which would run between southwest Fort Worth and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, would connect key points in the western part of the region by commuter rail. Is the project funded?

Q: How are vehicle miles traveled reduced when building roadways and does the regional outer loop itself induce vehicle travel?


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