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Progress North Texas 2014


The Transportation Story 40 Years in the Making
A Message from Kathryn Wilemon, Regional Transportation Council Chair (2013-14)

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A Message from Kathryn Wilemon, Chair of the Regional Transportation Council, 2013-14, and Mayor Pro Tem, City of Arlington

Dear Neighbors, 

Thank you for reading Progress North Texas 2014: The Story of Transportation in Dallas-Fort Worth. Forty years ago, Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe designated the North Central Texas Council of Governments as the metropolitan planning organization for North Texas.

Back then, we were focused on planning for the two primary urban counties – Dallas and Tarrant – since population and employment were most concentrated there. Today, NCTCOG is responsible for transportation and air quality planning for 12 counties. In 2014, we are celebrating the successes the region has enjoyed throughout the decades.


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The Transportation Story 40 Years in the Making

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We have added a staggering 4 million residents over the past four decades, and our transportation system has matured over the years to accommodate the influx of people. We have a roadway system to get commuters to their jobs and facilitate on-time delivery of freight to North Texas and beyond.

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We also have a large first-class transit system and a continually growing network of bicycle-pedestrian trails. All systems work together to improve the lives of North Texans. While we have experienced many triumphs, our best days are ahead of us. 

This year, for the third year in a row, we partnered with a local school district for an art contest. We asked Arlington Independent School District sixth- and seventh-grade students to draw how they think they will get to work on their 40th birthday. The theme centered on the 40th anniversary, and we received some very creative answers, from the more traditional, existing transportation options to the futuristic. 


First Place:
Dawna Berry,
6th grade, Butler Elementary

Congratulations to our winner, Dawna Berry, a Butler Elementary School sixth-grader. Her illustration was selected to appear on the cover. I had the privilege of helping judge the contest and found it very enlightening to peek into the imaginations of some of our brightest young students. Other top finishers’ creations can be found at the end of this report. 

We believe it is important to involve the younger generations in what we do because they will be making the key decisions in the coming decades. The earlier we can inspire people to get excited about transportation, the stronger our region’s foundation will be.

But your involvement is crucial to our success today and in the future. It all starts with being well-informed, so we have put together a report intended to show you where we’ve been. While the numbers can tell us what to expect in the future, with input from residents like you, we will be able to make better decisions about how to invest our limited resources. We look forward to hearing what you have to say. 

Kathryn Wilemon 
Chair, Regional Transportation Council, 2013-14
 Mayor Pro Tem, Arlington


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Art Contest - Second Place
Second Place: Victor Pichardo,
6th grade, Anderson Elementary

Art Contest - Third Place
Third Place (tie): Giang Tran,
6th grade, Beckham Elementary

Art Contest - Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention:
Patricia (Martha) Izaguirre, 6th grade, Butler Elementary

Art Contest - Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention:
Cameron Tripplett, 6th grade, Crouch Elementary

Third Place (tie):
Natalie Hernandez,
6th grade, Lynn Hale Elementary
The contents of this report reflect the views of the authors who are responsible for the opinions, findings, and conclusions presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration or the Texas Department of Transportation. This document was prepared in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Trasnportation, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration.

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