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Summary of Projects Under, Nearing Construction

Progress North Texas 2011

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President George Bush Turnpike Eastern Extension:
This 9.9-mile segment from SH 78 to IH 30 is currently under construction. The toll road will include six total lanes and is expected to open to traffic in late 2011. Twenty percent of the revenue will assist in funding other projects.
Partners: NTTA, TxDOT


North Texas’ transportation future will contain a mix of modes to give residents more choices of how to get around the growing region. Progress continues on numerous road projects that will unlock congestion in some of the busiest areas of the region. But it only happens with the cooperation of regional, state and federal partners.

NCTCOG works closely with its partners at all levels of government to ensure mobility keeps pace with population growth and air quality is continually improved. Fighting congestion in the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation requires coordination with more than just transportation agencies and government. With the multibillion-dollar transportation shortfall the state and Dallas-Fort Worth area face, the private sector is also being counted on to advance infrastructure improvements.

This section will examine some of the most significant road and rail improvements that have been completed, are under construction and are planned for the future. These projects seek to provide residents throughout the area with reliable commuting options, allowing them to choose to drive, carpool or take public transportation to work or play. North Texas planners continue to look for innovative partnerships to advance projectsthat have been planned for decades and will ease congestion.

 

Construction Snapshot
Moving the Region Forward: An Update on Projects

Maps: President George Bush Turnpike Eastern and Western Extensions


President George Bush Turnpike Western Extension (SH 161):
In 2010, NTTA formally agreed to build the remaining sections of SH 161 and pay the region $200 million for the right to construct the project. It also named the corridor the Western Extension of the President George Bush Turnpike. Construction continues between IH 30 and IH 20, with completion of all main lanes and interchanges expected by the end of 2012.
Partners: NTTA, TxDOT

Map: DFW Connector construction status

Map: LBJ Express construction status

 

DFW Connector: Ground was broken on the DFW Connector in February of 2010, and construction is progressing rapidly. When complete, this project will include new interchanges, additional general-purpose lanes, tolled HOV/managed lanes and continuous frontage roads along an eight-mile corridor including State Highways 114 and 121, and IH 635 north of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Partners: TxDOT, NorthGate Constructors







LBJ Express:
The reconstruction of IH 635 in north Dallas got under way in January of 2011. The LBJ Express project will involve the reconstruction of existing general purpose lanes, the addition of tolled HOV/managed lanes and the construction of continuous frontage roads. The project also includes connection ramps for the HOV/managed lanes along a portion of IH 35E.
Partners: TxDOT, LBJ Infrastructure Group


Map: North Tarrant Express construction status

Chisholm Trail Parkway: Ground was broken in 2010 on the interchanges at IH 20 and US Highway 67, with roadway construction expected to begin in 2011. When complete, this highway will run from IH 30 in Fort Worth south to US 67 in Cleburne. The corridor will eventually feature six lanes from downtown Fort Worth to Altamesa Boulevard and four lanes from Altamesa Boulevard to Cleburne, with lanes staged as demand warrants.
Partner: NTTA

 


North Tarrant Express:
NTE Mobility Partners broke ground on the North Tarrant Express project in October of 2010. By 2015, the corridor’s capacity will be greatly expanded with the construction of new tolled HOV/managed lanes and re-construction of existing general-purpose lanes along IH 820 and SH 121/SH 183. Similar improvement plans for IH 35W and SH 183 east of SH 121 are being developed.
Partners: TxDOT, NTE Mobility Partners

Map: Chisholm Trail Parkway construction status

Map: DCTA A-train

Taking Transit Offers Numerous Benefits

Brian Carroll, DART Green Line commuter


Photo: Brian Carroll, DART Green Line commuter

Why did you decide to take light rail?

 

Map: Dallas Area Rapid Transit Green Line

I was intrigued by the ability to read, rest or work during my commute to the office. Secondary to that was the notion that if I take the train a few times a week, I should be able to extend the life of my vehicle from the miles saved driving it every day.

What were your expectations of commuting on the Green Line? Were they fulfilled?
I’m not sure I had many expectations, other than the train leaving on time and the price being right. I would like the option of buying a booklet of passes instead of having to scramble each segment to purchase a ticket. However, I understand that since there is no “turn style” to go through like there is in a subway system, the booklet concept wouldn’t work since a conductor is not checking tickets on 100 percent of the segments I’ve ridden.

Describe your overall experience on the Green Line.
Overall, it has been a very good experience. The trains are clean, they leave on time, and they get me to my destination safely.

What was the most significant adjustment you had to make going from commuting by automobile to riding the train to work?
The biggest adjustment has been not having my car at work. I actually have to plan my week out in advance to know which days I can take the train and which days I need to drive due to an offsite meeting, an errand that needs to be run at lunch, etc. I only anticipate taking the train in the future on the days I don’t need a car (as opposed to learning the bus system as well and using that to get me around if I need to leave the office – I don’t see that happening).

What's been the biggest surprise about your light rail experience to date?
Although not a huge surprise, I’d say I didn’t think as many people would be taking the train as I’ve seen each day that I’ve taken it. It clearly has been very anticipated and hopefully the service levels will be maintained to make people want to keep taking it as much as possible.


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.

10/31/2016 03/17/2009 JS

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