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July 2016

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Jensen named RTC chair
for 2016-17

Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen has been elected chair of the Regional Transportation Council, the transportation policymaking body for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Jensen will lead the 44-member RTC for the next year, which will include the 85th Texas Legislative Session. Jensen assumes the leadership of the RTC from Parker County Judge Mark Riley, who served as chair over the past year.

Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Franke is the new vice chair, while Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes assumes the role of secretary.

 

NCTCOG begins examining connected vehicles

Connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) may sound futuristic. But new vehicles today already contain sophisticated computers that offer navigation assistance, remote starting and automatic braking.

CAVs leverage these in-vehicle technologies to allow automated operation. They rely on electronic connections among vehicles and roadway infrastructure to improve performance.


CAVs should deliver improved safety, highway efficiency and travel experience. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that about 90 percent of highway incidents are caused by human error. While automation will not eliminate wrecks on the roadways, important safety improvements are possible with CAVs. CAVs can also provide enhanced mobility for the disabled and others unable to drive today's vehicles and increase the efficiency of the region’s highways.


While significant research and development is ahead before CAVs hit the road in large numbers, they are being extensively tested by governments, auto manufacturers, technology companies and others around the world. The North Central Texas Council of Governments will play a role in the future of this technology.


NCTCOG has begun a program area focused on CAVs. The Regional Transportation Council will host a workshop at 11:30 am July 14, before its regular monthly meeting to discuss how CAV technology works, its potential impact on transportation in North Texas and the CAV program.


The workshop will be streamed live at NCTCOG.org/video for those unable to attend in person. Click the “live” tab to watch the workshop or regular RTC meeting.

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