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February 2017

RTC OKs backstop for HSR environmental study

The Regional Transportation Council has approved a measure to backstop the continuation of the environmental impact statement for the
Dallas-Fort Worth Core Express,
a proposed high-speed rail line that would
link Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth to other destinations.

At issue is the September deadline to spend money allocated by the federal government
as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The is the FlyBy DFW gaming app logo
Photo- Getty Images

Originally funded through ARRA, the EIS is not expected to be complete by the deadline, and the RTC wants to ensure work on the project can move forward.The RTC has authorized up to $3 million toward the continuation of the environmental process.

The expenditure could be significantly less than what was approved if Congress extends the ARRA deadline. This is the latest action by the North Central Texas Council of Governments in its ongoing effort to facilitate the arrival of high-speed trains to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

NCTCOG has selected firms for three high-speed rail station-area concepts. Gateway Planning will develop a plan for the Fort Worth station, while WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff handle the Arlington planning and Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam (LAN) studies the Dallas station area.

These studies will inform the EIS and ensure regional connectivity with planned high-speed rail lines serving the Dallas-to-Houston and Oklahoma City-to-South Texas corridors.

DFW is seen as a top candidate for high-speed rail. NCTCOG hosted an industry forum last summer where it was determined many firms around the world are interested in developing the Core Express project.

For more information on high-speed rail, visit www.nctcog.org/hsr.  

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By the Numbers:
60

The number of local participating fleets who have adopted the Clean Fleet Policy.

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Applications for Transportation Alternatives Call for Projects due February 24

Applications for the Transportation Alternatives Call for Projects will be open until February 24. Approximately $23 million is available for active transportation and Safe Routes to School projects in the 12-county NCTCOG area. The RTC is expected to select projects in June.

For more on the call for projects, visit www.nctcog.org/tap.



TxDOT at 100: Connecting Texans to what matters most

This is the Regional Transportation Council logo which links to the home page at  http:www.nctcog.org/trans/committees/rtc/index.asp

On April 4, the Texas Department of Transportation will celebrate 100 years. Born as the Texas Highway Department in a corner of the Texas Capitol in 1917, the earliest incarnation of TxDOT still shares one challenge with the agency we know today – there's a lot of ground to cover in Texas.

Texas' transportation system not only gets us back and forth to daily destinations and appointments, but also brings us home each day and allows us to visit loved ones across the state and beyond. That's why TxDOT's centennial theme is "Connecting Texans to what matters most."

From the earliest days of connecting farms to market, to the modern realities of multi-lane metropolitan highways, TxDOT now manages 80,000 miles of roadway. As the state's economy and population continue to grow, TxDOT remains committed to meeting Texas' ongoing and ever-changing transportation needs.

TxDOT is proud of its 100 years of service to the people of Texas, and the department is particularly proud of the collaborative tradition that has helped guide our service, projects and ongoing plans for the future.
History has shown that by working closely with community leaders and residents, TxDOT has developed one of the safest and most reliable transportation systems in the world.

The Dallas and Fort Worth Districts, covering 16 counties in the North Texas region, are successfully completing legacy projects like the DFW Connector, Horseshoe, LBJ Express and North Tarrant Express. TxDOT will continue working with its transportation partners and the North Central Texas Council of Governments to deliver projects for the next 100 years.
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Managed Lanes: See how real North Texans use Texspress Lanes

North Texans will soon see several new videos highlighting how drivers take advantage of TEXpress Lanes to avoid traffic snarls and get to their destinations on time.
Along with social media, infographics and resources for community leaders and lawmakers, the videos are part of a multimedia campaign to educate the public about the benefits of TEXpress Lanes.

The videos feature the testimonies of real North Texans – young professionals, retired people, parents and
grandparents – as they drive on TEXpress Lanes and discuss how the lanes give them more reliable commutes and visits to family members.

Transportation partners around the region will also spotlight the testimonials and infographics across their social media platforms in an effort to widely distribute information to drivers about this new transportation option.

Learn more about TEXpress Lanes, where they are and how to use them, at www.TEXpresslanes.com.

TexPress Videos



60 entities have adopted Clean Fleet Policy

Improving vehicle emissions is an effective way to enhance air quality and help the Dallas-Fort Worth area reach compliance with federal air quality standards. One tool to assist in this effort is the Clean Fleet Policy.

Local fleets are reminded that the Regional Transportation Council encourages all fleets in the nonattainment area adopt the Clean Fleet Policy as part of local efforts to improve air quality.

As of January 2017, 60 local fleets have adopted the policy. Adoption ensures eligibility for clean vehicle funding made available through the RTC and fleet recognition from the Dallas-Fort Worth Clean Cities Coalition.

It also allows for an offset of local funds in federal transportation projects as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan Policy Bundle initiative.

For entities interested in adopting this policy, the RTC resolution, policy template and supporting items can be viewed at www.nctcog.org/fleetpolicy.


Information sought for emissions reduction

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is seeking ideas for projects that focus on diesel emissions reduction that would have significant support from and impact on the community.

If you or your organization has a project idea that would target older diesel vehicles or equipment (on-road, non-road, or off-road) and would like to partner with the NCTCOG if funding becomes available, please contact Rachel Linnewiel at rlinnewiel@nctcog.org or 817-608-2329.

For other air quality-related funding opportunities, visit www.nctcog.org/AQfunding.


Help improveconnections to essential services

In every community, people struggle to find transportation options that connect them to doctors, jobs, grocery stores, social services, churches and more. Access North Texas includes prioritized strategies that guide the region as partners work together to make the most of existing public transit services, increase the efficiency of existing services and expand services where necessary.

The plan is being updated to allow North Texas to continue meeting the transit needs of its residents. The update is being developed through a comprehensive process that includes local residents, social service agencies, employers, transit providers, human service providers, medical facilities and local governments.

These entities will collaborate to identify the transportation challenges faced in the region.

As more people move to North Texas, additional schools, hospitals and other community assets open to accommodate the growth. Updating Access North Texas in four-year increments helps ensure assets are accessible to those who need them most.

This is the access north texas logo which features a key with citie buidlings as the cuts

Interactive outreach meetings are being held across the 16-county NCTCOG region to allow stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on public transportation needs in their communities.

They will continue February 15 at the Hood County Library in Granbury and February 21 at the Weatherford Library Auditorium.

For more details, visit www.accessnorthtexas.org.

To help planners determine the region's needs, residents and providers are invited to complete a short survey at www.accessnorthtexas.org/survey.

Read or print Local Motion as a PDF here.

Read previous newsletters here.

For more information about Local Motion topics, contact Brian Wilson at 817-704-2511 or bwilson@nctcog.org. Visit www.nctcog.org/trans for more information on the department.

Prepared in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation and the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration. 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

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