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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
Fall 2012 — 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
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Photos (DART): DART Orange Line train
Dallas Area Rapid Transit began light rail service to the Irving Convention Center with the opening of the Orange Line this year. In December, the second phase of the new line began serving the North Lake College and Belt Line stations.

Orange Line Debuts

Light Rail Gives Irving New Commuting Option
Read the paper. Check email. Sit back and relax. These are just a few of the options in front of you as you step aboard Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s new Orange Line, an extension of the growing rail system in and around Dallas.

Three new Orange Line stations opened in July, providing access to jobs, housing, education and entertainment via a transportation mode Irving leaders had long sought. The Orange Line will be extended to Belt Line in December and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport by 2014. <More>

Photo (DART): HOV lane and traffic
Photo: DART

New Lanes Could Provide Greater Reliability
A Message from Michael Morris, Transportation Director
You’ve just finished a major project at work that could give your company a leg up on the competition. All you want to do now is get home to your family. But there is a problem. The freeway is jammed, with no relief in sight. You look over to the carpool lane on your left and see cars whizzing by.

Understandably, you are upset about this, which is likely how many of the motorists sharing the road with you also feel. If only you could use that tantalizingly close lane, you’d get home in time for dinner. Maybe you’re trying to avoid a late charge at your child’s daycare and long for a more reliable trip than the one that has left you crawling behind a seemingly endless stream of cars and trucks.

The HOV/express lane would be tremendously helpful, saving you precious time and money. Better yet, it would allow you more time to do the things you want. Whatever your situation, given our traffic problem, you undoubtedly wish your drive to the office or home were easier and more reliable. You will not have to wait long for relief in some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s most heavily traveled corridors. <More>

As a member of RTC since 2004, Kamp has seen many projects undertaken and completed. Currently, the most significant, she says, is Interstate Highway 35E, which was recently granted environmental clearance.

Kamp Emerges as Transportation Leader After Reluctantly Taking Up Issue for City
Regional Transportation Council Member Profile
Pete Kamp, Mayor Pro Tem. City of Denton

Shortly after Pete Kamp was elected to the Denton City Council, then-Mayor Euline Brock called to ask if she would accept a new challenge by being the city’s point-person on transportation. City Councilmember Mark Burroughs, who had handled transportation issues for the city, was about to rotate off the council – he now serves as the city’s mayor – and Brock needed someone to take over for him.

The only problem was, Kamp was new to transportation and admits she had a limited knowledge of it. A Denton native, Kamp had run for council seeking to improve quality of life in the city, to make it a better place to live, work and play. <More>

Photo (Thinkstock): Texas Capitol Building
Photo: Thinkstock

RTC Adopts 2013 Legislative Program
FWTAexas Legislature will return to Austin on January 8 for its biennial 140-day session. And transportation is one of the many issues on lawmakers’ minds as they consider how best to deal with matters that will be confronted across the state for the next two years.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area’s multimodal transportation system continues to expand, but even with all the investment taking place today, there are still traffic jams. The Regional Transportation Council has approved a list of the items it will actively pursue during the 83rd Texas Legislature, as well as issues to support and monitor.

The RTC developed the legislative program after months of discussions at the committee level and feedback from NCTCOG staff members. The work done during the 82nd Legislature served as the foundation. <More>

Graphic: MAP-21 Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet Highlights Transportation Bill
The NCTCOG Transportation Department has published a fact sheet explaining the newly approved Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), a law authorizing the federal transportation program through fiscal year 2014. The fact sheet outlines the major components of MAP-21 and provides a comparison with the previous legislation, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, commonly known as SAFETEA-LU.

Funding in most areas was comparable to SAFETEA-LU, which expired in September 2009 and had remained in effect due to a series of short-term extensions. The law consolidates 87 highway programs to 27 and emphasizes efficiency and performance. MAP-21 is the latest in the fact sheet series, dedicated to helping residents understand transportation projects and programs and how they can participate. <More>

Photo (NTTA): President George Bush Turnpike Western Extension
Photo: NTTA

Have You Tried the New Bush Turnpike Extension?
A new roadway connecting residents to their jobs and entertainment has opened in the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The President George Bush Turnpike Western Extension welcomed its first motorists in October.

The toll road extension runs from Egyptian Way (north of Interstate Highway 30) south to IH 20. It provides an alternative for motorists tired of dealing with the congestion of State Highway 360. With the completion of the latest phase of the Bush Turnpike, the road now stretches from IH 30 in Garland, up through many of Dallas’ northern suburbs and down through Irving and Grand Prairie to IH 20 in western Dallas County. With the final 6.5 miles of the western extension main lanes now open, the Bush Turnpike stretches 52 miles around the Dallas area. <More>

Photo (Thinkstock): Football in grass
Photo: Thinkstock

Cut Down on Game Day Traffic by Riding Public Transportation
The Fort Worth Transportation Authority is enabling football fans to skip the game day traffic in Tarrant County by choosing to arrive by bus. FWTA’s Cowboy Coaches, departing from the Trinity Railway Express T&P Station park-and-ride lot on West Vickery Boulevard in Fort Worth, start loading two hours before each game. They pick up fans at Molly the Trolley stops close to the major hotels in downtown Fort Worth. The last bus leaves an hour before kickoff. <More>

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