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Progress North Texas 2014

   

Strategically Addressing Transportation Needs

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Strategically Addressing Transportation Needs

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In recent years, North Texas has experienced a construction boom characterized by billions of dollars in infrastructure improvements being made across the region. These roadway and rail projects, combined with an expanding bicycle-pedestrian network, will help residents get where they need to go, even as they welcome many new neighbors over the next few years. 

Many projects underway or on the horizon are being made possible through innovative partnerships. From the recently completed DFW Connector to the North Tarrant Express, LBJ Express, Chisholm Trail Parkway and other improvements, partnerships are vital for continued progress in transportation.  

A new approach, which builds on the momentum created by public-private partnerships, is being introduced in North Texas. Asset management relies on business principles to strategically address the region's transportation needs. This method of transportation improvement determines the most cost-effective priorities through a combination of data, risk-assessment strategies and input from the public and providers. Projects that prove to be the best use of limited resources can move up on the priority list. 

Asset management is the latest tool in the transportation toolbox, joining comprehensive development agreements, toll financing, value engineering, environmental streamlining and other initiatives to ensure the appropriate investments can be made across the region despite ongoing financial constraints. 

Asset Management System

Asset Management Chart

 

The region has roughly a quarter of the funding it needs to eliminate the worst congestion levels. However, the growth – and the related economic activity and mobility demands – will continue. With regional population crossing 6.8 million and expected to climb even higher by 2035, and vehicle miles traveled and congestion costs also projected to show large gains, a more strategic approach is important.  

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21, the current federal transportation legislation, calls for stronger reliance on performance measures when making infrastructure decisions. Asset management will help the region’s transportation providers reach goals that will ultimately lead to a safer, more efficient multimodal network. With asset management, the region could better maintain existing infrastructure, directing precious funds to areas of greatest need.

Throughout 2014, NCTCOG is studying four corridors with various project types and in different stages of development. The goals are to determine how this approach could improve project delivery, reduce cost, and maximize the life of existing assets and available capacity. NCTCOG will continue to seek innovative ways to complete projects that provide added mobility and increased sustainability to the region.  

This report will examine many key areas where NCTCOG and its partners are directing regional resources, including freight, aviation and public involvement. Everything the region does to improve transportation must be performed with an eye toward air quality, as much of the area is designated in nonattainment for ozone. This report will also examine what is being done to reduce ozone emissions.  

Asset Management Projects in North Texas

Project Map

This map includes asset management projects underway (blue) in North Texas and potential projects (green). North Texas is using this new business-oriented approach as it seeks to further improve the performance of the transportation system in an era where the needs for transportation improvements are outpacing the resources available to address them.   

Active Projects 

1 SH 161 - Utilizing existing shoulders for extra peak-period lanes 
2 Loop 9 - Identifying timely and flexible implementation phases 
3 IH 35E, Waxahachie - Ensuring cost-effectiveness of planned improvements 
4 IH 30/IH 20, Fort Worth to Weatherford - Assessing existing infrastructure and transportation needs 

Candidate Projects 

1 SH 199/IH 820, Naval Air Station, Fort Worth, Joint Reserve Base Area 
2 IH 35W Southern Tarrant County 
3 IH 30/IH 35E/SH 114 Project Pegasus   

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 06/15/2012 JS

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