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About the Texas Local Option Transportation Act

the Texas Local Option Transportation Act (TLOTA) is an ongoing, collaborative process to plan and fund a
251-mile passenger rail expansion. When implemented, the regional rail system will provide reliable commuter options, reduce roadway congestion, improve air quality and provide opportunities for sustainable and economic development. FWTALOTA initiative is a result of local, state, and business leader commitment to regional rail.

Efforts, Research Preceding TLOTA
The previous effort, the Regional Transit Initiative, was a 5-year effort which culminated with the introduction of HB 2084 and SB 257 in the 80th Texas Legislature. Rail North Texas reaffirmed the need for regional rail, refined the regional rail system, defined revenue needs, and developed regional consensus about potential funding sources. In February 2009, Senator John Carona and Representative Vickie Truitt introduced SB 855 and HB 9 respectively. Known as the Texas Local Option Transportation Act, these bills developed from the region's Rail North Texas plan.

More information about efforts which preceded Rail North Texas:

Regional Rail Expansion Timeline                                      2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

2009

 Milestone

 Accomplishments and Actions

January - May

81st  Texas Legislative Session

SB 855 introduced without result

2008

 Milestone

  Accomplishments and Actions

December

Legislative Visits

RTC members will meet with the local legislative delegation to seek support for Rail North Texas

November - December

Transit Authority Partnership Subcommittee and Regional Transportation Council Meetings

Agreement on regional legislative consensus position for Rail North Texas

August - October

Working Group Meetings

RTC members worked with other regional transportation groups to develop consensus on implementation strategy and draft legislation

August

Rail North Texas Town Hall

Elected officials from across the region met to hear about Rail North Texas

July - September

Legislative Visits

RTC members met with the local legislative delegation to present efforts to-date on Rail North Texas and seek input on next steps

July

Transit Authority Partnership Subcommittee Meeting

Discussion of legislative strategy for the 81st Texas Legislature

May

Transit Authority Partnership Subcommittee Meetings

The subcommittee began to narrow down potential revenue sources

April

Transit Authority Partnership Subcommittee Meeting

Online revenue tool was developed for subcommittee members to evaluate potential revenue sources

March

Transit Authority Partnership Subcommittee Meetings

Cities were invited to discuss phase out of 4a/4b sales tax for transit; updated cost and revenue estimates were presented

February

Transit Authority Partnership Subcommittee Meetings

Members of the business community began attending subcommittee meetings; discussions about updated cost estimates began

January

Transit Authority Partnership Subcommittee Meeting

Initial sales tax revenue evaluation and discussion of additional candidate revenue sources to explore

2007

Milestone

  Accomplishments and Actions

December

Transit Authority Partnership Subcommittee Meeting

Organizational meeting to approve the subcommittee’s work plan

September

Creation of RTC Transit Authority Partnership Subcommittee

The RTC Chair creates an ad hoc Transit Authority Partnership Subcommittee and selects Fort Worth Councilmember Jungus Jordan as Chair

June - October

Internal Reassessment of RTI

Review strategies for public involvement and political awareness

January - May

80th Texas Legislative Session

HB 2084 and SB 257 introduced without result

2006

 Milestone

   Accomplishments and Actions

December

RTSRC Final Meeting

Legislators support need for regional rail and commit to legislative action

September

RTSRC Meeting

Regional support for rail transit and sales tax funding reaffirmed through survey results

July and August

Regional Citizens Support for Rail Survey Conducted

4,000 citizens surveyed on support for regional rail

April - June

RTSRC Meetings

Committee presented with proposed survey instrument

March

RTSRC Meeting

Committee considers institutional models for regional rail implementation and elects to move forward on citizens survey

February

RTSRC Meeting

Need for regional citizens survey identified

January

RTSRC Meeting

Committee provided detailed summary of financial and institutional recommendations and formed the Regional Transit Working Group

2005

 Milestone

   Accomplishments and Actions

December

RTSRC Meeting

Committee provided overview of current North Texas transit systems and needs

September

North Texas Legislative Delegation Meeting

Kickoff of Regional Transit System Review Committee

January - May

Meetings with North Texas Legislative Delegation

79th Texas Legislative Session – HB 2702 creates the Regional Transit System Review Committee (RTSRC)

2004

 Milestone

   Accomplishments and Actions

December

Recognition Ceremony

Completion of Regional Rail Corridor Study and Regional Transit Initiative committee process

October

North Texas Legislative Delegation Briefing

Local elected officials request State Legislative support

September

Local Elected Officials Workshop

Developed legislative strategy

August

Second Regional Transit Summit

Unanimous adoption of Statement of Principles for the Implementation of a Regional Rail System

May - July

Financial, Institutional, and Legislative Committee Meetings

Financial, Institutional, and Legislative recommendations made (9 meetings)

April

Mid-Course RTI Workshop

Preliminary findings presented to local elected officials

February - April

Financial and Institutional Committee Meetings

Financial and Institutional alternatives developed (7 meetings)

January

Regional Transit Initiative launched

Formation of Financial, Institutional, and Legislative Committees

2003

 Milestone

   Accomplishments and Actions

December

Initial assessment complete

Preliminary corridor level recommendations finalized

October - December

Public Meetings

Corridor level recommendations presented to public (9 meetings)

September

Technology Demonstration

Regional leaders experienced emerging rail technology

August

Transit Challenge, Irving

Regional leaders committed to build consensus within one year

July - November

Corridor Committee Process

Confirmed system feasibility and refined recommendations for rail corridors (36 meetings)

2002

 Milestone

   Accomplishments and Actions

May

NCTCOG initiates Regional Rail Corridor Study

Detailed corridor level feasibility study and preliminary engineering evaluation for new rail corridors

March

First Regional Transit Summit

Regional consensus on the need for establishing a funding mechanism and institutional structure for regional rail transit

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