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Public Input Opportunities

Have we heard from you? Citizen, local government and private sector input impacts decisions about transportation and air quality policies, programs and plans for North Texas. After all, these decisions determine how North Texans live and travel in the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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To request printed copies of any information related to a Regional Public Transportation Input Opportunity or an Update, call 817-608-2365 or e-mail cbaylor@nctcog.org.

Transportation Public Input Opportunities

Learn what is happening with transportation and air quality in the region, and helping set priorities for the future. The Regional Transportation Council and North Central Texas Council of Governments are seeking public input. Flyer >>> [PDF]

October Public Meetings

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
6:00 PM
Ella Mae Shamblee Public Library
1062 Evans Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
2:30 PM
North Central Texas Council of Governments
616 Six Flags Drive,
Arlington, TX 76011


Monday, October 16, 2017
6:00 PM
Garland Central Library
625 Austin St.
Garland, TX 75040

Submit comments and questions
     E-mail:
transinfo@nctcog.org
     Fax: (817) 640-3028
     Phone: (817) 695-9240
     Mail: P.O. Box 5888
     Arlington, Texas 76005
     Web form

Click to submit a comment or question by 11:59 pm Nov. 9, 2017.

Presentations

Mobility 2045: The Long-Range Transportation Plan for North Central Texas [PDF]
Mobility 2045 will define a long-term vision for the region's multimodal transportation system and guide spending of federal and state transportation funds. This includes funding for highways, transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities and other programs aimed at reducing congestion and improving air quality and quality of life. Staff will present an overview and timeline for the plan, and draft recommendations are expected to be available in spring 2018. RTC action is expected in summer 2018. For more information, visit www.nctcog.org/mobility2045.

Funding Opportunities for Vehicle and Fueling Infrastructure Projects [PDF]
The legislature recently approved changes to several different funding programs that provide opportunities for fleets and interested parties to upgrade higher-polluting machines and install alternative fuel infrastructure. Other funding opportunities are also on the horizon, including money through the Volkswagen Settlement. Staff will present how to maximize these opportunities to get financial assistance for newer, cleaner vehicles. For more information, visit www.nctcog.org/aqfunding.

High-Occupancy Vehicle Technology Update [PDF]
The RTC’s Toll Managed Lane Policy provides a 50 percent peak period HOV discount. HOV users wishing to receive the discount must register their trip as an HOV trip in advance. A police officer then verifies a declared HOV vehicle has at least two occupants. This is a dangerous situation for officers as well as a disruption to traffic flow when potential violators are pulled over on the side of the road. The RTC policy includes a provision to explore a technology solution for the verification of auto occupancy rather than relying on manual enforcement. If successful, the technology solution could be implemented on all toll managed lanes within the region. An update on this initiative will be presented.

Regional Traffic Signal Retiming Program [PDF]
On September 15, 2017, NCTCOG issued a Call for Projects to competitively award Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funding for two programs that improve traffic operations through signal retiming and low-cost operational improvements. Approximately $2 million for the Regional Traffic Signal Retiming Program and $2.9 million for the Minor Improvement Program is available to award in communities located in the DFW Nonattainment Area, including Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise counties. Staff will present an overview of the CFP.

Fast Facts

ACT NOW!
You could be eligible for up to $3,500 for your older vehicle! North Texans whose vehicles have failed the emissions portion of the state inspection in the past 30 days or are at least 10 years old are encouraged to apply for assistance through the AirCheckTexas Program. Staff will be on-site at October public meetings to process applications for people interested in applying for vehicle repair or replacement assistance. Applicants must provide proof of current registration, failed inspection report and annual household income. For more information about AirCheckTexas, visit www.nctcog.org/airchecktexas or call
1-800-898-9103.

September Public Meetings

Monday, September 11
6:00 pm
Splash Dayz Water Park & Conference Center
8905 Clifford St.
White Settlement, TX 76108

Wednesday, September 13
2:30 pm
North Central Texas
Council of Governments
616 Six Flags Drive,
Arlington, TX 76011

Monday, September 18
6:00 pm
Lewisville Public Library
1197 Main St.
Lewisville, TX 75067

Submit comments and questions
     E-mail:
transinfo@nctcog.org
     Fax: (817) 640-3028
     Phone: (817) 695-9240
     Mail: P.O. Box 5888
     Arlington, Texas 76005
     Web form

Click to submit a comment or question by 11:59 pm Oct. 10, 2017.

Presentations

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Modifications
The UPWP for regional transportation planning provides a summary of the transportation and related air quality planning tasks to be conducted by the metropolitan planning organization. Proposed modifications to the FY2018 and FY2019 UPWP will be presented.

Local Bond Program Partnerships [PDF] | Handout [PDF]
Over the last several months, NCTCOG staff have reached out to agencies that are undergoing local bond efforts. The goal of the effort is to leverage bond funds for projects of strategic importance to local governments and the region.  Staff will present projects recommended for federal mobility and air quality funds through the Local Bond Program partnerships effort.

Call for Projects Recommendations: Federal Transit Administration Funding Programs

NCTCOG issued a Call for Projects to competitively award Federal Transit Administration funding from two programs that support transportation services for seniors, persons with disabilities and low-income individuals. Approximately $6.5 million in funding was available to award in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington and Denton-Lewisville Urbanized areas. Staff will present recommendations to award ten projects the available federal funding.

Electric Vehicles in North Texas Update [PDF]
Electric vehicle (EV) sales are on the rise due to a number of factors, including the renewed EV rebate program, new makes and models and promotional events. Staff will highlight elements of this year’s National Drive Electric Week celebration and other information about regional EV trends and resources.  For more information, visit www.dfwcleancities.org/evnt.

Fast Facts

Proposed Modifications to the List of Funded Projects
A comprehensive list of funded transportation projects through 2020 is maintained in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Projects with committed funds from federal, state and local sources are included in the TIP. To maintain an accurate project listing, this document is updated on a regular basis. To view the current set of project modifications, visit www.nctcog.org/trans/tip/.

Public Transportation Agency Programs of Projects
NCTCOG staff will present for review and comment proposed transit projects funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the final award of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funds for the following four programs: Urbanized Area Formula, Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities, State of Good Repair and Bus and Bus Facilities. This opportunity for comment meets the federal requirement for public participation in programs of projects. Please note that DART and DCTA also host their own public meetings. For more information about those meetings, please contact them directly. In addition to the Urbanized Area Formula Program, proposed transit projects funded through FTA’s FY 2017 Bus and Bus Facilities, Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities and State of Good Repair Programs will be presented for public comment.  

The following agencies’ programs of projects will be presented:
City of Arlington, City of Grand Prairie, City of McKinney, City of Mesquite, City/County Transportation, Community Transit Services (CTS), Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA), Northeast Transportation Service (NETS), Public Transit Services (PTS), Span, Inc. (formerly known as Special Programs for Aging Needs), STAR Transit

Vehicle Repair and Replacement Assistance Available Through AirCheckTexas Program
Did you know you can receive up to $3,500 for your older vehicle? North Texans whose vehicles have failed the emissions portion of the state inspection in the past 30 days or are at least 10 years old are encouraged to apply for assistance. Vehicles must be registered in a participating county and income requirements must be met. Also, AirCheckTexas staff will attend October public meetings to process applications onsite for people interested in applying. October meeting dates and locations are yet to be determined. For more information about AirCheckTexas, visit www.nctcog.org/airchecktexas or call 1-800-898-9103.

Mobility 2045 Survey
Mobility 2045 will define a long-term vision for the region's multimodal transportation system and guide spending of federal and state transportation funds. This includes funding for highways, transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities and other programs aimed at reducing congestion and improving air quality and quality of life. Planners are currently seeking input on the Plan and hope to receive comments on regional priorities from the public, local governments and transportation partners. Take our brief five-question survey to provide your input today. Draft recommendations are expected to be available in spring 2018, and RTC action is expected in summer 2018. Learn more about Mobility 2045 at www.nctcog.org/mobility2045.

Play button Following the Arlington meeting, a video of the presentation and discussion will be posted here.    
       

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For anyone wanting to ride transit to the Arlington public meeting, NCTCOG will offer a free connection to the meeting upon request on a first-come, first-serve basis. To request a free roundtrip ride between NCTCOG and the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort/DFW Airport Station, contact Carli Baylor at least 72 hours prior to the meeting at cbaylor@nctcog.org or
817-608-2365.
   



 

About the Metropolitan Planning Organization and Public Involvement

As the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the NCTCOG Transportation Department and Regional Transportation Council are together responsible for developing, coordinating and allocating funding to transportation plans and related air quality projects.
What is the MPO?

NCTCOG invites and encourages all North Texans, including those traditionally underserved by transportation, to share ideas and opinions. The Public Participation Plan [PDF] details more about how groups and individuals can be involved. Additionally, NCTCOG proactively seeks to educate and engage North Texans in the transportation planning process. It is expected that by 2035, nine million people will call North Texas home. Meeting the mobility needs of today and tomorrow requires coordination and collaboration.

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