Long-Range Planning, Efforts to Reconnect Communities to be Highlighted April 9

Public comments to be accepted until May 7
Brian Wilson

(Arlington, TEXAS)- The North Central Texas Council of Governments continues to seek public input for long-range transportation planning and efforts to reconnect communities in the region through participation in the upcoming public meeting, which will take place Monday, April 9 at noon. 

The meeting will be held at NCTCOG’s Arlington offices, 616 Six Flags Drive. Residents can also watch the meeting live at www.publicinput.com/nctcogApril24, or participate over the phone by dialing 855-925-2801, then code 10201. 

During the meeting staff will go over information about Mobility 2050, DOE Multimodal Delivery Project, Regional Roadway Safety Performance Targets Update, Bridging Highway Divides for DFW Communities Federal Grant Award and Vehicle Emissions Reduction Initiatives. In addition to feedback acquired during the meeting, public comments will be accepted until May 7.

Mobility 2050 is NCTCOG’s long-range plan for transportation. The development of Mobility 2050 has been initiated and staff will provide an overview of the key considerations and public input opportunities. For more information on the long-range transportation plan, visit https://www.nctcog.org/trans/plan/mtp/mobility-2050.

The Department of Energy Multimodal Delivery Project is a collaborative effort led by the City of Arlington that NCTCOG is participating in. The project aims to test and evaluate new mobility options to deliver essential food items to underserved communities. These deliveries will be made by a combination of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drones, 6-foot-long battery powered drones that can carry nearly nine pounds and autonomous delivery robots with a cargo bay. Staff will provide information about the project, as well as upcoming demonstration opportunities.

As the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth area, NCTCOG is required to set regional targets for roadway safety by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. These targets are used to track and report on the region’s performance through existing documents such as the MTP, the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and the State of the Region report. Staff will provide an update on the proposed 2024 targets and actual performance of the 2022 targets.

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded NCTCOG $80 million for the Bridging Highway Divides for DFW Communities project through the Neighborhood Access and Equity grant program. The awarded money will fund the foundational infrastructure for pedestrian caps/pedestrian connections in Klyde Warren Park, Southern Gateway Park, McKinney’s State Highway 5 and Interstate Highway 30 in Dallas. Klyde Warren Park and Southern Gateway Park are expansion projects, while the McKinney SH 5 and Dallas IH 30 projects are new investments. Each project will improve residents’ options for non-automotive transportation and reduce or remove major highway barriers.

NCTCOG currently leads multiple vehicle emissions reduction initiatives. Staff will present strategies for reducing air pollution, including information about the Car Care Awareness (CCA) campaign and Engine Off North Texas program. CCA educates vehicle owners and the public about proper vehicle maintenance practices and Engine Off North Texas aims to mitigate the effects of unnecessary vehicle idling. Through participation in these initiatives residents can actively contribute to improving regional air quality. For more information, visit https://www.nctcog.org/trans/quality/air/For-Everyone

Resources and information about Interactive Public Input: Map Your Experience, air quality programs and funding opportunities, Try Parking It and the Business Engagement Program will also be made available online and at the meeting.  

For residents who want to take transit to the meeting, $6 roundtrip rides from the CentrePort/DFW Airport Station to NCTCOG are available through the Arlington Transportation app. To download the app, visit www.arlingtontx.gov/ondemand. For special accommodation due to disabilities or language interpretation, contact 817-695-9255 or email jcastillo@nctcog.org.
Public Meeting Details          
Noon Monday, April 9, 2024 
North Central Texas Council of Governments  
616 Six Flags Drive  
Arlington, TX 76011 

About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:  
NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development.  

NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions. NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered in the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 228 member governments including 16 counties, 169 cities, 19 school districts and 27 special districts. For more information on the Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans.  
About the Regional Transportation Council: 

The Regional Transportation Council (RTC) of the North Central Texas Council of Governments has served as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for regional transportation planning in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 1974. The MPO works in cooperation with the region’s transportation providers to address the complex transportation needs of the rapidly growing metropolitan area. The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area includes Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise counties. The RTC’s 45 members include local elected or appointed officials from the metropolitan area and representatives from each of the area’s transportation providers. More information can be found at www.nctcog.org