NCTCOG to Share Transportation Planning Updates at June 13 Public Meeting

Brian Wilson
Arlington, Texas – The North Central Texas Council of Governments will share updates on current and upcoming projects at its next public meeting, to be held at noon Monday, June 13. Topics to be presented include funding recommendations for the Regional 10-Year plan, an update on emerging transportation technologies and contracting goals with Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.

The hybrid meeting will take place at NCTCOG’s Arlington offices, 616 Six Flags Drive. Attend in person, watch the presentations live at or participate via phone by dialing 855-925-2801, then code 2682. A video recording will be made available afterward, and residents can comment online through July 12.

As the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Regional Transportation Council updates and approves the Regional 10-Year Plan each year. This offers North Texans a preview of approximately $6.9 billion worth of projects, all developed with congestion, development, air quality and socioeconomic effects taken into consideration. At the meeting, staff will present proposed changes to funding sources as part of an updated project list.

As a recipient of federal transportation funds, NCTCOG is required by law to establish and periodically update participation goals for the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. The DBE goals encourage transportation-specific contracting opportunities for socioeconomically disadvantaged businesses in the region. Staff will also provide a draft update of DBE participation goals for review and comment.

In 2021, work began on NCTCOG’s regional planning exercise to prepare communities for new transportation technologies in the region—AV2.1: Planning for Local Partners. The purpose of the AV2.1 planning project is to provide local entities with guidance on planning for emerging transportation technologies and their potential impacts. NCTCOG staff will present a project status update, including information about early scenario development efforts, and public outreach and education initiatives. More information on the project can be found here.

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for Regional Transportation Planning is developed biennially and modified as needed by NCTCOG and the RTC. The UPWP serves as a guide for planning activities to be conducted over the course of specified fiscal years. Included are detailed descriptions of the transportation and air quality planning tasks and a summary of state and federal funds to be used for planning activities. Proposed modifications to the UPWP for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 will be available online only for review and comment.

Staff will also highlight resources such as Mobility 2045: 2022 Update, the Regional Smoking Vehicle Program, a list of alternative fuel funding opportunities and the RTC-adopted Innovative Transportation Technology Infrastructure Certification Program.

For special accommodations due to a disability, language translation needs, or to request printed copies of information discussed, contact Thao Tran at 817-704-2510 or at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. A free roundtrip ride between NCTCOG and the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort/DFW Airport Station can also be arranged with 72 hours’ notice.

Public Meeting Details
Monday, June 13, 2022, Noon
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 on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 229 member governments including 16 counties, 169 cities, 19 school districts and 27 special districts. For more information on the Transportation Department, visit

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 44 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