NCTCOG to Share Updates on Transportation Projects at Aug. 8 Public Meeting
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, Aug. 8. Topics to be presented include updates to the regional public transportation coordination plan, pedestrian safety and zero-emissions vehicle infrastructure.
The hybrid meeting will take place at NCTCOG’s Arlington offices, 616 Six Flags Drive. Attend in person, watch the presentations live at www.nctcog.org/input or participate via phone by dialing 855-925-2801, then code 6343. A video recording will be made available afterward, and residents can comment online through Sept. 6.
Access North Texas is the regional public transportation coordination plan that concerns accessibility for the surrounding 16 counties. Staff coordinated with a wide range of stakeholders, transit customers and members of the public to document the transportation needs of older adults, individuals with disabilities, individuals with lower incomes, and others with transportation challenges.
A draft of the updated Access North Texas plan will be posted for review and comment. The plan outlines strategies to address these needs and serves as a guide for agencies that will implement them to improve access to work, medical appointments, education, etc.
Texas is one of just seven states accounting for 54% of pedestrian fatalities nationwide. Fatality rates consistently above the national average led the Federal Highway Administration to designate Texas as a pedestrian focus state. To address the 12-county region’s pedestrian fatality rates being consistently above the national average, NCTCOG developed a Regional Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP). Staff will present the proposed 2022 update at the August meeting.
Additionally, an update on the Interstate Highway 45 Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan, funded by FHWA, will be given. This plan outlines recommendations for building new infrastructure for both battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell medium- and heavy-duty vehicles along the highway from Dallas to Houston. The corridor, which carries a large amount of freight, is key to advancing air quality efforts in the two metropolitan areas, which both face ozone nonattainment challenges.
Metropolitan Planning Organizations such as NCTCOG are required by federal law to monitor and set targets for a specific set of performance measures covering various aspects of the transportation system under their jurisdiction. Targets are established biennially for these measures as part of a four-year performance period. NCTCOG staff is analyzing outcomes from previously set targets while setting new targets for the next performance period and will provide an overview and update on the measures.
Staff will also highlight resources such as the department’s Map Your Experience tool, the Regional Smoking Vehicle Program, alternative vehicle incentives and funding opportunities, and Progress North Texas 2022 at the beginning of the meeting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, Aug. 8, 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 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 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 www.nctcog.org.