Nov. 7, 2019 (Arlington, Texas) – The North Central Texas Council of Governments will host a public meeting in November to provide updates on several transportation projects and initiatives, including hyperloop technology.
The meeting will take place at 6 pm Monday, November 11 at NCTCOG’s Arlington offices, 616 Six Flags Drive.
With transportation needs increasing throughout the region, NCTCOG is focused on several innovative projects that could improve the reliability of the system. Staff will provide a status report on one of these, hyperloop technology. Hyperloop is a new mode of transportation that could involve moving people and goods in pods via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pods float above the track using magnetic levitation, gliding at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.
In addition, the meeting will touch on High-Occupancy Vehicle lane transportation control measures, which are not yielding the same emissions benefits they once were. Consequently, they could be removed from the clean air plan, known as the State Implementation Plan.
If taken out of the plan, they must be replaced by other projects that achieve equivalent emissions benefits for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, currently working to meet attainment of federal air quality regulations. NCTCOG staff has identified traffic signal corridors in the nonattainment region that will serve as alternate TCM projects.
Staff will also highlight 12 shared-use trails within the Dallas-Fort Worth region through a series of videos detailing their benefits, including economic development, regional connectivity and improved quality of life.
Finally, the meeting will feature a discussion of alternative fuel corridors. The US Department of Transportation must identify highways that have adequate alternative fuel infrastructure. Staff will present an update on the status of highway
designations and next steps to alternative fuel station signage and development of additional infrastructure.
Information on the Regional Smoking Vehicle Program and Know Before You Fly Your Drone workshops will be highlighted.
To watch the meeting online, click the “live” tab at www.nctcog.org/video
. A recording of the presentations will also be posted at www.nctcog.org/input
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 238 member governments including 16 counties, 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts. For more information on the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans.