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Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Planning Organization 40th Anniversary

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is celebrating its 40th anniversary as the region’s metropolitan planning organization.

Throughout 2014, the Transportation Department will look back at some historic events and accomplishments that shaped the region while also looking forward to the future.

This month, the focus is on five regional innovations that changed how transportation was approached and a comparison of Total Transportation 1990 and Mobility 2035 - 2013 Update.

Logo: Regional Transportation Council 40th Anniversary

Dallas-Fort Worth looks vastly different today than 40 years ago, and one example can be seen in its infrastructure. The expansion of Central Expressway in Dallas, LBJ Express and North Tarrant Express, Sam Rayburn Tollway and Trinity Railway Express are among the projects that helped the region accommodate growth and changed how transportation was approached. Read more in Local Motion >>>


How much did traffic congestion cost North Texans in 2013?

A. $47 million
B. $470 million
C. $4.7 billion
D. $47 billion

Answer on the NCTCOG Transportation Facebook page. Those who answer correctly will be entered in a random drawing for a monthly transit pass good for August.


Throwback Thursday photo

Via Instagram / Facebook: We received several excellent answers on social media when we asked where and when the photo above was taken. The photo is of Lancaster Avenue, looking west into downtown Fort Worth. It was taken from Beach Street in the early 1970s, probably 1972. #DFWMPO40 #transpo #TBT #ThrowbackThursday

Looking ahead, tell us what you think: Our region has accomplished a lot since FWTAotal Transportation Plan for the North Central Texas Region for 1990 was completed in 1974. Most of the projects in this plan have come to fruition, but a few – like State Highway 360 south and the Trans-Regional Transit Line, known today as TEX Rail and the DART Orange Line – are still incomplete. (The latter will run to DFW Airport from Fort Worth and Dallas.) What are your expectations for these projects? How will our region benefit once they are complete? Tell us on social media using #DFWMPO40.

Total Transportation Plan for the North Central Texas Region for 1990

  • Created in 1974, it was the first regional plan for the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

  • Provided a plan for all of Dallas and Tarrant counties as well as parts of surrounding counties.
  • Projected a population of 3.9 million people residing in North Texas by 1990. In actuality, North Texas had a population of just over 4 million people in 1990.

  • Focused on three modes of transportation: air, highway and transit.

  • Present-day highways originally planned in Total Transportation 1990:

              - SH 360
              - SH 121 north of SH 183
              - SH 190 (now the President George Bush                 Turnpike)
              - IH 635 west of IH 35E
              - Dallas North Tollway north of IH 635


Mobility 2035 - 2013 Update

  • Originally adopted in 2010, Mobility 2035 was updated in 2013. An amendment is expected this fall.

  • Today the metropolitan planning area comprises 12 full counties.

  • The region’s population is currently 6.8 million people, but by 2040 North Texas is expected to have 10 million residents.

  • 2035 future congestion costs are estimated to be around $10.1 billion. In 2013, traffic congestion cost the region $4.7 billion.

  • Focuses on planning for a multimodal transportation system (highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities) as well as land-use strategies and operational efficiency.

  • DFW represents 32 percent of the state’s economy and is the 12th largest metropolitan economy in the world.

If you have comments about either Mobility 2035 - 2013 Update or current efforts to develop the next long-range transportation plan for the region, please email


Famous People Born in July 1974

July 29 - Josh Radnor, actor
July 30 - Hilary Swank, actress

Dallas-Fort Worth MPO at 40: Reflecting on Accomplishments, Historic Events and More

January 2014: What was Happening in 1974
February 2014: Forty Years of Media and Public Involvement
March 2014: Transportation Options
April 2014: The Regional Transportation Council
May 2014: Air Quality
June 2014: Youth Involvement in Transportation
July 2014: Regional Innovations
August 2014: Public Transportation
September 2014: Technology and Transportation Planning
October 2014: Growth in Population and Transportation
November 2014: Aviation
December 2014: Future of Transportation

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