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February 2018

DFW Clean Cities recognizes leaders in fuel efficiency

DFW Clean Cities recently recognized 19 partners for their work to embrace alternatives to traditional gasoline as part of the third annual Fleet Recognition Awards. Three levels of awards – Gold, Silver and Bronze – were possible.


The cities of Carrolton, Denton, Euless, Grapevine, Lancaster, Richardson and Southlake, as well as the Town of Addison, earned Silver awards. Eleven entities, the cities of Allen, Coppell, Fort Worth, Lewisville, North Richland Hills, Plano, Rockwall and Wylie, along with Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Denton ISD, and the Town of Flower Mound were awarded Bronze status.

Participating governing bodies were required to provide information on their progress via the DFW Clean Cities Annual Report. Entities were scored on a 100-point scale based on their work to embrace clean vehicle technologies, partner with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and DFW Clean Cities, and educate their drivers. A maximum of 30 points were awarded for emissions reduction, 30 for fuel savings, 20 for partnering with NCTCOG and DFWCC, and 20 for educating drivers and operators. Fleets earning Silver status scored 70-84 points, while Bronze winners received 55-69 points. There were no Gold awardees in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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The winners contributed to the region-wide reduction of more than 25 million gallons of gasoline in 2016, which represented the largest savings on record. Alternative fuel vehicles accounted for the vast majority of gallons (97 percent) and greenhouse gas emissions (75 percent) reduced, according to the report.


Other contributors were: electric and plug-in vehicles, improvements to fuel economy, hybrids, idle reduction, off-road vehicles and a reduction in vehicle miles traveled. For information on how your fleet may qualify for recognition, visit


$28 million immediately available for vehicle repairs, replacements

Approximately $28 million is immediately available to help qualifying motorists repair or replace vehicles with emissions issues or older vehicles through the AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program.

Applicants who meet income and vehicle guidelines may qualify for up to $3,500 for a vehicle replacement or up to $600 for vehicle repairs. Repair assistance may be available when a vehicle has failed an emissions inspection.

Replacement assistance may be available either following a failed emissions inspection or for a vehicle that is at least 10 years old. Plenty of funding is still available, but is set to run out if there is no further legislative action. Carryover funds of approximately $28 million will allow the program to continue, but only until the endof August 2019.

The AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program is designed to help vehicle owners comply with vehicle
emissions standards by offering financial incentives to repair or replace vehicles,and allows local residents to contribute to the regional air quality solution.

Income and vehicle information can be found on the program's newly redesigned website, Income requirements vary by household size.


As an example, a family of four earning $73,800 a year may qualify for assistance. The program has helped repair more than 34,000 and replace over 33,000 vehicles since its inception in 2001. Vehicle repairs and sales help the local economy as well as the State treasury.


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An estimated $38.25 million has been generated in motor vehicle sales tax from the replacement vehicles purchased.


High-emitting vehicles are a significant source of ozone precursors, and reducing the number of such vehicles is critical to the region’s strategy to meet federal ozone standards. Lowering ozone levels also positively impact human health, especially for those suffering with respiratory illnesses, such as asthma.


Ozone concentration in North Texas is at its lowest level on record, after falling to 79 parts per billion for the 2017 ozone season. For the first time, North Texas did not have any red (unhealthy for all groups) ozone days, a significant milestone since the region was first classified as nonattainment.


Ten counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are in nonattainment for ozone, an air pollutant that can cause a variety of health problems related to lungs and lung function. In 2015, the standard was lowered from 75 ppb to 70 ppb and included a one-month extension of the ozone season. Air quality in North Texas has improved significantly since 1998, when the ozone concentration was 102 ppb.

The region’s progress is a result of NCTCOG and its partners adopting clean air programs and policies, along with advances in vehicle technology.
For information on how you can help improve air quality, visit

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By the Numbers:

$38.25 million

The amount generated in motor vehicle sales tax from replacemenbt vehicles purchased through AirCheckTexas.


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Cedar Hill ISD students help illustrate report

The NCTCOG Transportation Department is partnering with Cedar Hill Independent School District on an art contest to determine the cover design of Progress North Texas 2018, the annual state of the region report.

Ten middle school students submitted artwork illustrating this year’s theme of Healthy Communities: Transportation and the Natural Environment. The theme will be carried through the document, which uses data to illustrate the performance of the region’s transportation system and the state of its air quality.

This is the seventh year of the art contest, which seeks to involve younger North Texans, those who will be making decisions in 20-25 years, in the transportation discussion. The art contest is one of several NCTCOG efforts connected with schools.

A combination of NCTCOG staff, art teachers and Regional Transportation Council officers will be asked to help determine the winner of the competition. The report will be published this spring and available at

 Cedar Hill ISD student art

Middle school students from Cedar Hill ISD competed in an art contest to determine the cover design for Progress North Texas 2018.

Comments sought on HSR draft EIS

The planned Dallas-to-Houston high-speed rail project continues to progress toward the goal of providing bullet train service between the State’s two most populous regions.

The Federal Railroad Administration has been conducting public hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, including two in the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan planning area in January. There were hearings January 29 in Dallas and January 30 in Ennis. Public comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until February 20.

The document lays out a preferred alignment with potential stations located in downtown Dallas, Grimes County and north Houston. Texas Central Partners plans to build the line, which would have no grade crossings and be at or above grade for the entire route. Separate efforts to develop high-speed rail connections between Fort Worth and Dallas, and Oklahoma and South Texas are also underway as planners seek to develop a system of high-speed trains.

The draft EIS is available at

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Texas Central Partners photo

SolSmart making region solar ready

North Texas cities are continuing efforts to turn one of the region’s most abundant resources — sunshine — into an electricity option for consumers. Congratulations to all the North Texas cities that have participated in SolSmart—a national designation and technical assistance program that works with cities to become more solar friendly.
NCTCOG is proud to recognize the cities of Cedar Hill, Kennedale, Denton, Plano, Lewisville and Corinth for participating in the program. The City of Cedar Hill obtained the highest designation of Gold, Kennedale obtained Silver, and Denton, Lewisville and Plano obtained Bronze. The commitment and effort shown by these cities is not only making the region more solar friendly, but is helping to improve air quality. For more about the program or to get involved, visit                                           

NCTCOG requests input on mobility plan, funding

NCTCOG staff will present an update on Mobility 2045 during public meetings in February. Residents can provide input on Mobility 2045, the Metropolitan Transportation Plan for North Central Texas, as well as several other transportation initiatives at public meetings on February 5 (Arlington), February 7 (Haltom City) and February 13 (Richardson).

Mobility 2045 will define a long-term vision for the region’s transportation system and guide spending of federal and state transportation funds. This includes funding for highways, transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and other programs that can reduce congestion and improve air quality. Draft recommendations are expected to be available this spring with RTC action to follow in the summer.

In addition to developing a Metropolitan Transportation Plan, NCTCOG staff is responsible for assisting with funding initiatives and identifying transportation needs. The Sustainable Development Phase 4 Program will be presented for public review and comment. This program awards funding to projects such as transit-oriented development elements and Access North Texas, which documents the transportation needs of older adults, individuals with disabilities and individuals with lower incomes.

Staff will also provide proposed modifications to the FY 2018 and FY 2019 Work Program. The UPWP for regional transportation planning provides a summary of transportation and related air quality planning tasks to be conducted by the metropolitan planning organization within a two-year period. Finally, modifications to the list of funded projects and the AirCheckTexas Program will be highlighted.

Watch the Arlington meeting in real time by clicking the “live” tab at A recording of the presentations will also be posted at

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Public Meeting Details

2.5.18 | 2:30 pm
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011

2.7.18 | 6 pm
Halton City Library
4809 HHaltom Road
Haltom City, TX 76117
2.13.18 | 6 pm
Richardson Civic Center
411 W. Arapaho Road
Richarson, TX 75080



Other Calendar Items

February 1

DRMC-TRTC Joint Meeting
6101 Campus Circle Drive
Irving, TX 75063
10 am

February 8

Regional Transportation Council
Transportation Council Room
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011
1 pm

February 23

Surface Transportation Technical Committee
Transportation Council Room
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011
1:30 pm

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Prepared in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation and the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration. The contents of this report reflect the views of the authors who are responsible for the opinions, findings and conclusions presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration or the Texas

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