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Mobility Matters - Images of a freight truck traveling on a highway, downtown Fort Worth, a TRE locomotive, downtown Dallas skyline and highway traffic; Celebrating 35 Years of Regional Transportation Excellence, 1974 - 2009
Summer 2017 — Semiannual newsletter of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
Mobility Matters is a quarterly newsletter about the transportation planning activities and air quality
programs of the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Regional Transportation
Council — together serving as the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth
area since 1974. Contact us at mobilitymatters@nctcog.org.

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Photo of a kid walking at a signal.


Making it Safer to Walk and Bicycle to School

Over the past generation, student travel to school by walking and bicycling has changed dramatically. Approximately 13 percent of students ages 5 to 14 walk or bicycle to school regularly, compared to 48 percent in 1969. Simultaneously, childhood obesity has more than tripled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and recently only one-quarter of US youth met the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a nationwide initiative dedicated to reversing these trends and encouraging more children to walk and bicycle to school. To meet these objectives, the movement employs solutions represented by the “five E’s”: Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Encouragement, and Evaluation. These solutions work to increase the safety and comfort of pedestrians so children and parents are able and encouraged to walk to school.

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85th Legislature Wraps Up in Austin

The 85th Session of the Texas Legislature, where State lawmakers debated many transportation issues, concluded on May 29. In previous years, the Legislature took major steps to provide additional funding for transportation. Lawmakers this session instead focused on issues such as high-speed rail, safety and emerging technologies. Two high-speed rail bills approved will implement security requirements for private operators and rules prohibiting the use of State funds for high-speed rail run by a private entity.

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Transportation Lessons from … Yogi Berra

A Message from Michael Morris, P.E., Director of Transportation

As the transportation organization responsible for the future of mobility and reliability in a region of 11
million people over the next 25-years, it is sometimes important for the North Central Texas Council of Governments to stop and take a pulse of where we currently find ourselves. We are at a major crossroad, or “fork.” The Dallas-Fort Worth region has led the mobility revolution in the US over the past 20 years with multimodal financially innovative transportation projects. Now, we have a federal government that wants to put this partnership in a 3-D printer and go nationwide and a state government that has adopted a more cautious pay-as-you-go approach.


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TxDOT Dallas’ Selman Aims to Keep Roads Running
Ef ficiently During Construction Projects

Picture of RTC's Kelly Selman

Kelly Selman, P.E., District Engineer for the Dallas District of the Texas Department of Transportation

For almost as long as he can remember, Kelly Selman has had a strong desire to make highways work better. As district engineer for the Dallas District of the Texas Department of Transportation, Selman has many opportunities to influence the efficiency of the roadway system.

“I’ve always been interested in highways, transportation construction,” he said. “That’s what led me to TxDOT. I always planned on working for the highway department when I was in college.”

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NCTCOG Selected for Transit-Oriented
Development Planning Pilot

This is the official logo of the Try Parking It Alternative Commute Program

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is one of 16 organizations nationwide that will share $14.7 million to improve public transit access as part of the Federal Transit Administration’s Transit- Oriented Development Planning Pilot Project grant awards. The FTA awarded NCTCOG the $1.4 million planning grant to help improve the region’s accessibility to 28 Dallas Area Rapid Transit stations along the system’s Blue and Red lines. NCTCOG is leading the effort, partnering with Dallas, Garland, Plano and Richardson, in addition to DART.

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Grand Prairie 7th-Grader Wins NCTCOG Art Contest

The winning submission for the 2017 Progress North Texas Art Contest.


When Grand Prairie middle school students
were asked to illustrate their vision of the future of transportation, Bryce Charles knew what to draw. Bryce envisioned a system that would streamline commuting, reducing the stress his parents and many other drivers regularly experience. The Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy seventh-grader was named the winner of the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ annual art contest for his tunnel road over the Trinity River.

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