NCTCOG to Present Cotton Belt Corridor Overview on Aug. 17

8/16/2017
North Texans invited to provide input on passenger rail plans
 
PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Amanda Wilson
(817) 695-9284
awilson@nctcog.org


Arlington, Texas – The North Central Texas Council of Governments will present background information and an overview of the Cotton Belt commuter rail project at a public meeting at 2:30 p.m. August 17 in Arlington.


Mobility 2045, the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s next Metropolitan Transportation Plan, is under review and will concentrate on a mix of different transportation choices to keep the region’s growing population moving. Mobility 2040, the current MTP, includes approximately 150 miles of new, unfunded regional rail. The figure expands to approximately 180 miles with the inclusion of high-speed rail service between Dallas and Fort Worth.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit has recognized the need for cross-region rail since the 1980s, including construction of the Cotton Belt. The Regional Transportation Council recently approved $100 million toward development of the rail line.

The RTC is examining public sector or public-private sector ideas to fund the regional system.

The Cotton Belt is a planned extension of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s TEX Rail and would go from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to Plano. TEX Rail will run from downtown Fort Worth to DFW Airport and is expected to open in late 2018.

The Cotton Belt and TEX Rail would combine to form a 50-plus-mile commuter rail corridor from Plano to downtown Fort Worth. This would further develop North Texas’ maturing public transportation system, which includes bus, light rail and streetcar services in addition to commuter rail operated by three different transit agencies.

Information on the Regional Smoking Vehicle Program’s 10-year anniversary will also be highlighted during the public meeting. RSVP allows residents to report vehicles they suspect are violating Texas’ smoking vehicle statute. It is one tool NCTCOG uses in its effort to meet federal air quality standards. Ten North Texas counties are currently in nonattainment for ozone pollution.

Watch the public meeting in real time by clicking the “live” tab at www.nctcog.org/video. A recording of the presentation will also be posted at www.nctcog.org/input.



 
Public Meeting Details
Thursday, August 17 - 2:30 p.m.
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 238 member governments including
16 counties, 170 cities, 24 school districts and 30 special districts. For more information on the
NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit  www.nctcog.org/trans.
For more news from the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans/outreach/media.
 
  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 www.nctcog.org.