Arlington, Texas —
North Texans are invited to provide input online beginning Sept. 13 on several transportation and air quality planning initiatives, including an HOV pilot project on US Highway 75 and a funding partnership to advance the next phase of the North Tarrant Express.
With assistance from the North Central Texas Council of Governments and local jurisdictions, the Texas Department of Transportation has been working to determine an option for the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane on US 75. NCTCOG will provide details on a pilot project in the corridor, which will evaluate the effectiveness of allowing solo drivers to use the HOV lane while providing an incentive to HOVs.
Staff has been working to advance State Highway 183 Segment 2 East as the next phase of the North Tarrant Express and will provide the latest funding information on the project during this online public input opportunity.
NCTCOG staff will also share details on this year's National Drive Electric Week event, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 3. This outdoor celebration of electric vehicles will include a showcase of various makes and models of EVs, opportunities to visit with both EV owners and technology vendors, and an EV-related film screening.
Additionally, NCTCOG is proposing a revision to the Regional Transportation Council resolution supporting locally enforced motor vehicle idling limitations. This revision, which would be included in the upcoming Mobility 2045 policy bundle, allows more flexibility for local governments intending to implement idling restrictions.
Staff will also provide information on recent and ongoing efforts to reduce regional emissions to help improve air quality.
Finally, proposed modifications to the list of funded projects maintained in the Transportation Improvement Program will be posted online for review and comment.
Information on the Regional Smoking Vehicle Program, vehicle incentive opportunities and Map Your Experience will also be highlighted.
For more information and a recording of the presentations, visit www.nctcog.org/input
. To request hard copies of the information, call 817-608-2365 or email Carli Baylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 at www.nctcog.org