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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
Spring 2018 — 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

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Public Participation Key to Transportation Solutions

Regional planners are developing the next long-range blueprint, Mobility 2045, which will lay out improvements to Dallas-Fort Worth’s transportation system through 2045. The new plan will be shaped by the users of the system, thanks in large part to the extensive public involvement effort that began last year and will continue through spring 2018.


Planners have used public meetings and other outreach methods to gather opinions of those who use the system every day. The result will be a plan that balances the preferences of its users and needs demonstrated in some of the region’s fastest-growing areas.


State Electric Vehicle Record Stattered at DFW Event

The Dallas-Fort Worth area’s National Drive Electric Week celebration set another record in 2017, when owners of 155 electric vehicles gathered at Grapevine Mills Mall in September.


This represented a State record for the number of EVs in one location, improving upon last year’s mark of 128. This year’s Grapevine gathering was also the largest NDEW celebration outside California and kicked off a week of educational opportunities for people interested in electric vehicles.


North Texas at Forefront of Tomorrow's Transportation

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

A proposal from Texas has been named one of 10 winners worldwide of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge. And Dallas-Fort Worth stands to benefit handsomely from efforts to bring this ultrafast transportation to market.


The experts behind this concept will build the system. They have the know-how to get this Jetsons-esque technology moving. They have the tools. What they need is a place to test the technology, and a region that has embraced innovative ways to finance and build projects would be a terrific laboratory.

Fickes: Peristence Pays in Transportation Planning

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Gary Fickes, Commissioner, Tarrant County

Sitting on an easel in Gary Fickes’ office is an old map of Dallas-Fort Worth. It’s so old, in fact, that there are cities on it that don’t even exist anymore. But Dallas and Fort Worth appear prominently, and linking them is a long road.


“A Great Artery … linking TWO GREAT CITIES,” screams the headline below a 1936 rendering of “Airline Boulevard.”

This is a copy of the original plan for what would eventually become the Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike, known today as Interstate Highway 30.


Study Fosters Military, Community Relationships

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The military, a major employer across Texas, has long been a significant contributor to individual communities while carrying out its mission of protecting the nation. Texas’ 15 military installations have an annual economic impact of more than $136 billion.


Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Joint Reserve Base alone employs more than 47,000 people directly and indirectly. Lockheed Martin, one of the employers sharing the base, employs almost 14,000 people, according to the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

Cedar Hill ISD Students Illustrate Healthy Communities

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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.


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