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Fort Worth to fund transit study

Posted Aug. 16, 2018

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Funding for future project will focus on solving first- and last-mile challenges of Fort Worth transit users.

The City Council voted to fund a $450,000 study of Fort Worth’s transit goals and how they align with Trinity Metro’s current master plan. A key objective is to identify priorities for the city to maximize the return on investment while also integrating into regional funding solutions and partnerships across the county.

An additional $550,000 was approved for to-be-determined pilot projects aimed at improving local transit options, particularly focused on solving first- and last-mile challenges of residents and offering options for certain underserved areas.

A technical advisory team will include representatives of the city, Tarrant County, Trinity Metro and community stakeholders. A public involvement plan will target the business community, transit-dependent users, millennials, senior citizens, hospital systems, educational interests and others.

The city contracted with Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates to:

  • Update 2013 data used in the city’s original transit master plan.
  • Help the city develop a vision for transit and transportation investments.
  • Focus on growth and economic development issues.
  • Develop priorities that maximize the return on investment.
  • Provide advice on funding from potential partner cities in Tarrant County as well as the North Central Texas Council of Governments, state and federal sources.
  • Understand emerging technologies and the sharing economy.

Trinity Metro, formerly known as The T, adopted a transit master plan in February 2016, which concluded, among other topics, that the transit system lags regional growth, provides infrequent service and limited hours, with little service available in many areas with significant demand.

The city will work with Trinity Metro to issue a request for proposals for shared-ride mobility for providing first-mile/last-mile pilot initiatives.

Funding for the transit study came from gas well revenues.

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