About This Plan
Texas is one of the fastest growing states in the country, and Fort Worth and Tarrant County are among the fastest growing places in Texas. As our area has grown, The T has been working to improve transit, and recent improvements have included the downtown Fort Worth Intermodal Transit Center (ITC), TRE commuter rail service between Fort Worth and Dallas, the Spur* premium bus service, and expanded bus service. The next big improvement will be new TexRail service between Fort Worth and DFW.
Still, growth in the county has outpaced these improvements. Great cities and urban areas have great transit systems, and The T Master Plan is our community’s vision for transit. The T Master Plan is designed to determine what we need to provide truly great transit to the county’s residents over the next 20 years, with a particular focus on what can be accomplished over the next five years. We will look at the transit service we have today, identify the opportunities to expand transit service to meet the growing needs of the region, and determine how we will make it all happen. Ultimately, the plan will provide a blueprint for transit projects and policies that will make our growing region a better place to live and do business.
What types of improvements could be made?
One of the first tasks of the study will be to identify new opportunities. This work has just begun, but examples of the types of improvements that could be made include:
- A more robust system with more frequent service that operates for more hours
- The expansion of service to new areas
- New rail services
- The development of Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, in major corridors
- New Spur* services
- Transit Emphasis Corridors that would provide very frequent service between major activity centers
- Simpler, straighter, faster service
- The consolidation of stops to make service faster
- The development of outlying transit centers as focal points for outer area services.
- New crosstown services
- Rebranding some services to improve legibility
- Better service coordination
- Expanded park-and-ride opportunities
- Better matching service levels with demand
- New “Flex” services in lower demand areas
How will the study be conducted?
This effort will consist of:
- An analysis of how well The T’s existing services perform.
- An analysis of the demand for transit throughout Tarrant County, both today and 20 years into the future.
- The identification of best practices that are used elsewhere that could improve service in Tarrant County.
- The identification and evaluation of specific transit improvement opportunities for Tarrant County.
- The development of recommended plans for improving transit over the next 20 years with an emphasis on specific improvements over the next five years.
How can I get involved?
Two fundamental goals of this project are to improve service for existing riders and to attract new riders to transit. If you are a current rider, we want to know what you like about existing services and what you don’t like so that we can address those issues, as well as what new services and facilities you would like to see. If you don’t ride The T now, we want to know what types of improvements would make you want to ride. Visit our Submit Your Ideas page to participate and make your voice heard.
The T Master Plan is a collaborative effort led by a broad range of transportation planning and public outreach experts in conjunction with NCTCOG and The T.
Project Management; Project Advisory Committee; Technical Committee
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is a voluntary association of, by, and for local governments, and was established 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 around the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. NCTCOG has over 230 member governments including 16 counties, numerous cities, school districts, and special districts.
Project Advisory Committee; Technical Committee
Known as The T, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority is a regional transportation authority of the State of Texas. It provides public transportation to meet the mobility needs in Tarrant County and make connections within the North Central Texas region. The T annually provides nearly 10 million passenger trips annually on buses, vanpools, and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), which it jointly owns and operates with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). The T is also developing TEX Rail, a new commuter railroad from downtown Fort Worth to DFW Airport, scheduled to begin operation in 2018. The T is governed by a nine-member board of directors, which consists of eight Fort Worth City Council appointments and one Tarrant County Commissioners Court appointment.
Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc., the primary consultant for this effort, is an internationally recognized firm committed to developing transportation systems that promote vibrant, sustainable, and accessible communities. Founded in San Francisco in 1987, Nelson\Nygaard has grown from its roots in transit planning to a 120-person, full-service transportation consulting firm with offices across the United States.
In keeping with the values set by our founders, Nelson\Nygaard puts people first. We recognize that transportation is not an end in itself but a platform for achieving broader community goals of mobility, equity, economic development, and healthy living. Our hands-on, national experience informs but doesn’t dictate local solutions. Built on consensus and a multimodal approach, our plans are renowned as practical and implementable.
Public Information Associates (PIA), formed in 2003, is based in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Metroplex. Owned by partners Judy Meyer and Dr. Leigh Hornsby, the firm specializes in public involvement/information services, writing/editing services, consensus building, and communication strategy development. The firm offers services to a wide range of clients, including city and county governments of all sizes, metropolitan planning organizations, state departments of transportation, private enterprise, and nonprofit groups.
PIA has developed and implemented public involvement programs for government initiatives, including visioning and community planning efforts and transportation projects, from planning through construction. The firm has worked on roadway, bridge, and transit projects, including various types of rail – commuter and light rail, high-speed, and freight rail. PIA has also planned and implemented outreach and involvement programs for both short- and long-term planning projects: Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), statewide transportation plans, and targeted revitalization studies.
Located in Taylor Mill, Kentucky, AJM Consulting is a consulting group specializing in three areas: transit surveys, transit service evaluation projects, and paratransit planning and operations. Founded in 1996 by Andrew Mundew, the firm is committed to the provision of services which meet the client needs and result in client satisfaction. Efficiencies in terms of time and budgets are of the utmost importance to transit agencies. AJM has developed numerous techniques and methodologies to meet these objectives for transit surveys, including quality control procedures in the preparation for and conduct of the survey. Since its founding, AJM has conducted more than 100 transit surveys.
Parsons Brinckerhoff provides strategic consulting, planning, engineering, and program and construction management, as well as operations and maintenance services for public- and private-sector clients. The firm is active in multiple market sectors, including transportation, power and energy, buildings, water and wastewater, environmental and urban/community development. With more than 14,000 employees worldwide and nearly 300 professionals in Texas, Parsons Brinckerhoff has the capabilities and experience to complete any infrastructure project successfully.