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Share Your Thoughts on Transportation Challenges as NCTCOG Updates Access North Texas

North Texans have several opportunities in June and July to provide their feedback on the ongoing update to the regional public transportation coordination plan, Access North Texas.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments has scheduled virtual public meetings for noon Wednesday, June 9; 6 p.m. Thursday, June 10; and 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12 to allow Collin County residents a chance to learn about the plan and the update process. Meeting attendees are encouraged to provide feedback to planners about their experiences with transportation, challenges they have faced and their future needs.

Additionally, they can provide input through an online survey at www.accessnorthtexas.org. Surveys are available in English or Spanish through July 31, regardless of attendance at a meeting. A separate survey is available for agency representatives.

A virtual public meeting series is also scheduled for June 16-17 for residents of Hood, Somervell and Erath counties. Additional virtual meetings will be held over the next few weeks for Denton, Dallas, Tarrant and Kaufman counties to help transportation planners update Access North Texas. Multiple meetings are planned for each county, with daytime, evening and some Saturday options available in an effort to accommodate different schedules. Residents can find registration links on the Access North Texas website, www.accessnorthtexas.org. Once registered, they will be sent a link to access the meeting virtually.

The process to update Access North Texas began in April and will culminate in the adoption of the latest version of the plan next year. Meetings to discuss needs for Hunt, Johnson, Rockwall, Ellis, Navarro, Parker Palo Pinto and Wise counties have already been held but residents of these counties can still provide feedback through the surveys available on the Access North Texas website.

As the regional public transportation coordination plan, Access North Texas identifies the transportation needs of older adults, individuals with disabilities and individuals with lower incomes.

The strategies identified in this plan will shape planning and funding decisions for public transportation in the region over the next four years. The plan includes prioritized strategies at the county and regional levels to improve access to work, medical appointments, education and the community.

A coordinated public transit-human services plan is required by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the current federal transportation bill. Furthermore, Texas requires coordination among transportation providers, health and human service agencies, and workforce boards.

Residents can request a paper copy of the survey, the presentation, or any other meeting or survey accommodation through email at accessnorthtexas@nctcog.org or by calling 817-695-9240.

Meeting Details:

County

Daytime

Evening

Saturday

Collin

June 9, Noon

June 10, 6 p.m.

June 12, 11 a.m.

Hood, Somervell and Erath

June 16, 2 p.m.

June 17, 6 p.m.

N/A

Denton

June 23, 2 p.m.

June 24, 6 p.m.

June 26, 11 a.m.

Dallas

June 29, 11 a.m.

July 1, 6 p.m.

June 26, 1 p.m.

Tarrant

July 7, Noon

July 8, 6 p.m.

July 10, 11 a.m.

Kaufman

July 14, 2 p.m.

July 15, 6 p.m.

N/A

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, 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts. For more information on the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans.

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