Since the completion of the Transit Master Plan in 2015, Fort Worth Transportation Authority has made great strides in achieving our goals to continually improve service for the surrounding community.
Great transit service supports stronger and healthier communities. The Transit Master Plan will develop a vision and guide for building great transit in our region over the next 20 years and with a particular emphasis on the next 5 years.
We can do more to serve the diverse transportation needs of our residents, employees and visitors. That’s where the Master Plan comes in.
This plan is our opportunity to define what we want our transit system to look like as our region grows. As part of this process, we will look at the service we have today, identify opportunities to expand service to meet the growing needs of the region, and determine how we will make it all happen.
Dallas/Fort Worth is among the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. By 2035, Tarrant County is projected to grow by over 50% – from 1.8 million residents to 2.8 million. With a growing population and economy, the Fort Worth region depends on efficient, reliable, and affordable transportation choices. Transit supports our growing region and economy.
Transit supports our growing region and economy.
Expanded transit service is needed particularly during times of peak travel to maintain competitive commute times, retain and attract businesses, and support the efficient movement of freight.
Transportation preferences are changing for a new generation of Americans. The Millennial generation (approximately those born between 1977 and 2003) and future generations expect new and diverse shared mobility options. Millennials – and other generations – value transit because it allows them the luxury of working while in transit, staying connected with peers, relaxing, or exercising.
At the same time, Baby Boomers are reaching retirement. In Tarrant County, the population of older adults is projected to increase by over 185,000 residents – from just 9% of the population in 2010 to 17% of the population in 2030. This large population of older adults will require safe and affordable transit options to stay active and engaged in their communities and access daily services and medical appointments.
SOURCE:  Texas State Data Center. 2014 Population Projections by Age Group (Table 2) by County.
From 2001 – 2009 those aged 16 to 34 took:
Residents in the Fort Worth region spend over 25% of household income on transportation. In fact, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metro area is in the top 20 regions in the country for the highest annual transportation costs. Transit provides an affordable transportation option for those who depend on public transportation and those who choose to ride it.
SOURCE:  Housing and Transportation Affordability Index. Transportation Costs as % of Income.
 Housing and Transportation Affordability Index. Average Annual Transportation Costs for National Typical Household (2005-2009 Population of 1 million and greater).
Congestion in the Fort Worth region is projected to increase significantly over the next decades as new residents and jobs come to the region.
By providing direct and efficient transit service, we can move more people in our limited road space.
Obesity is a rising epidemic nationally and in the Fort Worth region. A national study found that over 30% of adults in Texas are obese.
This number is expected to nearly double by 2030. Transit improves health. On average, transit riders walk 19 minutes a day to get to and from transit stops.
SOURCE:  Brookings Analysis of Census Bureau Population Projections. Besser, Lilah, and Andrew Dannenberg. “Walking to Public Transit: Steps to Help Meet Physical Activity Requirements.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 29:4 (2005): 273-80.
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, FWTA 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 FWTA Master Plan is our community’s vision for transit. FWTA Master Plan was 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 looked at the transit service we have today, identified the opportunities to expand transit service to meet the growing needs of the region, and determined what is necessary to make it all happen. Ultimately, the plan now provides a blueprint for transit projects and policies that will make our growing region a better place to live and do business.
One of the first tasks of the study was to identify new opportunities. Examples of the types of improvements that could be made include:
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
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. FWTA 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).
FWTA is also developing TEX Rail, a new commuter railroad from downtown Fort Worth to DFW Airport, scheduled to begin operation in 2018. FWTA 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.
The FWTA Master Plan Recommendations Report is the culmination of the year-long effort to determine the actions that FWTA must take to develop a great transit system that truly meets the needs of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. This report presents several recommendations for how FWTA should improve transit in Tarrant County, and how it can achieve a long-term Transit Vision where Tarrant County is served by a robust network of transit services.
The plan is ambitious, as FWTA needs to be to make up for nearly 40 years of little growth, as well as meet new needs as the region continues to attract people and jobs. This will require a much greater commitment to transit throughout Tarrant County, and improvements will take many years to implement. FWTA Master Plan provides a blueprint for what is possible in the region, and will serve as a tool to build support for excellent transit in Tarrant County.
This presentation describes the final recommendations of The Transit Master Plan to improve transit in Tarrant County and achieve a long-term vision for transit in our region. Presented January 25, 2016.
This presentation provides an overview of the 5-year recommendations to improve transit in Tarrant County and achieve a long-term vision for transit in our region. Presented November 18, 2015.
Read the summary of results of the first survey provided onboard our T Master Plan Project Bus, which has traveled to several communities and events over the last several months. Completed September 22, 2015.
This presentation was given at the September 2015 public meetings, and provides an overview of the potential strategies to address The T’s service challenges and develop a stronger regional transit system. Presented September 22, 2015.
These maps present how The T’s system has changed over the years, as well as how population and density have increased during that same time. In addition, population growth across the Metroplex is shown, along with both The T and DART systems in 1976 and 2014, demonstrating how the systems have grown (and not grown) to meet the growing population and increased demand for transit service. Presented September 22, 2015.
This document builds off of the key issues identified in the State of the System report, and summarizes several potential strategies to address The T’s service challenges and develop a stronger regional transit system. Individual strategy papers will be developed and posted through September and October 2015. Posted September 8, 2015.
This presentation was given at the September 2015 public meetings, and identifies the Vision, Goals, and Objectives of the T Master Plan based on the ideas and feedback we heard from community stakeholders as well as our technical work. Presented September 22, 2015.
The State of the System report offers a picture of transit in Tarrant County as it exists today. The report provides an overview of existing transit services and an evaluation of how well these services match transit demand both today and 20 years in the future. Finally, this report identifies the key issues facing The T and serves as a starting point for developing strategies and recommendations to inform the final T Master Plan. Posted September 8, 2015.
This presentation was given during the first round of T Master Plan public meetings, April 14-16, 2015. Posted May 1, 2015.
Previous local and regional planning initiatives can have a profound impact on the transit environment in the region and the outcomes of this study. This document reviews the relevant plans and studies that help inform our understanding of existing and future land use and transportation projects. Posted April 10, 2015.
This report gives the results of the project team’s efforts to speak with stakeholders and focus groups identified by The T and NCTCOG as having knowledge of the transit system and/or community transportation needs. Posted April 9, 2015.
A quick glance at what The T Master Plan is, how the process of creating the plan works, and a general timeline for the project. The sheet also includes the ways people can get involved and is available in English and Spanish. Posted April 13, 2015.
This short presentation reviews the scope of work for the T Master Plan, going step-by-step through the process and providing an overview of the deliverables. The final slide also reviews the anticipated project schedule. Posted January 29, 2015.