Are you fed up with the traffic on I-35? Have you had enough, and want more options to get around our cities? Do you believe that the day of convenient commuter rail service in Fort Worth has come? If so, you need to pay close attention and speak out at some very important meetings next week.
On June 12, TxDOT will host a public hearing regarding the environmental clearance needed to proceed with improvements to I-35W. This is an important hurdle that must be cleared without delay.
On June 11 and June 13, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority will host open house meetings regarding future train stations (one in Northside and another in the Medical District) for the TEXRail commuter rail project.
TEXRail is a vitally important initiative that will ultimately provide convenient rail service from southwest Fort Worth through downtown and on to DFW International Airport. This project is way overdue, and we need to send a clear message that this project must be completed as soon as possible.
But, although fixing I-35W or adding commuter rail service is a “no brainer”—it’s not a given. These aren’t done deals. Far from it, in fact.
There’s a lot of work to do, and we won’t resolve our challenges with public apathy. Far too many citizens disregard these public hearings. That’s a critical mistake. Staying home and disengaging in the process only hinders our progress. These issues are far too important to stay at home.
I know the majority of citizens support improvements to I-35W with the addition of convenient toll lanes. I know this because you’ve told me. And I know those businesses that support countless jobs who rely on the I-35W are feeling the economic pinch caused by the traffic nightmare.
But, think about this: If the only people who speak out at these public hearings are those who either have serious concerns with the plans or want to stop them all together, how many more years will it take the state to fix this problem?
Those who have concerns need to be heard—that’s important. However, if all TxDOT hears is the negative, why would they want to move quickly to help address our mobility crisis?
The same goes for our progress with commuter rail. We need to set a fire under The T, the state and the federal government. These public meetings are our opportunities to do just that!
If you want to help address the mobility crisis in Fort Worth and North Texas, you’ve got to take a stand. If you want to see these projects sooner rather than later, show up. Bring your friends and neighbors out in force to let TxDOT know that we won’t stop pushing until I-35W flows smoothly. Tell The T that we won’t stand for any further delays. Let them know that we need solutions and we needed them yesterday!
Your voice counts—this is your time to make it heard!
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. A successful business owner and lifelong public servant, Price uses this forum to ensure transparency and inform residents of issues and programs that affect their daily lives.
About Mayor Price
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. Read the mayor's bio »
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