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Posted March 2, 2016

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Making transit more attractive and convenient, connecting more people with more places and making transit easier to use are among the objectives of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s Transit Master Plan, unanimously accepted by the FWTA Board of Directors in February.

“The goals of the plan are to provide compelling and competitive transit service to help make Tarrant County more livable and to support continued economic growth,” said Paul Ballard, FWTA president and CEO. “This plan offers the opportunity to create a system that people will use because it gets them where they want to go, when they want to go, in a comfortable environment.”

With a focus on the next five years, the Transit Master Plan presents an opportunity to create an inviting transit system that will offer more places for more people — and more possibilities.

“Transportation options will become increasingly important as growth occurs and congestion increases,” Ballard said. ‘The Transit Master Plan lays out a vision for providing options to meet those needs.”

To develop this plan, FWTA conducted an extensive public outreach program over the course of a year to find out how services could be improved and how people could be encouraged to use transit in Tarrant County. Active community involvement played a big role in the planning process.

The Transit Master Plan is consistent with the City of Fort Worth’s Master Thoroughfare Plan, the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ 2040 Mobility Plan and other planning initiatives.

“This is a critical juncture in our ability to develop a system that will be successful over the long term,” Ballard said. “We welcome discussions with any community to determine its level of interest in helping to build a transit system that will serve us all.”

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