Mobility and Air Quality Plan
Transportation. Congestion. Poor air quality. These are issues on the minds of most Fort Worth residents. And, as more people move into the region, these issues will only escalate. In fact, Fort Worth’s population is estimated to reach 1 million by 2030. That’s an increase of 42 percent from 2008. More people means more vehicles on the roadways, more traffic congestion and delays, increased air pollution, and more health challenges because of poor air quality and lack of exercise.
That’s why the City of Fort Worth in partnership with The Fort Worth Transportation Authority launched a study in 2006 to develop a mobility and air quality plan that is strategically sound, financially feasible and environmentally responsible. City Council adopted the plan at their regular meeting on January 13, 2009.
The study revealed that a balance of multimodal transportation improvements would provide a blueprint for transportation investments for the next 20 years. These improvements will help control the increase in future congestion levels, serve all users, improve mobility and air quality, and promote alternative modes of transportation.
Recommendations of transportation improvements include:
A prioritized list of transportation projects More ped and bicycle connections to improve accessibility Regional roadways and arterials to support residential, commercial and industrial development A combination of roadway and transit projects to relieve congestion, provide a high quality of life and improve air quality Policy recommendations These recommendations will ensure that all Fort Worth residents have access to safe, reliable and convenient transportation choices.
Phase I - Transportation Gap Analysis established the magnitude of the problem by reviewing growth patterns and the resulting transportation demands (completed 2004)
Phase II - The Mobility and Air Quality (MAQ) Plan considered land use and transportation to make decisions on transportation projects and priorities. It considered commuter rail, rapid transit (bus rapid transit, light rail or streetcar), sidewalks, bikeways and roadways.
Findings and Recommendations (presented to the City Plan Commission Sept. 24, 2008)
Contact Julia Ryan at 817-392-2593.
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