$1.4M Federal Grant to Boost North Texas Transit-Oriented Development Planning
ARLINGTON, TX North Texas' efforts to improve transit-oriented development have received a $1.4 million boost. The Federal Transit Administration awarded the North Central Texas Council of Governments a planning grant to help the region enhance accessibility to 28 Dallas Area Rapid Transit stations along the system's Blue and Red lines.
NCTCOG is leading the effort, partnering with Dallas, Texas, Garland, Texas, Plano, Texas, and Richardson, Texas in addition to DART. Various Red and Blue Line stations were eligible for this grant, as they are required to be part of an FTA Capital Investment Grant.
The grant will focus on "last mile" accessibility to transit and parking needs around the stations. For example, filling in missing sidewalks and making pedestrian crossings safer can make it easier for pedestrians to access rail stations. The outcome should be a better understanding of the bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure needs at each station and a plan to address them.
The second element of the plan is a study at select TODs to help planners understand how parking is utilized.
A third component of the plan is a survey, which will be sent to residents and employers and seeks information on transit use in the study area, as well as residents' transportation preferences.
The study tasks are expected to be completed in two years. The results aim to inform future policies and investment in infrastructure, mixed-use development and improved transit connections for bicyclists and pedestrians.
NCTCOG will pay $300,000 of the $350,000 required match, with DART contributing the remaining $50,000. NCTCOG is one of 16 organizations nationwide that will share $14.7 million to improve public-transit access as part of the FTA's Transit-Oriented Development Planning Pilot Project.