NCTCOG Selects LAN Team to Conduct Dallas High-Speed Rail Station Area Planning Study
DALLAS, TX The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, region, selectes the Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) team to conduct a High-Speed Rail (HSR) station area planning study in downtown Dallas.
"As a region of 7 million people, which will grow to nearly 11 million by 2040, the Dallas-Fort Worth region must develop transportation options like high-speed rail to meet the needs of commuters and those traveling to or from other metropolitan areas," said Kevin Feldt, AICP, Program Manager for NCTCOG. "The station area planning is important to the process because it's how passengers will interface directly with the high-speed rail service and we're pleased to be working with the LAN team on the downtown Dallas area study."
This study is one of three procurement efforts, one for each station location, initiated by NCTCOG associated with the development of the Dallas to Fort Worth HSR, known as the Core Express Service (CES) corridor (The other two study areas are Fort Worth and Arlington). The Dallas HSR area planning study will assist NCTCOG, the city of Dallas and other agencies to:
"¢ Evaluate potential locations of a HSR station to ensure optimal station area accessibility
"¢ Examine compatibility with the station location and design proposed by Texas Central Partners for the Dallas to Houston HSR system
"¢ Develop a station area plan that advances the City's economic development opportunities
"¢ Inform elected officials, policy makers and other HSR studies
LAN will be supported by sub-consultants AZTEC/TYPSA and LEO A DALY as specialty team members. The study will be completed in summer 2017.