With local entities contributing more than $11 million toward the projects, over $34 million is to be spent on transportation enhancements as a result of the funding awards, improving bicycle and pedestrian access in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman and Tarrant counties.
The money will fund a mixture of large and small projects. Fifteen bicycle and four pedestrian improvement projects received funds. The awards range in size from $200,000 for an on-street bicycle route signage project in McKinney to $3.01 million for a 2.5-mile trail extension of the VeloWay/SoPac project in Dallas. The latter will receive a 50 percent local match from Dallas County and run from the north end of the Katy Trail at Northwest Highway, north to Greenville Avenue along Dallas Area Rapid Transit right-of-way.
In addition, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) received $552,000 for a regional education and safety campaign to promote a culture of safety for bicycle and pedestrian activities, and to encourage and educate residents about the benefits of walking and biking as alternative modes of transportation.
This was one of the largest bicycle-pedestrian funding allocations for the region in recent years, as the Dallas-Fort Worth area received roughly one-third of the $70 million awarded across the state.
On the western side of the region, Fort Worth was awarded $2.16 million for the East Bank extension of the Trinity Trails Clear Fork and will be matched by $539,000 from the city.
Transit authorities were also aided by the funding. The Denton County Transportation Authority was awarded almost $2 million for a 1.5-mile extension of the A-train Rail Trail along railroad right-of-way from Swisher Road in Lake Dallas south to Kelton Road in Hickory Creek, and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) received $416,000 for expansion of its bike-sharing program.
For more information on the transportation enhancements, the funding for which the TTC ratified July 25, visit www.nctcog.org/te.
The money for these projects comes from remaining funds from the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), the law that authorized the federal transportation system until last year. It has now been replaced by the current federal transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21).
About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:
NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG’s purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions.
NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 240 member governments including 16 counties, 170 cities, 24 school districts and 30 special districts.
This story was released by the NCTCOG and submitted to TSB by Anna Clark of the City of McKinney.