Public transportation meeting tackles road safety and electric driving week – North Texas Daily

The North Central Texas Council of Governments held a public Department of Transportation meeting on Monday to discuss a traffic safety plan, funding and future plans in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The NCTCOG has developed a traffic safety plan for the past year. The plan will provide a framework for identifying, analyzing and prioritizing road safety improvements on local roads, said Kevin Kroll, senior transportation planner. The team looked at the causes of the fatal injuries, and the most prominent causes they found were speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving.

“We broke down the data to try to figure out what was causing these crashes,” Kroll said. “We looked at demographics, we mapped crash locations, looked at road characteristics and several other aspects to try to figure out why these are happening and how we can prevent them.”

Other areas of concern included cyclist and pedestrian safety, intersection safety, and carriageway and lane departures. Kroll said the next steps will be to prioritize security projects, programs and policies. Their overall goal is to eliminate fatal accidents by 2050.

Soria Adibi, Senior Air Quality Planner, spoke about National Electric Driving Weekwhich will take place from September 23 to October 2. The goal is to provide education about electric vehicles and facilitate hands-on experiences through exhibits or rides and rides, Adibi said.

Dallas’ main event will take place on October 2 at City Hall, where Denton County Transportation Authority bring one of their electric buses and discuss job opportunities in hiring drivers for these buses. More information on the week’s events can be found at driveelectricdfw.org.

The last speaker at the meeting was transport planner I Margarita Zollo, who discussed financing public transport.

“There are, of course, many different types of transport in our region, and we all know the main roads that run through the region as well as the main freight lines and airports,” Zollo said. “Pedestrians and cyclists are also a very important part of transportation in our region, and we view public transit as an essential part of the complete transportation system. »

For fiscal year 2022, 64% of the funds will go to DART, including 20% ​​for Trinity Metro, 6% for DCTA and 10% for all others.

At the end of the meeting, a member of the public asked if the DCTA received funding from NCTCOG for the GoZone program.

“I believe GoZone funding would be separate from our traditional federal transit funding,” said Transportation Planner III Cody Derrick in response to the question. “The DCTA funding would be for the regional ride-sharing program only, and that’s all that’s on offer right now.”

The selected image: Different traffic signs and signals warn drivers on September 12, 2022. Photo by John Anderson

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