Think Big

Great transit service supports stronger and healthier communities. The T Master Plan will develop a vision and guide for building great transit in our region over the next 20 years and with a particular emphasis on the next 5 years.

We can do more to serve the diverse transportation needs of our residents, employees and visitors. That’s where the Master Plan comes in.

This plan is our opportunity to define what we want our transit system to look like as our region grows. As part of this process, we will look at the service we have today, identify opportunities to expand service to meet the growing needs of the region, and determine how we will make it all happen.

The Solution

Our region is growing

Dallas/Fort Worth is among the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. By 2035, Tarrant County is projected to grow by over 50% – from 1.8 million residents to 2.8 million. With a growing population and economy, the Fort Worth region depends on efficient, reliable, and affordable transportation choices. Transit supports our growing region and economy.

Transit supports our growing region and economy.

Expanded transit service is needed particularly during times of peak travel to maintain competitive commute times, retain and attract businesses, and support the efficient movement of freight.

Transportation needs and preferences are changing

Transportation preferences are changing for a new generation of Americans. The Millennial generation (approximately those born between 1977 and 2003) and future generations expect new and diverse shared mobility options. Millennials – and other generations – value transit because it allows them the luxury of working while in transit, staying connected with peers, relaxing, or exercising.

At the same time, Baby Boomers are reaching retirement. In Tarrant County, the population of older adults is projected to increase by over 185,000 residents – from just 9% of the population in 2010 to 17% of the population in 2030.[1] This large population of older adults will require safe and affordable transit options to stay active and engaged in their communities and access daily services and medical appointments.

SOURCE: [1] Texas State Data Center. 2014 Population Projections by Age Group (Table 2) by County.

From 2001 – 2009 those aged 16 to 34 took:

The costs of transportation are rising

Residents in the Fort Worth region spend over 25% of household income on transportation.[2] In fact, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metro area is in the top 20 regions in the country for the highest annual transportation costs.[3] Transit provides an affordable transportation option for those who depend on public transportation and those who choose to ride it.

SOURCE: [2] Housing and Transportation Affordability Index. Transportation Costs as % of Income.

[3] Housing and Transportation Affordability Index. Average Annual Transportation Costs for National Typical Household (2005-2009 Population of 1 million and greater).

Congestion is increasing

Congestion in the Fort Worth region is projected to increase significantly over the next decades as new residents and jobs come to the region.

By providing direct and efficient transit service, we can move more people in our limited road space.

Transportation impacts our health

Obesity is a rising epidemic nationally and in the Fort Worth region. A national study found that over 30% of adults in Texas are obese.

This number is expected to nearly double by 2030.[4] Transit improves health. On average, transit riders walk 19 minutes a day to get to and from transit stops.

SOURCE: [4] Brookings Analysis of Census Bureau Population Projections. Besser, Lilah, and Andrew Dannenberg. “Walking to Public Transit: Steps to Help Meet Physical Activity Requirements.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 29:4 (2005): 273-80.

“My two major efforts are TEX Rail by 2018 and developing a master plan over the next 12 months, taking a fresh look at how public transportation is provided in Fort Worth and Tarrant County and how we can change, improve, and expand our network of bus services.”

Paul Ballard, CEO of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority