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NCTCOG Launches Transit Study for Eastern Dallas, Kaufman, Rockwall Counties

Public input is needed at virtual public meeting to enhance area mobility

Sept. 15, 2022 (ARLINGTON, Texas) – The North Central Texas Council of Governments will host a virtual public meeting for the launch of the East Dallas, Kaufman and Rockwall Counties Regional Transit Study, giving residents a chance to provide input on needs for existing and future transportation in the area.

The meeting is scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19 and will be streamed live at www.publicinput.com/nctcogEDKR. Residents can also participate by phone by dialing 855-925-2801 and then entering code 4816. A recording will be available after the meeting.

The study will focus on the development of a comprehensive public transportation plan for cities and areas that are not members of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) or served by STAR Transit. Efforts of the transit plan include strategic implementation and coordination with other area planning initiatives.

Residents will be provided a chance to share input regarding issues that are important to them, as well as ideas to improve transit services as the area continues to grow. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is the fourth-largest metropolitan region in the country, with a population of approximately 8 million people.

Population and employment are projected to grow substantially by 2045 in each of the counties involved in this study. According to NCTCOG’s long-term forecast, Rockwall (82%) and Kaufman (81%) counties will lead the region in growth by percentage through 2045.

DART provides services to part of this area. These counties are also partially served by STAR Transit but are looking for additional transportation choices to complement the existing system. This public meeting will serve as a chance for those who live, work and frequently travel through or within this area to make their voices heard.

This study will introduce the public to the purpose, overview and outcomes of the project plan. Components of the study include identifying transit options, funding and implementation strategies, delivery of recommended services, and potential impacts on the community.

For further information regarding the East Dallas, Kaufman and Rockwall Counties Regional Transit Study, or to sign up for email updates, visit the project website at www.nctcog.org/edkr.